Foolish Child #73: All Houses Matter

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I am a queer coparenting mama to Dickens Jr. Doodler by day, 911 dispatcher by night. All my favorite shows look better on Tumblr. I am two years and 450K words deep into constructing a fanfic called Ages and I'm never giving up on it. Bering & Wells.

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  1. I’m completely ashamed that it hadn’t occurred to me how grotesque it is that the most current analogy explaining Black Lives Matter depends on comparing a black life to property. Like, of course white people are more sensitive to the needs of property than human life. Arrrrrgh. Thank you for this comic, Dickens, this is really important.

  2. Fabulous comic, Dickens! For my fellow white people talking to their friends/family/acquaintances — A formulation of this that is much less gross is that if everyone was sitting down to dinner one evening, and all the plates had food on them except for the one in front of Mary. If Mary said, or if I said, Mary needs food, it wouldn’t make sense to say, everyone needs food. Like, yup, that’s true, however, everyone else’s plate is full of food already. So, since every person needs food, and Mary is a person, in order help make sure Mary gets the food she needs, we’re gonna say “Mary needs food” until she gets served.

  3. Brilliant.

    I saw this circulating on social media the other day in response to a pro-police meme:

    ..and it so clearly shows that they are perfectly capable of understanding what Black Lives Matter actually means.

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