Video That KILLED ‘Black Lives Matter’

There is a video going around Facebook entitled “Video That KILLED ‘Black Lives Matter'”.
What do you think, my friends? Did this video kill BLM?
First I’d like to address the young male of African descent in the beginning. To say the fact that black people kill black people, justifies people in a position of authority more readily killing people of a certain continent of familial origin is not logical. I know that isn’t the real message. The real message would seem to be “Black people kill black people. So how can black people say, ‘Black lives matter’?”. If that is, in fact, your message, you miss the point. Further, you are lumping all black people together, you are saying one group of black people do not recognize the idea that black lives matter and therefore no black people should be allowed to say black lives should be as respected as the lives of other socially defined races. But 1 + 1 does not equal triangle.
Second, I’ll address the stream of video clips to follow. These clips of individuals of African descent shooting police officers would seem to aim to inspire viewers to feel as though police should be quick to draw their guns on black people. It would seem to say black people are dangerous and that police should shoot first. If this is the goal of this stream of videos, the creator would seem to believe one’s continent of familial origin, and, as a result, the color of one’s skin, causes a person to have a tendency toward violence. This hypothesis is unfounded. While there would seem to be evidence of a correlation between individuals of African descent and crime in the United States, correlation does not mean causation. That is to say that the color of a person’s skin does not cause a person to gravitate toward crime, but rather, a third factor like poverty, economic inequality, or biases in the system may work as the cause for the statistical variation. Even if we exclude this third possibility, inequality in the justice system, the fact that more crimes are committed by blacks would not mean being black causes one to commit crimes.
The video would seem to aspire to inspire us to recognize the correlation in the video – the color these men’s skin and the violent actions in which they are engaging. One could easily create a video of non-violent interactions between men of African descent and police or one of violent interactions between males of European descent and police. The video found here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXv2Pjtc3Zk) shows 2 interactions with police, one of a male of European descent practicing open carry and the other of a male of African descent practicing open carry. The two interactions are very different. Now there may have been many other factors at play here. Only so much can be experienced in such a video. But the video entitled “Video That KILLED ‘Black Lives Matter'” would seem to aim to inspire this inequality.
We are brothers and sisters. We are all in this together. All human lives matter. It is unfortunate that we have to remind those in charge of protecting us that black lives matter. It isn’t the message of BLM that only black lives matter, but rather that black lives matter too. Some of us who take up a cause may do so out of anger and act in hyperbole. But this comes from hurt and generally does not represent the true message of the cause. I support the idea that black lives matter. I support the idea that all lives matter. Neither should take away from the other. I believe our world will be a better place when we recognize these differences are not as significant as we like to believe. In the mean time, we need to be pushing toward that end.

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