Occasionally, phrases come into the American political lexicon. Some make sense, some bale me, and recently, the phrase "black lives matter" has entered the political arena. I admit I was rather baffled by this statement, thinking that it was self-evident, so startlingly apparent that it didn't need to be verbalized. I was raised to believe that every human life is precious, so of course black lives matter.
Revently, the phrase has become a political bell-weather. If you don't verbalize it, you are immediately branded as a bigot, or worse. This week, our Vice President, Mike Pence was cornered by a reporter who asked why he wouldn't recite the platitude.
“Forgive me for pressing you on this, sir,” anchor Brian Taff said to Pence, “but I will note you did not say those words, ‘Black lives matter,’ and there is an important distinction. People are saying, of course all lives matter, but to say the words is an acknowledgment that Black lives also matter at a time in this country when it appears that there’s a segment of our society that doesn’t agree. So why will you not say those words?”I recall when I was a soldier, and aa police officer, and I had black friends, associates, and brothers-in-arms. Some were black, some were white, some where Latino, some were indistinct. Their lives mattered to me, very much. The idea that a soldier's life mattered more or less depending on his race was abhorrent.
“Well, I don’t accept the fact, Brian, that there’s a segment of American society that disagrees, in the preciousness and importance of every human life,” Pence said. “And it’s one of the reasons why as we advance important reforms in law enforcement, as we look for ways to strengthen and improve our public safety in our cities, that we’re not going to stop there.”
The phrase has become a "woke" mantra, and I'm not really good at mantras. When the BLM crowd starts actually believing the words, adn acting on them, decreasing the crime and corruption in places like Chicago, and worrying about the huge number of innocent black lives that Planned Parenthood suffs out every year, then perhaps I'll start believing that they mean what they say.
Until then tey sould not ask me to mouth meaningless words just to placate the mob.