#BlackLivesMatter & Vail, CO in 2015…
Sunday, July 10, 2016, 2:10AM
This article (link below) just triggered a memory… #StLog
Last summer, following a performance, I sat in a restaurant in Vail, CO with three of my vocal colleagues. As we awaited our checks, an elderly white woman made her way to over to congratulate us on "a wonderful show". We all offered our genuine thanks and expected her to head back over to her table when she invited herself to SIT DOWN… next to ME. Of all of those gathered, she plopped her tail down next to "fresh off of a #MikeBrown memorial" ME…
Lemme pause to give a little annotation.
Vail, to many-myself included, is synonymous with white, wealthy residents & pricy vacation spots. There were MAYBE 20 POCs at the show. About 14 of us were performers, 1 the MC, 1 Denver politician, 1 a "plus one"… you get it.
Okay so, lady sits next to me and proceeds to tell us that her son wants a "black funeral" because she owns several nursing homes that said son manages and "when the black employees or residents die, he goes to the services and they’re just so much fun with the black Gospel singing and all…"
Can y’all see my face? There’s no such emoji… But, wait… she had more offensive offense to pass off as niceties. She went on to tell us she was 83, from St. Louis and had heard MLK speak in person. "He was so articulate and NON-VIOLENT…" *insert my "whet, lady?" face*
"I mean he had a real grasp of the English language… It was unbelievable how well he could speak. And, I just wanted to tell you that that’s your leader. Not that Al Sharpton or those Black Lives people… I mean they are getting more and more police killed every day…"
Me (I’d held on as long as I could…): "No ma’am. Not at all…" I started by letting her know that crime against police was actually DOWN in 2015 and that the #BlackLivesMatter movement is about basic human rights & dignity and resisting & defending against violence, not instigating it. Additionally, love him or hate him, there is a good LOT of incidents of racial injustice that Rev. Sharpton brought to the light of mainstream that we needed to know about…
Old Lady: "Well, I guess that’s true but Martin Luther King Jr is your TRUE leader; follow him."
Me: "Right into the grave, huh?" 😒
Police are safer under Obama than they have been in decades – The Washington Post