Black Lives Matter?
This is a mutt. The mutt just looks terrible but really it is quite a friendly dog.
Has the world gone mad?
We began writing this article a while back. It was just going to be on the idea of saying black lives matter and give a perspective perhaps different, perhaps the same as yours. But a strange thing happened as we researched a particular group using the name. They do not have a website that is up and running. A name place reservation with a pending page attached. This peaked curiosity so of course much more digging was done. Poof, they are like shadows that pop up and then disappear. You can chase names around and attach them to statements and some bios but anything cohesive is absent. There are events where participants are present but no real indication of any group structure. Dare we say that they seem to operate in cells? Yes that sounds ominous and too close to other "groups" that raise our eyebrows but let the facts speak for themselves. Do not take our word for it, look them up yourselves.
No home base. No president. No address. No incorporation. No 501(c)(3) type status. Now it is possible they have all of the above and that it is just not really readily accessible to the public who is not in the know. But doesn't that kind of mean the same thing? OK let us go with by-laws a membership roster and a mission statement. Please leave where these are located in the comment section. Because they are not commonly available through standard searches.
I like rebel causes. So I went to untrusted Google and typed in: How do I donate to Black Lives Matter? And low and behold Black Life Matters came up. A dotORG site. But interesting similar stuff as on the FB of our subject. The part to donate is insecure and the site reveals no principals and no tax number for the donation and does not take checks in the mail.
All that does not prove anything. That is just the point. When we do good we normally stand tall and erect and with a foundation. There is just something amiss here. We stand ready to be educated by anyone in the know.
Truthfully I do not know why some keys are black and others are white. It has something to do with the harmonics of sound.
Something to do with the reflection of light and the absorption of light.
Some of us are just not race oriented and yet not privileged either.
My son is not "white". But my son is white. You know that deal with mixed second marriages. So here I am with a white son and a non-white son. Am I supposed to tell one that his life matters. I think that may upset my other son. Their moms really love them, in fact both moms love both boys a whole lot. They kind of worship them in a way. Well at least they seem to love them a whole lot more than their dad ;-)
What the hell does race have to do with it?
It must be strange to identify with a race instead of as a human. I am really quite mixed with no real idea what my biological parents were. I am told I am quite a bit Black Irish by blood. But I do not identify with Basque immigrants fleeing persecution to Ireland.
As you can see I am quite confused about this whole race deal. Let us examine just how off the mark I am.
Maybe I find some answers in history?
Let me see if I have this right. The way my great grandfather was treated by others or treated others has a bearing on my attitude today? Whoa! I do not even know what country he lived in or what language he spoke. I certainly do not know if he was rich or poor, tall or short. Wow, truthfully I do not even know what "race" he was. Wouldn't I have four of them and four great grandmothers, so they could have been any race. And I am adopted so I really do not have a clue. Wait, should I be angry at some race? Hey do you mind if I borrow your identity so I can have something to be special about?
Now notice I was just talking about me. I was not knocking anybody else's heritage. How could I? Some may say I am belittling someone else's historically tragic heritage. Well I might just join in if I only knew my heritage. But do not exclude me because I do not have the same privilege of having a heritage like you. For all I know my great granddad on one side or the other was a slave in Peking. People who complain about their past generations remind me of people who complain about siblings to a child that grew up being bounced from foster home to foster home.
So I am sorry I am not buying into any argument that stems from a past generational madness.
It is happening but I just cannot imagine people living in anger.
Interesting this tree has roots but almost no trunk
Let us not conclude.
So where do those of us who are trying to understand go to understand? This was chanted and not disclaimed but explained: "pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon". And it has been repeated at numerous protests. Sorry but we can find no socially redeeming quality in such a statement. And we find even less in it not being condemned by the "movement". "Kill the pigs" "death to the pigs" was chanted decades ago and the folks responsible really did try killing people - well they did kill people. Those groups were called "underground". They had spokesmen kind of, kind of like this group.
I can take issue with the notion of even saying that a certain group of people's lives matter, even to the exclusion of others, but I can ignore that issue. But you have got to give me some reason to ignore that issue. You have got to justify all the belligerence and lack of transparency with some kind of positive message.Some group is protesting. In that protesting they are calling for the "frying" of human lives.Does history or societal problems or race justify the encouragement of killing people? It would be hard to imagine someone trying to justify this to a child or their God.
We are searching and waiting
We do not give up hope. There is certainly a movement afoot in our Black American community. The appropriate and justified objective of that movement is a better result between people involved in policing and black people. Awesome. Where do I send my donation? I have written my representatives demanding that they do more to practically resolve clear problems. Body cameras. More rigorous and effective IAs. Open and transparent investigations of questionable conduct. Streamlined avenues for public input and response.I even agree with throwing more money at improving our policing entities.
I really just assume that you join with me in hoping that the police can use their weapons less and at the same time catch the bad guys before they use their weapons.