I have read articles, talked to, and listened to black individuals over the past few months who are from various backgrounds, educational strata, and economic conditions. I have found a common theme among many of that community in which they express that they do not consider what has been happening in the interest of the black community. Some of them have openly declared they consider Black Lives Matter, ANTIFA, and other organizations the enemy not the friend of African-Americans.
I have had some black and white people tell me that Black Lives Matter is like the Tea Party and it is a grassroots black-created, and black-run organization designed to fight racism. Those holding that view believe that BLM is a needed organization and doing a valuable service. I have researched and discovered some things that suggest that might not be the case.
I discovered that BLM was the creation through a consortium of a few very wealthy individuals, non-profit corporations, and the media. The official BlackLivesMatter.com website states it is a ‘global network foundation’ active in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. If it is a ‘global network’ I began to ask who funds it? That produced some revelations that were more than a little confusing and troubling, in light of the argument that it is a ‘grassroots’ black created and run organization.
What did I discover? Funds were coming from George Soros’ Open Society Foundation, Rob McKay the Taco Bell heir, the Ford Foundation, the Borealis Philanthropy, the Democracy Alliance, and numerous other Leftist groups. It would be difficult to claim that it is a black-run, black-funded grassroots organization with those facts in mind.
The movement began in 2013 as a result of the media’s emphasis or suggestion that there was a systemic problem due to unjustified and racially motivated killings of black men by white cops. That was the spin but if you examine the facts you find that a bit skewed.
There is an insistence that there is an epic rise in the number of police shootings of black men. Statistical data suggests otherwise and even suggests they are on the decline not incline. The BLM and media rhetoric are that the number one enemy of black men is the racist white cops and the police are systemically and institutionally racist and need disbanding.
Let me bore you with some statistical data and you decide what you think. If you deem me a racist for presenting these facts that might be revelatory of a deeper problem, not in me but… Well, you know what I mean.
There is the FBI Uniform Crime Report that anyone can examine. It revealed that in 2018 there were 2,925 blacks murdered. The amazing and alarming facts are that 89% of them (2,600) were murdered by other blacks. That report indicates that in 2018 209 blacks were killed by the police. Some justified and some not. What does that say? If 2,600 were killed by other members of their ethnicity and 209 killed by the police, which is a greater problem? One gets 100% attention and the other a ho-hum, nothing to see here, move on attitude. Where is BLM regarding those killings?
The killing of George Floyd was not just tragic it was unacceptable and worthy of condemnation. However, Mr. Floyd became a media star with massive ad campaigns presented and he became a household name. At the risk of being attacked and branded something I am not; I ask who was George Floyd? That question is not designed to mean that his celebrity status or lack thereof before makes his death, less important. It is designed to call attention to the fact that he was not the saintly civil rights leader he has been portrayed.
Mr. Floyd had a history of criminal and even violent behavior. He was released from prison in Houston, Texas in 2014 after having been arrested for aggravated robbery. He had been in jail, five other known times. He had been arrested for theft, drug possession, and criminal trespass. He was deemed to have been the leader of a home invasion ring and according to document, police files his behavior was less than passive. His ring entered a woman’s home and threatened to kill her as they ransacked her home.
Does that justify his killing? NO! But what of the hundreds of blacks killed by other blacks, are their killings justified or unworthy of address? Mr. Floyd’s death became a useful tool for BLM and the media to advance an image that all cops are bad and therefore the entire system must be dismantled. That leaves everyone, blacks, whites, and all others in danger and exposed to further violence. How is that in the interest of black or any lives?
Some politicians have suggested that we decriminalize crime and eliminate the need for the police. If you said, “That makes no sense,” you are right, it doesn’t. There is the argument that all drug offenses be decriminalized, and pardons issued for all blacks incarcerated on drug charges. What would that do to solve any perceived racial issues? I suggest that would not reduce the number of violent offenses but if you do that and disband the police you would see violence and theft increase exponentially. That is the push from today’s Democratic Party, BLM, ANTIFA, and other leftists organizations.
I suggest that rather than solving the issues facing black communities where black on black crime is already rampant it would escalate it. What is the endgame of the backers of BLM and other organizations such as it? It is about control, and as in every example of despotic tyranny that has ever existed, once the tools used to achieve their objective have served their purpose they are eliminated, incarcerated, or disposed of in some fashion.
I weep for those who have honestly been deceived by the diabolicalness of those coordinating the destruction. They are and will be damaged more severely than anyone can imagine. If they suddenly awaken and realize they have been used, what will happen to them psychologically? I fear that the product of that reality will be equally as damaging as what has been happening. Everyone should oppose racism and injustice. However, destruction is not the solution and from my Christian perspective, I believe that if we would follow God’s directive, we could solve this issue without bloodshed. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
God bless you and God bless America!