Everybody Counts or Nobody Counts: #AllLivesMatter

She Shouldn’t Have Apologized

As a fan of Noir Fiction Novels, I’ve read through better than 2/3s of Michael Connelly’s series featuring Detective Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch. Bosch was a relentless investigator and cleared a prodigious number of cases. He also had this unfortunate yet endearing habit of sticking his foot in his mouth and failing to toe the PC line at times. One example of his crazy malapropisms was when he bruited around the personal slogan of sorts that “Everybody counts or nobody counts.”

Now that could be seen in the wrong light as being morally presumptuous. But how in the heck did a simple, basic, commendable moral sentiment like that become debatable? This sounds like a great question to invoke academic big think to answer. Fire up that hand-rolled cigarette of choice in memory of Eric Garner and let the Dorm Hall Court of Bull Hockey Sessions come to order at Smith College, where great brains are washed.

It seems that the President of Smith College has strayed beyond the Solar System of acceptable discourse. She wrote the following email in support of student protests over the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

“We are united in our insistence that all lives matter,” read the e-mail, in which [Smith College President Kathleen McCartney] made clear she was strongly behind the [Eric Garner/Michael Brown] protests, writing that the grand jury decisions had “led to a shared fury… We gather in vigil, we raise our voices in protest.”

I peruse this vile text and at first don’t get it. I mean here we have the typical, mawkish, heart-warming Liberal concern-trolling condescension boilerplate in support of cute, little, loveable student radicals having a protest. But wait! We must deconstruct this officiously official statement of meaningless corporate solidarity. What lurks in the penumbras of this seemingly harmless flop-sweat over the Che Retardo wannabees on campus intending to prove how deeply they care?

Ah, there it is! If you squint through the lens of a powerful microscope; you’ll see that transaction show up on her White Privilege Card of Iniquity. If all people’s lives matter; then her life matters. So she’s kind of proud of her resume. What’s the big deal? We all like ourselves, even if we get up in the morning and see Sandra Fluke in the …read more    

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