Yesha Callahan

#AllLivesMatter Crusaders Don’t Care About a White Teen Shot By Police Officers

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Where are the #alllivesmatter people when one of their ‘own’ are shot and killed by a police officer? Nowhere to be found.  Zachary Hammond was shot by police during a drug bust in South Carolina.

But seemingly, the only people who’ve paid attention to this have been the #blacklivesmatter people:

https://twitter.com/mericanViolence/status/628536486531477504

What’s even more interesting is the fact that Hammond’s parents want to know why there isn’t any outrage.

“It’s sad, but I think the reason is, unfortunately, the media and our government officials have treated the death of an unarmed white teenager differently than they would have if this were a death of an unarmed black teen,” the family’s attorney told The Washington Post this week. “The hypocrisy that has been shown toward this is really disconcerting.”

He added: “The issue should never be what is the color of  the victim. The issue should be: Why was an unarmed teen gunned down in a situation where deadly force was not even justified?”

The irony.

So is it the responsibility of #blacklivesmatter activists to rally behind the cries of Hammond’s family? I think maybe the #alllivesmatter people need to get together and organize. But we know that won’t happen.

 

 

 

  1. August 6, 2015 - Reply

    it’s not our responsibility to rally for him, but it does prove that #alllivesmatter is a bunch of race baiting bullshit. while black folks are trying to be proactive about issues that affect us, they’re only concerned with being detractors of black progress instead of focusing on issues that actually matter. it would be a damn shame if this kid’s life only gets black media attention. but don’t come for us about it either. if white folks feel slighted about this, they only have themselves to blame. if this country had been serious about the value of all lives from jump, there would never be a slain child that goes without notice regardless of race.

    • August 6, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      Thank you! You see what happens when they ignore our journey to justice. Inevitably injustice will overflow into their communities.

      • August 6, 2015 - Reply

        @Noirluv45

        yes indeed. people like to think there’s a limit to evil, but it can’t be contained. if they got rid of all the black folks on this planet, there would just be a new victim appointed. anyone who can’t see why it’s important to maintain the dignity of all lives is setting themselves up to be the next victim of evil.

        • August 6, 2015 - Reply

          @Me

          Exactly! That’s what many of those who scoff at Blacks don’t realize. Corruption will overflow into their communities. They think they are safe and sound, but no one is. Evil has no boundaries. In fact, I think many White people have been bamboozled by the media too. They’ve bought the bill of goods, i.e. lies told by the media. They’ve been looking at the lion (Black people) when the alligator (karma) is slowly but surely approaching.

          • August 7, 2015 - Reply

            @Noirluv45

            wow! you sisters are spitting some knowledge and wisdom tonight….where did this come from.

            • August 7, 2015 - Reply

              @TheBurningBush

              Thank you, TBB. It comes from questioning, reading, observing and learning.

        • August 7, 2015 - Reply

          @Me

          wise and thought provoking!

      • August 7, 2015 - Reply

        @Noirluv45

        it has for many years against poor whites and not a word said by them!!!!! it happen here in Powhatan County VA night before last a 72 year old deaf, blind in one eye white man with a gun in his front yard was shot and killed by police and nothing said the only one spoke for him was his crying daughter. White folk tens to bend toward power and the authority and let think go because they trust the authorities.

        • August 7, 2015 - Reply

          @TheBurningBush

          SMH, TBB. You know what gets me? It’s the BlackLivesMatter who brought Zachary’s death to the world’s attention. Ain’t that something?!

    • August 6, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      “If this country had been serious about the value of all lives from the jump, there would never be a slain child that goes without notice regardless of race.”

      Boom!!! Your sentence voided their whole argument ME.

    • August 7, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      (claps) It seems like they have this obsession to be included in EVERYTHING we do.

  2. August 6, 2015 - Reply

    Folks realize that many people use the #alllivesmatter hashtag as a means for them to not respect all human lives. Some of them have used that hashtag to mock the growing #Black Lives Matter movement too (and some of them wanted to ignore the structural problems of racial and economic oppression in America, so they use #all lives matter hashtag as a means of them to consciously deflect from the real issues confronting the black community). Black people want the system of white supremacy to end and real justice to flourish. The unfortunate death of the young male once again validates what we have been saying for years. Many cops are out of control, the War on Drugs has failed to build communities, and we need revolutionary change. I hope that the cops responsible for the death of Zachary are brought to justice. It is ironic that I hear more outrage over Zachary’s death from the people form the Black Lives Matter movement than those who use the hashtag #AllLivesMatter. Black people have been proactive in fighting for justice, protesting, and organizing in various organizations that are addressing the epidemic of police terrorism for years and decades. As black people, we will continue to speak up and stand up for the truth.

    • August 6, 2015 - Reply

      @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      All of this! One of the things you said that stuck out to me was the “war on drugs” comment. I had several thoughts on that: 1) The war on drugs was a war on the Black community to which the government provided the drugs. It’s funny because they go after the street dealer and not the major suppliers. The government is eating a piece of the pie from the illegal drug trade. They know good and well that money supplies them with financial gain. The government is known for creating problems and then tries to find solutions for the problems they create 2) The cops are out of control often planting drugs on innocent people and/or stashing the confiscated drugs/money in order to line their pockets. Talk about corruption. 3) Rarely discussed is the tremendous drug usage among affluent and poor Whites. It’s mind-blowing, Truth. In spite of it all, change is coming even though it’s slow and arduous process.

      • August 6, 2015 - Reply

        @Noirluv45

        I agree with you totally Sister. Sister Michelle Alexander’s book “The New Jim Crow” documents all of your commentaries. I also found out how authorities harassed Sister Billie Holiday too (instead of helping Billie Holiday with drug treatment programs, they wanted her to go to jail constantly). The war on drugs existed long before Nixon (but Nixon modernized it). Many people used racism as motivation to enact war on drugs policies like the stereotypical “Reefer Madness” hysteria during the early 20th century. The authorities don’t massively go after kingpins, but they will definitely target not only the street dealer, but nonviolent drug users (and sentence them in extremely long sentences). The drug trade is found heavily during the Vietnam War too (as proven by Alfred W. McCoy). Big corporations definitely benefits from it. Government corruption is found worldwide as well. Cops have a quota system where they just try to arrest people for monetary profit and some cops have kept wealth fro themselves in civil asset forfeiture actions. Cops have killed Fred Hampton. Big Banks have been aiding drug cartels for a long time. Black people use drugs equal to or less than white people, yet black people are sentenced in higher sentences than whites (even if both are convicted on the same crime). So, you are dropping a lot of jewels lik usual. 🙂

        Justice will come and we will fight for it as the truth is one our side.

        • August 6, 2015 - Reply

          @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

          Great commentary, Truth. I used to be against legalized drugs, but I’m rethinking my stance. I really am. I’m going to order The New Jim Crow on Amazon.

          Oh, yes. We are going to fight come hell or high water. That’s what we do best! We are warriors.

          • August 6, 2015 - Reply

            @Noirluv45

            Thank you Sister. That’s cool Sister. I certainly agree with using drugs for medical purposes. I don’t agree with jailing those who are nonviolent drug users.

            We are certainly warriors without question.

            • August 6, 2015 - Reply

              @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

              You’re welcome. Agreed on both points.

        • August 6, 2015 - Reply

          @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

          Mena, Arkansas.

        • August 7, 2015 - Reply

          @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

          I need to check out that book. Thanks Truth. I just really believe that white supremacy wants to keep us at each other’s throats, because if all blacks were to become united, it would affect the economy, crime, everything in a drastic way.

          • August 7, 2015 - Reply

            @paintgurl40

            You’re Welcome Sister. I brought the book a few years ago. It’s a great read. It goes into history and then it presents current examples of corruption in our society (of how nonviolent drug offenders are readily restricted of voting rights and economic opportunities even after they paid their debts to society. The criminal injustice system have harmed the lives of so many Brothers and Sisters). I agree with your words. That is why we have to be more united. Once we unite more, and continue to do what is right, then blessings will come for us and for the rest of our community.

      • August 7, 2015 - Reply

        @Noirluv45

        I was thinking about this the other day. I’m a conspiracy theorist, and During the 60’s and 70’s, blacks had pride in themselves and wanted to better their communities. The government already got rid of MLK, Malcolm X, and broke up the Black Panther Party. Maybe they introduced the drugs into the black communities to keep us from becoming united. The Black Wall Street Community had unity, and the whites destroyed that. If you pay attention to TV shows, movies and entertainment it’s always bm/ww or bw/wm pairings. If there is a black man and woman in the same scene, they ignore each other. In real life, that usually doesn’t happen at the workplace. But I seriously believe that “they” create chaos in the black community and distrust amongst us so they can carry out their agenda.

  3. August 6, 2015 - Reply

    The *alllives* bullshit is just that….bullshit…..the only reason for it is to discount and minimize #blacklivesmatter
    as such it is ineffective

  4. August 6, 2015 - Reply

    I want to see more facts unfold before I go on an internet tirade. If there are protests in my community I will be there, but I’m not hopeful there will be many large scale protests with media present. IMO no organized group of whites, allivesmatter or otherwise will protest against this white kid’s death at the hands of police. Many don’t feel it’s their issue to fight until it happens to one of their own (kids or loved one) and will chalk this up to an isolated incident. (Nothing you don’t already know…just saying).

  5. August 6, 2015 - Reply

    IMO, “all lives matter” is a gimmick used to undermine the importance of the black lives matter movement. Generally speaking, whites are emotionally disconnected from loss of life resulting from Police brutality because it doesn’t directly impact their communities. This kid was shot in the back and killed by a cop, yet the story barely received news coverage. There was more of an outrage over the killing of that Lion than this incident.

    • August 6, 2015 - Reply

      @Chazz A

      Exactly.

  6. August 6, 2015 - Reply

    To say one life is more important than another is absurd. We are all one race the human race. We all need to have a coming together and not let the government divide people any further

  7. August 6, 2015 - Reply

    Exactly! Go ask the #AllLivesMatter crew why they are so silent about Zachary Hammond. I love how all of a sudden race shouldn’t be an issue when the victim is white and needs media coverage and that police brutality is a real issue because it hits close to home so all of a sudden people get the issues. The Black Lives Matters hashtag was under attack from the get go by some people simply because it’s bold and daring by stating that black people are victims and we are human a feat some people still don’t grasp especially in relation to the criminal justice system. And let’s not even act like the media automatically picked up the stories of Mrs. Bland, Jones and Boyd, Mr. Garner, Brown, Martin, Rice, Grant, Grey and MANY others willfully. But it was the movement on social media, the creators of Black Lives Matters, the families and the people in the town that forced the media and the world to listen. This is the PERFECT example of learning to be an ally and asking for help because of the commonality between Zachary Hammond and so many others black lives that have been lost not the time to try and call people out or shaming them because you want our help.

    • August 6, 2015 - Reply

      @binks

      Exactly. Some people don’t know that the Black Lives Matter movement was not about denying that all lives matter. It was about fighting against the demonization and murder of black lives by evil people. The Black Lives Matter movement is about confronting an oppressive system, so black people can live their lives without police brutality and without other injustices.

      • August 6, 2015 - Reply

        @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

        Exactly Truth! But you know once black people start to value and fight for ourselves and our rights unapologetically by putting ourselves first without the aid or permission of others the detractors, racists, and trolls come out. The simple fact is some wanted to undermine, co-opt or “PC” # black lives matter from the start based on their issues and perception while not giving a damn about the point of it.

        • August 6, 2015 - Reply

          @binks

          Right on Sister. Every time, we as black people come together and set up autonomous power bases (or even advance Black Unity in a positive direction excluding bigotry), then trolls, racists, and others try to demonize us. I do notice that these trolls and racists don’t condemn Asians, Hispanics, etc. when they establish their own organizations and autonomous enterprises either. The haters don’t even understand the history or the agenda of the Black Lives Matter Movement at all. We want justice.

          Goodnight Sister and Bless you.

  8. August 7, 2015 - Reply

    It’s a shame this young man lost his life over something so petty.The irony is that the same people who jump aboard the #AllLivesMatter train forget they have to stop and consider “All Lives” that have been lost by police brutality. They have time to spew #AllLivesMatter on twitter but forget to do it when it actually “matters”. Hypocrisy shows itself in the most understated moments and it’s actually truly enlightening.

    • August 7, 2015 - Reply

      @mywordsaremypower

      Yep. They prove how callous and self-centered they are, always. The ‘all lives’ goons don’t care that this white kid’s life mattered, but regardless of that he was brutally killed in an act of contempt and cowardice, nope they only care that black lives *don’t* matter. Once again, it’s black people who have taken on the task of shocking the conscience of the of the world, but if this story does pick up steam, I wonder what kind of hatchet job people will take to his memory. Oh, who am I kidding?

      • August 8, 2015 - Reply

        @Jo 'Mama' Besser

        This will get brushed under the rug. Any type of violence from police should be heralded at the top of our lungs, no matter what country you live in . I’m starting to believe things like #AllLivesMatter are just trends for people to jump on to make excuses for what they truly think and feel. I always say this “if you don’t live it , you don’t see it ,so you definitely won’t believe it”. All these people see are race cards because it makes them have to think about race, something they have never had to think or talk about before. They just feel entitlement to shut anything to do with race right down. All you then here are cries of “stop race baiting” or “your using the race card” are running on thin ice now. They have to now live behind a hashtag which is really pathetic. We now live in world where hashtags dictate how you say or do things or just to keep you relevant. What happend hummnaity?

        • August 8, 2015 - Reply

          @mywordsaremypower

          Definitely. Hashtag humanity, impotent reality. These people think that their self-awarded PhDs in imagination and deflection make them experts on the black human condition, plus, they’re truly concerned with the dignity of everyone (else’s) lives, it’s completely sincere, too, we just must believe it. But, their profound ‘concern’ for The People dissipates when no path to lecturing black people presents itself. Since they can’t make the horrible murder of this young person by police a black person’s fault, it doesn’t merit their attention. But, now, see, all of the lights are on again now that another young black man has been killed by police; they’re very interested in that. This kid’s privilege didn’t save him and the ones who care about the lost life are the ones who can only relate to the part about not being saved. Having been the ones to have actually lived with police brutality, those same people–the ones preyed upon by people who resemble this kid– are the ones who ‘see it’. That recognition rises above that history, but still, they talk about us not ‘getting over’ things. That history/phenomenon of police brutality is so alien to this kid’s ‘own’ that they shrug him off as well as any claim to him because obviously he couldn’t have really been like them in the first place.

          They’re more transparent than a newly-cleaned window.

          rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

          • August 9, 2015 - Reply

            @Jo 'Mama' Besser

            I agree with everything you have said. These people have no idea. I feel the only way most of them will awake is when they see a bunch of white people being killed in the same matter. That will see some reform take place which is so sad really. If #AllLivesMater they should be advocating to get this reform sooner than later. They just want to be to be relevant in the right way by using their white privilege to good instead of complain.

            • August 9, 2015 - Reply

              @mywordsaremypower

              Yeah. I think the general consensus is that the only thing to combat horror is for more of it to happen, which is so powerfully sad. For those who will see what this is, I think the effect right now is like what happened when people saw televised footage from the Vietnam War, which is to say, reality had to be pumped into their homes to rip away their complacency and demand change in policy. I can’t remember the name of the story, but it was comparing how whites see racism today as opposed to one year ago. The results showed that 59% (only?) of them recognised that is a racism problem, but that’s up from 38%. Camera phones showed them the truth, unedited, and some people are starting to see (though, they damn well know this by now). Phones do what television once did, now that desensitization to it has taken hold.

              Of course, there’s everyone else. ‘I’ve got mine and I took yours and if your reaction to that is anything beyond stiff-jawed stoicism–which I possess–I’ll cry like a stuck pig.’ What about white-on-white? Hmph. They like to call their apathy a state of grace because they’re painting themselves as above the pettiness of the pounding surf. No, not caring (aka ‘all lives’ knockoff zen philosophy) doesn’t make you intellectually detached because you’re not Seneca, in fact, you’re just a mean and lazy individual and it’s not fooling anyone. I don’t know if they even care that they’re that obvious, they have no stake in it, so why should they care, for real? Plus, Seneca was forced to commit suicide, so never breaking a sweat doesn’t necessarily shield you from everything that isn’t your own bull.

  9. August 10, 2015 - Reply

    In all due respect to the deceased young man and the friends and family he left, but this #AllLivesMatter shyt is bullshyt. This is what I call a #WhiteSacrifice. One way to alleviate a problem is to convince people that either a. There is no problem or b. Its everyone’s problem. This is point b, which will be followed by point a. While I do not condone the killing of innocent people period, what does everyone expect. They have to make it even so we will believe they are not targeting our kids and our young men. If you want to end racism, bring back segregation, that’s real freedom.

  10. August 12, 2015 - Reply

    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

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