Professor Ron Santoni editorial: "Black Lives Matter"
Don’t undercut historical resonance of ‘Black Lives Matter’ by calling it ‘All Lives Matter’ says Professor Emeritus Ron Santoni in his oped that was published by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Santoni begins: Why do I get so annoyed and irritated when I hear so many white Americans chant “All Lives Matter!” in response to the anguished cry of “Black Lives Matter!” by our black brothers and sisters and their supporters?
“In short, it is because so many white people still don’t get it. Their response reveals a failure to know American history; a refusal to recognize the distinctive pain that, since the United States’ congenital institution of slavery, blacks and people of color have suffered; and a sign that too many whites wish to ignore the cancerous white supremacy that has wrought division and conflict in the United States since its birth. And may I be sufficiently bold to suggest that although “All Lives Matter!” has the sound of a noble inclusiveness, it more often betrays a covert, if not overt, white racism.”