Yes, of course. But that does not appear to be the actual question posed. The question being asked is "Do Black lives matter more than other lives?" The answer is no. Emphatically.
I grew up in Canada. There were never any Black slaves in Canada. Black people, as I grew up, were just that, black People. There were not a lot of black People in Canada and I encountered few in the 25 years I lived there. Among those few I encountered was Marion Cumberbatch, our housekeeper of long standing. So, anecdotally I suppose you could say that they occupied the lower levels of society, much as they did/do in the USA. On the other hand, there was the white Scottish housekeeper who worked for a neighbor's family, so who knows.
Being a Jew I benefit from a long tradition of sympathy with oppressed people (we can talk about the "Palestinians" some other time) but I find myself less and less sympathetic to American Blacks as they continue to take advantage of unconstitutional, in my opinion, so-called Affirmative Action programs while rampaging here and there in protest of the unfair treatment they claim to be enduring at the hands of White Americans.
The reason for my lack of sympathy is the Alice in Wonderland nature of their campaign. Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown were thugs who were killed in self-defense.
"Hands up, don't shoot" is a complete and ugly distortion of the facts.
As "presentism" (judging historical figures by today's moral standards) takes hold in America a lot of history is being revised or eliminated. Did you know that 268,000 mostly white Union soldiers died to liberate black slaves? Or that another 300,000 or so were wounded in the same pursuit? Or that more than 1.5 million mostly white men served in the Union armies? Did you know that those 1.5 million represented about 20% of the male population of the North? 1 out of 5 men served. Or that in 2015 dollars the Union spent $147,000,000,000 ($36,700 per slave of the 4,000,000 then in bondage) to liberate the slaves? Apparently even our hillbilly ancestors knew that "Black lives Matter". Too bad their sacrifice has been completely dishonored by the dreadful conduct of so much of the black community recently.
Did you know that the first president of the NAACP was White? Did you know that the chairman of the NAACP in 1914 was a Jew? No? I thought not. Can you think of a reason you don't know that? I know, you would rather not. Me too.
Here is some of the NAACP's history as it appears in Wikipedia:
The conference resulted in a more influential and diverse
organization, where the leadership was predominantly white and heavily Jewish American
In fact, at its founding, the NAACP had only one African American on
its executive board, Du Bois himself. It did not elect a black president
until 1975, although executive directors had been African-American. The
Jewish community contributed greatly to the NAACP's founding and
continued financing. Jewish historian Howard Sachar
writes in his book A History of Jews in America
of how, "In 1914, Professor Emeritus Joel Spingarn
of Columbia University
became chairman of the NAACP and recruited for its board such Jewish leaders as Jacob Schiff
, Jacob Billikopf
, and Rabbi Stephen Wise
Early Jewish-American co-founders included Julius Rosenwald
, Lillian Wald
, Rabbi Emil G. Hirsch
According to Pbs.org "Over the years Jews have also expressed empathy
(capability to share and understand another's emotion and feelings)
with the plight of Blacks. In the early 20th century, Jewish newspapers
drew parallels between the Black movement out of the South and the Jews' escape from Egypt
, pointing out that both Blacks and Jews lived in ghettos, and calling anti-Black riots in the South "pogroms
Stressing the similarities rather than the differences between the
Jewish and Black experience in America, Jewish leaders emphasized the
idea that both groups would benefit the more America moved toward a
society of merit, free of religious, ethnic and racial restrictions." Pbs.org
further states, "The American Jewish Committee
, the American Jewish Congress
, and the Anti-Defamation League
were central to the campaign against racial prejudice. Jews made
substantial financial contributions to many civil rights organizations,
including the NAACP, the Urban League
, the Congress of Racial Equality
, and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
About 50 percent of the civil rights attorneys in the South during the
1960s were Jews, as were over 50 percent of the Whites who went to
Mississippi in 1964 to challenge Jim Crow Laws
As a member of the Princeton
chapter of the NAACP, Albert Einstein
corresponded with Du Bois, and in 1946 Einstein called racism "America's worst disease".
Du Bois continued to play a pivotal role in the organization and served as editor of the association's magazine, The Crisis
, which had a circulation of more than 30,000.
, who was white, was the president of the NAACP from its founding to 1915. Storey was a long-time classical liberal and Grover Cleveland Democrat
who advocated laissez-faire
free markets, the gold standard
, and anti-imperialism
. Storey consistently and aggressively championed civil rights
, not only for blacks but also for Native Americans
and immigrants (he opposed immigration restrictions).
Yes, American slavery was an abomination. Yes, there continues to be identifiable racism in the USA. There always will be. Just as there will always be anti-semites, anti-Irish, anti-fat, anti ugly and so on. Most of us keep fighting to make these anti's as marginal as possible.
Ugly, racialist movements like "Black Lives Matter" only serve to make those of us who believed in the fight for equality cringe and stand down. Apparently nothing is enough so why bother.