Do Police Lives Matter? Yes, but that’s not the point.

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Josh Hart Staff Writer

order viagra in canada On Aug. 28, Houston Sheriff Deputy Darren H. Goforth was shot in the back of the head while refueling his patrol car. He died instantly. The outpouring of grief was instantaneous, as it should have been. People shouldn’t be shot execution style. In fact, people shouldn’t be shot at all.

viagra alternative drugs for flovent In all likelihood, Goforth was a decent guy. Like any other person, he probably enjoyed many things. He had a dog. He had a wife. He had two kids. They’re going to miss him very much. The point is that he was a person, and I hope that what I’m about to say about the movement inspired by this man’s death is, in no way, interpreted as me devaluing his passing. He was a person. Police Lives Matter, the rallying cry made immediately popular following Goforth’s murder, is attempting to politicize the death of a person whose career choice made it impossible, in 2015, to politicize.

go to link Police Lives Matter is a parody (and not an affectionate one) of Black Lives Matter, an activist movement formed in the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin.

fertility drug like clomid reviews Why Black Lives Matter is credible, and why Police Lives Matter is not, is that there is no institutional bias towards the murder of police officers. There is no culture that ignores or excuses the murder of police officers.

watch Black Lives Matter activists are not saying that other lives do not matter, they are questioning the ethics of a society that makes black lives and livelihood an afterthought.

The statistics supporting this are staggering, and endlessly mulled over in the press, but these are particularly disturbing:

Black drivers were over twice as likely as white drivers to be arrested or detained during a traffic stop.

Black Americans killed by the police are twice as likely to be unarmed.
Well over 100 unarmed black people were killed by police in 2014.

Compare this to recent statistics showing that violence against the police is steadily dropping, reaching its lowest level since World War II. More than 30 percent of the deaths recorded in the study were nonviolent.

Black Lives Matter is about fairness in a macro sense, about surviving a culture that might not want you to do just that.

Police Lives Matter is, perhaps unintentionally, bogarting this attention, this desire for fairness, and applying it to a group of people that don’t need the extra help. Police lives are respected by a majority of the populace. If black lives were shown the same respect, the simple statement that they are worthwhile would have attracted any controversy.

So yes, police lives matter. In fact, all lives matter. But those words now carry the weight of political discourse and to use them in any other sense cheapens the activists’ intent.

These words could move mountains and change regimes, but their true purpose is to put out a building that is rapidly burning. Don’t train your hose on a building that’s not on fire. Don’t ignore the burning because the flames make you sweat.

RIP Officer Goforth.