I was not born a poor black child. I have always been a white male, who uses gender specific language to describe himself. My parents, my family and most of my friends have always been white. By most, I mean not all, and I have met, known and become friends with members of other races. For the most part, race has simply not been an issue.
On the other hand, I do know what it’s like to be judged by my race, verbally demeaned for being white and to then, in turn, stereotype a group due to skin color. But, my individualistic sensibilities have always taken over and I know that people are just that, individuals. That’s the thing about radical capitalism, much to the chagrin of its detractors, in life, as in the wild, a being is only as good as the soul inside.
I also know what it’s like to be confronted by hostile law enforcement officers riding the high of a power trip. I know what it’s like to have a gun pointed at me, with the knowledge that the man holding it has been trained to use it. I know what it’s like to be guilty of a crime and to be caught in the act. I know the fear-based desire to excuse my actions and turn an issue into the fault of those in power, blaming authority for my own destructive behavior. I have since learned to accept responsibility, to balance my perception of justice and to live my life based upon the merits I deserve, as a white, heterosexual American male.
But my life does not matter.
Because to the progressive ideologues, blinded by willful frustration, I am the problem.
There is a movement rampaging through the country that seeks to divide our nation in the name of justice, peace and race. Any good that was born out of the Black Lives Matter movement has become shrouded in sadness and vile aggression. This vulgar display of power can be seen (here) at an event where none other than the avowed socialist Bernie Sanders was invited to speak. He was pushed out of the way to allow a woman to take the stage and declare, among all else, that the Democratic supporters in the audience are white racists… simply because they are white.
This group invokes the in vogue “I Am…” to be completed with the name of whatever purported victim has been claimed by the racist white culture. This personal identification seeks to take charge of a tragedy and let it be known that justice will not rest. As this writer, a gender and Africana studies professor claims, when writing about the recent death of Sandra Bland, “in Sandra I see myself.” This writer goes on to add that just as she “is” the victim in this truly horrific case, we white people cannot be anything but the cause of Ms. Bland’s tragic death:
“White people resist seeing themselves in the face of the oppressor. That mirror reflection is almost too much to bear. I get it. So then they resent the person that holds up the mirror. But let me just say as directly as I can: White people must begin to see themselves in the faces of the mostly white police officers who keep committing these atrocities against Black and Brown people. This will not stop until you recognize that you are them. These officers are your brothers and sisters and aunts and cousins, and sons and daughters and nieces and nephews, and friends, and church members. You are them. And they are you.”
-Side Bar: notice the use of “mostly white police officers?”
The progressive political machine saw a valuable ally in this movement. They saw a group that was willing to take aggressive action and claim the status of perpetual victim, as promoted by the “I Am…” monicker. And they will now reap what they sow. The Republicans are already damned as far as this group goes, therefore, hostilities must exude towards the most liberal politician, in one of the most liberal cities in America. And they get away with it there. But the greater audience, the one who recognizes this charade of victimhood, will not be defined by a woman with a microphone and a penchant for unwarranted public outburst.
I am more than my race, and so are you.
I am not a racist white police officer and no metaphorical mirror will get me to see that I am. I do not hate because of skin color and I don’t engage in willful discrimination against any group because of its race. I do find generalities easy to communicate and I do fall back on stereotypes. But I recognize these mental constructs for what they are and deal with individuals based upon their own merits, their own actions and their own hearts.
Unlike the “leaders” of Black Lives Matter movement, I will not be made a victim of my race. I will not allow these saints of victimhood to create my own self-identification and then tell me that I had better work on eliminating my inner racist because “black lives matter.” They do matter. And as much as it may hurt to hear, so do white lives. And Asian lives, Latinos, Eskimos, feline and canine, to say nothing about the lives of the unborn (too far?).
It’s a tragic day in the United States when a politician, a Democrat no less, cannot say openly that “all lives matter” without apologizing for it after the fact. By singling out black lives, the movement seeks to segregate as means to annihilate any peaceful existence we might enjoy. They will invoke the name of Martin Luther King Jr. as a permission slip to disparage other groups and cause all matter of civil unrest.
The left has seen but a glimpse of the antagonism of this mentality. Much like the criminals in Gotham, they came to a “point of desperation. And in their desperation they turned to a [group] they didn’t fully understand.” The Black Lives Matter movement will not be controlled because it has justice, God and Martin Luther King Jr. on its side. And when white society does not immediately capitulate, these activists will riot, they will torch and they will blame me for their actions.
Unlike the civil rights movement, where MLK spoke of inclusiveness and the importance of white people and black people working together to secure the goals of equality and peace, this group has no tangible goal. Society is lost in its eyes. What remains, is pure rage. There is no end, there can be no peace, there is no legislation that will suffice to right any perceived wrong. What they want, is a reckoning.
“They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some… just want to watch the world burn.”