I spent an hour or two today trying to do my patented empathy thang on my Michigan cousin’s facebook page. She’s in the Air Force and felt offended by the NFL protest. I was extremely diplomatic and dropped that pithy quote I read here (“People who go on hunger strikes aren’t protesting food.” So good!)
I was respectful and acknowledged her point while gently urging her to acknowledge the core issue. It didn’t seem to work. And surprise, surprise, at one point someone even dropped a parenthetical (ALL lives matter.) I didn’t directly address that person because fuck her, she’s beneath contempt, but I indirectly tossed her salad by using another quote I read here… (As Houston is drowning in flood waters, you don’t shout to the rescue workers, “ALL cities matter.”)
I’d give myself an A for effort but at no point did anyone drop the false dichotomy nonsense and engage in even one word of discussion about the core issue of race or police brutality. I will now attempt to maintain a quiet and dignified optimism that maybe one person might look at these things a little differently after our so-called discussion. It’s either that or admit they’re just ignorant bigots. Heaven forfend!