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She's making a career out of being a token black conservative

Posted by Dave_K on June 6, 2020 at 08:57:41:

The right loves to put a spotlight on black conservatives. Extra bonus points if it's a black woman conservative. For Republicans, that's like finding the Holy Grail.

You guys are trotting her out like some kind of cardboard cutout to stand next to and say "See, we're not racist. Really, we're not. We have black people on our side too."

If the same words were spoken by a white man, it would be just another opinion with no more weight than any other. You wouldn't have bothered to post it. And that's how her opinion should be treated, colorblind.

What this really boils down to is a conflict between three prevailing points of view:

1. George Floyd was a criminal, so he deserved it. The right is too chicken shit to say that directly. Instead, they've decided to highlight every bit of adverse information about the guy they can find, and hope the point comes across while retaining deniability.

2. George Floyd was a martyr/hero. I won't say gentle giant because that's one of my favorite prog rock bands. For the same reason as the right wants to tear the guy down, the left wants to prop him up.

I think both of the above viewpoints are dragging the discussion away from the facts. To me, the only reasonable viewpoint is the third:

3. It doesn't matter who he was or what he did. What matters is that a cop killed him unnecessarily and (from the looks of it) intentionally. This point of view requires people to separate the criminality of killing someone from the life story of the person who was killed, which seems to be intellectually too challenging for a large percentage of the population.