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Greetings from UMass Amherst. I am a fan of your web site and have been following it for a year or so now. I just wanted to make you aware of a situation that may be developing here at UMass Amherst. There are a set of stairs on campus outside in the Central Residential Community. In between the stairs there is a concrete wall. The concrete wall is a designated space for free expression and art etc. Usually hippies end up up painting some colorful mural of some sort. The paintings get painted, they hang around for a little bit then some one whites it out and paints a new mural. It provides for some nice street art on my walk back from class.
Anyways, last week a group of students painted “black lives matter” in red across a mural. The next day the wall was painted black, and in white paint was painted “black lives matter” and a list of names of criminals who have been abused/shot by police etc.
That night someone added an addition to that painting. The next morning on my way back from class I noticed someone painted “all” over every “black” on the wall, changing the sentence to “all lives matter.” Earlier today the UMass Black Student Union held a rally at the steps, which is in between two dorms (keep in mind it is finals week and all dorms are enforcing 24 hour quiet hours to help students prepare for exams).
The Black Student Union (BSU) painted over everything in black ( oh and by the way they were only allowing students of color to be apart of this process). They also painted some new words/phrases I’m sure. The reason I don’t know for sure is because the BSU is guarding the wall now. The last time I passed the wall was an hour or so before writing this, so 1 am, and there was at least ten students staked out in front of the wall, yes the same wall meant for anyone to use to paint ART.
I forgot what a parallel universe UMass can be. Seriously, imagine 10,000 RBG’s being taught by 500 Joyce McNickles and Sonya Conner. That’s UMass. Nothing about this story is the least bit surprising.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I have no time for people like this because I’m too busy loving everyone. Seriously, if we’ve never crossed paths before and I know nothing about you, my instinct is to love you no matter what your skin color is. But if you go and start saying dumb things on the Internet, excluding people because they’re not of a certain race, and monopolizing the conversation, you’ve officially lost my turtle love.
The hippies would be best fitted to follow this simple plan as well. They spend way too much time going around looking for people to hate. They’d probably be a lot happier if they just stepped back, took a deep breath, and strarted judging people based on their character instead of the color of their skin.
This whole incident is pretty simple to break down. The wall is a public mural. It’s painted over frequently. It’s not UMass sanctioned, and it certainly doesn’t belong to the UMass Black Student Union. Don’t like the fact that they wrote “All lives matter” everywhere? Cool. Paint over it tomorrow. Then you and the people who wrote “all lives matter” can go back and forth wasting your time painting a stupid wall that doesn’t matter. The rest of us will be living in reality going to work and paying our bills. All this incident does is prove that college is nothing but a fantasy land where nothing really matters.
Let’s look at some of the dumb things people have said about this:
Ahhh yes – “white privilege.” Classic. I went to UMass for one semester and dropped out because I couldn’t afford it. I’m also white, so my hopes of qualifying for any sort of scholarship was basically out the window. Thus I did the only thing I could do to eventually pay for college – enlist in the National Guard. Then 9/11 happened and that was the end of my college career.
The “Black Student Union” has the privilege of attending a great school, which will then enable them to go on and earn a great living after college. I was denied this privilege that they were given, because they had more money than I did. But please, tell me more about all of the privileges I have. Afghanistan in the summer was a real thrill.
“If you break the law you go to jail.” Seems like a reasonable thing to say. But when you’re Andrew Gora, and you’re filled with hate and white guilt, you have to call someone who says something as common sense as this, “probably the most garbage reductionist argument I’ve seen.” At least he’s got a strong selfie game though.
If Sam Gross had his way, anyone who has the audacity to suggest that “All lives matter” would be banned from attending the University of Massachusetts. That seems reasonable. How dare someone suggest that NYPD officer Brian Moore’s life mattered. He’s not even black. There’s nothing hateful about that at all. Absolutely nothing. Keep doing you Sam Gross.
Yea black people can’t walk down the street without getting murdered. It’s literally impossible. And if you disagree with this man right here
LOL. “Black lives fucking matter.” Where’s the love Ashley Jane Malvey?Black lives matter might be the most common sense statement in world history. Of course black lives matter. Duh. Due process also matters. So do the lives of everyone. That’s why a grand jury heard testimony and investigated the death of Michael Brown.
Rational person: “Police lives matter.” Hippie: “fuck off.” This about sums up what the protesters are all about. Where’s the love Ashley?
So if we have the audacity to disagree with your constant attempts to divide America racially, we should “stuff a rag into our mouth and never take it out.” You mad girlfriend?
I actually agree with Kate DuBois. I always thought Boston Strong was a stupid slogan. And just like if you said “Black lives matter” was a dumb slogan, if you said “Boston Strong” was dumb out loud, you got crucified. Because guess what? If St. Louis, or Minneapolis, or Chicago got blown up, they’d be strong too. It’s not like we had supernatural powers in Massachusetts. All we did was watch the news from the our suburban homes for three days until they got Jafar and Timon. Boston Strong is a stupid slogan, and so is Black Lives Matter.
First of all, this is what we are dealing with in regards to Lauran Brisbois:
And obviously we are going to take what she’s saying VERY seriously. After all, she’s gone through intensive wizard training. We should definitely take her seriously when she says, “Black people are being murdered because they’re black.” Why just last week I was watching Judge Judy, and she found this poor schmuck guilty on account of not being white. Hopefully once she finishes wizard school racism will be forever fixed.
In conclusion, hippies, stop hating and start loving.