Last night, I did something I really hated doing. I blocked a family member on Facebook.
I don’t typically block someone because I just don’t want to see their hateful and ignorant post, even family members. And, I have too many Trump supporting family members. I don’t friend them but I don’t bother with blocking them either. But yesterday, it broke my heart to see the racism and I don’t want to see it anymore. What I fear from blocking him is that I’ll never talk to him again…but I’d rather not see what he’s become.
What did he do? He gaslighted in the name of racism. He took a false equivalency that’s become a right-wing talking point over the past few days and he ran with it. This family member hasn’t done well with comprehension lately and instead has been prone to talking out his ass, but until yesterday, he’s been using the dog whistles more than the outright racism. Sharing the Cannon Hinnant talking point was the last racist straw for me.
Cannon Hinnant was a five-year-old boy killed by a 25-year-old neighbor with a gun in North Carolina. There’s right-wing outrage over this. Is it about the gun violence? No. Is it about the murder of a child? No. Is it about an adult murdering a child? No. It’s about a white child being murdered by a black man.
Republicans are sharing this in relation to George Floyd’s murder by police. If you’re a rational level-headed thinking person, you would probably ask, what’s the equivalence? There is none.
You may think since they’re outraged, authorities refused to arrest and charge the black man who is the suspect. No. He was arrested. He’s been charged. He’s in jail. The outrage is, we’re not talking about it enough. They claim the media hasn’t covered it.
The claim CNN hasn’t covered it. They claim The Washington Post hasn’t covered it. They claim USA Today hasn’t covered it. They claim the Associated Press hasn’t coverd it. They even claimed Yahoo News didn’t cover it. Why, all those links must be fake news or the viral racism is a total lie.
The thing is, kids, these right-wing troglodytes don’t care about Cannon’s life. Children are murdered in this country. It’s horrible and we should be outraged every time. But the national media doesn’t report each and ever single one. For conservatives, Cannon is just a tool for the to spread their hate.
Do you remember conservatives getting upset over Sandy Hook? I do. They were upset people talked about taking away guns. Conservatives decided a long time ago guns are more valuable than a child’s life.
Do you remember conservatives being upset over Donald Trump’s policy of separating families and throwing children in cages? No. They think that’s what they get for breaking our border laws.
Do you recall conservatives being upset over children dying because of Trump’s family-separation policy? I don’t.
And if Cannon was murdered by a white person, we wouldn’t be talking about him. Want proof? Five children were killed by gunfire over the past 72 hours. Ask a conservative who’s shared the Cannon meme for the name of any of those children.
The equivalency is wrong here. This is an anti-Black Lives Matter thing for them. Conservatives say they should be protesting and rioting in the streets. Protesting against whom? What system? Cannon was murdered by an individual and the system is seeking justice for him and his family. When a cop murdered George Floyd, it took a week for the cop and his accomplices to be arrested and charged. A week. A week after protests and riots. If there was not video footage of George Floyd’s murder, that cop could be kneeling on another black man’s neck right now. There was no footage of Cannon’s murder, yet miraculously, they found a suspect and made an arrest. When was the last time a cop was arrested for a murder without video footage?
The man who murdered Cannon is a piece of shit. He’s been arrested after going on the run, charged, and being held without bail in a state with capital punishment. George Floyd’s killer never had to go on the run. He waited it out for a week until he was charged. Cannon was not murdered by an authority figure, a person who took an oath to protect him instead of murdering him. Cannon’s murderer was not protected by a legal system. Cannon’s murderer was not suspended with pay while an internal investigation was performed. Cannon’s murderer was not fired from his job, then released on bail until his trial.
It’s a false equivalence. If you’ve been sharing the memes, you don’t care about Cannon. You’re are only trying to paint black people as evil and as murderers of white children. We don’t even know if this is a race issue as we don’t know the motive yet. All Cannon is worth to you is a racist meme. If you really want to save children from what happened to Cannon, you’d be screaming for gun control. You’d be protesting for that…not making memes about how horrible black people are. I’ve yet to see one of the memes take issue with the gun. If anything, they probably think the gun used is a victim too. If Cannon was shot in a mass shooting with an automatic weapon, they’d be calling him a crisis actor.
If you have been sharing these memes, you’ve been using a child’s death for your racist agenda.
For that, you deserve to be blocked. And even if you’re a family member, your racism will result in your being blocked from my life.
The Fucknuts are posting, “White lives matter.” Conservatives are using Cannon now for their own “Say His Name, but a month from now, they won’t remember Cannon’s name.
Cannon’s murderer is a piece of shit. And if you’ve been using Cannons’ death for your racism, you’re a piece of shit too and I’m glad I blocked you.
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