Black Lives Do Not Matter to American Cops

Pax Ahimsa Gethen
3 min readApr 15, 2023
A chalked message on the sidewalk reads “BLACK LIVES MATTER BLUE LIVES MURDER”. Photo by Pax Ahimsa Gethen, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

This week, news emerged of a large number of blatantly racist text messages exchanged by police officers in Antioch, California, during a stakeout of suspects. Further investigation revealed that nearly half of Antioch’s police department participated in these racist and homophobic text threads.

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