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Do Black Lives Matter?

Do #BlackLivesMatter? That is a pretty provocative question. Let me get the question right before the speech police make a visit to Battlefield Lane. I really mean do #BlackLivesMatter to black people. Oh wait. That didn’t come out right either. Do #BlackLivesMatter to those involved in the #BlackLivesMatter movement? Ah much better. Provocative but better… Maybe if I use this hash tag #BlackLivesWIllMatter. a little more... less black Americans will get murdered around the nation.

After the violent protests in Baltimore for the accidental death of Freddie Gray, the year of 2015 will mark the end of 343 lives due to murder. CBS reports that the murder rate of Baltimore is the highest per capita in the city’s history. The Baltimore Sun’s database shows that 318 if the 343 homicides were American Blacks. Where are the protests? Or did only 1 of the 318 #BlackLivesMatter Come on folks… something is fishy here.

Washington Post reported on December 26th, 2015 that this year in the nation as a whole 965 people were fatally shot by police officers. 564 of them were armed with a gun. 281 of them were armed with another weapon. 90 were unarmed. They also report that only 4 percent of them were black unarmed males. So the problem obviously is more prominent with the murders in Baltimore. So why is the only attention being given to the 4 percent of cases that happen nationwide? It is because there is another agenda.

Well what could that be? Well we can simply read the “about” section on their website. It currently says in part,

“It goes beyond the narrow nationalism that can be prevalent within Black communities, which merely call on Black people to love Black, live Black and buy Black, keeping straight cis Black men in the front of the movement while our sisters, queer and trans and disabled folk take up roles in the background or not at all.”

“Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.”

You see it is much more than a “black nationalist” movement as the Black Panthers are or other Afro-centric or black supremacy groups. It is a movement that is galvanized in class warfare. Notice that the movement is labeled a “tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement”. This movement is much like a hybrid of the Black Panthers and Students for Democratic Society which we covered in our book Deus Ex Machina: The Progression of Secular Socialism.

Let’s dig a little more into the #BlackLivesMatter group. Just some of the other items they label as guiding principles:

“Black Villages: We are committed to disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, and especially ‘our’ children to the degree that mothers, parents and children are comfortable.”

“Black Women: We are committed to building a Black woman affirming space free from sexism, misogyny, and male centeredness.”

“Collective Value: We are guided by the fact all Black lives, regardless of perceived or actual sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status or location.”

There is much more but I wanted to focus on these. This idea of collectivism is completely un-American by its nature. The rejection and commitment to “disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement” is the most troubling of them all. This is the problem that has created the violence in the black community since LBJ’s “Great Society”. This idea that the children in our community are “ours”, is a complete rejection of Western culture.

While there is a certain rebellious fanfare that makes this movement appealing, the goals and tactics are to further damage our civil society and the black community by exploiting American blacks.

So to all of you that are buying into the #BlackLivesMatter movement, #DoBlackLivesReallyMatter?

Written by Chris Pilie

Freedom Loving American

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