Joe Mallory, Vice President of the Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP, said he too sees the disparity Dennard pointed out.
“This is not the first time this has happened with black churches, where people set fires to them,” Mallory said. “There is not an outcry. It’s sad, but it’s the reality of this country what people value.”
Mallory said it was as true of local icons as with international ones like Notre Dame.
“Look at Music Hall or Union Terminal, the landmarks people value,” Mallory said. “They will leave no stone unturned to improve them and make it better. If something happened to Music Hall, I guarantee they would rebuild it. Clearly, there is not a lot of value placed on black life; there’s no investment in trying to uplift the black community.”
This a simple hypothesis;
What white people value is strongly influenced by white supremacy.
White collective action is driven by white values.
The money raised to rebuild Notre Dame in one fucking day would have been enough to repair water service to 100k mostly black folks in Flint.
The message is clear- white people prefer white cultural objects over black lives.
How can we move to a place where black lives truly matter when white people are too fucking uptight to even consider how we might value our things over their lives?
Now, when I originally posted in this thread, I was fully aware that I might be, erm, ruffling some feathers. Obviously, I’m okay with that.
But I would ask of anyone, read through the responses to councilor Dennard’s tweets on the matter. See what happens when a black woman with a strong voice stands up and speaks truth on how black lives and culture are sidelined by white interests- bear witness to the venom and obliviousness directed at her merely for making a point.
Then get back to me.
Calling out white supremacy =/= bigotry against whites.