George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks committed violent crimes against women and children. This is being completely erased from the public consciousness.
I don’t think that these crimes make it ok for police to kill them. Or for anybody to hurt them in any way. But we have spent several years parsing every uncomfortable date of every pouty socialite, resentful grad student, and unsuccessful starlet under the guise of #MeToo. Why are the female victims of Floyd and Brooks less deserving of being noticed? Because they are black? Because they are not upper-middle-class?
BLM is a gigantic hypocrisy. It wouldn’t hurt the cause to say “Floyd and Brooks were vastly imperfect yet they didn’t deserve to be killed by police.” It would be a lie in Brooks’s case but the argument itself would be quite noble.
But no, nobody wants to notice that these were violent men who made women’s lives hell. Floyd and Brooks are being treated as heroes when the only heroic thing they did was give well-to-do white people a reason to preen and posture on social media.
As Eliseo Alberto, an exiled Cuban writer, used to say, a lot of damage is done to the world by aging US intellectuals who want to imagine themselves as revolutionaries.