Q&A – What Black Lives Matter Stands For?

Today’s entry: Brian, thank you for reminding people what black lives matter has done previously. It’s outrageous and concerning to see the MSM giving them a pass and coopting the police reform debate. Would you please take more time to explain to your listeners what the BLM movement is really about? 

Bottom Line: I agree that the lack of analysis about the Black Lives Matter movement is concerning. Its history is questionable. For example, numerous protests of years gone by included chants of “police are like pigs, fry them like bacon” and the depiction of police as pigs on clothing. Most notably, this was the origin of Colin Kaepernick's decision to wear this clothing while protesting while still in the NFL. 

In July of 2016, five Dallas police officers were murdered in an ambush by a man who cited black lives matter when arrested. Whitewashing this history, even if it may not represent what they’re doing right now, doesn’t excuse the radicalization of some of its members and harm caused to law enforcement across the country brought about by the messaging of their movement. Speaking of what they’re representing right now, BLM’s current policy positions are radical relative to our current society and culture. I’d suspect that most people sympathetic to their cause would be surprised by what they represent. Their current mission statement includes the following positions which might surprise even some of their supporters:

  • We make space for transgender brothers and sisters to participate and lead.
  • We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege
  • We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered.
  • We practice empathy. We engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.
  • We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.
  • We foster a queer‐affirming network.

While the organization cites race in their name, it’s clear that they’re also a homosexual activist organization, a feminist organization, an anti-traditional religious organization and they’re socialist/communist activists. Again, they’ve successfully used tactics that are straight out of Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals by luring in people incrementally under the perceived pretense of racial tolerance and equal justice. How many people lending support to Black Lives Matter are aware of what they’re supporting? How many people feel we should end the nuclear family? How many people support communism? Simply being Christian, Jewish or Muslim isn’t compatible with their stated beliefs. Capitalism isn’t compatible with their stated beliefs. Black Lives Matter is a wide-ranging political movement that operates under the pretext of racial equality. Once again, the most pervasive form of bias in news media is omission. 

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