Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones
Yeah, tell it to Breonna Taylor (asleep in her bed), Elijah McClain (walking home from the store), Eric Garner (selling loose cigarettes), Bijan Ghaisar (driving on a public road), John Crawford (shopping at WalMart), John Geer (arguing with his wife), Charles Kinsey (working with autistic children), Rekiah Boyd (having a party with friends), Tamir Rice (playing in the park), Atatiana Jefferson (standing in her kitchen), and Jordan Edwards (leaving a party because it was getting rowdy).
NB for Jinentonix: John Geer was White, so try not to stroke out with your whataboutery.
For a while at the start of it all I didn't get BLM; I was one of those 'all lives matter, not just black' types.
It took someone explaining why it's "Black" for me to get it.
I think in the end some people, even hearing the reason, don't want to acknowledge the reason - cops kill people all over too much for stupid reasons and cops have a HUGE ego/authority issue, but they kill people of color and mostly blacks at a rate that is not acceptable.
BLM isn't just blacks only, but blacks are the focus.
Thing is, too, is that when a cop gets a call about a crime, if you say the suspect is white, there's also a hair color, eye color, size, body shape, etc for visible confirmation of what a cop can look for. So when a cop comes up on a white person who has maybe same body size and shape, but different eyes and hair, the cop then can legit ignore that person and move on.
For blacks? Unless their hair is dyed, their hair is naturally black, their eyes naturally just one color - brown - and the body size and shape can vary but black eyes, hair, skin fits a LOT of black people. So the visual recognition of a suspect becomes a guessing game. And instead of believing blacks when they say they didn't do a thing, it's automatic you did and you're resisting arrest.
IMO the issue of blacks with police - and other people of color who also have the same issues as above - is effin' complicated. It's not just a training issue with the police, but a culture/society issue with people of all colors getting offended when cops show and accuse them of something they didn't do. Anger escalates the problem until things happen.