On Point With MPB: Why Was Shelly Luther A Hero?
Shelly Luther was and is American hero—to some. She stood up against the government, bucked the system, ostensibly put people’s lives at risk and by her actions encouraged others to do the same. Shelly Luther raised money, took to the streets and demanded justice for herself and for business owners across the state. Shelly Luther fought for equality, justice and fairness. After all, she just wanted to feed her family and the government wasn’t allowing her to do that. Shelly Luther went to court one day and glared emotionless into the eyes of Judge Eric Moye. Moments later, she was whisked off to jail where she would begin serving her would-be overturned sentence of only a few days. Shelly Luther is an American hero.
Let. Gov. Dan Patrick paid her fines and Governor Abbott backed her up to the fullest. The Texas Supreme Court agreed that Shelly Luther was a modern-day martyr. Shelly Luther was a change agent doing the right thing—to some.
But then eight minutes and forty-six seconds changed all that.
Protestors took to the streets putting lives and property at risk and destroying livelihoods. Police would fire tear gas into crowds, break-up things that the media called “riots” and there would be a public outcry for the government to stop the madness that is going on after a black man, George Floyd was killed by a bastard in Minneapolis, while his “brothers in blue” just stood there watching and letting him do it.
Americans far and wide called these protestors names and said that they were all just a bunch of “thugs.” Americans demanded justice because these protestors were destroying property and putting lives at risk. Americans have been outspoken about all of that and while I am not saying that burning down buildings and occupying entire precincts is the right thing to do, I am saying that there is a double standard and the American “hero,” I mean “Zero,” Shelly Luther helped set that standard.
Shelly Luther was cutting hair. Senator Ted Cruz even went and protested with her by getting his hair cut at her shop. Did they march for racial equality? Hell No, because Shelly Luther is Lilly-white, blonde and squeaky clean. Shelly Luther they say was non-violent and not hurting anybody, they said. Turns out she was flat out wrong. but what Shelly Luther did do was point out an obvious fact—the law doesn’t matter so long as you don’t agree with it and other white people will back you up.
Shelly Luther set the standard that the government can’t tell you what to do and that you can defy the law so long as you don’t agree with it. The Texas Supreme Court, Lt. governor and Governor agreed with that—at least they did a few weeks ago when Shelly Luther was “non-violently protesting” and “not putting others at-risk” with her dangerous, law-breaking and careless actions.
You see, Shelly Luther set the standard—the double standard of things in America and we should remember her and her sacrifices—just like we remember those who are protesting for equality and justice in the streets.
Again, I am not saying it is right to burn down buildings, riot and loot. But what I am saying is that I see a double standard. A double standard focused entirely on race. You see, when Shelly Luther was “protesting” and “bucking the system” here in Texas, there were other hair stylists of color who were being jailed in places like Laredo. For all intents and purposes, they were “breaking the law” and they were jailed and punished for doing so. No white, male politicians ran to their rescue.
Sit there and say that I am “race baiting” or feeling my “white guilt” deep inside—you know, all of the excuses that white people like to use. But the reality is that when it comes to buying the system and making change, white people tend to only agree if it applies to them, and to them only.
Reality is that Shelly Luther is and was a dangerous human being—a rebel without a cause, if you will.
The people that I see protesting in the streets today, for a very different reasons are far from that. They have a cause, but the standard of law for them isn’t the same and that proves their point. Equality is far from being equal. For that matter, so is the rule of law.