Is the All Lives Matter movement to blame for what happened at the University of Hartford? Oh, wait...that's right. They only pop up when Black people begin discussing Black liberation. When those Black kids brutally beat that mentally disabled white young man in Chicago, critics were saying it was a "Black Lives Matter" group, although BLM had nothing to do with that act. It was all part of a scheme to paint BLM as a terrorist group. Tomi Lahren once compared BLM to the KKK, which was an oversimplification of the movement. For one, the KKK was formed to instill fear. BLM is not a movement based on hatred; it is a movement based on the brutality that people of color face on a day-to-day basis. It is an iteration that Black lives matter just as much as white lives because this is not seen. Chennel Rowe, let's say her name, was the victim of a hate crime and the agitator actually admitted to it on social media. See below:
She goes into detail about how absolutely disgusting she is, yet she was released on bail and could face just a year in prison - a year. Outraged is a euphemism for how I feel right now. Ms. Rowe had inhaled so much bacteria in her throat that she could not even speak and the agitator may be able to resort to her white, privileged life in just 365 days. Calling this a hate crime may actually be a mistake because the maximum penalty for a hate crime is 10 years without the use of a fire arm. This should be considered an attempted murder, which comes with a much more egregious penalty.
Now, I'm not a lawyer, but there was intent on harming the victim and the agitation should not go unnoticed. However, I don't want to just talk about how absolutely disgusting and psychotic the agitator is. There is yet another adjective that can be ascribed to the young lady who thought it was okay to poison her roommate: privileged.
Example A: Police Brutality
There's a common argument that "Black people kill other Black people every day, so why are you mad at the cops?" For one, the root cause of both police brutality and gang violence is white supremacy and white domination. Then, Black people who kill Black people are more likely to face jail time. Thirdly, there is not a discourse discussing "white on white crime," so let's dead that argument. Let's forget we even said it because, at this point, you just sound foolish trying to make that false correlation.
Example B: The Presidential Election
Republicans had a field day about the prospect of Obama not being an American citizen while Donald Trump repeatedly does everything Republicans expected Obama to do and he receives a slap on the wrist. Obama caused controversy for wearing a tan suit, but there's is not much white anger at the fact that Donald Trump might actually be leading us into war. If these things don't scream white privilege to you, you are benefiting from it. You have the privilege of wearing blinders while the rest of us go blind from all the negative forces we see.
Example C: Affirmative Action
If you are white and you have a problem with affirmative action, shut up. That's the only thing I can say to you because you are honestly ridiculous. Affirmative Action does not deprive white people of opportunities; it allows Black people to have more opportunities - the same opportunities that whites and their ancestors have been afforded for generations. Furthermore, it does not only benefit Black people. At my HBCU, the white students benefit more from affirmative action because the main premise is diversity. Yet, you don't see Black students complaining about being "deprived." This is because we know that if we go up the road to Auburn and see the visible differences between the two cities, we will realize that our precious HBCUs are merely the start of Black liberation.
That's a quick lesson on white privilege for the selectively dumb. I say selectively dumb because I believe you have to be willfully ignorant to not see the disadvantages that people of color suffer from. Honestly, I'm tired. How many more times can we tell you that we're oppressed before you see it? How many times do we have to get punched in the face for you to recognize our bruises? White people have never been oppressed in society. That's my view. Then, what really blows me is this whole "race is a social construct" group of white people who would hate to be anything but white.
I agree that race is a social construct, but that doesn't give white people the okay to simply pass over it. Race was created to stratify and instill a false sense of superiority and guess what? It worked. Now, we as a society have to work against that strong force because it is actually killing people. Before white people start boo-hooing about the removal of racist figure heads, they need to recognize the deeper implications. The Confederacy fought to keep Black people enslaved. They were an openly racist bunch who need not be remembered and praised. The New Confederacy, led by Donald Trump and his bro-flakes, are simply manifestations of the residual racism in society.
It's sad that I'm more baffled by the lack of discussion of what happened to Chennel Rowe than I am by the action. We knew this day was coming when the orange talked about making America great "again" when it wasn't even great to begin with. Now, we are forced to accept that this is modern America. We wanted to believe that we had progressed past these slave conditions, but here we are. Like our ancestors, we are forced into action because of the conditions of our society. I leave you with one question: what are you prepared to sacrifice for freedom? See Chennel's full video of the incident here.
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