With the presumed racially bigoted killing of Black people, we got Black Lives Matter.
Now with the sniper attack murdering 5 police officers, we have Blue Lives Matter.
From the unfortunate political response to both, it seems that No Lives Matter.
With all the violence, and revenge violence, and cycles thereof, it was amazingly sad to hear our President say last week, “I firmly believe that America is not as divided as some have suggested.”
From Trayvon Martin to Freddie Gray to the five police officers killed last week–there sure seems to be a lot of bloodletting for a country that is not all that divided.
The problem is that the serious racial divisions are only a part of it.
Economic inequality is another big factor in the equation with the top 1% owning more than 50% of global wealth, and the gap continues to widen.
And on top of that you have the political elites who perhaps are not only above the law, but are so much intertwined with the law of the land that they can be “100% confident” on doing what they want and not getting in any trouble.
So does the 99% matter? Perhaps only as much as your vote and/or donation count for the 1% to get and keep their beloved and worshiped money and power.
Yet as disparities and inequalities exist in treatment from black to blue, the elites are most able to manipulate the “echo chamber” with loads of spin to give the perception of calm and stability and some breadcrumbs for all.
Everyone has a chance to live and to prosper except when they don’t.
Still we can gloss over the spilled blood and the ridiculous inequality with some promises, gestures, and maybe even a few handouts–and make you 100% confident that you do matter so very much. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)