I personally, in my town, know of an instance where white police unjustly shot and killed 2 white men. It didn't even make the news past one article in the local paper.
I have not managed to finish all the videos about the Atlanta shooting (yet) and therefore refuse to form an opinion until I do.
However, I have watched all videos of the George Floyd murder in their entirety. There is no excuse for how he was killed. The officer who did it was wrong, as the officers who stood by and let it happen were wrong. Regardless of whether Floyd was on drugs, or fought the police in the back of the police car. Regardless of whatever might have happened, had he pulled a taser on the police, etc. I work in a prison, and have seen many uses of force. As soon as the offender (black or white) shout's "I'm through" "I'm done" etc, they mean it, and there is no more fighting because they are ready to comply. This statement made by Floyd should not have been ignored.
I have also watched numerous videos of protests and murals being painted in honor of George Floyd. If the movements were #Georgefloyd'slifemattered, I can get down with that, because it did matter, and that fact was not taken into account as it should have been.
But after watching all of the videos, 2 facts stood out to me.
1. When my dad died, there was not one single worthless mural painted. Not one single sign made. Not one single national proclamation that his life mattered.
2. When a good friend of mine died (who happened to be quite black), again, not a single word regarding the worth of her life to make national news.
The realization of these two facts lead me to the conclusion that, in the eyes of the nation, in order for a life to matter, 2 things must both be true: The life has to be a black one, and it has to have been ended at the hands of the police.
I do not know what my ancestors were. For all I know, they were abolitionists running the underground railroad. The fact that I am made to believe that I must apologize to all black people because my grandma might have been unkind to their grandma is strange. I have never been unkind to a black person, since their lives matter as much as everyone else, and therefore feel no need to apologize.
I agree with beachynurse.
I think tearing down the monuments is saying that all the lives that were killed in the confederacy do not matter, though they were childeren, husbands, fathers, fighting for something they believed in.
I also like what beachynurse said about Dr. Martin Luther King. If we pretend the past did not happen, then his life did not matter.