Why do only Black lives matter?

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Every time a Black person gets killed by police it seems to receive media attention in the West while killings of non-Black people receive little to no attention whatsoever.
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Its called positive discrimination!
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Only rich people's lives matter.
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Black Lives Matter is about telling the police in America to behave like black lives do matter, they often behave like black lives don't matter.

Though I'd argue that whilst racism is a huge problem in America the issue of the apparent disposability of life is more an issue of gun control than bigotry. There will always be racist scumbags, the solution is taking the guns off them, because we aren't going to change the mind of every racist.
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Only gun sales matter should be the true slogan.
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I'd agree with you but there is a problem in America where black people and their punishment by police is concerned.
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Black Lives Matter[ing] is not mutually exclusive with the idea that white lives also matter. Nor does the movement propose anything as such.

Stop watching Fox News kiddo
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LOOK, HE IS BACK!

get rid of him fast pls
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(Original post by JohnGreek)
Black Lives Matter[ing] is not mutually exclusive with the idea that white lives also matter. Nor does the movement propose anything as such.

Stop watching Fox News kiddo
he's more of a stormfront kinda idiot
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(Original post by PeaTear)
Every time a Black person gets killed by police it seems to receive media attention in the West while killings of non-Black people receive little to no attention whatsoever.
Learn a little history, boy. What happened to blacks through slavery, and the legacy of how they were treated since then, is enough to shift focus today to systematic police violence against blacks.

Of course, black lives don't matter "more", but they deserve our more attention to right a historical legacy that should shame humanity.
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All lives matter.
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Too many dumb people on this forum.

The implication is obviously Black lives matter (too). Not (Only) Black lives matter.
smfh
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Most people shot by police (in North America) aren't African American, and there have actually been more white and Hispanic people shot while unarmed by police in the US this year than African Americans. Yet the only cases we see in the headlines involve African Americans. This reporting bias just serves to further distort perceptions. While African Americans do indeed experience racism from police, it's not the life-threatening epidemic it's made out to be, I don't think. A black man is about a thousand times more likely to be shot by some black gangbanger than by a racist police officer. And when we take into account the higher-than-average rate of violent crime African American men commit as a demographic, it accounts for a large share of disproportionate use of deadly force used by police.
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There was never an 'Only' m8
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Only rich people's lives matter.
no - only poor people's lives matter - that's why the government only helps them and not the rich, surely? it taxes rich people for making money, but it *subsidises* the poverty/leisure of the poor.
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When people say black lives matter, it's being said with a context where Black people are being killed
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It's to highlight the unfair bias when policing towards blacks.

What pisses me off though is that when someone says All Live Matter they all lose their s*** some guy said "black lives matter, all lives matter" on tele and he was forced to do a public apology LOL so pathetic
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Oh god not another begrudged person who is upset that their race/ethnicity doesn't get enough media attention.

This 'Boohoo I'm oppressed too!' Rhetoric is maddening
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(Original post by Dandaman1)
Most people shot by police (in North America) aren't African American, and there have actually been more white and Hispanic people shot while unarmed by police in the US this year than African Americans. Yet the only cases we see in the headlines involve African Americans. This reporting bias just serves to further distort perceptions. While African Americans do indeed experience racism from police, it's not the life-threatening epidemic it's made out to be, I don't think. A black man is about a thousand times more likely to be shot by some black gangbanger than by a racist police officer. And when we take into account the higher-than-average rate of violent crime African American men commit as a demographic, it accounts for a large share of disproportionate use of deadly force used by police.
Very quick, boy. Unfortunately, the arguments you trot out are well known reactionary tropes.

To reintroduce facts, here are a few stats re treatment of blacks by US law enforcement:

1) African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites, which does not reflect the proportion of criminal acts when compared to other races.
African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population.

2) 5 times as many Whites are using drugs as African Americans, yet African Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses at 10 times the rate of Whites

3) African Americans serve virtually as much time in prison for a drug offense (58.7 months) as whites do for a violent offense (61.7 months).

Then there are the anecdotes. For example, recently Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by a police officer ON CAMERA, most of which occurred when he was already prone on the ground. Blacks say such incidents are not rare, but part of a pattern of police brutality that is racially biased.

As an American, I do not relish sharing these views, but they are indisputable.
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