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Marine Michael Whaley: You are responsible for the decisions you make

Written By | Sep 3, 2015

WASHINGTON, September 3, 2015 — A former Marine is lashing out against the “Black Lives Matter” movement in a YouTube video. The video was removed from his Facebook feed but has been picked up by several online media outlets.

“This ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement only promotes racism,” argues Michael Whaley, 27. “And now they’re encouraging black people to go and kill white people, because they want white people to feel what we felt 400 years ago. Newsflash: Were you living 400 years ago? Nope.

“So how’re you gonna let something in the past, that you never existed, that you were never born in affect how you live your life today? [To] have that much influence over you today?

“All lives matter. That police officer that got killed by that black man because that black man listened to what y’all were saying about going out and killing white people. That police officer’s life mattered. That 9-year-old girl in Ferguson, Mo., that got shot in the head while she was doing her homework in a drive-by shooting that none of y’all protested — her life mattered.”

Leave it to a Marine to have no fear.

Whaley unabashedly condemns the murder of Harris County, Texas, Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth, who was fatally shot Friday.

He speaks out against the murder of nine-year-old Jamyla Bolden, shot while doing her homework on August 18. Her mother was also shot, but is expected to make a full recovery. De’Eris Brown has been charged with second-degree murder, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and three counts of armed criminal action in relation to the shooting.

He reportedly confessed to shooting into the home, but also claimed neither Jamyla or her mother was the target.

But no one in Ferguson, known for their “at-the-ready” ability to protest, has taken to the streets to protest again De’Eris Brown, as they did against the officer who shot Michael Brown.

Whaley acknowledged that he had been criticized by others in the black community for speaking out, and that he has been called “Uncle Tom” and “house n–ger.”

It has not noticeably affected him, however. “I had drill instructors in boot camp that had better insults than y’all,” Whaley said in the video. “The reason I don’t have a lot of black supporters — I’m going to tell you the God’s honest truth. The reason why I don’t have a lot of supporters is because black people can’t accept the truth about themselves.”

Calling for support for the #AllLivesMatter movement, Whaley asks why all Americans cannot adopt the views of those in the military, where color doesn’t matter. Where they are a family of soldiers.

Soldiers that care about protecting freedom and serving their country. They do not care about skin color.

Too many Americans are cowed by fear of reprisal or attacks from critics. Too many Americans hesitate to say what they think, lest they face the wrath of mobs. Too many Americans bow to the politically correct or the generally accepted meme.

Michael Whaley is not cowed. He is not afraid. He continues to stand up for what he believes in, regardless of the choir of condemnation or personal attacks.

Marine Michael Whaley matters. His voice is a part of this conversation.

Which is why we support #MichaelWhaleyMatters and share his video here.

Jacquie Kubin

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