Original Post from Snopes.com
Sep 26, 2016
Black and Blue
An anonymous resident of East Texas shared his opinion of the Black Lives Matter movement.
ORIGIN: In August 2016 a photograph of an elderly man from the East Texas city of Tyler, along with a quote attributed to him about the Black Lives Matter movement, was posted online. The combination quickly became a viral hit, buoyed by the ongoing discourse around racism and racial tensions in the United States: “I don’t get all this ‘Black Lives Matter’ — ‘Blue Lives Matter’ divide. I been around here since ’57 and I never been to jail. All I see now are these young-in’s running around getting shot because they think they can do whatever they want. That’s not how it works, but you can’t tell them that. I know what real racism looks like and I haven’t seen the likes of that ugly face in years. What needs to happen is unity. Respect your fellow man and 99% of the time, they’ll respect you back no matter what you look like. I’m living proof of that.”
The image was first shared to the “People of East Texas” Facebook page on 15 August 2016. As with the enormously popular “Humans of New York” Facebook page and web site, “People of East Texas” interviews local residents and then shares highlights from those interviews along with photographs read more…
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