Does Only Black Matter?

Does Only Black Matter?

© David Burton 2020

Blue Lives Also Matter

NOTE: Bold text in directly quoted material indicates my emphasis and not that of the originators of the quotations.

     In our nation’s capital, Washington D.C., the city wrote “Black Lives Matter” on one street and allowed protesters to paint “Defund the Police” next to it.[1] In Indianapolis, Indiana, it was announced that the city would paint "Black lives matter" on a downtown street as a public condemnation of racism.[2]

     “One of the ‘Thin Blue Line’ flags at the center of a dispute between the Hingham {Massachusetts} firefighters union and town officials was placed on the back of a Weymouth {Massachusetts} fire truck . . .
     “The Hingham Fire Fighters Local 2398 said the flag was flown on apparatus in that town as a tribute to late Weymouth Sgt. Michael Chesna on the two-year anniversary of his in-the-line-of-duty shooting death . . . and that the union decided to keep the flag flying as a tribute to all local police and first responders.
     “The Hingham Board of Selectmen received a complaint about the flag, however, that it could be considered a political statement in opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement. The Board of Selectmen said it determined the flag should not be on the apparatus since only a select few flags are authorized to be flown on town property . . .
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     “Members of Local 2398, along with Weymouth police and fire union members, removed the flag . . . saying it was going to be given to the Weymouth Police Department to fly at Weymouth Police Headquarters.
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     “The Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts Union offered to give one of the flags a tour of the state with any fire department or union wanting to fly it before it is presented to the family of Chesna. {The union} . . . posted a statement . . . saying it will offer the flag to be flown on apparatus throughout Massachusetts as a sign of solidarity between fire and police unions at a time when ‘our Brothers and Sisters in blue have been under unprecedented and seemingly unrelenting attacks.’ " (Ref. 3)

     In another Massachusetts community, “The Newton firefighters union is taking legal action against the city after Mayor Ruthanne Fuller ordered that only the American flag and Newton banners should be displayed on city buildings, forcing them to take down a firefighters remembrance flag.
     “{The} Newton Firefighters Association is disputing the mayor’s decision after the Thin Red Line flag, which is used to remember fallen firefighters, was ordered removed from the inside of Station 4 where it has hung for the 2 1/2 years . . .
     “The flag is used to remember the firefighters ‘who sacrificed so much to protect their communities,’ {the union president} . . . said . . . ‘Keeping alive the memory of those who gave their all is a deep part of who we are.’ ”(Ref. 4)

     Elsewhere, “The family of a Maine police officer killed in the line of duty said it felt forced to remove a Thin Blue Line flag to mark the anniversary of his death after learning of complaints that it was racist.
     “Trooper Charles Black was fatally shot during a bank robbery in 1964. His son, also named Charlie Black, decided to erect the Thin Blue Line flag, which is also known as the Blue Lives Matter flag and is meant to honor law enforcement. The son placed the flag on a utility pole near his home, prompting some residents to complain that an offensive symbol was on public property.
     “The town manager of York, Maine {said} that a resident visited his office to complain about the flag.
     “ ‘A resident came in and said there’s a problem,’ . . . adding that the resident contended ‘This is a flag that represents segregation and discrimination.’
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     “Those who defend the flag say it is meant to do nothing more than honor law enforcement, particularly those lost in the line of duty.
     “Critics see it as a push-back against Black Lives Matter, a movement to highlight police shootings of black people.
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     “Earlier this year, debates broke out in Connecticut over the Thin Blue Line flag after it was displayed in the Police Memorial Hall, which is near the state capitol building.
     “Some Democratic legislators said that the flag could be offensive to Black Lives Matter supporters.
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     “In April, a county in Oregon agreed to pay a former employee a $100,000 settlement after she sued the county for racial discrimination because a co-worker had posted a “Blue Lives Matter” flag in an office in support of local police.” (Ref. 5)

     These days, honoring a police officer killed in the line of duty is just another outrage trigger for those who espouse the ‘all cops are bad’ dogma. What’s been lost in the national stupidity sweeping this country is the fact that firefighters are first responders, police officers are first responders and both are tasked with keeping communities safe from danger. That one group should support the other makes perfect sense — unless you follow the cancel culture logic that because some cops have behaved despicably, all officers are to be punished and shunned. The claim is that the “thin blue line” flags have “political meaning.” It’s 2020 — everything has political meaning, and if it doesn’t, wait five minutes, some outraged citizen will supply it. Law enforcement officers across the country are turning in their badges in a climate where they are vilified.
     The start of August 2020 brought news of a resentencing trial for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and that sparks recollections of the role Massachusetts law enforcement officials played during those grim days. After the two bombs detonated near the finish line of the race, killing three people and injuring several hundred others, Boston police ran toward the mayhem, helping victims and dealing with the chaos. We didn’t know if more bombs were coming, or where, what was a safe space, what wasn’t — the sight of men and women in blue on the job, on our streets, handling the crisis gave Boston the sense that while everything wasn’t all right, the right people were on the job. It was a tense, frantic, horrible time, especially for the victims of the bombs and their families. But while area residents sheltered in place, police were out there, facing risks for us. One, Sean Collier, was killed by the Tsarnaev brothers. How quickly some forget.[6]

     The “Display a Message” stupidity has even spread to professional sports. The National Basketball Association (NBA) is allowing individual messages on the backs of uniforms. I wonder who will have the role of Censor in Charge for the messages being displayed on the backs of the NBA players

     “When the NBA season resumes, nearly 300 players will wear a message on the back of their jerseys with ‘Equality’ being the most popular followed by {unsurprisingly} ‘Black Lives Matter.’
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     “. . . Not all players, including Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, will display a message.” (Ref. 7) Thank heavens - some NBA players are using their brains in addition to their athletic skills!

     How many athletes will display the message ”Blue Lives Matter” or “Stop anti-Semitism in America”, or “All Lives matter”? Wouldn’t it be better if we just stopped all such foolishness and simply put the player’s name or number on the back of his jersey? It worked up until now. Will we end up seeing a jersey display that reads “Eat at Joe’s Bar and Grill”? We are simply descending lower and lower toward the gutter with all these meaningless and childish displays of social conformity.

     Watching a recent Boston Celtics basketball game, televised from the “bubble” in Orlando, Florida, I was highly annoyed to see various messages on the backs of the Celtics players jerseys along with a message in large black letters painted on the floor of the basketball court stating: “BLACK LIVES MATTER”. What ever happened to simply watching a basket game without being bombarded with someone’s idea of an important social message? Why only a “BLACK LIVES MATTER” message? Why not “ALL LIVES MATTER” or “NATIVE AMERICAN LIVES MATTER” or “CAUCASIAN LIVES MATTER” or “ORIENTAL LIVES MATTER” or “POLYNESIAN LIVES MATTER” or “HISPANIC LIVES MATTER” or “ALASKAN NATIVE LIVES MATTER”? Why not all of the above in place of all the paid advertising in the arena? Why can’t I get my own personal message displayed in the arena? Best of all, why don't we stop all the foolishness with social messaging and simply get back to just plain all basketball?

     By the way, do the people being subjected to the incessant message of “BLACK LIVES MATTER” realize that the Black Lives Matter movement is led by Marxist extremists whose goal is the destruction of the American way of life and its replacement with the extremists' vision of Marxist communism? [8]

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  1. D.C. sued over Black Lives Matter painted on city streets, Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times, 1 July 2020.
  2. Indianapolis to paint 'Black lives matter' on downtown street, Amelia Pak-Harvey, Indianapolis Star,
    14 July 2020.
  3. Weymouth Fire Engine Flies Hingham's 'Thin Blue Line' Flag, Scott Souza, Patch, 3 August 2020.
  4. Newton residents protest mayor’s decision to remove firefighters remembrance flag, Arianna MacNeill,, 16 June 2020.
  5. Controversy over Blue Lives Matter flag forces family of fallen officer to remove it from utility pole,
    Elizabeth Llorente, FOX NEWS, 29 July 2020.
  6. When chaos erupts, cops run into the fray, Jeff Zillgitt, Boston Herald, Page 14, 5 August 2020.
  7. Full list of the messages NBA players will wear on their jerseys as season restarts, Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY,
    30 July 2020.
  8. Marxism - aka Socialism, aka Communism - Comes to America, David Burton, Son of Eliyau; Article 426,
    7 August 2020.

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