In 2016, Professor Marc Lamont Hill of Morehouse College made an interesting claim on CNN. When questioned if Black Lives Matter rhetoric could be viewed as racist, he made this statement:
“To say that the Black Lives Matter movement is racist is bizarre to me not just because black people don’t have the institutional power to be racist or to deploy racism, but because the movement has called for justice.”
This is an incredible from a man who has appeared on dozens of news outlets as a pundit, written best selling books, and whose networth is thought to be over one million dollars. If I was to make the same statement about Asians, Hispanics, or Caucasians that Hill made, I would be called a racist.
Let us put that aside for a moment. If institutional power is the standard bearer to “deploy racism,” look no further than this past year in history. There is an African-American sitting on the Supreme Court, the former National Security Adviser is African-American, there are two African-Americans in the outgoing and incoming administration, including the former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Last time I checked, the previous president, Barack Hussein Obama was African-American.
Hill is not the only one defending the group. Celebrities like Trevor Noah, current host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show (ironic since Noah is not funny at all), defended the organization when he had activist Tomi Lahren on. He made it clear that BLM just marches and continued that statement despite being offered facts.
Getting back to Professor Hill, the last part of his statement is that the Black Lives Matter movement has called for justice. I find that very interesting because every movement, both left/right, rich/poor, good/bad has made some sort of call for justice. It is nothing special and nothing unique.
Just because a group or organization makes a “call for justice” does not mean that they are really after true justice. Justice is about being fair to everyone and treating everyone equally. Black Lives Matter has not made a call for fairness. In fact, their “calls” are all based on racial motivations. If you do not believe me, look no further than their own organization.
The origins of BLM began after the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin. They marched the streets wearing hoodies and drinking tea, though Marton was not actually drinking tea. They gained more momentum after the incident in Ferguson, Missouri where the chant, “Hands up, don’t shoot,” was born. The premise was believed that a suspect shouted this before being viciously gunned down by a rogue cop. However, witnesses have all said that it did not happen that way. The police officer was attacked by the suspect and he opened fire when the suspect refused to halt. There was never any witness to hands being raised in surrender. That did not stop the rioting that followed that lie. From that piece of deception, Black Lives Matter was born.
Since then, the BLM and their surrogates in the media have since tried to put forward the idea that African-Americans are being systematically targeted by law enforcement officials. However, the Washington Post did a study that showed Caucasians and Hispanics are twice as likely to meet deadly force when encountering the police.
That does not matter to BLM. Instead, they chose to riot in Baltimore and Oakland. They destroyed homes, businesses, injured innocent bystanders, and caused havoc all in the name of “justice.” In New York City, they marched through the city shouting, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon.” What else happened? One of their members shot two policemen execution-style. The irony is these were not white officers. They were Asian and Hispanic respectively.
At Cleveland State University, reporter Brandon Blackwell of the Northeast Ohio Media Group went to a BLM sponsored event “Movement For Black Lives.” When he entered, he was told to leave because he was not a black reporter. Blackwell began to leave, but he continued to record and he was told to turn it off by one of the activist. When he refused they tried to block his view.
At a townhall, former Democratic presidential candidate and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley proclaimed, “All lives matter.” He was booed and forced to apologize under pressure from BLM supporters.
We all remember the incident at Texas Tech University’s when the Black Student Association sent out this now-deleted tweet, “All lives don’t matter…
White lives don’t matter…
Blue Lives don’t matter…
After a backlash, the BSA denounced the tweet.
Now some, even on the Right, have said that these are just individual incidents and not indicative of the national movement. If that is true, let us take a look at their leaders. In 2016, Black Lives Matter Toronto chapter co-founder Yusra Khogali led a two week sit-in of the police headquarters. During the sit-in, she tweeted, “Plz Allah give me strength not to cuss/kill these men and white folks out here today. Plz plz plz.” The tweet was almost immediately deleted. One co-founder Alicia Garza is well known for her love of Black Nationalists. She has praised murderer and domestic terrorist Assata Shakur, a fugitive Marxist hiding somewhere in Cuba. She has also praised Angela Davis, a former violent Black Panther activist.
Garza has also shown annoyance at the counter-argument All Lives Matters. She has gone on record as saying, “Not just all lives. Black lives. Please do not change the conversation by talking about how your life matters, too.” Adding later, “…tired trope that we are all the same,” and “(All lives matter) serves only to perpetuate a level of White supremacist domination.”
The organization also sponsored a panel on “Policing, Race, and Injustice.” Who was one of the panelists? Former New Black Panther Party chairman Malik Shabazz.
For those of you who do not know, Shabazz is an antisemitic, racist activist. He was ousted from the Nation of Islam when he became an embarrassment and took over the NBPP as the Chairman which he also resigned in 2013. He is on record as saying, “What we have against Jews and others is simple facts of history — that the Jews have been involved in the African holocaust and that the Zionists are causing problems, you know, for people of color around the world.” He would later call on “freed slaves” to finish the job and kill all slave owners. He was speaking in reference to a freed slave who helped rescue imprisoned slaves. He later back-peddled those comments.
This is not exactly an expert on lives mattering, no matter your ethnic background.
Some of the more horrific events came in the form of the Long Distance Serial Killer at a BLM rally Dallas, Texas who gunned down police officers who were simply keeping the peace. Even more recently, four African-Americans kidnapped a mentally handicapped young man and brutally tortured and beat him while broadcasting live on Facebook. BLM denies any affiliation with these.
Commentators like Marc Lamont Hill may claim that there is no racial motivation behind the Black Lives Matter, but it is time to face facts about the movement for all of us including their Conservative apologists. The BLM national movement is founded on the principle of racism and they are making the effort to divide us further and not bring us together. Instead of uniting us, they have divided us even further.
As a nation, we need to look past our differences and united together as Americans. This month, we celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He was someone who brought the nation together. How I long for the media to pay attention to those like Jesse Lee Peterson, Alveda King, Antonia Okafor, Dr. Ben Carson, Star Parker, and others who keep his legacy alive.
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This article has been updated from a previous version.