Comment Writer Rhi Storer criticises Valentine's Day's narrow representation of sexuality and genderWritten by Rhi Storer on 17th February 2018
All Lives Matter – One Step Away from Racism
Joe Goodsall reacts against those who object to the Black Lives Matter movement
You know, when the organisers of Black Lives Matter named their organisation, they had enough confidence in the intelligence of the general population to see that the agenda which their organisation was pushing was that all lives matter. I had a similar confidence which has recently been shattered. Not by the numerous, senseless, soulless shootings which have taken place in America recently. We’re now so used to the news that police have shot an unarmed black person in America that the news somehow fails to register with the same impact. That is precisely the reason that Black Lives Matter was set up. To raise awareness of an issue to which we are by now, tragically desensitised to. No, my faith in the intelligence of general population was lost when I saw that the reaction of some people to the Black Lives Matter campaign was to feign outrage. All Lives Matter became the cry and it is a cry which belies a basic lack of either intelligence or empathy.
“...it is a cry which belies a basic lack of either intelligence or empathy.
If you’re crying all lives matter then you’re either an idiot or a racist (although I suppose that the latter does presuppose the former). An idiot because A. you have somehow overlooked the above statistics and the fact that no less than 100 innocent and unarmed black people were murdered by police in the past year and only 15 officers were charged1; and B. you have conflated the statement ‘black lives matter’ with the statement ‘black lives matter more than white lives’, a conclusion which even a super-powered kangaroo with no sense of direction would have trouble leaping to. Or you’re a racist because, having seen the various murders and abuses of power in America, you’ve decided that the best course of action is not to protest these murders, but to protest a protest group which is protesting these murders. This implies that you have more of a problem with protesting against the murder of black citizens than with the actual murders.
“This is the struggle of the black population to be heard and understood as citizens with equal rights to everyone else.