Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Black Grades Matter

Black Lives Matter activists decided that white students studying is not what college students should do:

Protesters at Dartmouth University disrupted students studying in the library, reportedly directing profanity towards white students and physically pushing others.

In a critical editorial, the conservative Dartmouth Review listed some of the epithets hurled by the protesters: “Fuck you, you filthy white fucks!” “Fuck you and your comfort!” “Fuck you, you racist shits!”

Some students were physically shoved around, too.

The video shows mixed race protesters. The students in the video who stood up from their studying to join the protest should be ashamed of themselves. Not exactly profiles in courage, eh?

I find it troubling that young people who make it into a good university would decide that being an activist takes precedence over being a student.

The African Americans in the protest should especially reconsider their use of time. Given the state of education in the African-American community, you'd think that these students especially would take advantage of the tremendous opportunity they have to get an education from Dartmouth.

What a waste! How much better would it be for preserving Black lives in police encounters if more young Black men studied, graduated, and thrived; and if young Black boys had these men as role models? Perhaps having fewer encounters between young Black men and police on the streets would make a difference, hmm?

Sadly for these students who decided to major in activism, they may find that #BlackGradesMatter and that they should have spent more time in the library studying and less time chanting, insulting, and pushing.

Even worse for the students on all sides, the so-called adults at the university are more interested in standing up and joining the protesters rather than standing behind those who would--gasp!--use their time in college to study and encourage the others to be less activist and more student.

UPDATE: Not that injustice doesn't exist. But the snowflake Maoists on our campuses get in the way of addressing real problems by raising the trivial to monumental proportions.

This killing, on the other hand, is outrageous:

The white Chicago policeman charged with murdering a black teenager he shot 16 times spent his first full day in custody on Wednesday in a jail hospital ward, as calm prevailed in a city braced for civil unrest over new video footage of the slaying.

Protests were mostly small and peaceful on Tuesday and Wednesday following the release of a graphic clip showing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being gunned down in the middle of a street on Oct. 20, 2014, as he was walking away from police who had confronted him.

Unless police sincerely believed the boy had a suicide vest on and was a danger to others if he went much further, what potential crime was he suspected of committing that justified an instant death penalty?

Young Black men and older boys have enough problems with criminals in their own neighborhoods without the police assuming all are gang members, or whatever the police shooter's thinking led him to empty his weapon into McDonald.

People have a right to assume that the police will protect them.