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There are 11 comments on POV: An Emerging Movement Reminds Us of the Promise of MLK

  1. I’m starting to be irritated with the protestes/ protesters. Their ill informed to facts. While ” black lives matter” , so do white or all others. One problem is that both deaths were result of non comling to police orders. The “hands up “is not proven – too many in- credible witnesses( hands up could been a bluff). I think both incidents would never resulted in deaths if the criminals at least complied to the police orders ( which we all should known by 6 th grade)..

    1. Complying to a police officer is much easier when you are white than when you are black. It makes a difference what assumptions a cop brings into a situation. Add on top of this the fact that black people will experience profiling throughout their lives, it’s no wonder the frustration. Sure, Michael Brown was not complying, Eric Garner one can debate about the situation, but the point of the protesters is not about these specific high profile cases, but the nerve of frustration that they touch on. Don’t lose sight of the bigger picture.

      Saying “all lives matter” in response to the blacklivesmatter movement is like showing up to someone’s mother’s funeral and saying, get over it, all mothers matter.

      1. It is as offensive to suggest all or most police officers bring negatively biased assumptions about black people to a situation as it is suggest that all or most of any kind of people are going to behave in ANY way all the time!

        And you really didn’t offer a good comparison in your example of a mother’s funeral. You added “get over it,” which completely destroys your example. Dr. KIng asked us to value all lives, equally.

    2. Dave,

      Yes, I agree that all lives matter. Yes, I would love to say that we can simply teach everyone to respect police officers and do as they say. But the reality belies that ideal. The United States has an ugly history of using laws, policies, and practices to de-legitimize the value of black lives. The saying “Black Lives Matter” is not to claim that other lives do not matter, but it’s a cry to call attention to ongoing violent discrimination against Black Americans.

      Centuries of dehumanization of Black Americans have left indelible cultural values that we just can’t shake – after all, think about the difficulty with which we can change an entire culture.

      The idea that not complying with police officers somehow absolves the police officers of their responsibility in killing is ludicrous. You’re assuming that life is the same for people of various races. Do you honestly believe that someone’s race has no influence on how others perceive them? Remember those cultural attitudes our country can’t quite shake? Black criminality is infused into our country’s general consciousness.

      Read this reflection: http://gawker.com/5927452/how-to-slowly-kill-yourself-and-others-in-america-a-remembrance

      You have the right to get irritated at protests. But as we look ahead a few days to remember the life and words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I ask you to think really hard about what he would say about the current situation.

  2. How many blacks were killed by police officers last year?

    How many blacks were killed by other blacks last year?

    Black lives do not seem to matter to other blacks that much.

    1. Using your logic, I can say the same thing about White Americans. White Americans kill other White Americans. So therefore, White Americans don’t care about White people. Sounds pretty ludicrous, doesn’t it?

  3. 20% of police officers killed in the line of duty each year are killed with their own or their partner’s firearm by unarmed suspects who take the gun from the officer and shoot him/her with it.

    Forensic blood and wound evidence proved that Michael Brown was in Officer Wilson’s vehicle when he was shot in the hand, proving that he was attempting to commandeer Wilson’s department-issued firearm.

    Case closed.

  4. I would like to know what the goal is of the continued protests. What will satisfy the protesters and end the protests? If the goal is awareness, has it not been achieved, yet? What will signify adequate awareness, if this is the goal? Most protests want something specific … what does this one want? Recognition that “black lives matter”? Who is saying they don’t? I’m sure there will be some response to that question about it not being a verbal or direct statement, but when things go right, they don’t make the news, so what would say they do, to settle this apparent feeling amongst protesters that they don’t matter enough to some (please don’t pick on the phrasing of this last sentence; I know it’s poorly worded, but I think most everyone understands what I mean).

  5. Thanks to everyone who has weighed in on these important issues. For those wondering what demonstrators want the various groups have clear demands and objectives that are easily accessed to checking out their websites. Some local groups are acting more in solidarity with these groups and may not yet have specific goals for policy or cultural change. Some of these groups have also started social welfare and economic and political develop activities as well as demonstrating which is something else the public needs to know. There is both a long and short, inside and outside game being played here.

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