I hastily wrote the following in response to an evangelical friend of a friend who commented that BLM is Marxist and uses violent tactics. She asked me “where have you been?” I started off listing the things I do for my fellow humans on a daily basis, then continued…
Where have I been? I’ve been ingesting multiple reliable news sources (so no OAN, Fox, or InfoWars) to make the most well-informed analyses of what’s going on in the world.
I’ve been fact-checking anything that seems incredulous.
The arsons in MN and GA were started by white agitators. Protests in MN were turned to destructive riots by white agitators. The overwhelming majority of the violence in this years’ protests and riots were committed by police and by white people. These are the facts.
Black Americans have been treated as sub-human for generations. Parents worry if they are going to lose their children to a police bullet on the way back from school. Unarmed black people are murdered for being suspected of maybe doing something wrong in the near future while white murderers get a bottle of water and a fist bump.
And when they and their allies protest peacefully, they are humiliated, demonized (see: Kaepernick), assaulted, and murdered—all with the overt approval and encouragement of the POTUS and millions of their fellow Americans who are so entrenched in their selfish privilege that they refuse to open their minds to the reality of Black lives, and choose only to have empathy up to a shallow degree.
And then they (you) have the gall to invoke names like Jesus Christ and MLK, whose words they (you) cherry pick to fit their (your) worldview, rejecting any of the words that make them (you) uncomfortable.
If you think that Jesus or MLK would publicly condemn ANYTHING that BLM is doing, especially in light of WHY they are doing it, then your values are antithetical to those of Jesus and MLK.
Oh? Am I Harsh?
“Can’t we be civil? Can’t we disagree? Can’t we blah blah blah?” you (and other seemingly well-meaning people) will insist.
No. Let me tell you why.
As what you would call an oriental, I have experienced racial harassment and violence (I got scars to prove it) from whites throughout my childhood. I believe that I maybe, possibly have a small understanding of of what it MIGHT be like for Black Americans. But in truth? Nope. Not even close. What my experiences have given me is eyes to see racism where it exists—and it exists in far more places than even the most woke white person can imagine.
Throughout my life, I have listened to whites’ POVs, I have been civil in the face of unrelenting bigotry, and I have allowed them to label their hate speech as mere “disagreements.”
But no more. I’m done being civil to people who insist on perpetuating the subjugation of people of color, no matter how much they smile, go to church, and use nice words. The velvet glove over the iron fist trick won’t work any more.
So I’m going to say this to you, knowing that you’ll take offense, but also knowing that no matter how nasty my words are, they couldn’t possibly equal the hatred and the damage that YOUR beliefs and words have done to others: You are morally corrupt, you are culpable in the suffering and deaths of children and adults of color, and no amount of denial or prayer will clear you of your crimes. 🖕🏽