While conservatives rush to defend Josh Duggar, who admitted to molesting his sisters and at least one other girl who was and still is a minor, a conservative writer published an op-ed on Thursday in “Politico” reminding us that your life is only as important as the tribe deems it.
Rich Lowry, a conservative writer and editor at the National Review, is a regular contributor to Politico who almost certainly fancies himself a “conservative intellectual.” In Lowry’s op-ed, called #SomeBlackLivesDontMatter, he claimed that the #BlackLivesMatter movement is “a lie.”
Lowry’s op-ed also argues that, after the deaths of Michael Brown and “Freddy Gray” (misspelled throughout the original piece), civil rights leaders are ignoring a much deadlier crime by focusing on police brutality.
Why yes, Lowry, a wealthy, conservative white man who has justified poll taxes in the past, thinks this much deadlier crime is black-on-black crime. How did you ever guess?
The black and white of crime
“Let’s be honest: Some black lives really don’t matter,” Lowry writes, adding, “If you are a young black man shot in the head by another young black man, almost certainly no one will know your name.”
He built towards a section arguing that, contrary to what the protesters believed, the police should be cracking down more on “black-on-black” crime:
The implication is clear: More people need to be arrested in Baltimore, not fewer. And more need to be jailed. If black lives truly matter, Baltimore needs more and better policing and incarceration to impose order on communities where a lawless few spread mayhem and death.
Lowry ended his opinion column by retreading the idea that Rudy Giuliani, who is “anathema” to the movement, “saved more black lives than any of his critics ever will.”
There’s an unspoken narrative that Conservatives like to dodge when they dredge up the “black-on-black” crime red herring, and that’s “white-on-white” crime. According to FBI statistics from 2013, a full 83% of murdered white people were killed by other white people. Since whites are the majority, this means that whites commit the most murders of any race.
Whites also lead the way in crimes like aggravated assault, rape, and theft by a near 2-to-1 margin. This should surprise nobody; white culture is also a violent culture that worships firearms, prioritizing them above necessities such as food, shelter, healthcare, and clothing in terms of political rights and equal access.
White culture also glorifies self-inflicted violence: there’s a statue of Jefferson Davis next to the U.S. Capitol building; Davis led an insurgency that caused hundreds of thousands of white deaths in the country. White deaths seen as martyrs, not tragic human losses, among white people.
Lowry finds it convenient to ignore this, like most conservatives, because it’s easier to blame others than it is to examine oneself for faults.
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