White man ISO white people to explain something to me
I have yet to take a strong stand on this whole #blacklivesmatter and #alllivesmatter and #bluelivesmatter and #enoughwiththehashtagsmatter issue, and I’m fairly certain it’s a privilege thing that I, as a cisgendered white hetero man in farm country, have this luxury. I can’t help that.
I’m familiar with the early arguments for BLM, but I’ve been too comfortable with my earliest impressions and too busy to keep up, so I’m not sure where I stand on the most recent status of BLM. I also get why some folks with good hearts and intentions think All Lives Matter. I’ve read counter-arguments to their position, and I largely agree.
As a non-evil person, I obviously sympathize with those who die unjust violent deaths. The thing is, I haven’t looked at the numbers for myself to determine to my own satisfaction what degree of certainty to feel in regard to just how big and critical an issue race-driven use of force by police is. I know what the narrative I’m supposed to repeat is. I just haven’t fact-checked it, or teased out the ramifications for myself. And it’s so emotionally loaded that it’s exactly the kind of issue I think everyone, especially those most directly concerned, would do well to dig into more deeply before laying it all on the line. Life and death issues require the most consideration in the absence of imminent harm. You’re welcome for the ____splanation.
So, thought experiment time. Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that of the total number of civilians killed by police, the majority of them are actually not POC, and that the perception that POC are killed by police in disproportionately high numbers is a media creation, to wit, more white people than black people are killed by police.
Question: If that’s that case, why are white people, as a whole, okay with unelected government officials killing them with impunity, to the point where we don’t hear about it constantly in the news? Are we supposed to be okay with unelected government employees spontaneously revoking our human rights, our inalienable rights, our rights as US citizens, to due process, representation in court, a trial before a jury of peers, and sentencing in accordance with law and summarily executing us?