As a Black Puerto Rican, who grew up in the Bronx during the 70’s and 80’s, I find the whole thing stupid. I grew up when AIDS and crack were epidemics ravaging the nation and especially poor (read urban) communities. I went to public school, where some 1/3 of my schoolmates were dead and/or in jail by their 21st birthday. I have, in my lifetime, been subject to police stops – at gunpoint – about 10 times that I recall right now (none with cause, at least half of those instances in a suit, virtually all before I was 21). I have never been arrested, and have gotten 1 ticket in my life (which I deserved).
That said, I have seen and known more Black on Black violence than anything police have ever done. Yes, I have experienced some stupid and racist cops. I have also several good friends that are cops – a few that started off as thugs and ruffians I might add.
Drugs have done more damage than all bad cops combined. The wholesale commercialization of what is “Black” (gansta rap, clothes, movies, the rejection of knowledge, ect.) has been devastating. The loss of the Black family, in part due to the entitlement culture and war on poverty, has reinforced these negatives.
How can “Black Lives Matter” if the community refuses to address the drive to be “ghettofabulous” (a true oxymoron if there ever was one). As a community we praise rappers and entertainers (sports mostly) above lawyers, doctors, or any profession. We regard rappers who have been imprisoned as role models, and emulate bad behavior fed to us in music and movies to a degree not seen in any other community. We instill in our children a need and focus on transitory irrelevant material goods ($500 jeans, air jordans, tricked out cars, ect.) rather than investments in their future (the stock market, homes, education, politics, ect.).
How can we expect anyone else, as a community, to respect Black lives if our actions and intentions indicate we don’t respect those very same lives as well?
In fact, the whole movement of “Black Lives Matter” comes out of the Ferguson incident, where a criminal (who happened to be Black) assaulted a police officer (who happened to be White) and died in major part due his own actions. At its core, the “Black Lives Matter” movement is a celebration of criminality (Ferguson) and racial discrimination (using race to excuse behavior of all sorts) using political correctness to exclude opposition and isolate race, while throwing a blanket over the most important and prominent factors affecting Blacks to allow focus on what is literally the least significant factor affecting Black lives.
In the end, do Black lives matter? As much, and no more, as all lives matter. But to have to say that is ludicrous, as preserving life is the major tenant of all religions and law and morality.”
Michael “Vass” Vasquez – 8/14/15 @1:26pm