Vice President Mike Pence obstinately refused to utter the words: Black Lives Matter,” during a bizarre exchange with a reporter for a local ABC station in Philadelphia.
The interview was recorded on Juneteenth, a day that serves as the symbolic and sobering reminder of the emancipation of slaves in America.
When questioned about his reluctance to recognize why the oppressed population in this country deserve not to be considered expendable by systemic racism, Pence provided a lackluster statement that reeked of the devilish combo of white privilege and white evangelism:
“In this nation, especially on, on Juneteenth, we celebrate the fact that from the founding of this nation, we cherish the ideal that all, all of us are created equal and endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights. And so all lives matter in a very real sense.”
I guess Donald Trump’s errand boy is trying to stoically rely on the damning attributes of Christianity, under the tutelage of Jesus Christ, who did spend his short time on earth communing with folks from all walks of life. And based on that theory, in conjunction with biblical verses, it’s assumed that “our creator,” was inspired to design humans with packages of humility and grace.
But in the real world, human beings are more inclined to exert their unearned authority in ways that exact irrevocable harm to those who are within range of those targets.
And this explains why “all lives don’t matter.”
In order for that to happen, our white oppressors would have to humble themselves enough to acknowledge how the lethality of their whiteness has relentlessly and exploitatively assaulted the purity of Blackness in ways that can’t ever be amended in my lifetime.
Interviewer Brian Taff was remarkably patient with his willfully tone deaf interviewee, as evidenced in his further prodding, where he efficiently dissected why saying “all lives matter” is an affront to the current movement that’s putting this moment in our history on the map for future generations.
Taff politely reprimanded Mike Pence for cowardly bowing out from the immense responsibility of utilizing his influential position to confirm why “a segment of our society that doesn’t agree,” with the logic that condemns the normalized brutality of Black lives is the simple explanation of how “all lives” can’t logically apply.
Pence responded with an infuriating declaration that leads me to conclude that seasoned racists are incapable of accepting why the unfathomable murder of George Floyd has sparked a nationwide and global rally cry with demands, because ignorance means being unreasonably protective of white power.
“Well, I don’t accept the fact, Brian, that there is a segment of American society that disagrees in the preciousness and importance of every human life.”
Racists find it difficult saying the words “Black Lives Matter” because they’re afraid they could die from the strain of reexamining what can’t be refuted or blatantly ignored.
During a time when Black pain and Black death have become unfortunate exports that expose the harshness of societal ills, in a country that’s no longer revered for the lies that separated a former world police from the reputation of human rights violation — it’s incumbent on white folks to take full accountability for how they’ve blissfully thrived with knees on the necks of Black people.
And if this is somehow a heavy burden that inexplicably warrants the need to evoke the misleading mantra of how “all lives matter,” that’s a clear indication of the viable currency of whiteness, and how proud racists can’t be converted to the side of the white Jesus that they’ve historically shamed with deadliness of superiority.
Racists should not be permitted to say “Black Lives Matter,” because they are the enemy.
And as this race war unfolds, it’s pertinent to distinguish between foes and allies, as we embark on the quest for equality and survivability on a battlefield that will only get bloodier in the months to come.
It’s time to stop asking for the impossible and pay homage to the truth of how most of white America is rooting for the downfall of Black America.
We can’t afford to be distracted by the breaking news of what we already assumed when Donald Trump loudly announced himself as a white nationalist for the world to hear.
Racists are programmed to demean and degrade Black and Brown communities, and we can’t ever expect that mandate to change.
So let’s stop trying to do exactly that.