The Five Ws of Black Lives Matter

Before getting to the initially drafted material for this 3rd post in the series addressing the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, I will comment on the horrific terrorist attack that occurred on July14th, in Nice, France which struck me rather deeply for several reasons. Many in context to the current BLM related behavior.

I followed the news of the attack began to seep out. With a flight to Nairobi the next day, multiple errands to run, blog posts to edit, future plans to ponder and more here was yet another occasion of people who were targeted To ensure they would never have another tomorrow, flight, errand or thought.

I read some comments at the bottom of an live-updating news article. A few contained black humour expecting calls for bans on all automatic trucks or common sense truck control, in mockery of some of the rhetoric following incidents where murders are carried primarily by the use of firearms (the perpetrator(s) in Nice used the truck and firearms.) Many were of anger and condemnation. I can not recall one of surprise.  I posted a link to the story on social media without comment, shared the news with my flat-mate and felt emotions building as we discussed it and shortly after the image below, was able to put to some of what I felt into words.


This series of posts discusses BLM claiming to riot for the kind of deaths that are by a vast majority self inflicted when others remain relatively silent as they are clearly targeted. A confusing mix of revulsion, pity, anger and more set in as I considered the details that were soon to emerge and the following reactions. The deathtoll began to rise as videos and images were posted. Identification of the terrorist and some victims followed shortly. The calls not to judge a group by the actions of a few by the same people that would condone the assigning of guilt from incidents that were far more nebulous and use the ‘NotAll(Insert preferred group)’ technique freely.

I remain confident of an ongoing paradigm shift. It is horrific and perhaps inevitable that it comes with such death and carnage, but this is what we have to live with. For now back to the initially drafted material interspersed with some recent events.

I will apply The Five W’s technique of inquiry to the Black Lives Matter movements’ actions  after the July 5th and 6th deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille. The 5 Ws “are often mentioned in journalism (cf. news style), research, and police investigations.They constitute a formula for getting the complete story on a subject. According to the principle of the Five Ws, a report can only be considered complete if it answers these questions starting with an interrogative word:

-What happened?
-Who did that?
-When did it take place?
-Where did it take place?
-Why did that happen?

Some authors add a sixth question, “how”, to the list, though “how” can also be covered by “what”, “when”, or “where”:

– How did it happen?”

I like these 5W’s or 6W’s views including the W at the end of how. As is often the case I have been using this process for years before leaving it’s technical term and many of you probably can say the same.

On to #BlackLivesMatter.

What happened?

Videos of 2 black males that were shot dead. They were later identified to have been armed but were not brandishing their weapons. Deaths of non-blacks or the black deaths at the hands of black people are routinely ignored by BLM. Therefore BLM takes issue is not solely with black deaths or guns.

Who did that?

A figure of authority killed then the powerless and oppressed protested. Not ‘White Policemen’ since in the case of Philando Castille, the Officers were of Latino and Asian ethnicity (possibly white-asian ala George Zimmerman being White-Hispanic (also not a Police officer)) BLM states blacks have no power, under that premise black on black violence has no focus point for protest. If it was a case of white versus black, the prevalent white participation in protests would be threatening and unwelcome. There is an increasingly frequent explanation for BLM is that ‘people who were intended to protect us are killing us.’ Take note of this.

When did it take place?

The deaths were on July 5th and 6th. Video and images of the incidents spread across the media after a patriotic holiday weekend in a tense election season, leading to several protests on July 7th, that increased in number over the next few days. I heard no calls discouraging sharing this media on social networks, as those that  media of the Nice Terror attacks received. That the protests lasted through the shooting of police officers on the 8th of July in Dallas Texas is indicative of their intensity.

Where did this take place?

The deaths of Castille in Falcon Heights, Minnesota and Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana resulted in protests in several cities in North America and Europe. This accords to BLMs claim that they are not focused on any one localized issue, but a systematically widespread one.

Why did it happen?

This question is what led this to be a series. To achieve the goal of this post I needed to find out why the two that died came to be in contact with the police. BLM does not care about the recent why’s of the incidents. They saw video and reacted, which indicates it was associated to some other issue(s).

How did it happen?

There wasn’t enough time to find out why any of these two men were shot. How everyone ended up at there. Not only do BLM not know what happened, they do not care even when presented with explanatory information. This again defends what I will offer up as the actual issue for it is an indefensible one. If how/why mattered the Mike Brown originating, ‘hands up don’t shoot’ situation has been thoroughly discounted, yet it is still a slogan chanted at protests and other BLM related events.

Stating that the slogan is still ‘powerful’ in how it raised the conversation of a systemic issue that is been lingering since before slavery is common.That systemic things by definition are easy to see and identify and thus should not need fabrications to be exposed, is not addressed.

BLM claims Whites must now speak out. I agree. This may be surprising after discussing the lie of White Silence in previous post… I refer to the existence of what is more accurately defined as a ‘white noise’ in approaching the issue of how of people are raised. If at all.

‘If at all,’ as the prevalence of abortions in the African-American community is staggering, (some figures stating 1876 per day). +75% of the children that have the privilege make it through gestation are born into single ‘parent’ households. Most likely to an individual with multiple children further stretching the limited time and energy they can allocate to each child. Choosing to have a child when single, versus having a spouse or significant other die, indicates questionable decision-making capacities. What is it about African American,‘black’ culture that results in this scourge of broken families?

From observation the prevalence of single parenthood in Kenya is nowhere close to that found in the USA. Some anecdotal evidence being a recent discussion with a new father who specifically pointed out that he did not want the father of the mother of his child, and future wife to think that the child they had was an accident or unwanted. He himself was raised by his father after the birth mother left shortly after his birth goes against the I was raised this way so I’ll repeat it defense. He may not be legally or ceremonially married but that child is not in a single parent household. Even within the African-American community you can expect to see differences in single-parenthood rates between recent immigrants and generational Americans.

Broken families are not reserved to any ethnicity and the negative consequences be they from physical, verbal or mental abuse such as neglect, that tend to exist within them increasingly undeniable.

BLM participants fit the mold of victims whom unable to face their actual tormentors, (superficially the white devil in reality their childhood abusers) lash out at easier targets. This is similar to how terrorists, unable to lash out at actual tormentors (not so superficially governmental agents) target the soft targets considered complicit citizens, instead of their childhood tormentors.

Many reading know of Post Traumatic Stress Dissorder PTSD and the effect of just seeing visuals of terror attacks or the deaths of Sterling and Castille, let alone experiencing them in person. Why do so many avoid applying this analysis to childhood trauma? What are it’s connections to the high criminality and poverty rates of Blacks? The claim of historical or systemic issues shows awareness of  past actions’ ability to effect present  behavior. Police being shot is just retribution for abuses of power. However if you bring up a recently deceased black person’s history of criminal activity and they say it is circumstantial at best.  Does this line of inquiry into one’s lifetime hit too close to home? Nothing they could possibly have done justified this treatment. Are you saying a child could have done something to deserve beatings? Could they not see the child was giving up? That the child was asking what they did wrong? That it hurt?

What the person did 3 hours, days or years before is subject to things others did 300 years ago. Is this not someone aware their lack of control during childhood and the lasting effect it has had on their present self?

We can all agree with BLM when they those that are supposed to protect should be held accountable when they hurt or kill. Ask them who can rightfully expect more protection than a child does of a parental figure and what the implications are of the disgusting prevalence of child abuse…

BLM participants’ claiming  that  abuse of police authority, may indicate they are aware of the horror but as yet unable to process the actual roots of which these problems stem from. Possibly they are close to, or sadly as far as they can go to, facing a large part of the answer to, if not the sole answer to, how did this happen?

Child abuse.

Enough silence on the matter it is something that needs to be discussed. All cultures that have done so and reduced it have benefited from it.


In my next planned post I will discuss why BlackLivesMatter matters to me, what it may be symptomatic of and give some background on myself to better illustrate where I am approaching it from.


Thank you for your readership.




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