BLM: Confronting Racism On July 4th
BLACK LIVES MATTER: CONFRONTING RACISM ON JULY 4TH
A white woman committed vandalism by painting over part of a Black Lives Matter mural, with assistance from a white man wearing a red MAGA hat, in Martinez, California on July 4th. As she was painting over the mural, the man shouted "4 more years Trump" and "racism is a leftist lie."
The beautiful bright yellow mural was finished earlier that day on a quiet street in Martinez, a small town 36 miles northeast of San Francisco. Organizers of the project to paint the Black Lives Matter mural had received a permit to do so from the City of Martinez.
After the vandalism which occurred on July 4th, in a press release, the Martinez Police Chief issued a statement asking for the public's help in letting his department know the whereabouts of the vandals.
This request seems somewhat ironic, since the police chief and the Martinez Police Department already knew the description of the pickup truck driven by the vandals and the vehicle's license plate number, as seen in the videos of numerous witnesses to the vandalism.
In San Francisco in May, a white woman and white man accused a Filipino American man of defacing private property and called police on the man, even though the Black Lives Matter chalk art he drew was on a wall at his own residence in the upscale Pacific Heights neighborhood.
The white woman even lied to the Filipino American man, claiming that she knew the person who lived at the stately looking Victorian house. In fact, however, the Filipino American man has resided at that house for 18 years.
In New York City, a white woman called police on Christian Cooper, a Harvard educated African American man who was bird watching in Central Park's grove reserved for bird watching.
She falsely claimed in her 911 call that she was "being threatened by an African American man." She was finally charged on July 6 with filing a false police report by District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.
These acts of hatred and racism against African Americans and people of color remind us of the historically deep racism which plagues our nation and society. This racism is a cancer which needs to be excised.
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Anh Lê Is an independent journalist.
Copyright by Anh Lê, July 6, 2020