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Updated on September 2, 2015

This is a mutt. The mutt just looks terrible but really it is quite a friendly dog.

This dog scares people off because he looks different from the other dogs. Actually this dog is Vietnamese. I bet you could not tell by looking at him.
This dog scares people off because he looks different from the other dogs. Actually this dog is Vietnamese. I bet you could not tell by looking at him. | Source

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.

To my understanding neither black nor white are really colors. Absence of and combination of all?
To my understanding neither black nor white are really colors. Absence of and combination of all? | Source

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

I think I would rather be a tree with no roots than a root with no tree. These days it seems like our roots lead to problems not solutions.
I think I would rather be a tree with no roots than a root with no tree. These days it seems like our roots lead to problems not solutions. | Source

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.

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      Word 22 months ago from Chicago

      Good idea here Eric. It was good to hear the beautiful Ebony and Ivory song again. Where I come from, everybody's life matters. Blacks can do better to not be victims, to not be in the wrong places at the wrong times, to not over drink but be sober knowing that they can become a fatality. Where is the awareness of what's going on? Blacks victimize themselves constantly and more than any other sect of people. Recently, a police Lt. officer was killed in a Chicago suburb. All lives matter. Thanks for this important article.

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      whonunuwho 22 months ago from United States

      I'm reminded of the Sunday school song we all loved as children..."Jesus Loves the Little Children of the World"..red yellow, black and white...all precious in his sight...Thanks Eric. whonu

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No, we do not give up hope. Responding to injustice with more injustice will never be a winning formula....but what the heck do I really know? :)

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      Greg Schweizer 22 months ago from Corona, California.

      ALL LIVES MATTER. The statement that "Black Lives Matter" is one of the most racist statements that ANYONE has ever made. To me that is just making more trouble than it is helping. I really have to admit that I didn't have time to read this article because I am at work. But I just had to say how sick I am of hearing that statement. My opinion, Greg.

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      Marlene Bertrand 22 months ago from Northern California, USA

      My husband and I are interracial, so our children grew up in a racially blended household. I can identify with everything you said here. How can I look at my white son and say, "Black lives matter!" That's horrible. When will black Americans realize that every time they make ludicrous statements like this they are moving backwards - segregating the races. I wonder how black people would feel if people start chanting, "White lives matter!" Or, "Blacks in the cotton fields, beat 'em to a pulp!" Remember the KKK? Don't make me go there...

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      Dana Tate 22 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      all lives matter, and are very precious.

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      muhammad abdullah javed 22 months ago

      If the roots are not for the support then what they are for? To be a champion one needs to be a huge tree with deep rooted roots, let's not give up hope, as it's the only reliable source for the torchbearer of human cause. Thanks for sharing EricDierker.

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      Big E 22 months ago

      Am I the only one who thinks being a black man in america would be awesome? Black skin would make the average guy look like a tough SOB.

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      Greg Schweizer 22 months ago from Corona, California.

      Obviously you are the only weirdo in America. (And why don't you spell America with a capital A?) Why can't you be happy/satisfied with what you are and not wish for something you could never possibly have? Greg.

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      Clive Williams 22 months ago from Nibiru

      it will never stop. Because wickedness this exist

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Word55 thank you for your important comment. Your contributions help us walk toward the light. If we are busy following such beacons of good we shall have no time to chase after the bad.

      (and thank you for your proofreading - you are a master)

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Whonu -- call me a big old sap! Waka Waka I keep this one on "speed link" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_xdkk_sXgA Why not? Thanks for coming by and staying good.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill you are a constant reminder that community involvement for the better does not depend on a particular area of interest. Rather on that dogged determination and willingness to contribute positively no matter damned what. Thanks

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Gregas, At first it bothered me and that bothered me. So I had to look into what made it all possible and even somewhat popular. A walk into the small cadre of radicals in this area is pretty dark. I will get more into that as time permits. I would rather just ignore hate and promotion of violence, but what the heck, it exists and I am a philosopher so I will learn.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marlene blessings from one interracial homehold to another. What beauty is found in the human race. What hardship is found in fracturing it. May we pray that others find the joy we have in the melding of hearts.

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      Big E 22 months ago

      Gregas,

      I want to be black because the media always portrays black men as stronger and cooler and more masculine. I also know that I can protect my fellow whites better if I was black. Young white women love black men. I can say whatever I want without any consequences.

      My mother currently has a hateful female black boss and a black lady in our neighborhood gave her a dirty look. I told her if she would let me go undercover as a black man I could protect her better. But she told me if I did she would not want anything to do with me. So I guess I got to deal with it.

      I would not say it is impossible. Robert Downey Jr, John Howard Griffin and Rachel Doezel showed the world it may be very possible. But I do not know if it is safe and affordable.

      my eyes are already brown. So if they would invent a dark chocolate tan and I could shave my head perhaps get a wig. I could pass as a black man.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana, my life is getting busy with elementary school. PTA and Site Council and so much more to get involved with that helps create that good in life. We have so much to do to make sure that all lives matter. Let's get busy!!

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      M Abdulla Javed, may your roots be deep and your limbs spread wide. When we are healthy and growing we shall prosper at both ends.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Clive, I grapple with you sentiments. Looked at from a universal perspective it seems that wickedness is just part of who we are as humans. But so is good.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 22 months ago from The Caribbean

      What I think about Eric, is that so much mixing up of the races have gone on in the past, who knows for sure how many different races contributed to our bloodline? At the end of the day, we all matter. Thanks for sharing your perspective.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Yes Dora and I think it makes for a great world. One that I certainly enjoy living in. Of course we just celebrate life around here so much that folks think we are crazy.

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      Elena 22 months ago from London, UK

      Very interesting article. The #BlackLivesMatter started on Twitter when there were some shootings by Police that weren't justified and women found dead in cells also in America.

      I didn't know it would go global and don't particularly like it. How about Asian lives? Latino Lives? When the 2 photographers got shot live on air recently, I tweeted. "All lives Matter" That feels better to me. Infact the whole planet matters. Let's include pets. :-) Great post.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elena,

      Your sentiments seem to be the prevailing thought of the day. I think we have come a long way. I think when I was growing up, there was a view held by some that some lives matter more than others. I do not know anyone that holds that view today. As we can see there must be some. Strange indeed.

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      Frank Atanacio 22 months ago from Shelton

      another great hub my friend.. Im not going to put my two cents in.. but damn what a read awesome

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      Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

      Well, my goodness, every life matters ...that is a most puzzling statement there, even considering the point of reference. What about the young white reporter and co-worker who were just murdered on live tv by a black former employee ...hopefully, all of their lives mattered ... I'm not understanding why everything has to be made about race and labeling in what it seems every aspect of news of late.

      Wonderful insight as always, dear Eric

      Blessings and peace

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks for coming by Frank. Two cents made me laugh. My young son met a friend of his big sister's who just happens to be a beach queen with a super tan that we would normally call bronze. His reference was that she "looks like a penny". Go figure.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Faith, low and behold a friend read this article and we started talking about it. She is a very gorgeous classic looking Latino lady married to my old friend who is Puerto Rican American. She steered the conversation to her concerns that her oldest son is short and it is bothering him. The whole problem seems to be that he actually thinks about himself as short. We don't think of him as short, we think about him as a brave and caring Fire Fighter and good son.

      Perhaps if we view ourselves as victims it comes true. Media loves to create victims. How sad.

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      Big E 22 months ago

      White people do need to be more aware of race. Mitt Romney needed a group of black people to help him get more black votes when he ran against Obama.

      Weather you like it or not skin color DOES MATTER! In this world. And there are many times where black skin can be your best friend. You do not have to watch what you say as much if you are black. It is easier and cheaper to get into college if you are black. People think you are good in bed and have a big you know what if you are black. People assume you know how to fight and protect yourself if you are black. People are much less likely to mess with you if you are black. If it would have been a black cop that shot Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown there would be know black lives matter on TV.

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      Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

      Yes, media does love to create victims and that is indeed sad. I wonder why they just don't say a man was killed today by another man and why is it important to bring up race ...but I know they have to keep up with statistics but the reporting of it can just say a murder was committed. What is si disturbing here to that there is so much ...what they call ..."black on "black crime" where they are actually killing off of their own race and for reasons like they just didn't like the way someobe had looked at them, or one time over a quarter someone would not pay them in a card game! It seems the value of human life is not even considered in these instances. Sad reality for all when it doesn't have to be. Peace and blessings

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      Greg Schweizer 22 months ago from Corona, California.

      Big E, Everything you say here points to prejudice. Whether it is whites towards blacks or visa-versa, prejudice is prejudice. Greg.

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      Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

      Sorry for the typos ...was on my phone and it wouldn't allow me me edit in time.

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      Big E 22 months ago

      Do you guys think there is an easy and affordable way for a white man to change their skin color to dark chocolate? Maybe some kind of spray tan?

      Faith,

      Make no mistake about it the safest thing to be in America is a black male. It is a lot safer to live in a white majority area but black skin always gives you the best protection.

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      JON EWALL 22 months ago from usa

      Hubbers

      '' black lives matter'' we are a nation of the rule of law ??today that is questionable. The laws don't stipulate color or origin.

      CHECK these links, they tell a story about the black community 7/26/15 The real cost of federal housing initiatives http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jul/26/ro...

      7/18/15 Obama collecting Personal Data for a secret race database http://nypost.com/2015/07/18/obama-has-been-collec...

      6/14/15 The Lie Obama Keeps Repeating About the POOR in America http://dailysignal.com/2015/06/14/the-lie-obama-ke...

      4/29/15 Saving Baltimore the remedy for black rioting isn’t more money,… http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/29/ed...

      Radical Activism will not solve the issues.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Jon, that is very interesting information and your bottom line sure seems accurate to me.

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      JON EWALL 22 months ago from usa

      Ericdierker

      You are most welcome.

      another link that may explain the issues.

      Democrat Party : 11/23/03 Democrat Extinction Sen Zell Miller D Ret http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2003-11-23/news... hurt by the party of big labor unions, minorities, feminists and radical liberals.

      3/5 /15 A crippled presidency http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/5/don...

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      Jackie Lynnley 22 months ago from The Beautiful South

      All lives matter and that is elementary! Someone is trying to stir up racial trouble and have cops lives in danger and then we can give up our guns and go right to martial law when our policeman cannot and will not protect us. See how much the ones being used like that. Every life matters; lepers and all.

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      Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

      Big E

      I think you are getting off topic ...the bottom line here that we all seem to be saying is that all lives matter.

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      Big E 22 months ago

      I know all lives matter. I am just trying to teach white people that if they used black policemen to handle black crime there would be no black lives matter parades.

      I really do think it would help if the police were black or appeared to be.

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      Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

      I understand what you are saying now and that is something to think on. There are plenty of black law enforcement, and it makes sense to utilize them in such instances. And if they are lacking, then they should recruit more.

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      Word 22 months ago from Chicago

      Good suggestion Faith although, it shouldn't matter when there are criminals committing a crime.

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      Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

      Thank you, Al, no, it shouldn't matter what race law enforcement is or anyone else for that matter when there is lawlessness in the streets.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Just an insight. Having had the "pleasure" of being quite familiar with criminals I can honestly say that as a group they are the most bigoted prejudice people I have ever met.

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      Big E 22 months ago

      I think they should have some if not all white policemen go undercover as black policemen IF it is possible. They need some kind of a dark chocolate spray tan. I would not want to be a white policeman for anything in the world.

      The police could protect white people much better from a black criminal thug type if the police themselves appeared to be black. They would not have to deal with racial politics as much.

      True story. I wanted to go undercover as a black man or atleast try but my mom would not let me. I live in Fredericksburg Va. It is about 20 percent black in my area. They have quite a few ghetto black people that have moved in the last 15 years or so. I feel like if I appeared to be black I could protect my family better. Black skin is very good for protection.

      My mom won't let me do it. She said she would throw me out of the house. I would struggle badly if I tried to make it on my own. But I can still try to make a difference by telling others what I know.

      white vs black fued

      a black person will usually work harder for a black boss.

      a black teacher can get more out of black students.

      a black person can not successfully pull the race card on another black person.

      a black person is much less likely to mess with a white person who has a black male with them.

      black people are much more likely to be respectful to a black authority figure.

      a white person who has a black male or two with them are the best protected.

      a white female who has a black boyfriend is safer.

      Now you can say hire black bosses and whatnot. But I like the idea of a white boss or white cop who got disrespected by a black person going undercover as black and getting the upperhand on his rival.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Big E,

      Your constant foray into the absurd reminds me that in every good joke and every good lie there is a bit of truth woven in. Clearly the most prejudiced of any group views one of their own differently. And those with the most fear of what they do not understand create thoughts to match those fears.

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      Big E 22 months ago

      Many people who live in my area agree with my logic Eric.

      It is a pride thing for me. I know the world views white men as weaker. What if The white man goes undercover as a black man to get stronger and more powerful. Black skin could toughen the white mans image. The commercials on tv portray black as stronger and cooler. I think black skin would help the white man.

      I had a close black friend who made some offensive remarks. I would love nothing more to stand before him as a black man and brag about how I am the white mans black bodyguard. It would be a comedy type thing but in reality a black male could protect whites better.

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      Big E 21 months ago

      Black skin is like an angel that watches over you. The black man is too blind to see it.

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      Lawrence Hebb 21 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      As I was reading this I remembered a line from the movie 'Cry freedom' where the Judge asked Steve Biko the ANC activist "Why do you call yourselves black? You're more brown than black!"

      Steve Biko replies "Why do you whites call yourselves white? You're more pink than white!"

      Great hub

      Lawrence

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      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lawrence,

      That is an interesting part of this thing we call race. The color of one's skin is more about our personal reflections than light spectrum reflections. My son and I were "coloring" with crayons and going through the colors. They have a color called flesh. And after explanation my son looked all quizzical and asked "who is that color?" Go figure.

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      RTalloni 21 months ago from the short journey

      Lots of food for thought here, and we need to be thinking the facts through, not just responding on an emotional level. Thanks for an interesting read.

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      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It may be time for me to revisit this whole concept from another slant. Thanks for the visit and comment RTalloni.

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      Tony Martin 18 months ago

      I Agree 100 percent that it would help the police if they were black.

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Throwing a rock in a pond simply distorts our reflection, it does not change that we are all man.

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      JON EWALL 18 months ago from usa

      ED

      We have radicals controlling our government today more than any time for a long time.

      11/11/15 Bordering on Lawlessness http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/nov/11/ed... Obama

      12/17/15 Oberlin Students Release Gargantuan 14-Page List Of Demands http://dailycaller.com/2015/12/17/oberlin-students...

      7/18/15 Obama collecting Personal Data for a secret race database http://nypost.com/2015/07/18/obama-has-been-collec... ? police state?

      5/4/14 Unemployment a crisis for youth http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/05/04/e...

      3/5 /15 A crippled presidency http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/5/don...

      4/29/15 Saving Baltimore the remedy for black rioting isn’t more money,… http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/29/ed...

      6/14/15 The Lie Obama Keeps Repeating About the POOR in America http://dailysignal.com/2015/06/14/the-lie-obama-ke...

      2011Wisconsin Governor https://hubpages.com/politics/WisconsinGovernorWal...

      President’s action groups , the DNC funded and organized the protesters http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0211/DNC_pl...

      It all comes from Washington radicals

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Let me see if I got this right. You hate the establishment of a cultural acceptance. And you want to replace it with a different established culture? I think maybe you missed the point.

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