Members of the Asian American community at UC Davis are taking a stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson and their continued struggle for survival in the face of police brutality. All black lives matter.
Why is is black lives? Why not just all lives matter?
The skin is an organ, what if different races had different coloured hearts or livers? Who would care?
Who the fuck is you? Nobody needs to be told that white lives matter because ain’t nobody out here executing white people left and right. How the fuck you gonna ask a stupidass question like this when we live in a society wants us all to believe that black lives DON’T MATTER. We live in a society where people are taught to be afraid of black people, where the media, the police, and the white majority use that fear as a justification for the murder of black people. We live in a system where people always talk about “black on black violence” as a way to ignore and shift blame away police/vigilante murders of black people, as if the every other race isn’t murdered more frequently by people of their own race than other races. We live in a country that has been fighting a war against black people since its creation. Do slavery, Jim Crow, the war on drugs and the prison industrial complex ring any bells?? Get the fuck outta here with your Kumbayah, post-racial faux-utopian bullshit. How about instead of inserting your useless ignorant-ass opinions into places where you aren’t wanted you took some time to learn and read up on the issues. You can start by googling some of the things I just mentioned.
Maybe then you’ll realize that until every single racist cop and politician, and overeager neighborhood watch member, every single white supremacist and neo-nazi, every single racist law and policy, every single part of our society that reinforces racial differences is gone, RACE MATTERS.
Okay. Please calm down.
I don’t think you understood me.
I was pointing out the unintentional racism in saying black lives. I was trying to say that no one should be treated like this.
It’s the skin colour separation that is causing the awfulness in Ferguson. Saying black lives is subtly continuing the separation.
Thus I said all lives because there is absolutely no more or no less value to a persons life if their skin happens to be a certain shade.
I’ll admit I didn’t read your entire spiel as I could tell from the first sentence that you were incredibly angry and obviously had taken it the wrong way. I’m very sorry if I offended you but all I was trying to say is that a human life is a human life regardless of genetic coding.
Please don’t start swearing, talk to someone calmly and logically and you’ll have a much better chance of being treated seriously.
Nah son, I understood what you were saying perfectly. It is NOT racism to say that black lives have value, cause nobody’s saying black people are better than white people? #BlackLivesMatter is simply a response to a society that explicitly and implicitly teaches people that white lives are more worthwhile, more human, t The media treats white school shooters better than it treats black murder victims, and you’re gonna attack #BlackLivesMatter?? You’re gonna shout “RACE DOESN’T MATTER” at people who have lived their entire lives experiencing dehumanizing racism and are fighting back against it?? Really?
Acknowledging the racial differences that are inherent in our society isn’t racism. Yes, race is a social construct. Yes, it was ‘made up’ by humans. So are laws. So is nationality. That doesn’t change the fact that laws and nationality have control over your life. So does race. You need to accept that we live in a society where race matters, and therefore NO, we are NOT the same. I’m Asian, you’re white, and Michael Brown was black. A black person moves through society differently than you do as a white person, or I do as an Asian person, because you and I are not subject to the racism and stereotypes that a black person is. (For the record, you also aren’t subject to the same racism that Asian people face either.) The fact that you could even suggest that race is something that we can simply ignore is a result of your privilege.
As for your implied suggestion that if we just stopped talking about race and viewed each other as one people, as simply the human race living hand in hand in harmony? Unless you convince all the racist cops to stop beating and murdering people of color, all the white supremacists that are killing people of color and stirring shit up in Ferguson right now, all the politicians who exploit white racial fears for political gain, all the people who subtly reinforce racial stereotypes with their everyday language, etc., unless you get ALL THOSE PEOPLE to suddenly stop explicitly or implicitly supporting racial oppression, you aren’t doing shit other than sticking your head in the sand and allowing the racism in our society to continue unhindered. People like you always come into discussions about race acting like they’re so enlightened and acting like they’ve magically discovered the cure to racism when all they’re doing is derailing conversations and making it that much harder to get actual, REAL change done.
And don’t fucking police my language. I should not have to be a perfect saint while speaking out against racism for my voice to be heard. The fact that our society thinks that swearing or displaying anger are reasons to dismiss someone’s opinion outright is ridiculous and oppressive. Good bye.