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Posted September 18, 2015

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Why White Lives Matter

By Arelya J. Mitchell, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief

The Mid-South Tribune and the Black Information Highway

 

When the U.S. Constitution was written and declared Black human beings as a fraction of white human beings, when did white lives not matter?

 

When this nation allowed slave breeding farms to breed Black people as if they were farm animals to sell, when did white lives not matter?

 

When the 13th 14th and 15th Amendments were added to the U.S. Constitution in the 19th Century and were hastily reneged on, ushering in legal Segregation which lasted well into the 20th Century, when did white lives not matter?

 

When the Tuskegee Airmen, Buffalo Soldiers, and other Black lives which served to protect this nation during World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, and Vietnam came home to segregation, when did white lives not matter?

 

When public schools were separate but not equal with most of the funds being given to white public schools, when did white lives not matter?

 

When the NFL practiced that only white players could be quarterbacks, when did white lives not matter?

 

When Black athletes were not allowed to participate in professional baseball and NBA leagues, when did white lives not matter?

 

When Blacks were not allowed to be policemen and firemen, when did white lives not matter?

 

When Blacks could not sit at lunch counters or certain restaurants, when did white lives not matter?

 

 

When white immigrants came over and were given the freedom to build industry, eat where they wanted, live wherever they wanted, attend whatever school they wanted, and eventually became American citizens, when did white lives not matter?

 

When the U.S. government aided and abetted Big Banks to steal Black farmland and had to settle with Black farmers in the 21st Century, when did white lives not matter?

 

When unions fought having Black members, when did white lives not matter?

 

When laws were passed to deny Black citizens the right to vote and made them pay poll tax, when did white lives not matter?

 

When Col. Charles Young, a Buffalo soldier who had served his country but was denied promotion because it meant white soldiers would have to salute him, when did white lives not matter?

 

When medical experiments on Black people were condoned by the government such as in the purposely giving Black males syphilis, when did white lives not matter?

 

When this government condoned the wholesale massacre of Black people in Rosewood, Florida and Tulsa (“Black Wall Street”), Oklahoma because these townships were prospering, when did white lives not matter?

 

When the federal government condoned epidemic lynching by looking the other way, when did white lives not matter?

 

When Blacks were not allowed to go to white universities and those who were white and not citizens were allowed to be educated in these institutions, when did white lives not matter?

 

When Black children were hosed down with firemen hoses and had police dogs put on their small bodies to serve as dog food, when did white lives not matter?

 

When historical violations of Black U.S.A. citizens are not included in public schools’ American history books, when did white lives not matter?

 

When Black newspapers were not allowed in the South and had to be hidden on trains so Pullman porters could secretly distribute them in the South, when did white lives not matter?

 

When Blacks were not allowed to be in mainstream media other than as janitors not journalists, when did white lives not matter?

 

When white mainstream newspapers had the policy of not using ‘Mr., Mrs., or Miss’ in reference to Black citizens, when did white lives not matter?

 

When Black citizens are not welcomed in a 21st Century Silicon Valley, when did white lives not matter?

 

When white churches decided that Black Christian human beings should not worship inside white sanctuaries, when did white lives not matter?

 

When it took decades to bring killers of a 14-year-old Emmett Till to justice, when did white lives not matter?

 

When Mrs. Rosa Parks could not sit where she wanted on a transit bus, when did white lives not matter?

 

When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spent time in jail for asserting his rights as an American citizen, when did white lives not matter?

 

When Fannie Lou Hamer had her dress lifted and whipped like a child then beaten while in jail and had her water cut off from her house, when did white lives not matter?

 

When James Meredith wanted to go to a university which Black tax dollars also helped to build and had to have federal troops escort him to class amid racial slurs and threats to his life, when did white lives not matter?

 

When nine Black children walked to school in Little Rock, Arkansas and were spat on and had racial slurs and violence aimed at them, when did white lives not matter?

 

When the U.S. government claimed that it could not find Black-owned construction businesses to help rebuild New Orleans after Katrina, when did white lives not matter?

 

During the Civil War when Blacks were lynched in New York and the Colored Orphanage was stormed, when did white lives not matter?

 

When early Black musicians and singers could not get copyrights to their own creations, when did white lives not matter?

 

When then Senator John Kerry conducted 2007 hearings on SBA discrimination and presented letters on Black-owned construction and other businesses that were being blackballed and not given the same treatment as other non-Black businesses, when did white lives not matter?

 

When banks employ red-lining to discriminate in housing loans, when did white lives not matter?

 

When the following law was written: “Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio, that from and after the first day of June next, no black or mulatto person, shall be permitted to settle or reside in this state, unless he or she shall first produce a fair certificate from some court with the United States, of his or her actual freedom, which certificate shall be attested by the clerk of said court, and the seal thereof annexed thereto, by the said clerk.”  When did white lives not matter?

 

When the following law was enacted “…[T]hat it shall not be lawful for any freedman, free negro, or mulatto to intermarry with any white person; nor for any white person to intermarry with any freedman, free negro, or mulatto; and any person who shall so intermarry, shall be deemed guilty of felony, and on conviction thereof shall be confined in the State penitentiary for life; and those shall be deemed freedmen, free negroes, and mulattoes who are of pure negro blood, and those descended from a negro to the third generation, inclusive, though one ancestor in each generation may have been a white person.”… When did white lives not matter?

 

When Black soldiers went to the frontline to take the first bullets during war to make it safe for white soldiers, when did white lives not matter?

 

When the KKK burned Blacks alive with the same hatred as does ISIS, when did white lives not matter?

 

When four little Black girls were bombed in a church and no investigation was launched, no FBI, no law came to give them justice, when did white lives not matter?

 

When Black citizens had to march through the street amid the LAW to demand that the Constitution’s 14th and 15th Amendments be enforced, when did white lives not matter?

 

When a government can fly over food and water to civilians of nations they have been at war with, but cannot fly in food and water and drop supplies down to mainly Black Katrina victims, when did white lives not matter?

 

Of course, white lives matter.

Of course, white lies matter.

 

 

 

 

 

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