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Yes, Black Lives Matter -- but Why Bother Advertising?

Updated on July 12, 2020
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Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.

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Many black people are doctors, lawyers, musicians, artists, footballers, sailors, poets, writers, and so on. Who then says black lives don't matter.

-- Bamigboye Olurotimi

Racism: Just One of Many Symptoms of Stupidity

The movement of "Black Lives Matter", has a certain logical parallel with that Pride parade of the gay folks. Namely, in both cases those respectful don't need a public manifestation in order to be convinced -- and for those disrespectful nothing is bound to change their position.

Let's face it -- racism is just as stupid as that comical notion about "dumb blondes". With this level of intelligence involved, we might as well organize something that we will call "blueism" --two hateful camps of those with blue eyes and those with brown ones.

Saying that, I hope no one will take me seriously -- well, you never know, with some brains you can never be sure what they may pick for starting a new trend of hate. As if we don't already have enough of this idiocy spelled by: "If you are not like me, something must be wrong with you".

What surprises me no end is that such racist folks are not embarrassed by making their intolerance public. And then even more so, because they are generalizing. Like, you don't have to like your inconsiderate black neighbor if he is playing his music too loud -- but that alone doesn't mean that "all blacks" are inconsiderate people.

Or, if a crazy and racist white cop kills an innocent black person, he has to be brought to justice for that crime -- but his action doesn't make all white populace white supremacists and members of KKK.

Why generalize using isolated incidents? And really, why advertise that "black lives matter", because racism won't go away like the rest of human stupidity. I read somewhere that in every bigger city there are about 500 dangerous psychotics at large -- and some of them just might wear a uniform.

Look, folks, it's like campaigning of the MADD movement (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). There will always be those drunk asses behind the wheel, and if any of them quits his sweet poison, it won't be because he got a sudden epiphany inspired by a posted sign by the MADD -- but because his doctor told him that his liver is falling apart.

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Image by Sang Hyun Cho from Pixabay

Justice? You get justice in the next world. In this one you get laws.

-- William Gaddis

Justice Can Be Quite Whimsical

An idiot hating another race is not likely to stop that dark passion until, or unless, his kid's life gets saved by such a person of different race. Then he may generalize again saying how those folks are noble and fine human beings.

I am trying here to bring the issue of racism to a level of raw, and ever fallible humanness, where stupidity is playing its drama and its tragedy. I don't see it as an issue of moral failing, but the one of unfortunate lack of intelligence. Some folks are simply not born wired to "get it".

Although, we could also lower it to the level of a sheer animalism, with that default paranoia about any other animal not looking like us posing a danger. But, even animals are shaming us there, if we think of all those unlikely friendships between different species, like they are much presented on you tube videos.

Even those that are a natural food of a beast, befriends one -- but we, smart humans, fuss about color of someone's skin. How advanced can we be, indeed.

It's completely senseless to generalize against one race in favor of the other. With all those cases of white racist cops killing blacks, in all fairness we can't say that there is a "general policy" of the police department to deliberately use blacks for their target practice.

And nor is it the policy of the complete Justice Department to notoriously protect whites. It was an unofficial consensus in the whole world that O.J. Simpson got away with a double murder -- thanks to the team of expensive lawyers, not because of a lack of evidence.

Many a lawyer has said it, not without a dash of sarcasm, how in every courtroom trial the outcome is not about justice, but about the skill of prosecution and defense. The realism of it is even portrayed in the popular TV series "Bull", where the skill of jury selection dictates the verdict.

We live in a highly unpredictable world where values may shift at a drop of a hat. If you watched the relatively recent impeachment trial of Donald Trump, you know what I mean. Namely, for every law burdening the president there is a counter-law that acquits him.

Someone said: "Law is a cobweb catching small flies and torn by the big ones".

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Image by Gerhard G. from Pixabay

Winners see the gain; losers see the pain.

-- Shiv Khera

Success and Losership Don't Pick Colors

Law is not applied evenly, and nor is racism a treatment equally distributed over the "colored" populace. For, this predominantly white society didn't do absolutely anything to prevent shiny careers of those fine black individuals like Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Mohammad Ali, Denzel Washington, Sidney Poitier... and so many others.

But that doesn't mean that a black dude of ghetto will get the same treatment by the society. Why is that? I don't know. But let me guess, at this lack of knowing. Some folks, black, or white, or yellow, or brown, simply don't make an effort to advance themselves and their life.

We tend to call them "losers", sometimes jokingly, sometimes out of endearment, and I won't use the name mockingly either. So, you show me a black loser, and I'll show you a white one, and in this predominantly white society, the only difference may be that the white one can't use his skin as an excuse. For, as far as their skin is concerned, one could have become another Elan Musk, and the other another Neil Degrasse Tyson. No one would have stood in their way.

Racism will always exist, because stupidity will always exist. Stupidity and smartness are evolving side by side, without a chance that one would ever change the other. And that's why I am asking again: Why advertise "Black Lives Matter", because it is bound to hit some ears which didn't need to be told, and others which will play deaf.

Ever tried to convince a hot republican that democrats have better ideas how to run the country? Ever tried to convince a Muslim that Allah is not the "true" god? Should I go on with examples?

To be perfectly honest with you, of everything that I ever heard being said about racism, I admire one sentence by that darling actor Morgan Freeman:

"If you want to stop racism, just stop talking about it."

Think about it for a moment. No matter how justified the outrage over racial injustices may be, we are merely further popularizing the issue. There is no end to it, other than by ignoring. The way that those African American stars did it on their way up to take their rightful place in some shiny constellations.

If you asked them -- they are bound to tell you that they were not for one moment burdened by the color of their skin. They were proud -- not bitter.

They didn't need to convince anybody that their life mattered -- they treated it as if it did matter, and that alone made the whole difference.

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Image by Cheryl Holt from Pixabay

Do not let the behavior of others destroy your peace of mind.

-- Dalai Lama

Can't Make Stupid Smart -- Only Self Wiser

With this article I haven't been trying to rain on anyone's parade. I am way too color-blind for that. What I've been pointing to is simple reality about some social antagonisms' likelihood to stay around for quite awhile longer -- merely based on the less than perfect human nature.

So, am I calling the "Black Lives Matter" movement wrong? Of course, not. At least people get an emotional outlet for all that bitterness. Well, about the intensity of that bitterness -- I am not quite sure I understand how looting and burning cars may be related to the reason for protesting -- but then, it's only one of many things that I fail to understand about people.

At times even to the point that I am quite willing to believe in the theory about "souls from other inhabited planets reincarnating on earth" -- and I am one of them. Because I just can't see any rationale behind so much of what people are doing.

But then, call me a "well adjusted alien", lol. It's one thing not to understand, and entirely another to be bothered by it.

For, what's happening in society, as my general rule, ultimately doesn't matter -- what matters is what I am making of it. Just the other day my son, now 50, was telling me on our ride home how he has an awfully low tolerance for human stupidity. By the time we parked the car, I seemed to have somewhat changed his mind.

I didn't use any magic words, but it was he who chose to make a good use of whatever I had said. I told him how he has to be enough of a friend to himself not to let human stupidity push his emotional buttons.

I said other things to him as well, but it was all gravitating about this same message -- we can't make stupid people smart, but we don't have to torment ourselves by making a big fuss over it.

Indeed, if we expect to be respected in the society, we might as well start by respecting ourselves. Ask Denzel Washington -- don't believe me, an "old honk", lol.

© 2020 Val Karas

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    • Kyler J Falk profile image

      Kyler J Falk 

      4 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      One can only hope that these things simmer down, and repeat only in small waves; but as I've seen it since as far back as I am able to observe, these things don't simmer down and deescalate, but they do change their tactics and war-zones. Where once it was unacceptable to promote the idea anyone should hate themselves for their race, it is now commonplace in history courses starting as early as elementary school. Perhaps this was only in my privileged, upscale, mostly-white school where we were taught anti-white sentiments such as all whites are racist, but I know that to be untrue as it remains as a societal norm.

      There's a monster waiting to be unleashed, I just worry that monster is receiving training in covert tactics and no one is going to see it until it clamps down on our necks with a jaw like shackles. It may already have clamped down, judging by how readily our media can lie about every little topic, much like the nazis, or communists, or any other dictatorship and their propagandizing.

      It was, and still is a racial hell out on the streets for all sides; the amount of race crimes I've witnessed and subsequently stopped against all colors this last month while protesting, absolutely worrying. Beware what we can't immediately see, but rest easy knowing the fighters are there to continue forcing this monster back as long as they stand.

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      Val Karas 

      4 weeks ago from Canada

      Kyler -- Things will unfold in a predictable fashion of a repeated chaos -- which is only something that the US has historically subscribed to, with its insatiable appetite for complicating the simple.

      Nothing in particular to worry about though, these things come in waves, with no tsunami in sight. People get pissed about one issue, until they get bored with it, and then they temporarily drop it, shifting their passionate hate to something else that promises more bitching, more "to be right about."

      One thing you can be sure about -- no one has any intention to bury the hatchet, and god-forbid to seek unity, peace, a middle solution. Yuk!

      As for your "being called a racist", that is bound to go as well, and then you will get some other name, like me, like anybody who opens their mouth for other purpose than to eat or yawn. But hey, yawning doesn't even sound all that bad, because after a while that name calling must inspire for a good nap.

      I appreciate your interesting comment.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      4 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      A very important article full of crucial sentiments to touch on. Something that the media has ignored, but you may or may not have heard of it, is what is being pushed on many neo-progressive campuses. In fact, it has seen many foundational sciences challenged on illegitimate grounds.

      Would have loved to see a section in here on critical theory and how it is being applied as a tool of destruction, as it is becoming increasingly prevalent and worrying.

      Honestly, I'm just tired of being called racist for my skin color. It'll blow over, either with the wind of fire or the cool breeze of unity; my sails are hoisted either way.

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      Val Karas 

      4 weeks ago from Canada

      Allen -- Sure enough, many questions stay unanswered while we just keep wondering.

    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Val Karas 

      4 weeks ago from Canada

      John -- It's definitely a strange world, but reporting about it can be fun, as long as we also see that sunny side of the road.

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      Val Karas 

      4 weeks ago from Canada

      Anya Ali -- I acknowledge your arguments. Your views are obviously different from mine, and it's O.K. with me. I have corrected the word "Muslim" -- thank you for bringing my attention to it.

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      Anya Ali 

      4 weeks ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

      Muslims - not 'Moslems', as you know full well - do not believe that 'Allah' is the one 'true' God: 'Allah' is Arabic for 'God'. A South Asian like me will typically use 'Khudha' (Persian for 'not made by another') if speaking in Urdu/Hindustani, 'God' if using English, 'Rab' if using Punjabi, etc. REGARDLESS of which religion I belong to. Using 'Allah' where 'Khudha' is typical could even annoy South Asians, regardless of their religion, since it could be seen as an attempt at Arabicisation of our culture. Btw, you've clearly never tried arguing with a Muslim on that point or you'd have known what I just told you. You didn't just make a lazy assumption about Islam; you wrote down a falsehood because it serves your interests to do so. You want to say that 'Muslims kill non-Muslims because they believe that only Allah is the true God, yada, yada, yada'. In fact, Pakistan, a Muslim country, has been fighting so-called jihadis for years. But keep believing what you want to believe, regardless of the facts.

      And, no, racism doesn't exist because people are 'stupid': it exists because its existence serves the interests of those in power, and I would never underestimate my enemy by putting him down as a fool.

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      Allen Edwards 

      4 weeks ago from Iowa

      As if we humans have a "leg up" on determining the answer to the ultimate question as to why < °¿° > "What Ought 2 B is NOT always What IS" ????

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Too much common sense here, Val, for a lot of people understand, unfortunately.

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