When you make blanket statements based on people’s physical characteristics or legal status, you’re implying, if not saying outright, that all of those people are the same and should be subject to, or the beneficiaries of, whatever position or policy you’re advocating.
(I’ll give you a minute to parse that sentence…)
For example, if you say something as simple as black lives matter, then it’s reasonable that you are held to the standard you set out: all black lives matter. That means, they all deserve your respect and care. It means they’re all worth fighting for.
However, blanket statements like this mean you are subject to scrutiny that’s difficult to overcome because as soon as you slip and hold a member of your group to a different standard, you become a hypocrite, and we become immediately skeptical of an alternate agenda.
Today, Representative John Lewis, a Democrat, was celebrated at a funeral in Atlanta. Past Presidents of both parties turned out to pay homage to the storied civil rights leader. In fact, turnout for the funeral was in the hundreds.
Images reveal there was absolutely no social distancing, but a fair amount of mask wearing. Similarly, the black lives matter protests (the legitimately peaceful ones) featured no social distancing and sporadic mask wearing.
While many states have mandated no hospital visitation and extremely limited funeral and wedding attendance because of the incredible and potentially deadly risk of spreading the virus, these rules go out the window if you are someone like George Floyd or John Lewis.
But what about all of the black people routinely murdered in cities like Chicago or Baltimore? How big do their funerals get to be?
Meanwhile, Herman Cain passed away today due to complications from COVID. Herman Cain once ran for President, saved Godfather’s Pizza, and was also black. Therefore, his life mattered. Or did it?
We shall see what restrictions apply to his funeral, but my sense is those who insist we all wear masks and social distance won’t let down their guard for his.
Unlike John Lewis, who received a huge indoor funeral during a pandemic, Herman Cain, a Republican, was roasted all over Twitter for attending a huge indoor event (President Trump’s Oklahoma rally).
This is some of what people had to say about Herman Cain:
This one is my particular favorite because Ben Carson, who is also black, is a brain surgeon who works in the Trump administration.
Perhaps they all look alike to Nick?
And then there’s Dr. Stella Immanuel. She made the news recently for speaking in favor of hydroxychloroquine, along with z pak and zinc, as a remedy for the coronavirus.
She’s not only black, but also a woman, an immigrant, a doctor, and obese. She belongs to all sorts of blanket groups that Democrats tell us are oppressed and spit out by society. Under their definitions, she should be completely untouchable and immune from criticism.
Instead, comment boards across the internet news sites have nothing but cruel and harsh insults for her.
The inconsistencies and hypocrisy is certainly difficult to untangle in all of the dynamic examples above. But to simplify this, it leaves me thinking one thing:
Some black lives matter, when Democrats say they do. Other black lives? They don’t matter at all.
My suspicion is the only consistency in the Democrat view is that the same applies for all lives. (Which, of course, we all know is racist.)