Why people need to say “Black Lives Matter”, explained in one comment


Protesters in Minneapolis staged a demonstration at the Mall of America, which then shifted to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, where at least one terminal was blocked, causing a traffic jam.

Wichita, Kansas television station KSN, the local NBC affiliate, shared this post on Facebook, and the comments were quite predictable.

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One comment stands out in particular, and perfectly illustrates the need for the Black Lives Matter movement.

This man, George Werner, clearly believes that catching his flight vastly outweighs the importance of the black lives that have been lost at the hands of police in Minneapolis. His comment is not racist, it is just the average, white privilege response.

Other comments, made by other white people on this thread express deep concern for the shop owners at the mall, and the money they might have lost, and general concern for those stuck in traffic, due to the protests. And of course, there are the “All Lives Matter” comments, as if the importance of white people’s lives was ever in question.

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John Patrick wants to make sure everyone knows that he does not suffer from white guilt.
John Patrick wants to make sure everyone knows that he does not suffer from white guilt.
Racist people who use American flags for their profile pictures always love to claim that the first black slave owner in America was black, as if this has some relevance.
Racist people who use American flags for their profile pictures always love to claim that the first black slave owner in America was black, as if this has some relevance.

 

Historically, as far as protests are concerned, the only language that American power brokers understand is money. If your protest is not costing people money, it will likely be ignored. The Boston Tea Party is a perfect example of this strategy.

As for George Werner, who might just be the least racist person commenting on this thread, we hope he catches his flight and makes it home to his family for the holidays, just as we wish that the unarmed people gunned down by police this year could do the same.

3 thoughts on “Why people need to say “Black Lives Matter”, explained in one comment

  1. Privelages come from hard work–LBJ created ‘privelaged losers” when
    he started the ‘war on poverty’ which we lost. If you really believe that
    black lives matter, go demonstrate in the areas where they are killing each other–If you dare, Corey.

  2. Black lives do not matter any more, or less, than any other lives. If blacks would stop killing each other at such rapid rates their life expectancy would rise. However we all know that blacks have the highest rate of committing crimes, the lowest rate of education attainment, and highest rate of welfare use. They need to clean their own houses first as none of those negatives are the fault of anyone else, or any other race.

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