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