January 29, 2015

The title of this post is not an editorial comment. Rather, it’s a question for the likes of (The Rev.) Al Sharpton and all the race-baiting liberals and jackass protestors who have exploited the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner to spout outrage and push their own political agendas. The fact is, if these folks and others were truly concerned about black lives mattering they’d be just as huffy and puffy about the fact that for every Brown and Garner there are 19 blacks lives snuffed out by abortion, according to data from the FBI and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

And they would be equally as outraged at the deaths of black youths caused by black-on-black inner-city violence. Do their lives matter? As Oakland Tribune columnist Tammerlin Drummond writes, er, perhaps not so much:

Black Lives Matter has become the rallying cry of those protesting police brutality all over the country in the wake of the police killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York.

Yet Some Black Lives Matter seems a more appropriate slogan.

How many people in Oakland — the site of some of the most passionate and sometimes violent police brutality protests in recent months — can name a single African-American who has been killed in a homicide in their own city? Maybe you know of Oscar Grant and Alan Blueford, who were both killed by law enforcement officers in cases that got a lot of media coverage.

But are you familiar with the name Lamar Broussard? Derryck Harris? Lee Weathersby III? Didn’t think so.

Their stories don’t fit into the historic racial narrative of systemic police violence against minorities in the U.S. They were in all likelihood murdered by someone from the Deep East Oakland community where they lived.

And it’s not just in Oakland, of course – it’s in Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, New Orleans, and any other inner-city neighborhoods where you won’t find your average everyday elitist progressive activist (most typically white, BTW) sticking their privileged noses into – they know if they did it would be their lives that wouldn’t matter, and quickly. Much better, then, to focus their outrage in populated areas where they can make jackasses of themselves by inconveniencing the largest number of people possible – on highways and transportation systems or shopping malls – places where they can, you know, feel more comfortable. After all, if you gotta protest, best do it around your own kind.

The sad truth is, the number of black lives lost through abortion and black-on-black violence are the kind of numbers liberals and progressives seek to avoid at all cost because it doesn’t fit their narrative or their political agendas. Far better to sloganeer at the Sundance Film Festival where one can comfortably express outrage over the loss of black lives while you swill chardonnay with all your other lib pals who live their lives in affluent suburbs and trendy city neighborhoods, or in gated communities designed to keep the riff-raff out.

But that’s modern-day liberal activism for you. And it’s spelled h-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y.

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