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Here’s What People Think About #BlackLivesMatter

By NegusWhoRead

The following words are submissions, comments and statements from readers of NegusWhoRead on Black Lives Matter and the ongoing conversation about police brutality and Black protests. They are the exact words, and have only been edited for brevity.

On police:

I have so much anxiety over all of this. I had to pull over twice yesterday driving from Memphis because I had anxiety for my son, our men, our people. Both cops should be prosecuted. I also have anxiety now because my husband retired after 21 years as a Dallas police officer, has family and friends on the force there and he was up most of the night trying to see who is ok. He was a great police officer and served and protected for 25 years total. I’m scared for all of us and for our police forces around the world. People don’t understand how stressful it is to be married to someone that you don’t know if they will come home. Yesterday I felt the same anxiety I felt when he use to work nights. Right is right and wrong is wrong and killing police officers is not right neither.


I’m a black woman in a house with a cop, black man, black son and I’m scared.


C.S.

I don’t think about police until I see one. I always look around because I feel that it is necessary to try and see what he sees. If I can see what he sees before he sees I can try to be ready when he gets to me. All cops scare me, because I feel like the faternal order is always first and always in formation. The race doesn’t matter. It is cops and everyone else. Because power. More than seeing police officers I see people who have accepted the duty to enforce a culture that believes that people who make mistakes, people who are sick, and people who are atypical need to be put away or put down by any means necessary…


Britt Wiggins

Black people commit most crime and now, black lives matter is becoming just another thug gang. Committing violent crime.


This shits not white yellow brown or red problem. It’s a black thing. Always oppressed, always the victim minority, always turns extremely violent when other races move on.


I work with Mexicans, Asians. There’s no problems . We’re all equal. My boss is Asian. It’s so rare to see that in the black community and black coworkers.


There’s your harsh truth. Black people for all their strengths and weaknesses as people need to worry about themselves first. Not ” hands in the air cop killer wanna be Firgusen”


James McGee

On their children:

I look into the face of my happy little boy and my heart swells with equal amounts of happiness and trepidation, knowing that he is already viewed as a threat. I long for a place where he and his sisters can simply be children without adult responsibilities and issues being imposed on them via hyper sexualization and villainized before age five. Each time I see and hear another story, I lament NOT my son. Not my husband. Not my daughters. Not me. Then I realize with each hashtag they are me. They are my son. They are my husband. They are my daughter. They are us. Now what?


Erika Parker

My soul weeps for black lives. We are being executed without cause. I hurt for all lives lost and I worry about my own children’s safety. New massa, new plantation, same slavery


Amani Rodriguez

On how Black people degrade the culture:

Maybe if there weren’t so many blacks acting like rabies infected monkeys, we wouldn’t have so many getting killed by police ya jackass. So, here’s what I say, let’s have a civil war. Blacks vs white. That’s what you want, right? I mean, what else could it be? This nation caters to blacks, disregards any death unless it’s a black person at the hands of a white person, blacks hold the majority of government jobs, consume the majority of entitlements, the list goes on and on, yet that is not enough. So let’s fucking fight and see who’s left standing. Fucker… Hopefully we cross paths one day


YourDaddy

Every time my husband leaves home, I’m fearful that he may get pulled over and killed…Not because of his actions, but because of his skin color. The pain of having to explain to our 2 young children that he won’t be coming back, would be unbearable. Regardless of what America likes to think, Black father’s are in our children’s lives and we need them. WE love our Black men, even if THEY DON’T. Our love is shown with every protest, every post, and every tear shed. We as women cry and empathize when we see another Black woman grieving from the loss of her son on TV, or when a 15 year old boy on TV cries saying, “I want my daddy!” knowing that his final visit that he will have with his dad will be at a funeral. That hurts. We as a people are strong, but we are real people who deserve to be treated as such. We matter.


Tiffany C.

Irving, TX 

On facts:


While only 13.2 % of the American population is black:

67% of black households are single parent

72% of all black babies born out of wedlock

50% of all black kids don’t finish high school
52% of all violent juvenile crimes are committed by blacks
45% of all drug offenses are committed by blacks

85% of all violent interracial crimes are committed by blacks

79% of all robberies are committed by blacks

80% of all shootings are committed by blacks

59% of all murders are committed by blacks

49% of all murder victims are black

93% of all black murder victims are murdered by another black

33% of all crimes are committed by blacks

All data was requested by President B. H. Obama

All data can be found at the non-partisan website:


http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub


http://www.bjs.gov


BitterBitterTruth

I guess waking up disgusted is our new norm.


One morning, we awake to images of slain blood-stained brothers – victims of trigger-happy officers who vowed to serve and protect. Our day is filled with anger, despair, and endless arguments over who was at fault.



The next sunrise brings the death of five policemen, a young black man unjustly linked to the crimes, and a former lawmaker who publicly blames our president for the unrest while encouraging more violence from “Real America.”


Every morning brings fresh pain. And absolutely zero solutions.


But how can we expect solutions from a nation that was built on the premise of freedom yet is too cowardly to honestly address its crippling systemic racism? The most disgusting racists among us have considered the black race little more than animals: The deaths of actual animals like Harambe the gorilla and Cecil the lion trigger more outrage and protests than the slayings of our own neighbors.


How can we achieve change when frank discussions about race relations are constantly deflected by #AllLivesMatter apologists? Ignoring the plight of the minority is the height of arrogance. And ignorance.


And how can a community that rightfully screams #BlackLivesMatter gleefully celebrate the deaths of innocent officers? The names of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are now lost in the fervor of twisted vigilante justice.


When our mornings are this dark, it’s no wonder so many of us are so blind.


Edward Bowser

On understanding the meaning of #BlackLivesMatter:

I am a white man who heard his father tell a story about an Indiana sheriff shooting a black prisoner far too many times. It was his way of letting others know he was a “Good Old Boy”. You said everything I think when I hear someone trying undercut the meaning of “Black lives matter.” by pretending there is an implied “Only” at the beginning of the sentence. You let your white readers off far too easily but by being more civil than them I think you gained impact.


David S.


I’m afraid to birth a life into this hateful mess! Black men are human beings too! Stop JUST praying and being neutral… FAITH without the work is dead. Everyone has to do the work!!


April F.

 

Barnes Street Recreation Center Youth
Florence, SC

 

On the divisiveness of #BlackLivesMatter

BLM is going to continue to drive everyone EXCEPT black people away from their movement & against them if they continue having the type of “leadership” the organization currently has. Would you help a movement that has, as one of its top 5 leaders, a guy who encourages rioting when you are the race he’s saying should be impacted by it? If the races were reversed, would you want to help an organization who has someone co-organize a rally and then keep shouting “God d*mn black America!” repeatedly? (He actually said white, not black, but I’m illustrating a point. Insert whatever race you are, and imagine he’d used that. Would you want to help?) I believe in the statement that black lives do matter, but I can NEVER support or encourage support for such an organization. They are just as racist in their words & actions (several leaders, not all members) as the people they supposedly want to fight against. They will NEVER have the support of other races & therefore the majority if they don’t realize that criticizing white people for things they haven’t done as individuals will drive them away….


I am a very successful black businessman…. AND I have found that the majority black scum people are always demanding a handout and then when you help them they take everything they can and stab you in the back. Yes that is my experience for years!

It is so simple on this planet, it is all about Karma – You get what you give out.

If all these black colored animals want to bitch about how their welfare check is too small… then send them all back to Africa where black lives really don’t matter. Enough is enough ! Time to take the gloves off. If Baton Rouge Police would shoot 1,000 blacks for every cop that is ambushed… then this unbelievable heinous bullshit would stop quickly.


THE statistics says it all!


Fact – despite making up just 13% of the population, blacks committed half of all homicides in the United States for nearly 30 years.


Fact – it would take cops 40 years to kill as many black men as have died at the hands of other black men in 2012 alone.


Would someone please please start a website, black lives don’t matter .com.


Leo Branton,

Los Angeles, CA

On her changed perspective of Black Lives Matter

I understand some of this now. I did not understand it before I adopted four children with different skin colors than mine. Then, my teenage son experienced it ‘up close and personal’ and it created the coldest fear and rage I have ever felt–ever, in my entire life. Our meeting with the police chief later that week changed nothing. In his eyes, his officers had good reason to assume the worst when dealing with young men of color. So yes, I know that my sons may receive different responses based on their color, even though one has since gone on to serve two tours in Afghanistan as a Marine. Before this officer’s encounter with my son, which began and ended with belligerence, verbal abuse, and assumed guilt, I would have had difficulty believing that our police would behave in such a manner. I didn’t even know that we needed to talk to the boys about such things. When I arrived at work and talked with my colleagues about it, they shared with me this thing that they do, this necessary, even vital ‘talk.’ It reminded me of a concern I’d had prior to adoption. I had shared with the caseworker that it was really unfortunate that there were no families of color currently available to adopt these children that I loved. I shared that, in spite of my best efforts, I knew that I could miss crucial elements from their biological families’ culture. And then here it came, blindsiding us both.


Susan P.

On the divisiveness of #BlackLivesMatter

There are reasonable people who contend that the phrase “Black Lives Matter” has become too divisive. They say the American mainstream views it as too militant and anti-white, so even though there are good intentions, it automatically turns people off.


Here is the thing: There has never been a movement started by an underclass that has been accepted by the mainstream.Not the abolitionist movement. Not the Black Power movement. Not even the civil rights movement. If Black people crafted a response to racism and violence based on how the majority of white people felt, it would look like brown skinned toddlers on bended knee wearing knickerbockers begging passersby if they could “please spare a little bit of that freedom, sir?” 


Michael Harriot

On his frustration with Black people:

The social problems between black and white people exist because they are different creatures. They differ intellectually, physically and temperamentally. These differences result in definable social incompatibility.


All the other races are just exhausted with blacks. The other races are exhausted by the social pathologies, the violence, the high rate of criminal activity, the expense, the endless complaints, the blind racial solidarity,


the bottomless pit of grievances, the excuses, and the reflexive animosity – to name a few.


The white elites explain everything with “racism,” They tell us that we just have to try harder, give more money, more time, more understanding, more programs, and more opportunities for blacks.


Whites do their best to appease the effort and provide money and support because they are taught it’s the right thing to do – but nothing changes.


No matter how much money is spent, no matter how many laws are passed, no matter how many black geniuses are portrayed on TV, and no matter who is president – nothing changes.


Some argue it’s a problem of “culture,” as if culture creates people’s behavior instead of the other way around. Others blame “white privilege.”


Since 1965, when the elites opened America’s doors to the Third World, immigrants from Asia and India who are not white, not rich, and not “connected” have quietly succeeded.


While the children of these people are winning spelling bees and getting top scores on the SAT, the black “youths” are committing half the country’s violent crime, which includes viciously punching random white people on the street


for the sport and the fun of it, crime that has nothing to do with poverty.


Instead of striving to be an honorable and productive people blacks appear to want to destroy America through their oppositional attitudes, dependency, criminality and ongoing cultural dysfunction. And what manner of people totally


neglect every aspect of home ownership from maintenance to landscaping, and allow total degeneration and destruction of their own neighborhoods – blacks, that’s who.


With or without racism, blacks are genetically pre-disposed to behave and live as they do, we’re not going to change that. Unfortunately, those behaviors are incompatible with the modern civilized society of today, and that’s why they


do not fit in anywhere outside of Africa.


It’s not racism, it’s not the color of their skin and it’s not the slave ships hundreds of years ago – it’s blacks. It’s who and what blacks are that is the real problem – and there is nothing we can do to change that.


By forcing us to live and be schooled together serves only to frustrate most blacks. They can’t fit in and can’t keep up with whites or Asians, and that’s when they tend to lash out and drop out.


I’m truly sorry blacks think what happened a long long time ago is the root of all their problems today, but you just can’t keep acting like anyone alive today did it and you’re the person it was done to.


As long as you insist on living in that past your troubles will never end.


There was a time that I cared but I’m sorry, I just don’t give a damn about them anymore.


Brent Phillips

On being unarmed, holding his hands in the air while trying to help an autistic patient and being shot by police:

“I still got my hands in the air and I said, ‘I just got shot.’ I’m standing there like, ‘Sir, why did you shoot me?’ and his words to me was:


‘I don’t know.’”


Charles Kinsey, 

North Miami, Florida

Nigger


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About the author

Michael Harriot is a renowned spoken word poet, the host of The Black One podcast and the editor-in-chief of NegusWhoRead. He is perpetually just getting warmed up because he has no chill. He is on Instagram and twitter as @michaelharriot

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