Former City Councilor and lifelong West Roxbury resident John Connolly follows up on his thoughts on the Blue Lives Matter rally in front of the E-5 police station, by answering three questions he says he's gotten from people who, at least respectfully, disagree with him:
- 1. What happened at the rally that I object to?
- 2. Why don't I understand that people can support police and think Black lives matter?
- 3. What's my agenda?
For the record, he adds, he is not trying to get back into elected office:
I am happily retired from politics. These posts would be the single dumbest way for me to get back into politics.
Part of his followup:
Our country’s entire history shows that white lives matter more than black lives. When we say “All Lives Matter” or “Blue Lives Matter”, it shows intentionally or unintentionally that we don’t understand that black lives have been devalued in our society. In other words, I believe George Floyd, Ahmaud Arberry, and Breonna Taylor would be alive today if they were white, and that they were murdered because they were black. That’s why it is important to say Black Lives Matter, and that’s why it is insensitive to equate support for a profession with support for a race. There are other ways to support first responders than by holding a rally with signs that are meant to undermine the message that Black Lives Matter.