We’ve been hearing it so long and for some reason it just refuses to die. But maybe if those spouting #blacklivesmatter understood the underlying philosophy behind the call for “justice” they might think twice before booing when someone responds with “all lives matter.” Because lets face it in America all lives should matter.
There was an article, that keeps getting posted on facebook and the like here: The next time someone says ‘all lives matter,’ show them these 5 paragraphs | Fusion.
The author makes the case that calling for all lives to matter is dismissive of the fact that black lives matter, and the belief that the call black lives matter means the people saying it are saying that ONLY black lives matter not that black lives matter too. Well if the call was #blacklivesmattertoo then maybe it would be more believable. But, and it is a big but, the reality of the situation is that the call literally means only black people killed by whites or police officers matter.
Yes. That is a fact.
Why? Well first, where is the outrage over the black on black murders that currently make up 80% of all black homicides in this country? Nothing. Okay, what about the fact that according to
killedbypolice.com (edit, the correct site is killedbypolice.net) more whites are killed by police than blacks are, and “when adjusted for the homicide rates whites are 1.7 times more likely than blacks to die at then hands of police, and when adjusted for the racial disparity at which police are feloniously killed, whites are 1.3 times as likely than blacks to die at the hands of police.” Study: More Whites Killed By Police Than Blacks | The Federalist Papers. Yup, they take a pass on that inconvenient fact too.
If that isn’t convincing enough maybe you need to look at the BLM movement and their stated goals as an organization. BLM maintains that:
1. our nation’s “corrupt democracy” was originally “built on Indigenous genocide and chattel slavery” and “continues to thrive on the brutal exploitation of people of color”;
2. “the ugly American traditions of patriarchy, classism, racism, and militarism” pervade every aspect of our society;
3. “structural opression” still “prevents so many from realizing their dreams”; and
4. blacks in the U.S. are routinely “de-humanized” and targeted for “extrajudicial killings … by police and vigilantes” in our “white supremacist system.”
Strangely this seems so much more than the facts on the surface that this is about black lives. Thus telling these people that the phrase, all lives matter doesn’t fit their ideological picture. Alicia Garza, the lead founder of the BLM movement, believes that the ideological deviation from the standard is unacceptable maintaining blacks, “are uniquely, systematically, and savagely targeted by the state” in a way that no other people are. “Stand with us in affirming Black lives,” she declares. “Not just all lives. Black lives. Please do not change the conversation by talking about how your life matters, too.” The “tired trope that we are all the same,” Garza elaborates, serves only to “perpetuate a level of White supremacist domination.”
Ah, they have no interest in any other life unless that life is black. But then again, this is not about black lives, this is about a political ideology. This is about championing their cause for the stated:
1. Reducing the law-enforcement budget (so people can get away with more crimes, or so citizens can enforce the law themselves?)
2. forcing some police departments to disband and be abolished. (um, again, this will only result in more crimes or more civilian on civilian deaths)
3. an immediate end to police brutality (which everyone wants, but doesn’t seem to happen in more than a few isolated cases that the media hypes up)
4. full, living wage employment for “our people” (scuse me, entitled much…because years and years of the war on poverty, racial quotas, and affirmative action just haven’t done enough right? and just how do you propose we go about employing “your people”)
5. decent housing (I’m guessing for free or low cost? After all, I wasn’t given decent housing, I had to save and scrimp for a decade before we could even get a mortgage)
6. freedom from mass incarceration (as if the prison system is riddled with innocent black men and women, rather than the relative few)
7. a public education system that teaches the rich history of Black people. (I would argue that you can teach your own kids about this if you wanted them to be exposed to it…I teach my kids plenty of extra things)
8. the release of all U.S. political prisoners (this has nothing to do with black lives, but since they modeled their demands on the Black Panthers of the 1960’s it makes sense)
The BLM movement isn’t for peace, it isn’t for justice, and it isn’t for black lives. This movement is a sham as evidenced by their sponsoring of Malik Shabazz. The same Malik Shabazz who has called for a race war in America, who recommends that communities avenge black shootings by creating “funerals in the police community,” who refers to the while man as the common enemy of all blacks.
BLM is a lie, a movement of bald-faced racism masquerading as a movement for justice. Don’t be tricked.