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A news story today reports that “Portland’s top newspaper reported Tuesday that after weeks of unrest in the city’s downtown, the ‘main action’ appears to have shifted to neighborhoods just outside the city.”
This has suburban residents very concerned, as one might imagine. As the mostly peaceful rioters and looters focus their efforts at urban renewal on residential neighborhoods, the nice liberal Portland suburb dwellers are struggling to criticize the wanton destruction of their own neighborhoods without sounding racist. A nice liberal can’t criticize Black Lives Matter, right? Not even if that organization has just peacefully protested their neighborhood into a post-apocalyptic video game cityscape.
One resident of the Kenton neighborhood, just outside of Portland, was displeased about his suburb being destroyed. He commented, “Lots of people worked hard to make our little neighborhood pleasant and to help local businesses stay open. Now it’s trashed. This was not a BLM [Black Lives Matter] protest, this was a tantrum by a bunch of entitled kids.” Some cynics, like me for example, have been struggling with the distinction between “Black Lives Matter” and “a bunch of entitled kids” for some time now.
I think that by blaming “a bunch of entitled kids,” the Kenton resident feels better because that sounds like he is blaming rich people for his troubles. After all, all problems are because of rich people, right?
But I think he’s stumbled upon a fundamental truth. Black Lives Matter is little more than a bunch of entitled kids. These kids may be 25 years old, but they’ve never had to grow up. They may be black, but a lifetime of entitlements have made them feel, well, entitled. They may be white, but a lifetime of spoiling and over-protective parents have made them feel, well, entitled. And it’s not clear what specific policy proposals that BLM is making at any given time. They don’t debate their viewpoints during panel discussions. They use bullhorns and spray paint to get their message across. Which sounds more like a tantrum than a debate.
Which is why it can be so hard to discern a Black Lives Matter protest from “a tantrum by a bunch of entitled kids.” After all, that’s all it really is.
So I think the Kenton resident has a point. But not for the reason he thinks.Published in