The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has been called everything from a positive social change engine, to a communist/social plot orchestrated by the left. As with most things that spur such controversy, the truth about BLM probably lies somewhere in the middle.
To the right, it is a communist, anti-police, radical organization that wants to tear down America as we know it. Meanwhile, most liberals simply view Black Lives Matter as a heroic and powerful movement dedicated to eradicating racial injustice and police brutality.
Can they both be right? To a degree they are.
That is because in the minds of a lot of (mostly liberal) Americans, there is a distinction between the trademarked organization known as Black Lives Matter™, and the phrase “black lives matter.”
Make no mistake, the organization Black Lives Matter™ is overtly Marxist in its agenda. Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, described herself and fellow co-founder Alicia Garza, as “trained Marxists” in a recently resurfaced video from 2015.
“We actually do have an ideological frame [work],” Cullors said of her organization. “We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories.”
At the same time, the national organization’s official platform, published in 2015, contains specific language that calls for “[the disruption of] the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure.”
However, few of the Social Justice Warriors who say they support the concept of the phrase “black lives matter,” understand, or are even aware of the organization’s official platform. In fact, a whopping 51% of Americans polled say they support “black lives matter.” Most of these people, probably have no idea that there is an official Black Lives Matter organization. And I’m sure very few of them have ever heard of Patrisse Cullors or Alicia Garza and their political leanings.
Things to Consider Before Supporting Black Live Matter
You can, and probably should support the idea of “black live matter,” but you also should consider the distinction, and consider a few things before financially, or otherwise supporting the organization, Black Lives Matter™.
Understand that the “Black Lives Matter” movement, has been effectively hijacked by the official Black Lives Matter™ organization. Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza embrace their alignment with the U.S. Communist Party, and terrorist ideologies. Recently, Hawk Newson, head of #BLM in New York said, “if we don’t get what we want, we’ll burn down this system and replace it.”
Supporting radical Communist and Socialist agendas and anarchy is not “social justice” or supporting a peaceful movement for change -- it is frightening and dangerous.
I know many of my friends and associates who, as I do, crave for an end to racial inequality in our society. They attend BLM rallies, and put “Black Lives Matter” signs on their lawns.
I know a lot of these people, and I can personally guarantee you that most of them, while liberal in their politics, definitely do not support ending capitalism, or dismantling the family, or even defunding the police.
By the same token my more conservative friends, are led astray as soon as they broadly apply their valid criticisms of Black Lives Matter™, the organization to the Black Lives Matter movement and its supporters. To be sure, in many conservative circles, we are well aware of the history of the Black Lives Matter founders’ Marxist roots. But the average person on the street and the average person who shares #BLM, probably are not. Furthermore, the movement itself has become something much bigger, broader, and more benevolent than the original organization.
So, right or left, you can feel good about supporting the idea, or movement of “black lives matter,” but think twice, and do your homework, before you throw your support behind the organization, until such time as it has a profound change in leadership, with an agenda closer to the objectives of the movement.
by Bill Sheridan
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