I am perplexed, vexed, and downright angry by the international outrage of the killing of a lion! However, these feeling are exasperated because in America there is an unarmed black person, man, woman, and child shot down like a dog nearly every day and the same outrage does not exist. If you had not heard about the story – this is what happened.
White America and the world is universally outraged over the death of Cecil the Lion, the 13-year-old protected African lion who was recently illegally poached, shot and killed, by a wealthy mid-western dentist Walter Palmer for sport. Let me say I’m not happy about this either, but the world nor white America is outraged over the death of Sandra Bland, Sam Dubose and so many other recent victims of police brutality, injustice and murder?
When Cecil the Lion was killed, a number of news and alternative media sites ran pieces on the poaching. Each article easily got thousands of shares throughout social media. In contrast, Sandra Bland has received far less universal outrage nor have any of the other black victims killed by the police. By the way, I call this terror inflicted on black people! While there is outrage in the sense many say the police should have done things differently; they almost universally blame the victim for their own dearth.
When it comes to Cecil the Lion nearly everyone defends his right not to be shot. On the other hand, the same vigor is not there he were a different species, like a black person. I have come to the conclusion that it’s because the dominant class in human society has decided it has value is worth more than that of Bland, Dubose, Crawford, Brown, Rice, and so many others… Their lives do not matter because of their intrinsic value either. Dominant elements of society have not seen it fit to value their lives because they as individuals find their own lives to have value.
They do not value them because they cannot find a reason to make them into a commodity. They cannot find a reason for their lives to have meaning in relation to how they can be seen as either valuable to dominant culture, or as something of an exhibit. They are not individuals who represent a species or even a people near extinction. They are not on an “endangered” list. So their lives mean very little – often nothing at all – too many throughout the America.
I have said for years, if on white person or Jew was killed by the police in the manor that black people are being murdered by the police – there would be outrage near insurrection. Frankly, if a dog was shot and killed in this manor – it would STOP! My desire to defend those who need protection does not only extend to non-humans. Without question I place a higher value and regard for black lives – who are and have always been the voiceless humans.
This sad situation proves to the world that black lives does not matter! Therefore, I have to take the position that if you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. SHAME ON YOU!!! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…