Frustrated woman’s new viral #BlackLivesMatter critique

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A new video posted by an Illinois woman is starting to trend.  This is after a video she posted on Thursday was seen by over 6 million people.

Peggy Hubbard shared her frustration with demonstrators after a 9-year-old girl was shot and killed in Ferguson. The next night protesters took to the streets of north St. Louis over an officer involved shooting. She said they were marching for the wrong shooting victim.

Hubbard has gotten a lot of feedback since her post to Facebook on Thursday. She says a lot of people are calling her a,  “sell-out.” A new 15 minute posted to Facebook on Saturday addresses the negative comments, white privilege , and much more.

The new video has been shared over 4,000 times and seen by over 90,000 people since it was posted.

This is a transcript of her new video posted from Belleville, IL.

Good morning everyone. I apologize for the language I used yesterday in my rant. Peggy was very upset yesterday because of the deterioration of our society and our neighborhoods and losing that little girl.

As a mother, wife and grandmother I was very upset. I have a grandchild that age and it broke my heart; because what if it was my grandson or granddaughter.

I apologize for my language. My mother did teach me better than that. I’m going to refrain from using that type of language.

Secondly, 3.9 million hits means a lot. It means someone is listening and values what I have to say. What I have to say is a lot.

I thought about walking away. But given all the comments I received from both black and white people saying, ‘Don’t stop, we need your voice.’ I’m going to try to keep going. I have a lot to say.

Where do you start? I don’t have all the answers. There are a lot of people telling me that I’m not black enough. We don’t consider you black because you’re not on our side. Excuse me, I didn’t know there was a side to be on.

The only thing I know is that I see right and wrong. I see good and I see bad. This is not a race issue. It never has been a race issue. People made it about race. This is about morals, accountability and responsibility. We have to be responsible for the things we do and say.

Last night we had another homicide, another murder. Another person is dead. Again, here it is, we say black lives matter. Black lives matter, white lives matter, asian lives matter, hispanic lives matter, Lithuanian lives matter, Russian lives matter. Life, in general, matters. Until it matters to you, black America, white America. Until it matters to you as an individual, it is never going to matter. It is never going to get better and there is going to be a divide.

The divide is there because we built it. We put this divide there, we put this wall up. It is never going to get better until we admit that there is a problem in our community.

When you have 8-year-olds, a couple of weeks ago in Soulard. Soulard is an area in downtown St. Louis right by Busch Stadium, very nice area. These children were down there carjacking people. Carjacking people at 8-years-old. What does that tell you about their home life? Where are their parents?

If the police confront them, and they have a weapon, and they point it at police, and police shoot them. Then you’re going to blame police. You can’t blame police for doing their jobs. You have to hold the people responsible accountable. That is their parents.

I held myself accountable for my children. Everything they did, my husband and I, we held ourselves accountable.

That being said. Does it make me a sell-out? Does it make me a non-black because I don’t go-along? My grandmother used to say, ‘To get along you have to go along.’ She told me to never follow someone else’s path. You make your own path. That path is for them, your’s is for you.

If your black life matters that much then make it matter. Make it count.

It is not up to white America to give you the things you think you should have. If you think you should have those things then go get them. Work for them and don’t steal them. Respect is earned it is never given. People do not respect you if you don’t respect yourself.

Respect goes both ways and perception goes both ways. I am a black person. This is not a tan, I am black. If I saw a black man walking down the street and his pants are hanging off of his ass, and he has on a shirt hanging off of him, and he has all of these dreadlocks hanging off of his head. I’m going to be suspicious about that person.

Perception is everything. I had a person tell me last night in their comment about white privilege. There is no such thing as white privilege, trust me.

I have a friend right now on Facebook that is homeless. He lost his job and has a family and he is white. So much for white privilege. I know white people that can’t pay their house notes. I know white people that can’t buy medicine. I know white people that can’t buy food for their children. And we holler, ‘white privilege.’ There is no such thing as white privilege.

Privilege is waking up every morning, going to work, earning a paycheck, keeping a job, paying your taxes, voting, educating yourself. Becoming the person you should be, not the person the people out there on the street want you to be.

Nobody gave me anything. I worked and earned everything I have. I worked two jobs and helped raise six kids. My two and my husband’s four. We did the best we could but we lost one to the system. It was his choice. I did the best I could.

I am not a sell-out. I am here to tell you the truth about what is going on. If you cannot accept that truth from the person who has been where you are; who has been in north St. Louis, who grew up in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood, that went to inner city high schools. That did not want the future that she saw in the street. That joined the military, served her country, salute that flag, defend that flag, to come back to watch people wipe their butts with the flag I defended.

You want to call me a sell-out? What are you doing, as a black individual, to help, heal, to bring together your people?

I don’t have all the answers. I don’t have all of the solutions but I am listening to people call me names. I don’t care. I can take it. I’ve been called worse.

I’m not going to holler, ‘Black Lives Matter’ when we just lost another black life yesterday at the hands of another black person. That is my message.

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