Lives Matter? Really? Are You Sure?

The Student Government Association ran a Black Lives Matter flag up the University of Vermont flagpole on Thursday. Not everyone is saluting. Flags representing other groups have flown from the same flagpole.

A number of dissenters think “All Lives Matter” in ultra-diverse Vermont and especially should at our public ivy.

Establishing a diverse and inclusive culture is a priority at the University of Vermont. In fact, UVM holds that diversity and academic excellence are inseparable.

But only black lives matter.

“The #BlackLivesMatter flag that was casted on UVM’s campus yesterday makes me proud to be a Catamount.” Cassidy Derda (@m1ss5cass) tweeted Friday.


“The University of Vermont is a place to learn and to teach. It is not a cloister — it does not live in a vacuum. It is both in the world and of the world. Its mission is to educate people for leadership in society.”


But in the UVM society only black lives matter.

Or do they? Really?

“My body filled with lots of joy to know that my predominantly white university is paying tribute to the deaths in the black community,” student Akilah Ho-Young posted on Facebook. Turns out that I’m not black, my voice doesn’t matter.

Black lives do matter, but those raising flag do so to shut down discussion.

“Sometimes it does,” Liz Arden said. “Often it’s done to raise awareness of the injustice perpetrated by ‘roidal cops and others.”

That’s what all the protesters, including those at UVM, would have us believe. The effects are different.

“But it is so easy to co-opt the flag,” she said.

I have no problems with pointing out injustice but, sadly, the we-need-to-protest-the-injustice people have been co-opted by the KILL THE COPS! people. Here, for example, the Black Lives Matter “protesters” chant “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon!”

The statistics are interesting. About 1.0 white person per 100,000 kills other white people. Likewise about 1.0 black person per 100,000 kills white people. About 0.1 whites per 100,000 kill blacks. About 5.4 blacks per 100,000 kill other blacks. A Washington Post real-time database tracks fatal police shootings. As of this morning, 1,697 people have been shot and killed by on-duty police officers since Jan. 1, 2015. 827 were white and 430 were black. The remaining 440 were divided into other or unknown races. The Post says it’s “impossible to calculate the percentage of police shootings that are legitimate.”

“I’ve seen statistics like those,” Ms. Arden said. “Poor people are easy prey. Poor people in reach of criminals are even easier prey. So it’s not surprising.”


But the welfare state keeps people in poverty so that’s not the solution and in the meantime, cops have to respond to the crimes that have been committed and the big news is that black on black murder is about five times more likely than white on white. Where do you think crime prevention efforts should go?

How about we say Crime Matters?
This year, I’ll prosecute the rioters and looters and illegal aliens and traitors and cops who unlawfully kill whites and the blacks who kill cops while you prosecute the cops who unlawfully kill blacks.
Next year we switch.

UVM president Tom Sullivan stands behind the student government’s decision to display the flag.

I wonder if students could fly the Tea Party banner there or raise the flag for “Illegal means Against the Law” or for “Christians Have Religious Freedom, too.”


6 thoughts on “Lives Matter? Really? Are You Sure?

  1. Between the pageantry and punditry and pissery of this issue, we have lost track of the fact that people have died. That police officer was someone’s sibling. The innocent bystander was someone’s parent. The criminal was someone’s child. No matter what the victim did, someone will grieve their death. And very few people have taken the time to say to those left behind, “I am sorry for your loss.”

    To anyone on any side of this issue who has lost a loved one, I am sorry for your loss.

  2. I’m going to point out the snark added when the author re-states the message of the movement as “only” Black lives matter. That is not the message. Of course, if someone wants to hear/read/see it that way, they certainly can and do whatever they wish with it. But they own that set of hurt feelings (or whatever).

    Statistics that would interest me are the ones that count the number of times a police officer responded with inappropriate force to a white person versus the number of times a police officer — of any color — responded with inappropriate force to a non-white person. I’m not certain those statistics would be collected with thoroughness, however — at least not until enough body-cam footage is accumulated.

    “Black Lives Matter” was originally intended to point out that throughout much of history, Black lives have been treated as though they do not matter in proportions that suggest that our status quo is “only white lives matter.” That’s what the movement is all about.

    Yes, it’s tragic that the movement has become a standard (as in flag) borne by those who are prone to violence as their choice for protest.

    Also, what’s with all that distracting stuff regarding how high the flag can be relative to the US Flag? I thought you wrote about one topic, one topic only, and then moved on …

    • gekko: “That is not the message….”

      No snark added when I read the message as only Black lives matter. See, that’s the message a large number of observers see. It is similar to the problem Planned Parenthood faces with a small number of observers who think they only do abortions.

      On statistics, I agree. The Washington Post says it’s “impossible to calculate the percentage of police shootings that are legitimate.” I suspect they would also say it’s impossible to determine the number of times appropriate force is used.

    • On the “one topic” question, I’ll stipulate that I had two questions to answer here. The first is whether UVM did right by flying the BLM flag and the second, the legitimacy of the BLM movement. I fixed it.

      On the second question, it appears a lot of unthinking but well-intentioned people have been co-opted by a coalition of self-serving politicians, make-believe religious “leaders,” and other criminals.

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