Friday, December 12, 2014

Jennifer Oliver OConnell — #BlackLivesMatter–a hashtag bandaid over the gaping wound of Black problems

(Via Communities Digital News.)

LOS ANGELES, December 5, 2014— Just as the Twitter hashtag #BringBackOurGirls did absolutely nothing to affect the fate of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram (most were married off or sold into slavery where they remain), the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter is another emotion-based, factually void outcry that will do little to resolve anything.
This hashtag gained traction after the Ferguson grand jury voted not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown, then went viral with the latest grand jury verdict not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner.
Now everyone and their mama is attaching it to their tweets about other cases involving white officers and black victims as rock-solid proof that there is a targeted effort to snuff out black lives, and that it needs to be fought.

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