By V. Saxena, December 21, 2014.
Black lives matter. I hear this tired saying being uttered by
protesters across the country every single day. Hell, just yesterday,
3000 of such protesters marched through the Mall of America,
chanting this very saying yet again for the hundredth or so time. The
saying would make perfect sense, if it weren’t for the fact that these
protesters happen to be marching on the behalf of dead criminals like
Mike Brown and Eric Garner. Their deaths may have been tragic and
unfortunate, but they were still criminals who resisted arrest.
What’s sadder still is how these same protesters rank black lives over all other lives. One Huffington Post blogger actually dared to say, “Please stop telling me that all lives matter.” Hell, the president of Smith College had to literally apologize for telling students that “all lives matter.” Amazing, right?
So here’s my question. What about the lives of teenagers? Do their lives matter? I ask because according to WPLG Miami, seven black men ranging from the ages of 18 and 43 forced a 16-year-old Miami teen to be their sex slave for a week:
The suspects, ranging in age from 18 to 43, are accused
of forcing a 16-year-old girl into a week of drug-fueled prostitution.
They were identified as Cornelius Edwards, Mark Evans, Jerome Grace,
Greg Hill, Derrick Powell, Derrick Powell Jr. and Branden Sands.
According to police reports, the girl’s school reported her missing
Dec. 4 after she had gotten into a black Ford Taurus with three other
The girl was taken to several locations in northwest Miami-Dade
County, where she was given cocaine, marijuana and alcohol and then
forced to engage in sex acts with more than 16 men during the course of a
week, police said.
On two occasions, she was forced to have sex with up to eight men at once, police said.
Does this teenager’s life matter? Or would her life only matter if
she’s black? Or better yet, do the lives of the criminals who abused her
matter more? Given the attitude being displayed by these protesters –
who for the record are the same type of people who defend cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal – I think these are perfectly fair questions to ask . .