The only thing I have to say to all those people parading around with White Lives Matter posters is, you’re not white. Often you’re raw siena and alizarin crimson, or you’re cadmium yellow and carmine. You have aquamarine or viridian – depending on the amount of yellow in your skin tone – in the hollows of your cheeks, under your chin and along your hairline.
But guess whose skin tone is mixed using mostly titanium white? Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. So my take away is that y’all White Lives Matter folks are trying to save your guy, Drac, from that evil Buffy the Vampire Slayer, right? Such a kindly gesture and come Halloween night, I’m sure he’ll slither on down your chimney to say thanks and invite you to donate to his favorite charity, Vlad’s Blood Bank.
But seriously, if those White Lives folks want to know who really matters, they should go to a museum. Might I suggest the one below?
It’s the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. When you first enter this museum, you are directed to an elevator large enough to fit a football team and taken three flights underground. There, in the dim light, you relive the experience of being chained together in the dark, dank bowels of a wooden sailing vessel with no idea where you are going or what will happen to you or the ones you love. As you make your way up the ramps leading from floor to floor, the often bloody history of the African American struggle for equality unfolds. I didn’t get many pictures as the halls were dark and the atmosphere, reverent.
In contrast, the upper floors of the museum are full of light, color and music as they celebrate the contributions of African Americans to our culture. You leave those floors grateful that Black Lives really do matter and without them, American culture would certainly not be the envy of the world. Think the experience would cause those White Lifers to change their attitudes?
Happy Halloween everyone! I hope you all spend it with the people who matter the most to you.
22 thoughts on “Vampire Lives Matter?”
Yayyy, thank you for the info, Jan. And with perfect Halloween timing.
Thanks Jude! Are you going trick or treating with the kids or are they now too old?
Thank you, Jan, for something thought-provoking, Something a white supremacist would never be guilty of—thinking. ‘O)
We all have reason to reflect on the slave trade I don’t think there is a country in the world that does not carry guilt. Thank you for taking us on your voyage of discovery!
As for Vlad he may sliver down a chimney or too but due to dental problems he will probably say Fangs You!! 💜💜
Haha! Good one.
I have to agree with Willow; any nation with any sort of colonial past, or who benefited from it has slavery at its core. So no one is free of the taint. Even Vlad probably.
True, but most countries managed to figure out how to do away with slavery without going to war!
true, that is a rather extreme way
A great piece, Jan. Sadly the people who need to read it, won’t be 😕
Yeah, they’re too busy trying to figure out how to impeach Hillary Clinton!
I appreciate your take on the topic. There are so many people who just don’t understand it, thinking it’s this OR that, this NOT that. Very disturbing.
Thanks Joey. By the way, we went through Indiana on our way to Chicago last month. (by train) I’d forgotten how lovely the farm land is – idyllic, I guess is the word.
Yesss, on behalf of all Hoosiers, thank you for noticing 🙂
What irony! WLM folk are blood-sucking and terrifying monsters.
I agree. They have no compassion or even understanding of their history or culture.
I like your first paragraphs – words from an artist to make you think (and remember the melting pot we come from).
I guess those White Lifers have some idea that they are pure breeds. Ha!
So fun!!! This is great stuff!!
Lives definitely matter.