May 9, 2015
Here you have the entire situation happening in the Western world explained.
In Connecticut, someone tried to say White people’s lives have value.
Flyers with the slogan — “#White Lives Matter” — an apparent racist response to the widely used social-media hashtag, #Black Lives Matter, have been tossed on local driveways and lawns in the Compo Road area, prompting local officials to denounce the message.
“Denounce the message” can only mean one thing here – to say that no, White lives do not matter.
Officials say they are troubled by the distribution of the flyers in town, which have unsettled many of those who found them on their doorsteps over the last week.
“I am deeply concerned and disappointed that statements like this have found their way to Westport homes,” First Selectman Jim Marpe said in a statement Friday. “This kind of racial ugliness has no place anywhere, and certainly not in Westport.”
“I am deeply concerned” that someone believes White people have a right to be alive. This is ugly and has no place anywhere.
The first selectman added, “I have always been proud to speak of Westport as an open and welcoming community, and I continue to believe that the vast majority of Westporters practice that belief through tolerance, inclusion and everyday civil behavior … This past year has reminded us that our nation still needs to deal with some serious racial issues, and now we know that Westport is not immune.”
Here you have it explained that the words “tolerance” and “inclusion” mean that White lives do not matter.
The local flyers apparently respond to the #Black Lives Matters hashtag used on social over the last year in the wake of the deaths of black men in confrontations with police in several high-profile incidents.
Marpe said he has asked TEAM Westport, a group that tries to foster greater diversity and tolerance locally, “to work with Interfaith Clergy, the Board of Education and the appropriate town agencies, to lead our community’s response to these outrageous statements and, more importantly, the behaviors and beliefs that underpin them.”
It is outrageous to believe White lives have value. We need a complex response team to stop people from believing that White lives matter.
Harold Bailey, the TEAM Westport chairman, said Friday he’s working on setting up meetings with the leaders of a number of organizations to get a “consolidated response” to the flyer distribution.
It is a massive crisis that someone believes that believes that White lives matter, and was actually willing to go so far as to print it on paper. We must pour unlimited resources into responding to this one individual who believes White lives have value.
As of now, he said, “We’re not sure why this is being done or who is doing it.”
Bailey said that taken on face value, the flyers could be an answer to “Black Lives Matter,” which in addition to being used widely on social media, has been chanted at demonstrations following the black men’s deaths.
“Black Lives Matter, he said, is “really a statement of a reminder that” some people feel “they are marginalized by society.”
Presumably, “White lives matter” would also be a reminder that some people feel Whites are being marginalized.
But I get it. Black lives matter, and White lives don’t.
The sentiment has been noted.