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Do White Lives Matter?

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Residents, protesting the death of 25-year-old black man Freddie Gray, hold signs near riot police who lined the intersection of North Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue ahead of a city-wide curfew in Baltimore, Maryland

All decent Americans should agree with the slogan “Black Lives Matter” but new reports on killings by police raise questions on whether white lives matter too.

According to authoritative statistics from 2013 to the present, cited approvingly by the New York Times, far more white people than black people die in confrontations with law enforcement. Whites account for half the victims, African Americans only three of ten. Of course, since black people comprise 13% of the overall population, they’re over-represented as victims of police, but they’re even more over-represented in murders committed by civilians, and most over-represented of all when it comes to cop killers.

Media focus almost exclusively on incidents where the victim is black; can you think of a single recent case that received national attention that didn’t conform to this favored narrative? Why are whites who die at the hands of police somehow less worthy of obsessive coverage than their black counterparts?

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  1. Laura Johnson Los Angeles  •  May 9, 2015 at 1:48 am

    Exactly

  2. HBL  •  May 12, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Of course. All lives matter whether in the womb or out. Unfortunately, and as history clearly documents, some lives have mattered more than others.

  3. Jon Fortier  •  May 12, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Michael … was wondering what happened to your voice … listen to you on and off over the years. . . .. hope you get better and win the fight over cancer. I don’t understand how you can support any “Bush” to run for President of the USA. GWB sold us out to the banker bail out … and other times as well. anyone in the Bush family enjoyed profit from that .. think what you want but that’s the way I see it. . . . it would be like having Chelsea Clinton run for office .. to much bad luggage associated with the idea.

    Hope a real conservative wins and turn this mess around. I have my doubts. WWI and WWII began in large part because of financial collapse .. it is my belief that the next financial collapse is going to happen soon. Thanks and get well … Jon & Jan Fortier … Snohomish WA

  4. Duncan Parlett  •  May 15, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Conservatives view of fairness: Level playing field; good rules (laws); may good hard-working people succeed.

    Liberal view of fairness: Lift up and favor minorities and under represented groups and suppress and criticize the majority groups. Good hard-working minorities cannot succeed because the “system” is stacked against them.

    This explains why there is a difference between “black lives” and “white lives.”

    • David Wiltsee  •  May 15, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      So true. And so sad.

  5. MaxVeritas  •  May 15, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Re: So-Called Races
    Here are three sources that attest to the fact we are the human race, singular. I would also argue that those like Obama who perpetuate the races myth are in fact the true racist’s.
    Biblically
    Acts 17:26 – From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit
    the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and
    the boundaries of their lands. We are ONE RACE, ONE BLOOD.
    Also for true Christians: See Gal 3:28
    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is
    neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
    Science:
    All human beings in the world today are classified as Homo Sapiens.
    Scientists today admit that, biologically, there really is only one race
    of humans. Take DNA from any two persons on the planet and they will
    only differ by .2 % or so.
    Evolutionist’s:
    Virtually all evolutionists would now agree that the various people groups did not have separate origins; that is, in the evolutionary belief system, the different people groups did not each evolve from a different group of animals.
    May God heal you soon in whatever way He chooses…..Amen

  6. Reed Qualley  •  May 15, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Of course white lives matter – all of humanity matters. It is time we get rid of the “race” card. One time a black friend of mine asked me how I would feel if his black son fell in love with my white daughter. My reply was: “If they were truly in love and would treat each other right – I would be honored to give my blessing.” He then asked me why I married a white woman. I asked him the same of his black wife. His answer is the same as mine. Jim stated: “Because I dig black women!” It is time we see people as humans and valuable in their own skin. Jesus did – and I do! I appreciate your column and words. Reed – Vancouver, WA

  7. JACKIE THORNTON  •  May 15, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    “The white racial frame increasingly sees white deviants as sick-and maybe some are-but contrast this with the framing of both offenders and victims of color. They are irredeemably “evil”. No questions are asked, guilt is assumed, and punishment-in draconian legal systems not posh private treatment centers-is the corresponding response. The taint of criminalization is so strong that the actually innocent may be easily swept up, wild racial hoaxes furthered without sufficient doubt, and victims, such as Trayvon Martin, reframed via white “logic” as dangerous hoodie-wearing thugs who ultimately got just what they deserved.”
    (source)( Heitzeg,2013; Russell-Brown 2009)

    “Let’s think about it, when the tragedy at Columbine occurred there were literally hundreds of news stories asking the question:”Why are our kids becoming so violent,? Not, “Why are white kids becoming so violent, but “our” kids. Now let’s contrast that with what happens when a black child is killed in a predominantly black community. The newspaper accounts more often than not refer to “the problem of black-on-black crime” or ” violence amongst black youth.”

    There are two scenarios unfolding here: 1) De-emphasizing or minimizing ethnicity. When the crime is perpetrated by whites, color is not an issue; the issue is “our” children and violence, 2) Emphatic emphasizing and alienation when blacks are deemed the culprits.
    It is no longer”our” kids; it is “black” kids or youth. There’s a big difference.
    Source:”Whiteness,” Criminality and the Double Standards of Deviance/Social Control
    by Nancy A. Heitzeg

    In cases of individual white criminals, media accounts often are sure to present the suspect in everday photos-as opposed to mug shots-replete with neighbors or family “witnesses:
    who express shock, disbelief and attest to the character of the alleged perpetrator or the neighborhood from whence they came.
    SOURCE: “Whiteness,” Criminality and the Double Standards of Deviance/Social Control by
    Nancy A. Heitzeg EXCELLENT ARTICLE!

    ALL LIFE MATTERS EQUALLY!

  8. JACKIE THORNTON  •  May 16, 2015 at 10:15 am

    “The white racial frame increasingly sees white deviants as sick-and maybe some are-but contrast this with the framing of both offenders and victims of color. They are irredeemably “evil”. No questions are asked, guilt is assumed, and punishment-in draconian legal systems not posh private treatment centers-is the corresponding response. The taint of criminalization is so strong that the actually innocent may be easily swept up, wild racial hoaxes furthered without sufficient doubt, and victims, such as Trayvon Martin, reframed via white “logic” as dangerous hoodie-wearing thugs who ultimately got just what they deserved.”
    (source)( Heitzeg,2013; Russell-Brown 2009)

    “Let’s think about it, when the tragedy at Columbine occurred there were literally hundreds of news stories asking the question:”Why are our kids becoming so violent,? Not, “Why are white kids becoming so violent, but “our” kids. Now let’s contrast that with what happens when a black child is killed in a predominantly black community. The newspaper accounts more often than not refer to “the problem of black-on-black crime” or ” violence amongst black youth.”

    There are two scenarios unfolding here: 1) De-emphasizing or minimizing ethnicity. When the crime is perpetrated by whites, color is not an issue; the issue is “our” children and violence, 2) Emphatic emphasizing and alienation when blacks are deemed the culprits.
    It is no longer”our” kids; it is “black” kids or youth. There’s a big difference.

    In cases of individual white criminals, media accounts often are sure to present the suspect in everday photos-as opposed to mug shots-replete with neighbors or family “witnesses:
    who express shock, disbelief and attest to the character of the alleged perpetrator or the neighborhood from whence they came.
    SOURCE: “Whiteness,” Criminality and the Double Standards of Deviance/Social Control by
    Nancy A. Heitzeg EXCELLENT ARTICLE!

    ALL LIFE MATTERS EQUALLY!

  9. Wilbur Welsh  •  May 17, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Why is it that people choose to not discuss the root problem of black beople in America? How can any possible solution to todays problems be even reasonably discussed without first understanding, and agreeing, that the history of slavery in America has been a major factor, and probably THE major factor. in the social racial problems we face today. Let me summarize for those lacking knowledge in the history of blacks in America. (1) Africans were first brought to America as slaves; in chains and on ships where many of them died en route fro disease and malnutrition. They were sold to the highest bidder and spent their life doing manual labor for whatever their owner chose to give them. (2) Core families were non existent. Children were sold off. Husbands and wives were sold off either jointly or separately when the owner needed money or they were too old to do a days work. (3) No education allowed! Not allowed to learn to read.
    What have I missed? Oh! don’t bother to tell me that some were “decently” treated by their owners, became well educated, raised great families and were otherwise good American citizens, etc. While this is all undeniably true these incidents were far from sufficient to erase the problems of their history that brings us to date, hundreds of years later.
    But Lincoln freed the slaves, right? To do what? To be treated as third class citizens forever. To work at slave wages or sharecroppers for those who were their owners yesterday! Or perhaps move to larger cities where they could get good jobs and be treated humanely? (think Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Ferguson…) They lived in ghettoes because there was no place else to live and were basically treated by the power structure, and many members of the “white” community about the same as they had been as slaves. (think Jim crow).
    I could go on but I have made my point. Do white lives matter indeed.
    I see in the ad below that at your History Store one can learn about the “rich history of the U.S.” What does one learn about “black” history”?

  10. jguy  •  May 22, 2015 at 12:28 am

    ALL life matters…..and should. It seems to me that if the Media would
    spend more time exposing what the victimized individual did to cause
    the police to react then we might get a better feel for what does matter.
    Normally we only see or hear about the horrid reaction of the police and
    are given to assume that the recipient of the action was existing on the
    planet as a model citizen when the heavy hand of the law attacked. Little
    mention is made of the action that led to the admittedly horrific reaction.
    I would like to see more balance in this arena. Granted, in the cases where
    the police are massively criminal they – as any citizen – should be swiftly
    prosecuted.

  11. JACKIE THORNTON  •  Jun 1, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    ” The real reason Gray wasn’t taken to the hospital is because Gray’s life didn’t matter. It’s that simple. If he was white, he would have gotten the treatment he needed because the cops would have been worried about the consequences. But because he was black they did not concern themselves. Nothing was going to happen………… …….”

    “That’s not to say that, if Gray had been white, he would have gotten justice. Heck,no.
    He would have been forced to plea bargain on some trumped-up charge that would have landed him in the pokey for a year or two. In other words, he’d still get railroaded , but he’d still be alive, that’s the difference. They wouldn’t have broken his neck and let him to die. That sort of treatment is reserved for blacks, not whites.”

    SOURCE: OpeDNEWS 5/2/15…..If You’re Black in America, the Rules are Different
    by MIKE WHITNEY
    REPRINTED FROM Smirking Chimp
    Would Freddie Gray be Dead If He was WHITE?

  12. Kathleen Michaud  •  Jul 24, 2015 at 1:07 am

    My son called 911 on April 10th 2011 it was a suicide call , My son was not in his right frame of mind, He was short in the neck by the police , he was left a paralyzed and passed away fifteen months later. All Lives Matter … My son was White he had a Daughter , Three brothers a Mother a Father and Family and Friends who loved him so very much. This is not about the color of a Human Life. Its about the Life of the Person… ALL LIVES MATTER, MAKE NO MISTAKE PEOPLE…

  13. Kathleen Michaud  •  Jul 24, 2015 at 1:07 am

    My son called 911 on April 10th 2011 it was a suicide call , My son was not in his right frame of mind, He was short in the neck by the police , he was left a paralyzed and passed away fifteen months later. All Lives Matter … My son was White he had a Daughter , Three brothers a Mother a Father and Family and Friends who loved him so very much. This is not about the color of a Human Life. Its about the Life of the Person… ALL LIVES MATTER, MAKE NO MISTAKE PEOPLE…

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