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Who, Precisely, Ever Said That Black Lives Don’t Matter? by The Elephant's Child
April 27, 2015, 11:16 pm
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Apparently unaware that there are real problems in the world, the black youth of Baltimore decided to have a riot, theoretically based on the idea that “Black Lives Matter” which no one  disagrees with. Of course they matter, but not to the people involved. Baltimore has the fifth highest murder rate in the country. The murder rate in Baltimore stood at 37.4 out of 100,000 people So far this year, there have been 63 murders. Fifty-six of the victims were black.

More than half of Baltimore’s police force are black. The police are there to try to prevent those murders. Their job hovers on the edge of violence — they are called to stop something, to catch the perpetrator, or in the middle of something to prevent it getting worse. It is not an easy job, and if someone gets hurt, it is not surprising even when really good cops are trying hard to restore order.

The usual media commentary from afar (they’re not going to get in the middle of a riot) is usually about a peaceful protest  that is “marred” by a sudden outbreak of violence. The peaceful protest in Baltimore was marred by smashing and firing cars, smashing windows, throwing rocks and bricks, and setting buildings on fire as well as assaulting random people who just happened to have white faces.

It was supposedly in response to the death of Freddie Gray while in custody. What happened is not yet known. It is unlikely that many actually knew Freddie Gray, the son of an illiterate drug addict, who has repeatedly been busted for drug possession with intent to distribute. So far this year he was charged with second-degree assault, fourth-degree burglary and malicious destruction of property, and it’s only April.

The mass murder of young black men is being committed by black men. A peaceful protest wouldn’t attract many. Violence is the point, to be followed by looting. The attempt is to blame it on white supremacy in a city where the mayor is black, the police commissioner is black and the majority of the police force is black. Studies show that black officers are harder on black suspects, and that cops already hesitate more when the suspect is black.

One of the saddest stories was the burning of an eight year old Baptist project to provide affordable housing for poor seniors. Pointless.

One of the weirder supporters of the riots was Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who tweeted his support and sympathy for rioters burning down Baltimore while slashing fire hoses to prevent firemen from containing the fires they set. Khamenei said Americans selfishly abolished slavery for economic gains. If only the Baltimore police had converted to Islam, they would stop committing “crimes against blacks.”

@khameinei_ir  Even abolition of #slavery in #US wasn’t based on humanitarian intents but on North-South wars & conflict b/t landowners& industrialists and

@khameinei_ir Power with cruelty isn’t favored by #Islam. #Police should embody justice and mercy while being potent.

Uh huh.really helpful.


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