Is the Black Lives Matter movement focusing more attention on police related violence in black communities to the point of taking attention away from the greater problem of crime related violence in these communities? That is the opinion of a black grandmother from St. Louis, Missouri. Her response was to draw attention to the selective focus on violence in black communities in an effort to bring balance to the discussion:
A black grandmother with a smartphone and a Facebook account has become a viral sensation, in a series of videos critiquing the Black Lives Matter movement and its approach to the entrenched problems facing black communities.
Last weekend, Peggy Hubbard amassed over 7 million views of a Facebook video in which she offers her own riffs on the problems facing black Americans. While acknowledging the existence of police brutality, Hubbard says black people should focus on eradicating social “deterioration” and “black brutality,” as a prime source of violence against African Americans.
Her efforts drew criticism that she was not taking the side of black Americans in this matter, to which she responded that she was more interested in right and wrong than black and white:
Excuse me, but I didn’t know there was a side to be on. Only thing I know is I see right, and I see wrong. I see good, I see bad. This is not a race issue, and it never has been a race issue. People made it about race. This is not about race. This is about morals. This is about accountability and responsibility. We have to be responsible for the things we do and the things we say.
She argues that the divide over this issue will continue to we are directly impacted as individuals:
Life in general matters. But until it matters to you, America — black America, white America — until it matters to you as an individual, it’s never going to matter. It’s never going to get better, and there’s going to be this divide. This divide is there because we built it. We put this divide there. We put this wall up. It’s never, ever going to get better until we admit that there is a problem in our community.