Which Lives Actually Matter?

A demonstrator sits in front of a street fire during a demonstration in Oakland, California, following the grand jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown (Stephen Lam/Reuters)

The #BlackLivesMatter organization has been in the news a lot lately in both a good and bad way. The Democratic National Committee passed a resolution last Friday afternoon supporting the Black Lives Matter movement at the party’s summer meeting. This resolution of support was followed by several news reports and editorials linking the organization to anti-white, anti-police and race war rhetoric. From chants of “Pigs in a Blanket Frying Like Bacon,” a reference to police in body bags to this video blog from “King Noble” of #BlackLivesMatter.

Politicians who have tried to support everyone by says black lives matter, white lives matter, all lives matter get booed. Back in July, Democrat presidential candidate Martin O’Malley was the recipient of this type of shout down for lumping “black lives” in with all lives.

The Black Lives Matter movement has essentially rejected the endorsement offered by the Democrat Party, Dem outreach to Black Lives Matter meets rejection.

Democratic officials and presidential candidates are running into a hostile reception as they try to reach out to Black Lives Matter, a movement that has become a political minefield for the party.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said this week that “black lives do matter,” but they’ve been “disgracefully jeopardized by the movement that has laid waste to Ferguson and Baltimore.”

Yet, there is a growing movement that expresses a very different sentiment as evidenced by a recent Facebook post by Michelle Dutro. A sentiment that says that not all lives matter.

I’m okay with being the one to break the news that not all lives matter…

If you can execute another human being who has not afflicted you in any way, and have so little value for your future that you will do this without thought of the consequence of death or prison; your life doesn’t matter to me either.

If you can target a person because you don’t like what color they are, and beat them within an inch of their life, because you have no value for their life and no value for your future; your life doesn’t matter to me either.

If you in any way shape or form support the harm or death of innocent people, because life means so little to you, your life doesn’t matter to me either.

If you find yourself spending more time blaming others for your problems than accepting responsibility for your actions, you just don’t matter to me.

If you approach every situation from a standpoint of what you can get out of it…

If you ask what your country can do for you and not the other way around…

If your answer to resolving every problem is ruining or taking another life…

Why should your life matter to me?

It doesn’t.

In a world where abortion is legal, as is the death penalty and even assisted suicide in some places, is the value of life even a value anymore? What gives life value? Is merely drawing breath the only qualification for a life that matters, even if that person drawing breath holds no value for the lives around them? Does the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter have an unwritten, but implied “ONLY” attached to it?

A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand.

Joining the U.S. Air Force right out of high school, Jon had the opportunity to experience many different parts of the world and different cultures. His post military career path, both white collar and blue collar, allowed him to work alongside both CEOs and average Joes. “Writing was never a goal or even vaguely contemplated as a career choice, it just happened, an accidental discovery of a talent and a passion.” A passion that has taken him in many directions from explorations of the zombie subculture and writing zombie stories to politics and News. He is an avid “people watcher,” political junkie and has a ravenous appetite for history and current events alike.

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Jon Britton
Joining the U.S. Air Force right out of high school, Jon had the opportunity to experience many different parts of the world and different cultures. His post military career path, both white collar and blue collar, allowed him to work alongside both CEOs and average Joes. "Writing was never a goal or even vaguely contemplated as a career choice, it just happened, an accidental discovery of a talent and a passion." A passion that has taken him in many directions from explorations of the zombie subculture and writing zombie stories to politics and News. He is an avid "people watcher," political junkie and has a ravenous appetite for history and current events alike.
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