Black Lives Do Not Matter?
Over the past decade more than 80,000 innocent African-Americans have been killed on the streets of America. The reason for their deaths — the color of their skin. African-Americans in the United States are facing a genocide of historic proportions and we have ALL turned our backs on their plight. Each day that passes without action is another day we all prove that black lives do not matter.
Yesterday there were more than 44 murders in the United States and more than half of them were committed by African-American men. In a single day more twenty-two African-Americans were murdered in the United States and what did we do about it? Was there a protest? Did the president hold a press conference? Did Colin Kaepernick have anything to say about their deaths? Did the Black Lives Matter movement hold a march? No — we didn’t do anything — none of us. We all have come to expect and accept that African-Americans are going to kill each other each and every day of the week. Each year another 8,000 African-American lives lost to needless violence. Each year another 8,000 African-American men sent to prison for life. What is it going to take to end this genocide?
Almost as many African-Americans are murdered each DAY as are killed by police each year. Let that sink in. The police kill (justified or not) 38 unarmed African-American men each YEAR. African-American men murder 22 African-Americans each DAY. We’re ALL ignoring the African-American Genocide because it is overwhelming — 8,000 deaths per year. It is much easier to focus on more manageable problem — 38 deaths per year. In response there have been more than 700 Black Lives Matter protests this year — 18 protests per unarmed African-American killed by the police.
The Black Lives Matter movement has successfully captured the national spotlight and as a result they’ve been successful at dehumanizing the police — more than one million officers sworn to protect and serve the American people are now seen by many as less than human. By dehumanizing these men and women they’ve made violence against them justified — and in some cases required — as a result violence against police officers is on the rise. Remember, this year more police will be killed than unarmed African-American men.
Colin Kaepernick’s protests against law enforcement officers have furthered dehumanized the police in the eyes of millions of Americans. Besides wearing “pig” socks he has attacked their qualifications, “You have people who practice law, lawyers, who go to school for 8 years, but you can be a cop in 6 months. You don’t have to do the same amount of training as a cosmetologist. I mean someone with a curling iron has more education and training than people who have a gun. That’s insane.” My question for Colin is why is does he stay silent about the African-American Genocide?
Despite what you may have been told there is not an epidemic of killing unarmed African-American men — more Americans die from lightning or bee stings than die at the hand of police officers. Out of more than a million law enforcement officers, fewer than 40 officers are involved in the killing of unarmed African-American men in any given year. Should we endeavour to reduce the number of unjustified killings to zero — of course we should and departments across the country are working on getting there. In the meantime we (all Americans) need to put the real problem in perspective — despite representing 11% of the population African-American men commit 50% of the murders in the United States — generally against other African-Americans. The African-American Genocide is a very real problem facing us all and until we face it I can say without a doubt that Black Lives Do Not Matter in the United States.