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Cornell Univ. Police Chief apologizes for saying #AllLivesMatter instead of #BlackLivesMatter

Cornell Univ. Police Chief apologizes for saying #AllLivesMatter instead of #BlackLivesMatter

“I did not intend to imply any association with #AllLivesMatter, the disrepectful pushback against #BlackLivesMatter”

College Insurrection and others recently reported how the President of Smith College apologized to the student body for using the term “All Lives Matter” rather than “Black Lives Matter.”

A Cornell engineering student just tweeted to me about a similar statement from the Chief of the Cornell University Police, Kathy Zoner, in an all campus email.

I checked my own email, and sure enough, there it was:


That original message from the week before was:

Cornell Police #ALLLIVESMATTER original

“All Lives Matter” is disrespectful?


The first message was perfectly appropriate:

The tragedies we have experienced locally, and the important discussions about law enforcement and community relations we are engaged in locally and nationally, have me in a more somber mood this week. As a member of the Cornell community, a law enforcement officer and a mother, I am deeply saddened by the loss of lives, critical injuries and angry conflicts, both locally and nationally, among both people and nations.

We are here for each other, and you are an important piece of what makes us whole. All Lives Matter.

Doesn’t my life matter?


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“Doesn’t my life matter?”

Why no, no it doesn’t. What’s wrong with you? It’s only black lives that matter.

Ho Plaza…

Nope. Not this little grey duck. Uh-ehhh…

Not going there, nosireee….

There seems to be a penumbra about the issue. Perhaps a better translation would be “All lives matter, but if you scream and threaten and throw a fit…”

Doug Wright Old Grouchy | December 12, 2014 at 7:22 pm

(Isn’t it grand that, thanks to our President Obama, we now live in a post-racial society, where we follow the admonition of Rev. M. L. King, Jr. to judge people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin!. We have finally arrived.)

Too damned bad that that first sentence is not yet true, that instead thanks to our glorious national leadership, we judge peoples only by the color of their skin when it suits the purpose of the always aggrieved and self-righteous crowd.

What they want to say: some lives matter more than others.

The Black racists ALWAYS hate it when you call them out on their racism. There was a big push on the Syracuse University campus in the 1999-2000 academic year when “The Black Voice” started using a logo of a Black fist raised in the air with the Title “Power to OUR People.”

I very politely called them out during a Student Assembly meeting on the budget where they were (ahem) requesting (read: demanding) additional funding for their “magazine” so that they could reach those of Black heritage on campus.

I said, quite politely: “Your message is inherently racist: you are blatantly attempting to raise one race over all other races, by a transfer of power. If you wanted an inclusive message, it would be “Power to ALL People.”

I was, quite expectedly, excoriated by those who were “My Liberal Betters” and told that they “were only attempting to balance the institutional racism and White Privilege that has kept the Black individual down.”

After that, I was less polite, and told them “Horseshit. You’re racists, and admitting it will be the first step to healing.” After that, they quite ignored me rather than try to argue a case I wouldn’t let them win by attempted shaming.

At least on the face of it, what they seem to be responding to is their belief that whites target blacks. So “black lives matter” is just a variation of “stop killing/targeting blacks”. So then, “all lives matter” comes off as denying the “racist targeting” of (only) blacks.

But I DO deny race is the main issue, so the push back is proper. The “teaching moment” is there, but instead of teaching, authorities back down, which strengthens the race card ploy. Of course it’s more than a ploy for many, it’s a deep racist hate, engrained over decades.

One doesn’t have to look far into Obama’s Chicago church that praised Farrakhan, to find the deeper anti-white doctrinal problem. But rather than vetting Obama in 2008, America as a whole has folded to the race card. Even with cards face up on the table, as in openly examined cases like Trayvon and Brown, authorities fold and whimper an apology.

But not here. 🙂

It’s not as if black Americans are targeted for murder. Most black murders are committed by other blacks. And more white Americans are murdered every year.

Wait. We are talking about human lives, right?

You know, those complex processes embodied in clumps of cells that evolve from conception to natural, accidental, or premeditated (e.g. abortion) death.

Oh, well. One step forward. Two steps back. [Unqualified] Progress.

Three Bosnians were attacked in Ferguson during the riots. One was killed, two were brutally beaten with hammers (one male, one female). I’m guessing their lives don’t matter.

The rank hypocrisy of these riots, die ins, and general savaging of anyone not marching in lockstep with the “black lives matter” mantra is appalling.

All lives matter, regardless of race or creed. As a black woman, I will only mouth the “black lives matter” drivel when I see actual change in the black community. What kind of change? How about these:

A. Black children demonstrate an interest in education so they can get jobs that require real skill and knowledge–no, the government does not count.

B. Black young men stop committing intra-community genocide whilst so-called “leaders” only call for marches and prayer vigils when a white cop kills a young thug.

C. Black men and women stop breeding indiscriminately, but rather marry, work and raise families together instead of defining family down to the meaningless “baby mama” and “baby daddy”.

D. Black women cease and desist from turning their wombs into graveyards–the womb of a black woman is the most dangerous place for a baby to be–by aborting their babies and so fulfilling Planned Parenthood’s founder Margaret Sanger’s dream of black genocide. She certainly did find the way to have us do it ourselves.

When I see these concrete changes in the black community, then I will begin to believe that black lives matter … to blacks.

“No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?”

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

-George Orwell, Animal Farm

The notion that “All lives matter” is somehow disrespectful while “Black lives matter” is virtuous is offensive.

Black lives do not matter — at least not one bit more than do white lives, Hispanic lives, Jewish lives, gay lives, and the lives of members of innocent members of any other group. Apparently this is another example of the rejection of Dr. King’s philosophy that we should judge by the content of an individual’s character rather than the color of their skin. Now skin color — or other tribal membership based upon race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or other group division — is primary and character is secondary.

“Animal Farm” again…. Yes “all lives matter”… but some matter more than others. Wasn’t there the banter between Brandeis and Marshall on affirmative action where Marshall stunned Brandeis by insisting on centuries of affirmative action to make up for the past? We are devolving into a country separate and unequal, where be aggrieved embrace the same bigotry that was applied to them in the past.

That reminds me. After 9/11 when people were saying “God bless America” some uppity types took to correcting “God bless us all”, and I still see the “God bless us all” bumper stickers. But “God bless America” doesn’t mean bless America only. Besides, bless can mean different things under different circumstances. Interestingly, nobody was required to apologize for “bless us all”.

    Midwest Rhino in reply to edgeofthesandbox. | December 13, 2014 at 7:53 am

    We have no control over some evil empires, so why would we seek God’s blessing for them? (unless that “blessing” is dead Khomeni, and rise of the Green party, for instance) Maybe they don’t deserve a blessing.

    That twisted “inclusiveness, everything is beautiful, in its own way” crap is just a variation on the diversity and moral equivalence baloney, with a side order of white privilege canards.

    Rev. Wright doesn’t bless all countries. He damns America specifically. Who does he bless? Wright’s protege is not proud of this country either, and spends a lot of time condemning WASPy traditional America.

It was never about justice or peace or even policing.

Some commenter at another site noted this week that any time you hear ‘blank’ justice, it’s not about justice, it’s about either revenge or getting paid.

Again, to them, they are not saying white lives don’t matter, they are saying whites don’t have to deal with racist cops. They are saying “black lives matter (too)”, and that whites just don’t get it, due to “white privilege”.

But inherent in that is an ignoring of fact, that it is blacks that most disrespect other blacks. And the claim that whites think blacks don’t matter, ignores that white cops are in black areas because that’s where the crime problem is. Stop and frisk saved black lives.

Other than that, given their anger/hate, I wonder how much white lives matter to them at this point, as they get worked into a frenzy and scream “burn it down”. Obama advised to punch back twice as hard.

FARRAKHAN: We’re gonna die anyway. Let’s die for something. As long as they kill us and go to Wendy’s and have a burger and go to sleep, they gonna keep killing us!

AUDIENCE: (cheers and applause)

FARRAKHAN (screaming): But when we die and they die, then soon we gonna sit at a table and talk about it! We tired. We want some of this earth or we’re gonna tear this God-(bleep) country up.

So to them, they just want their fair share of white privilege. And Obama/Farrakhan seem to advocate killing to get it. Social Justice in action.

This is fascism: where some lives matter to the fascists, and some lives don’t.

What’s the saying? – Sieg Heil?

Some of the comments seem to be missing the point – it’s not that saying “back lives matter” is exclusive or bad, it’s the apology for having said “all lives matter” rather than black ones. “All” includes black, no apology is needed.

If they really believed that “black lives matter,” then they would stop killing each other, and stop the prenatal genocide.

In Chicago #BlackLivesSmatter