For those times when you're asked if (or told that) Black Lives Matter is responsible for violence against police, including the two cops killed in New York City last year and the recent death of a sheriff's deputy in Texas, this is the response. It's from Brittney Cooper, writing for Salon:
How is it that two mentally ill Black men targeting police officers constitutes a pattern, but the killing of Walter Scott, the killing of Samuel Dubose, and the killing of Jonathan Ferrell, all by police while they were clearly unarmed and committing no crimes, add up to a collection of unrelated, isolated incidents?Cooper goes on to discuss the concept of "gaslighting," which I confess I was unfamiliar with. And shows how it fits the all-too common white response to Black Lives Matter.
How is it that the random acts of two mentally unstable Black men who had no formal or informal relationship with the Black Lives Matter movement constitute a trend, but the two dozen police killings of unarmed Black citizens again remain a collection of unfortunate but isolated incidents?
Such accusations, whether stated or implied, are designed to put Black people on the defensive. We are then supposed to prove that we are both human and humane, non-violent, empathetic, and non-dangerous. We are supposed to prove to white people that we are good people, that we are not a threat, that we mean them no harm. Never mind the harm that many of them have caused us. More than all that, we are not “reverse racists.”Lots more to think about in the links.