Where is the context?
Where is the insight?
Please can anyone out there help me understand, what this means?
Here is an except form this article about Celebrities featured in a remake or re-release or remix? Maybe an update of “Where Is The Love” by the Black Eyed Peas.
“I remember when the Paris attack happened, people would say, we need ‘Where Is The Love?’ again,” singer Will.i.am. said in a short video meant to explain why the group remade the popular song. “And then Belgium happened. And then Turkey, and then Orlando, and then Philando, and Alton before him, and then Dallas. Everyone was calling on us, like, ‘We need that song again.’”
Some people, especially around any member of the Black Eyed Peas likely said as much, so I do not doubt he heard this. I am not even here to blame them for doing it. Whatever the contentious content some of the lyrics contain.
My main question is how he, or any of you, equate what happened to Philando Castille and Alton Sterling to the terror attacks in Paris, Turkey or Orlando? I’d even consider the Dallas shooting of police to not quite fall into the same ball park.
Could this be a sign that people are finally awakening to the fact that the state is inherently a group with a monopoly of violence over a given area? And since Police have a political mandate they are ,even if unwittingly, committing acts of terror? If not this, why are people of such questionable character held up as martyrs?
Alton Sterling, among many other things, was a registered sex offender. In 2000 he was 20, had a 7 month relationship with the girl before impregnating her. The girl was 14. At around that time as a 16 year old high-school, I saw someone that year that I was sure had to be at least a freshman in college. She turned out to be a freshman in high-school. So even if we grant that appearances can be deceiving, what I find hard to understand is how at 20 years of age you could have a 7 month relationship with a 14 year old.(There are related epigenetical effects on how girls mature when raised in a single parent household, (yes i’m assuming this 14 year old didn’t have her father around) So she may look older but what common topics are you discussing?
As for the comments that not so long ago it was common for people to be married off by 12. Eh, ok, this actually still happens in places in the developing world. Still happens in other cultures but is this the moral relativism we are at? Oh wait, some places in Europe are beginning to make exceptions for multiple marriages and tweaking age of consent. Also the President of the country visited his family, and in no way is this cosigning the same to happen to anyone in his family.
Back to the point, this isn’t about the people who were shot or the facts around the shooting. The reaction post shooting is one thing but that the people continue to be used as martyrs after facts have been made known… The music video again contains a reference to hand up don’t shoot of Micheal Brown who was on video robbing a store before his death which did not include him putting his hands up and saying don’t shoot. Is it just that you reacted, protested, rioted, rallied behind these mascots and now must stand your ground despite the content of their character?
It cannot be the people.
These other terror attacks were of a large number of people. Can argue that simply being in public raises your chance of being a terrorist target, but in the case Sterling and Brown, surely they were engaging in behavior that raises the chance of interacting with police officers. They were not given chances to end the incident in other manners.
Have any of those participating said much spoken out about attacks in Africa outside of the kidnapping of the girls by Boko Haram?
Days ago a friend wrote this in reference to the current protest of the United States’ national anthem by San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick
Kaepernick sits during national anthem 2 months after converting to Islam. Coincidence?
My response was as follows.
More or less. I think the conversion is more another symptom than a cause. He started dating his current girlfriend before that which is likely more reinforcing of this and the conversion. Seems he is looking for an answer and has a severe lack of an ability to communicate his grievance or propose any solutions, likely due to the issue being based on flawed premises.
I don’t get it.
Where is the logic?
Please help if you can.