Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Centralia PA Fire in the Metaphor for Native Americans

Straub's cartoon (chainsawsuit.com/comic/2014/12/08/all-things-considered/) echoes this point:

"If a house is burning down, you're obviously going to focus on putting out the fire instead of watering a house that's just fine. In this analogy, black lives are the burning house, and everyone else is living much more comfortably in the house that isn't burning down. Clearly, one is a bigger problem."

https://roadtrippers.com/magazine/centralia-graffiti-highway-pennsylvania/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centralia,_Pennsylvania

🤔 Everyone else?

https://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/2020/06/22/montana-native-american-police-brutality-george-floyd-protest-lives-matter/5334187002/

https://www.invw.org/2019/12/20/how-can-police-minimize-racial-profiling-of-native-americans-others/

https://www.cnn.com/2017/11/10/us/native-lives-matter/index.html

I have no desire to start an argument.
I DO agree that Black Lives Matter.
And that house in the metaphor is definitely on fire right now and deserves help.

But I can't pretend that the neighborhood down the block with the Native Americans (let's call it Centralia), hasn't been on fire for 400 years.
We ask for fire trucks. They send gasoline tankers to spray more fuel. 🔥
But I am not going to say "all houses matter," because that doesn't help either.
(There's almost no interest in putting out the Centralia fire.)

Maybe the Black Lives Matter movement will change things for other non-Caucasions.
That isn't the reason I support the movement.
But it'd be a nice side effect. 


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