a reply to: hammanderr
a reply to: jude11
This video shows a black man and woman brutally beat a white woman outside a gas station, the media hasn't touched it.
If this kind of stuff can occur and no one cares, then why should anyone care about Black Lives?
First, I want to make it crystal clear that the following is not directed at you personally, or anyone else; I am speaking colloquially, and any use
of the word "you" does not refer to a specific individual.
Part of the problem seems to be that we have come to rely on the media to tell us what is worth our care and attention, what should or should not make
us angry enough to do something about it. And sadly, basic human decency does not fit in with that. People are, largely, not thinking for themselves
anymore...they are allowing others, who do not have their best interests in mind, to do it for them.
Of course, the media is going to sensationalize whatever trend is "hot" at the moment, what will garner the most attention, and these types of
incidents simply are not going to get as much play as they deserve right now because their importance is being dwarfed by this huge battle over skin
color...which was a large part of Peggy Hubbard's whole point in the video.
An innocent 9yr old girl with her whole life in front of her tragically lost that life simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time...not even
being given a choice in the matter, and yet that horrific event took a back burner to the outrage over a criminal who chose
to put himself in a
bad situation and was, ultimately, responsible for his own demise.
If the little girl had been white, her killer also white, and the thug who chose to pull a gun on the police was white (and oh yes indeed, thugs are
available in all colors too, believe that)...but the cops were black, would her death have been any more or less tragic? Would his have been any more
or less his own damn fault? Would the cops have been any more or less justified in ending his life? If the answer to any
of those questions
is not a resounding "no", then you have the crux of the matter right there.
care about black lives. White lives too. And brown ones, green, blue, polka-dotted ones...life itself
matters. Hell, I
don't even know anyone here and disagree quite often with many of them, but I still care about their lives. If I saw a person being brutally beaten
right in front of me (and I have, and damn sure didn't pull out my phone and start filming it either), I'd still intervene if that person was a
stranger to me, and with disregard to their race; because if you remove our skin, regardless of its color, we are all squishy pink human beings
No one should be given more or less attention, care, respect or dignity than anyone else, and the truth is, anyone
who is continuing to feed
the monster that is racial intolerance is ultimately responsible for the fact that it still exists in this country at all. Another truth is that it
has become such a pervasive factor in this country's society of late that I honestly believe that many people don't even realize
doing. This should never be. Never
...but it is. And every single child out there who hears the vitriole spewing from the mouths of their
parents, teachers, favorite celebrities...anyone
influential in their lives, is going to grow up tainted by it and, in many cases, grow up
perpetuating it. It will never stop until we make it stop.
To hell with the media, seriously. Screw those soulless bastards. The only thing they care about is getting the juiciest story...lives, of any
really matter to them. I would be curious to know how many videos like the one linked above have been shared outside the
immediate context of the racial divide. Are they shared with the general public, or are they simply serving as another point on the racial
scoreboard? Instead of assuming that "no one" cares, maybe we should ask first: have they even been shown in the first place?
Social media is a powerful tool, because it works
. Case in point; the video in the OP. Peggy Hubbard didn't expect to get millions of hits on
her video, she just had something to say and said it. Information gets instantly shared with millions upon millions of people, which actually makes
it even more powerful than MSM, who have to tailor it before posting. If something isn't getting noticed, it's because we are relying on someone else
to make that happen. We have become a nation of bystanders instead of active participants in our own lives, our own destiny. We are stubbornly
prideful, yet we have very little to be proud of.
The facebook page that this video came from is just another instrument of hate and I was not surprised to see that, paging through the first 400
comments or so, not one of the commentators was a "person of color". Yet, varying statements lamenting the lack of black people who care about white
lives abounded. Well, it certainly didn't seem that the admin of that page really cared much about the woman being beaten either; she was just a
convenient vehicle by which to continue the racial pissing contest. It's pathetic; we talk about each other, over each other, at each other...all the
while keeping score...but we rarely ever talk to
People are so quick to measure a person's courage by their tenacity and fierceness in a fight, but I think true courage comes from those who are
willing to call a truce for the greater good of everyone involved, to find a better, more intelligent, peaceful way. It would require admittance by
each side that they have wronged each other, and it would require a lot of forgiveness and humility...is it going happen? I don't know, but the
alternative is going to be the end of us, regardless of what our skin color happens to be.