I am really not the right person to write this post and I feel so ineloquent in the face of everything that’s been going on, but it also doesn’t sit right with me to say nothing in the face of everything that’s happening and go right on with the usual schedule of cheerful, happy posts. But here, don’t read this, you should go and read Jo’s post because I promise you it’s better than anything I have to say.
I guess sometimes it’s hard to tell right from wrong. Sometimes there are situations where it depends on the angle you look at it, a situation where it looks different depending on where the light hits. There are difficult, complex situations that cannot be parsed completely. But this? George Floyd’s murder? This is not one of them.
A police officer murdered an innocent man. A police officer, someone who was supposed to protect people from lawbreakers, broke the law in one of the worst ways possible. He choked George Floyd, a black man, in broad daylight. The sheer brazenness of it all almost gets me. And the police force hasn’t even stopped there! As if to prove to everyone that this is not a one-off incident (not that anyone needed proof–the sheer number of innocent black men shot by the police is a fucking list), the police have also been caught attacking peaceful protesters and even reporters. Just to throw out a few examples, a Vice reporter was maced, a black protester got his mask ripped off and, yet again, was maced, and a reporter is now blind in one eye after being shot at with rubber bullets. And more has happened, as well.
So, yeah? The police aren’t always the great heroes they think they are. America isn’t nearly as heroic as it thinks it is. And some people, when confronted with something that shakes up their worldview, would rather lie to everyone else and themselves then admit that something is wrong. They’d rather lie than admit that they’ve made the same mistakes and sins as their ancestors.
At least, I guess. I don’t really know what goes on in the heads of the ‘all lives matter’ people. But it’s kind of spitting on people’s graves and I would like them to stop. Besides, ignoring morality for a second, what even is the logic in saying that? Saying ‘Black Lives Matter’ does not mean that you think that white lives don’t matter. What’s that logical fallacy even called?
Black lives matter because George Floyd was choked by a police officer. Black lives matter because Tamir Rice, a twelve-year-old child, was shot by a police officer and given no first aid as he lay dying. Black lives matter because Ahmaud Arbery was shot by two civilians who almost weren’t arrested. Black lives matter because there are certain people who evidently don’t think they do.
Anyway, there’s been a lot of discussion about riots and how far it’s okay to go in protesting that I am NOT going to get into, but let’s not forget–or obfuscate–the actual issue. Let’s remember that state-sanctioned murder is everyone’s problem. Let’s protest if we can, donate if we can, speak out if we can. At the very least, let’s educate ourselves as much as possible and try to parse out the truth of things. Truth is a slippery thing, and I can’t say how to make America better, but I promise you it won’t happen without anyone trying. If we love America, we have to examine it and criticize it when it does wrong. If the kind of love we have makes us want to cover our ears and eyes to the truth, than that is a horrible kind of love. Loving a country is something like loving a person. We can love a person, but we have no right to enable them in their abuse.
Anyway, I would like to apologize to everyone for rambling so much. As I said, I’m really not the right person to talk about this, and it’s been kind of a rough week with everything that’s been going on. I’ll probably go back to my regular, stupid posts after this, but this issue has been really bothering me and I wanted to say something.
So, racism is the worst! May compiled a list of places you can donate at the beginning of this post, so definitely check that out if you can.
I’m so sorry this is going on, and I wish it weren’t. That’s all I have to say for today.