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Radical Netroots Nation denies white lives matter. And they’re racist.

The radical left wing group Netroots Nation had Democrat presidential candidate Martin O’Malley speak at a recent event. In the 20 minute video there is plenty of protesting for unknown reasons – it’s not like there were any Republicans on stage. But near the end of this recording O’Malley tries to appeal to the most basic tenets of common sense and common decency: all lives matter. He begins with the obligatory “black lives matter” and proceeds with “white lives matter” on his way to “all lives matter”. But when he mentions white lives matter, you might be surprised to find out the people of Netroots Nation don’t actually agree with that.

At the 20 minute mark O’Malley begins the lives matter routine but the audience can clearly be heard shouting “NO” when he says white lives matter.

Now, before anyone tries to say Netroots Nation didn’t actually deny white lives matter, please offer me a scenario in which white Southerners could EVER say “NO” to “black lives matter” and not have such a comment deemed racist. If anything should be met with universal agreement it would be that “all lives matter”. But Netroots doesn’t believe this.

Some argue that saying “all lives matter” diminishes the importance of the issue of blacks being killed by police. Never mind the fact police kill more whites than blacks. We’re talking about people who make a living fomenting racial strife, we can’t have inconvenient truths mentioned here.

The fact is “black lives matter” is an exclusive thing. Its supporters often object to the fact any other lives matter too. If you object to someone saying all lives matter you are elevating the value of the lives one group over another. You can claim you’re merely trying to promote awareness about injustice (and if that injustice is that cops kill blacks because of racism, you got some ‘splainin to do, and some contradicting evidence) but you need to justify why the implication that other lives DON’T matter isn’t really part of the package.

Let me ask a question raising a related point. Some claim the Confederate flag is about heritage, not racism. Most other people say that flag is about racism, pure and simple, and that other opinion is illegitimate. As it stands, I happen to agree with the majority on this one point: the Confederate flag stands for racism, no matter what anyone else wants it to mean. (I don’t agree with censoring it or removing the flags from historical markers or video games – because I don’t agree with hiding history or with infringing upon free speech). But since we don’t let the proponents of the Confederate flag define what that flag means, why should we let the black-lives-matter crowd define what that phrase means?

In most of American politics if something can be construed as racist or discriminatory in some way (especially if someone says they are offended) our society bends over backwards to accommodate and eliminate the offensive material, with apologies and all. The mere accusation of racism takes over any other considerations. The phrase black lives matter is harmless enough (though still exclusive, elitist, and actually anti-diversity) but to object to “all lives matter” and insist only “black lives matter” can be spoken is downright racist. I see no reason to object to all lives matter; well no good reason. There are race-pimping, opportunistic reasons to do that, sure, but I don’t consider those reasons good for America.

And I see no reason to deny the racist nature of insisting only black lives matter. If you object to saying all lives matter, and insist only the “black lives matter” mantra be permitted, you’re racist. Pure and simple. And so is Netroots Nation. I don’t care if some people want the phrase to mean something else. We live in an age where words and ideas can be redefined at whim, but where racism trumps everything else.

No one is saying racism doesn’t exist anymore. Now, Institutionalized Racism is a different thing. I don’t see any Jim Crow laws in effect anymore. I don’t see any water fountains or rest rooms or lunch counters set off to the side for blacks only (mandated by law, I remind you). I don’t see any laws in place specifically designed to make things tougher for blacks. If you do, show me. If you oppose voter ID but have no objection to the legal requirement of marriage licenses your argument is invalid. On the other hand, I see plenty of laws in place to make things easier for blacks. I see plenty of government programs set up with the assumption black people are incompetent rubes who can’t survive without government telling them what to do. All a person of color has to do is yell racism and all attention is diverted away from facts, and any wrong doing or mistakes made by the POC are ignored. There’s a word for that: it’s called privilege. And as Bob Parks eloquently explains, some people get paid to find racism so they find it even when it isn’t there.

Besides, we have good reason to question whether Netroots Nation or other progressives really believe black lives matter. Apparently some don’t.

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