Originally Posted by Analog Olmos
The conversation being about respect for the flag/anthem/troops instead of black men being gunned down by our civil protectors is because white people would rather have one of those conversations than the other. That's all.
In Ta-Nehisi Coates "Between The World And Me," Coates discusses the idea of "The Dream," which is short-hand for The American Dream: that a good life is the white-picket fence, house, wife and kids. That if you work hard enough you'll get everything you ever wanted, and that America is a country that stands alone in "Truth and Justice for all." Nicities that all but turn a blind eye to the many, many instances in American history where that wasn't case. The broken bodies of the weak and poor are evidence to that.
Acknowledging that there is a problem with police brutality and that there's an issue with cops using excessive force against Black Americans, means acknowledging that there is no Dream, or at the very least The Dream is severely compromised.
So there are plenty of Americans who are more willing to believe that Trayvon Martin, while he was out buying snacks and soda, was intent on killing a "Patriot," than believing that said Patriot targeted someone because of his own racism and caused a death that did not need to happen. Because it maintains that simple narrative and allows The Dream to thrive.