Open Letter to Masonry: Black Lives Matter

8 thoughts on “Open Letter to Masonry: Black Lives Matter”

  1. Thank you for sharing your words and perspective. You may think you don’t have a title in way of influence, but “brother” carries more influence than some realize.

    We have much work to do in our communities to bring about equality. A better understanding of ourselves and history is a huge step forward. Learning what happened in all of its beauty and ugliness is needed. We can get better, we will get better with the assistance of each other.

    Let’s show the world how Masons love.

    Bro. Jason Brown
    Chosen Friends Lodge #43
    MWPHGL of Pennsylvania

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  2. Those two cops may or may not have killed in cold blood, even if they did how would that justify Black Lives Matter as a movement? How would all the overwhelming statistics of black involvement with police prove their innocence? Is there any talking to you???

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    1. I think what happened with the police in question wasn’t the justification or reason for the protest, it was the trigger.

      There are all sorts of problems that need to be solved. The United States is still dealing with a legacy from slavery that it hasn’t shaken, and all of the protests and discussion about police are just one small slice of that.

      We are talking.

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      1. So all the rioting and destruction would have been justified regardless then, seems to be exactly what you are saying.

        Tell me of this legacy of slavery, how have whites used the black crime rate to enslave the black fatherless community? How do you explain the sickeningly lopsided crime statistics damning the black community? They are their own worst problem! That is not a legacy left behind by whites. They refuse to acknowledge this as a community so they scapegoat some white cop, then whites at large, which only makes it harder for them to care. When they do care, they are too white in doing so aren’t they…now liberals who are white are guilty of supremacy.

        What do whites need to do?

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        1. > So all the rioting and destruction would have been justified regardless then, seems to be exactly what you are saying

          No. Read the post. That’s what I’m saying. I don’t think that the destruction is OK. But I also don’t think that it’s the important part of what’s happening right now.

          You refer to the black community as “they” and this is deeply troubling. They are your brothers and your fellow citizens, not some separate alien race. Read the top of the post. In the charge: “Universal benevolence you are always to inculcate”. That charge doesn’t speak of what others do, or who is responsible for what, it speaks to our obligations. The more interesting conversation to me is how you & I can carry out that charge in this situation.

          Read the kindness and condescension section in this post. That’s what I want to say. I would be very interested in your thoughts specifically on that matter. This last comment of yours seems to want to pick scabs, and I cannot agree with either the premises or the conclusions of what you’re saying.

          > What do whites need to do?

          You have fundamentally mis-framed this. By asking what whites must do, you’ve constructed an us-vs-them dynamic. All people are responsible for building societal systems that allow peace & prosperity for everybody.

          Basically: liberty and justice for all.

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  3. >No. Read the post. That’s what I’m saying. I don’t think that the destruction is OK. But I also don’t think that it’s the important part of what’s happening right now.

    Why?

    >You have fundamentally mis-framed this. By asking what whites must do, you’ve constructed an us-vs-them dynamic. All people are responsible for building societal systems that allow peace & prosperity for everybody.

    Why have you framed a modern American problem as a slavery issue? Explain to everyone, this subtle and pervasive form of slavery.

    You feel that because blacks say feel they are in danger that they are innocent. You feel that because there is a clear a growing body count, that blacks are victims of whites. Why?

    Why aren’t black crime rate statistics self-explanatory? Are they, in actuality, cop crime rate statistics?

    Lets suppose every one of these George Floyd’s, Walter Scott’s etc. were murdered in cold blood, does that excuse blacks of any culpability in promoting fear and violence within their cultures?

    Is there some way we can acknowledge both of these realities – and that the reality of these murders by cops pales in comparison to black crime, and that therefore, we have a long way to go before the level of rioting is justified?

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