There are some White Lives Matter protests popping up over the country, but it's unclear as to what they're exactly protesting.
Is it white people sitting with black people? Is it just to plan to throw an event for the heck of it and then cancelling it the second counter-protesters come to tell you to know it off? It's obvious that the name of the movement is in direct response to Black Lives Matter, which is clearly a demonstration of peaceful protest against police brutality, which has been well-documented.
But what is White Lives Matter about, if not white supremacy? Comedian Jess Dweck had an idea, and by idea, I mean a scathing joke.
What injustice are the “White Lives Matter” activists fighting? Turning 30 and still being a cashier at Lids?— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) October 28, 2017
Now this is, admittedly, a very specific joke. One that sparked a heated discussion about classism.
Oh I get it, poor people are funny to you! Feel free to pay for the groceries I can barely afford for me and my kid anytime. Christ.— not yours (@TheLittlestToy) October 30, 2017
Ditto on the 'Kinda shitty & classist to make fun of ppl for working in retail.' From what I see, most WLM is middle/upper middle class.— FarMcKon 🇺🇸🇪🇺🇩🇪 (@FarMcKon) October 30, 2017
But other people started chiming in about what the White Lives Matter movement is really about, and some of the replies are downright hilarious.
resentment @ mommy, complete lack of understanding about the nature of food, cultural and interpersonal incompetence, to name a few— 🈷♌️💀🔱🚳👁🗨🌌🌌 (@lmnfox) October 30, 2017
Others talked about the group's perceived "injustices" as the belief that they're entitled to something because they're white.
Their “injustice” doctrine is actually far more sinister and cultivated than underpaid labor. It’s the belief in privilege built in society— 🎃Rick In Peace💀 (@cosmochas) October 30, 2017
And then someone made this point about the entire "class vs race" debate in the piece that's hard to argue.
Being angry at abysmal employment opportunities and lack of upward mobility is acceptable and laudable.— Vex the Scarewolf (@andreuswolf) October 29, 2017
Blaming it on black people isn't.