“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.” – Phillip K. Dick
The shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last August.
After the Grand Jury decided that Officer Darren Wilson acted properly according to the situation in which he was placed, President Obama spoke about the decision:
“There are Americans who agree with it, and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed—even angry…We need to recognize that this is not just an issue for Ferguson — this is an issue for America.
We have made enormous progress in race relations over the course of the past several decades…and to deny that progress, I think is to deny America’s capacity for change.
But what is also true is that there are still problems—and communities of color aren’t just making these problems up. Separating that from this particular decision, there are issues in which the law too often feels as if it is being applied in a discriminatory fashion.”
President Obama used the death of Michael Brown to specifically target the issue of racial discrimination, despite the overwhelming evidence that the shooting was not racially motivated in the slightest. However, this was Obama’s chance to make a point—and he took it.
The Trayvon Martin killing in February, 2012.
As Ben Shapiro wrote in his book Bullies:
“Zimmerman’s story was corroborated by all available evidence, including the physical evidence: Martin’s body was undamaged except for the gunshot wound and injuries to his knuckles, indicating that he had been hitting someone, while Zimmerman’s head had massive lacerations, he had two black eyes, and his nose had been broken.”
Despite all evidence pointing toward a lack of racial animosity being the motivating factor behind the shooting, the media smeared Zimmerman and used the incident to bring up racial tensions.
President Obama, in a speech about the shooting, said:
“You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”
President Obama once again chose to make a point about the value of black lives, even in the face of evidence showing that race was not a factor in the shooting. Obama used Trayvon’s death to speak of an important issue, even when it wasn’t remotely tied to the crime.
The Kenyan University massacre last week. 147 Christians were killed by Islamic militant group Al-Shabaab.
According to CNN:
“…the terrorists separated Christians from Muslims, making some recite verses from the Quran. Those who couldn’t quote the holy book tried to flee the gunfire, but whizzing bullets sent them to the ground…Images from the scene showed heaps of students, faces down, lying in pools of blood.”
Reuters reports that Al-Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying:
“We sorted people out and released the Muslims…There are many dead bodies of Christians inside the building. We are also holding many Christians alive.”
When the White House released an official statement about the massacre—the deadliest in Kenya since 1998—it did not mention the words “Christian,” “radical Islam,” or “Islam” at all. The release failed to mention that the Kenyan Christians were specifically targeted by Al-Shabaab wholly because of their faith. It spoke in generalities.
The whole text can be read here.
I guess not. Black lives only matter when one can use them to stoke racial tensions. Black lives only matter when Obama’s reverence of Islam isn’t at stake. Black lives only matter when they aren’t Christians being specifically targeted and slaughtered by Islamic radicals.
Oh, but I’m sure black lives will matter again soon with the video footage of a white cop shooting a fleeing black man surfacing this week. As vile as that incident surely was, and though it deserves to be called out for what it is—unlike the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown shootings—147 Christians being executed by radical Muslims also deserves to be called out for what it is. It is a religiously-motivated genocide.
#BlackLivesMatter…when Obama can use them as a prop.