During the last riots, I tried to explain Black Lives Matter. Having failed, with the new protests I’ll try another way.
1857. Parley P Pratt is murdered and federal troops are crossing the Plains to stop the evil polygamist Brigham Young from building a kingdom. Saints had been driven from place to place, women ravaged, leaders imprisoned. Hauns Mill. Joseph and Hyrum murdered and the temple destroyed by fire.
There was nowhere else to go.
Brigham took a strong and harsh stance. He made an agreement with the Utes to fight the military. He spoke of war.
The events and BY’S rhetoric led to the Mountain Meadowso Massacre. Good men, who had been driven and suffered, listening to the rhetoric from Salt Lake, took things into their own hands because no one listened.
It would take the Manifesto in 1890 to begin ending government and public thrashing of the Mormons.
Black people don’t have the option to sign a manifesto and have their problems go away. Whites still are scared when a black man jogs in their neighborhood. There are still bad cops protected by the system.
Whites don’t understand privilege nor little bigotry especially that stare in black people’s faces.
All lives matter And Black Lives Matter. All houses matter, but we need to focus on the house that is on fire right now.
I don’t condone riots or violence. I do condone the protests and hope we white folk can truly understand it this time.
Black Lives Matter