Black Lives Matter, an anti-democratic agitprop front group funded in part by George Soros, recently released a “policy agenda”. Speaking in melodramatic, generalized sentences (like “End the war on black people.”), the group’s supposed leadership unfortunately shows only cliches and slogans.
BLM may seem like a rerun of the 1970’s Black Panther movement, but it actually makes Huey Newton and Eldridge Cleaver mental giants by comparison. Those men actually understood and wrote with competency and intellectual rigor about their political philosophy. Plus the Panthers, while also possessing a racially-tinged leftist creed, was at least a spontaneous movement started and carried on by individuals. BLM seems to have no real leaders other than jargon-spouting activist shills, and their organization is simply a pre-fabricated product of shadowy foundations.
Crystal Wright of ConservativeBlackChick has written a good piece on the new, six-point list of demands which suggests Black Lives Matter focus more on actual problems – which have little to do with racism or an unjust “System” – and on practical solutions to those problems. Her essay, which first appeared in abbreviated form at Frontpage on the 4th, was expanded on her own website. We’ve reprinted the latter below.
The New Demands of Black Lives Matter
Cyrstal Wright * 4 August, 2016
Tenacious in distorting reality and inciting violence against police, the Black Lives Matter movement is at it again. Not satisfied with forcing colleges like Harvard, Yale and Princeton to remove “head master” from professors’ titles or change building names they deem racist, BLM recently issued policy demands.
- End the war on black people.
- Reparations for past and continuing harms.
- Divestment from the institutions that criminalize, cage and harm black people; and investment in the education, health and safety of black people.
- Economic justice for all and a reconstruction of the economy to ensure our communities have collective ownership, not merely access.
- Community control of the laws, institutions and policies that most impact us.
- Independent black political power and black self-determination in all areas of society.
That’s an exhausting list of mostly nonsense. What’s strikingly absent from this list of racial grievances is any acceptance of personal responsibility from blacks. Instead they demand action from the government to fix generational problems of their own making.
BLM can start ending the “war on black people” by telling black people to stop having babies out of wedlock at a rate approaching 75%. This has lead to blacks, who represent a mere 13% of the population, committing over 50% of homicides from 1980-2008. According to the Justice Department over this 30-year period, blacks were six times more likely than whites to be homicide victims and seven times more likely than whites to commit homicides.
Promoting marriage among blacks, where two parents raise a child, would be a great way to prevent blacks from being incarcerated at a higher rate than whites, which addresses demand #3. When you’re not incarcerated, you can get a job, start your own business and achieve “economic justice” in demand #4. Curiously, blacks already hold local, state and federal offices as Democrats and therefore already “control laws, institutions and polices,” as BLM demand #5 states. The problem is that black Democrat elected officials in cities like Baltimore, DC, Philadelphia, and Chicago aren’t promulgating policies that help blacks.
“Most urban areas in the United States like Baltimore, where crime and unemployment rates are high, have been government by Democrats for decades. Baltimore hasn’t had a Republican mayor since Theodore Roosevelt McKeldin in 1967. During those decades of so many American cities being run into the ground by Democrats, blacks have become poorer, more violent, and further banished to ghettos thanks to their undying loyalty to the Democrat Party a the ballot box. In 2015 Baltimore’s mayor, city council president and prosecutor were all Democrats,” I observed in my book Con Job.
This brings us to BLM demand #6. If BLM wants blacks to have “independent political power in all aspects of society,” perhaps the group should start encouraging blacks to stop voting exclusively for the Democrat party. Demand #3 asks politicians to invest in education for blacks. Republicans support school choice programs like charter schools which disproportionately help blacks. Democrats oppose these programs.
In the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri by police officer Darren Wilson, the directionless Black Lives Matter movement was born.
It started with a hashtag on Twitter. Then the group moved to protests, forcing President Barack Obama and Democrat presidential candidates to acknowledge the movement as legitimate. Facts were always ignored. In March 2015, the Justice Department concluded in an 87-page report that “the facts do not support the filing of criminal charges against Officer Wilson.”
“Michael Brown’s death, though a tragedy, did not involve prosecutable conduct on the part of Officer Wilson,” US Attorney General Eric Holder explained.
Brown wasn’t a gentle giant but a giant thug, who stood six foot four and weighed over 200 pounds. He robbed a convenience store before confronting Wilson and reaching inside his police car to grab his gun. Since Brown’s death, there have been other isolated incidents of police officers shooting black men that the media obsessed over.
Freddie Gray was another. After Baltimore state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby filed charges against six officers involved in Gray’s death, none were found guilty. After a mistrial and three acquittals, in July 2016, Mosby dismissed charges against the other officers. This reveals how weak the cases were to begin with but it made good headlines at the time for liberals seeking to placate blacks.
In 2015, the Washington Post found that only 4% of blacks were victims of fatal shootings by police. Black men are profiled more than white men because they’re committing a disproportionate amount of crime. The DC Police Department’s twitter feed is rampant with suspect descriptions of B/M (Black male). And if wearing hoodies is a fashion statement, why are they the uniform of so many black criminals?
If black lives matter so much, perhaps black men should stop annihilating other blacks with guns. In 2015, black gangbangers shot Tyshawn Lee, a black nine year old, who was walking to his grandmother’s house. It’s not rhetoric to talk about the staggering amount of violence plaguing the black race that’s not perpetrated by racist cops. While Obama, Democrats and Black Lives Matter demand that police take responsibility for bad policing, where are the demands that blacks confront their own problems?