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Are we awake yet? Rise up! Did the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and now Rayshard Brooks find us so safely wrapped in white privilege we could not see repeated injustice? Rise up!

Are members of the silent majority of Americans finally seeing the pain done in their name every day? Are they complicit in their silence?

Or now that we have watched a man’s life indifferently taken in 8 minutes and 46 long seconds, can we finally agree to act? Please do not let this terrible moment slip away.

Rise up! Be useful! Bring your gifts to the table.

Listen, learn, cry out, pray, create, sing, imagine, protect, focus, rethink, act. And then legislate, together. It is time for America to squarely face the consequence of centuries of racism inflicted upon her people and to do the hard work required to ensure our nation’s fundamental promise of life, liberty and justice for all.

Please do not let this terrible moment slip away. Transform it into an opportunity of grace for us all.


Colleen Mercer

Three Mile Bay

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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HR...news conference re BLM...“I didn’t receive one question about five children who were killed. And I’ll leave you with this remark by a dad — it broke my heart, a dad of an 8 year old lost Atlanta this weekend, ‘They say black lives matters. You killed a child, she didn’t do nothing to nobody’ was his quote,” she said.

Maybe, with the world's attention, they could at least include the grandfather's comments, versus claiming it's a deflection...include both.. they may just get more support...

hermit thrush

what part of "that's outside the scope of blm's mission" do you not understand? the reason kayleigh mcenany didn't receive "one single question" about that horrific killing is that it's outside the scope of blm's work. why are you referring to anything a bad-faith troll like kayleigh mcenany is saying anyway? "versus claiming it's a deflection" -- what do you mean by that? what deflection is going on here?


Take a breath HR... if you can convince the grandfather of the 8 year old murdered in Atlanta that this isn't or shouldn't be part of BLM... I'll accept it.. BTW....good article/debate on this exact issue... https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/10/black-lives-matter-loury-mcwhorter/409117/

hermit thrush

thanks for the link. i would be happy to discuss it, but first things first -- i have posed a number of questions to you which you have ignored. and i think some clarity on them would be helpful before proceeding.

you wrote, "so let's focus on 6% of the problem because it fits their narrative." what exactly is the "narrative" you claim they have? who exactly is the "they" here? (e.g., leaders of the blm organization, or the organization writ large, or people sympathetic to the organization, or ....)

you also wrote, "Maybe, with the world's attention, they could at least include the grandfather's comments, versus claiming it's a deflection." what exactly do you mean by "claiming it's a deflection"? what is the "it" here? where exactly has such a claim been made?

i don't think we're going to get anywhere unless we're more precise.


BLM's narrative focuses on the crimes of the state again blacks....support same 100%...you're well aware this is a small part of the total black deaths... Claiming Deflection is the same issue... maintaining focus only on the 6% of crimes by the state...and Don Lemon's CNN special on BLM never mentions the other 94% of deaths, many of which are kids.... Don't pretend this point isn't obvious... "This week, CNN's Don Lemon, who has spent the last few weeks bashing the supposed thoroughgoing systemic racism of the United States, hosted black actor Terry Crews. He then proceeded to browbeat Crews....BLM has the world's attention, rightfully so... use that attention to also includes addressing blacks killing blacks ... it suggests not all black lives matter...and not all black lives are equal...why won't Don Lemon include that in his nightly narrative..?

Mr. Crews, who had committed the great sin of tweeting, #ALLBLACKLIVESMATTER 9 black CHILDREN killed by violence in Chicago since June 20, 2020."

hermit thrush

if this is so (i haven't watched the segment) then your issue is with don lemon, not the blm movement. i don't think the blm movement is implying in any way that "not all black lives matter" or that "not all black lives are equal."


HT..I responded....your turn.. google...Do Black Lives Matter in Chicago? no shortage of articles...written by black advocates...black pastor...black inter city leaders...begging BLM for help ... not just in Chicago, also Baltimore..

hermit thrush

"Do Black Lives Matter in Chicago" -- please tell me you are not referring to the newt gingrich article in newsweek. i would be happy to respond to any good-faith articles written by black advocates that you can provide (but do please provide links or at least some kind of identifying information).

as for the atlantic piece you linked to previously, i respect john mcwhorter but i find that he offers very little in support of his views. he says things like "But none of it goes through" and "And they [the rebuttals offered by loury] fail utterly" and "I reject that. I think that argument is hopeless" without explaining why.

and even worse, some of his rhetoric is clearly not in good faith. he talks about "This high indignation about one white cop doing a terrible thing" -- the piece is from 2015, but already by then there multiple high profile killings of black people at the hands of police. he says "The problem is that the typical black man in a particular kind of community is at much, much more risk of being killed by another black man," which is true as far as it goes, but wildly misses the point -- this isn't about just death but overall violence. oppressive policing really is a huge, huge problem in black communities.

mcwhorter says "There has to be a second wing that goes into black communities and works in a real way on the black-on-black murders" -- in fact there are plenty of organizations doing this work, but they're not part of the blm and they don't get the kind of press blm does. again, it makes a lot of sense for these organizations to stay separate from blm because, although their goals bear obvious similarity to blm's, the work itself is quite different.

finally, i think friedersdorf raises some really excellent points in his discussion in the second half of the piece.

Holmes -- the real one

Colleen Mercer of Three Mile Bay, thank you for your fine letter.

We can begin to address this only when we call it what it is. Then we need to call it out whenever and wherever we see it.


Couldn't agree more...and the argument it's a small percentage of cops, is true... but don't tell me the good cops aren't aware of the bad cops....and fellow cops standing by with no intervention suggests that...

As well, where's BLM in Chicago??? Staggering black on black deaths... From Thursday at 6 p.m. through Sunday night, 87 people were shot in Chicago. Seventeen of the victims have died, including 7-year-old Natalia Wallace who was fatally shot in Austin Saturday night.....and this is a common occurrence!! I don't get it... where're the protests???

hermit thrush

black lives matter is an organization whose mission is to eradicate violence in black communities committed by the state and vigilantes. all deaths are tragic, but violence committed by random people falls outside the scope of that. there's no contradiction.


It's not "random people"....it's choosing to focus on the cause of 6% of deaths, versus 94%..From 1976 to 2005, 94 percent of black victims were killed by other African Americans. I'm not suggesting to ignore the terrible deaths by the hands of police and vigilantes... but, choosing not to include what causes 9.4 out of 10 deaths makes no sense to me... most of these are kids killing kids... with law enforcement unable to get witnesses to talk or co-operate...

Black Grandfather of an 11 year old killed over the weekend "“We’re protesting for months, for weeks, saying, ‘Black Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter.’ Black lives matter it seems like, only when a police officer shoots a black person. What about all the black-on-black crime that’s happening in the community?”

hermit thrush

by "random people" i meant only common people in society, as opposed to agents of the state or vigilantes. it is perfectly reasonable to limit the scope of blm's mission like that. every organization has to draw the line somewhere; you can't go about trying to solve all problems for everyone. the problem blm is working on is plenty hard enough and important enough already.


It's particularly injurious to society when people holding authority are criminal, and it's particularly injurious when subcultures systematically suborn the privileges of the state, and it's particularly injurious society when forces seek to divide us into factions.


HR - OK...so let's focus on 6% of the problem because it fits their narrative ....versus 94% ..... I'll stick with the comments by the grandfather.....

hermit thrush

eagle, what are you talking about? "it fits their narrative" -- huh? for heaven's sake, no one is saying that overall violence isn't important. police violence (and related discrimination) against black people is a very important problem and it's perfectly sensible to focus on that. on a practical level, what you do to combat police abuse is very different from what you do to combat violence committed by ordinary citizens. makes perfect sense to separate them out.


We have to start by deporting republicans.

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