It’s become customary to insistently refer to Black Lives Matter, without much challenge, as one of the civil rights movements of our time. In other instances, it’s suggested that it is the progeny of the civil rights movement.
But to confidently say or to carelessly imply that Black Lives Matter is the offspring of the civil rights movement of the 1960s is to misunderstand the history of the civil rights movement, and the intentions of BLM while ignoring its tactics, agenda, and its intended results. Black Lives Matter is in no way a civil rights group and it’s certainly not an heir to the civil rights movement. The conduct consistently displayed and condoned by far too many Black Lives Matter members in combination with the agenda expressed by its leaders, disqualifies Black Lives Matter from any consideration of being an extension of the civil rights movement.
The civil rights movement, all things considered, had a moral authority that the Black Lives Matter movement demonstrably lacks. The civil rights movement was centered in and had the backing of a considerable portion of the black church. Despite the lack of religious unification and consensus support by both black and white churches, the activists in the civil rights movement still fought to persuade the moral conscience of the nation by showing the viewing public just how egregious the effects of segregation were by exposing the violent actions of its protagonists. This was accomplished, successfully, through a program of Christian nonviolence and civil disobedience- direct actions that applied Christian principles found in the Bible in one hand, and the aspirations of Declaration of Independence combined with the Constitution in the other. Civil rights activists deliberately refused to respond in kind to the treatment they received by those who opposed their mission, which meant the taunting and aggressively confronting of police officers characteristic of Black Lives Matter militants weren’t permitted.
Civil rights activists deliberately rejected the reflex to fight back when attacked- active resistance would have prevented people the opportunity to appreciate just how immoral segregation actually was. By courageously enduring the verbal taunts and physical assaults through diligent restraint- turning the other cheek- the world witnessed what it meant to be a second-class citizen in a country that that prided itself on being free. This dignified composition in the face of evil attracted more supporters who adopted their character and techniques to help fight for equal treatment under the law. Likewise, more and more attention was given to the ethical movement for freedom. Eventually, members of the civil rights movement did, in fact, overcome.
Black Lives Matter movement stands in direct contrast to the ethos of the civil rights movement and on its best day, doesn’t come close to being considered a rightful heir to the civil rights legacy. To claim so is morally offensive and it undermines the character, sacrifices, risks and accomplishments of what civil rights activists were able to achieve with fewer resources, certainly fewer rights, and in a much more racist society.
Black Lives Matter activists rarely engage in nonviolent peaceful protest. When they gather, they don’t pray and sing songs of spiritual uplift and reassurance. Rather, they chant “F*ck the police!” and “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon!” and “What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want them? Now!” Black Lives Matter extremists and proponents take to singing and dancing when police officers are shot. Black Lives Matter and its followers proudly call for white people to be assaulted, shot and killed.
Unlike the civil rights movement, Black Lives Matter lacks a recognizable morality that justifies its demands, its mission, and corresponding behavior. It continues to fail in morally persuading the consciences of those outside of its ideological and racialized bubble because it lacks a principled message. It consistently seeks to provoke, antagonize, frustrate and offend the very people they claim are in need of hearing their message.
Black Lives Matter encourages and rationalizes violence and chaos, and its activists rarely condemn it. Increasingly it’s become apparent that BLM is an organization of belligerent anarchists, who take to rioting, pillaging and burning down local businesses as they did in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland when these activists “march” for “justice.” This movement desperately lacks the humility, patience, perseverance and self-restraint of the civil rights activists demonstrated in their movement toward equal rights.
Black Lives Matter demands more socio-economic entitlement, which is ironic considering American society has violated its own constitutional provisions and protections to try and give blacks every available opportunity accompanied by every available social and economic resource as compensation for past injustices- none of which the present beneficiaries have ever experienced. In other words, blacks have equal rights; they simply haven’t taken full advantage of them or made the most of the overabundance of opportunities provided. The freer the country has become, the more oppressed blacktivists and other racial radicals claim to be. These aggrieved black activists seek to “dismantle the system,”- bashing the social construct of “white privilege,” and the supposed beneficiaries of it, white people, then turn right around and beg the very people they denounce for more handouts.
No, Black Lives Matter isn’t a civil rights offshoot- not even close.
Instead, it is the ideological and theatrical offspring of the 1960s-era black power movement. Black Lives Matter’s aggressive and contentious tactics demonstrate as much- the raised black fists and the regurgitated revolutionary chants, the celebration of black racial pride and solidarity, and their increasingly violent demands for more unearned resources.
Observe what’s emerged over the last several years since the movement was created. None of the public confrontations- the yelling, the taunting and attacking of police officers; the repeated, lie-laden racial narratives used to support their fledgling cause- none of this is reminiscent or indicative of the civil rights movement. The civil rights movement didn’t use deception as a tool to advance their cause.
Black Lives Matter is, though, certainly reminiscent of the racial theatricality that characterized the black power movement. The social disruptions of Black Lives Matter- masked as protests, are overtly hostile demonstrations of racial identity politics steeped in grievance addiction- mixed with the look-at-us melodrama that descends directly from the black power movement.
The central focus of Black Lives Matter- the dishonest narrative of out-of-control, racist cops around the country that are deliberately and unjustly targeting and killing innocent blacks- might appear praiseworthy on its face. In reality, the only black lives that Black Lives Matter are truly concerned with are members and devotees of Black Lives Matter and those of the black criminals it persistently venerates. Its professed concern about the small percentage of black criminals, suspected criminals, and other blacks shot by police poorly disguises the reality that at its core, Black Lives Matter is a narcissistic movement of mobocracy just like its 60s-era predecessor.
Black Lives Matter demonstrates no concern regarding the innocent black victims of black criminality, and black abortion, or poor black children intentionally and routinely sentenced to substandard education, or the deterioration of the black family, which is why they change the subject when these issues are rightly raised. That these black lives matter less to this movement than the lives of black suspects and criminals calls into question the sincerity and morality of their selective indignation. Despite its declarations, Black Lives Matter members want social chaos and disorder and they’re using the vehicle of black rage and white capitulation to achieve that aim.
Similar to the black power movement, Black Lives Matter is eager to emotionally manipulate black people for its benefit. The reactions and comments of a growing segment of blacks over the last several years when incidences have been racially exploited to manipulate black/white racial tensions act as verification.
Time and again, when a black person- generally a criminal suspect- is shot by a white cop, rather than wait for all available evidence to be released, a significant number of blacks use the episode to construct their own conclusions that reinforce the predetermined storyline of ongoing systemic racism against blacks. This predictable racial script is a collective validation and outlet to grovel and reinforce the narrative of perpetual black victimization. Blacks, almost singularly on the Left, have thrown embarrassing tantrum after embarrassing tantrum- an ongoing form of racial humiliation- trying to convince other blacks and fool an increasingly disinterested multiracial audience that collectively, blacks continue to be victims of white racial predators. The only thing that Black Lives Matter is accomplishing with any certainty is generating more racial resentment against the movement specifically, and black folks in general.
This racial anger and rage emanating from segments of black society aren’t really about blacks being victims of anti-black racism, regardless of what’s claimed. What we’re really witnessing demonstrates the failure of a large segment of black Americans to fully integrate into American society while still hopelessly embracing and endorsing an oppositional and dysfunctional culture- an obvious consequence of racial solidarity.
Thus, it’s not necessarily rage we’ve seen from blacks; it’s black frustration with the lack of socio-economic success (apart from government intervention and white guilt), in the era of integration and assimilation. Specifically, too much of black success continues to be dependent on special privileges. Black accomplishment is persistently tainted because rules are bent and broken, at the expense of others, to facilitate black achievement. So it’s understandable that black achievement, dependent on different and lower levels of qualification, has created and nurtured a sense of black racial inferiority.
At the same time, it’s why most blacks act and talk as if they don’t want equality in any real sense of the word. It’s why the idea of character-based excellence is patently derided and rejected by a large portion of blacks. It’s why fragments of black society reject the idea of colorblindness or more specifically, race neutrality. Blacks instinctively know that protracted periods of external dependence for black triumph has atrophied their ability to effectively compete with their racial counterparts, the results of which would confirm equality.
I think this explains the psychological need to replay or reinforce the virtue of racial victimization, because in the end- on one level of consciousness or another- many blacks realize that the only time they’re recognized, is when they use racial tantrums to exploit intentionally racialized situations, facts notwithstanding. This proves an all too painful truth- race, or racial identity fortified in victimization is the only cultural currency blacks have.
And while blacks are still confusingly marching for “equality” or “justice,” they haven’t realized they’re not marching anywhere; they’re simply walking in place. The black/white racial dichotomy belongs to the 20th century. Unbeknownst to many blacktivists in the racial grievance industry, the country has moved on. Only a few are still listening. The rest are shaking their heads at blacks for not having taken full advantage of the opportunities gifted to them while still complaining and demanding more.
It bears repeating: Black Lives Matter isn’t a civil rights group. Civil rights have been achieved; the maximization of these opportunities has simply been squandered.
Unlike the civil rights movement, Black Lives Matter reinforces victimization and seeks cultural capitulation through social agitation and physical confrontation. Like the black power movement of the late 60’s, Black Lives Matter is concerned more about the unproductivity of collective, victim-based black identity and black solidarity supplemented with racial theatrics and emotionalism. This is why as a social movement it resembles the petulance of what came after the civil rights movement more than the civil rights movement itself.
All good and decent people should not only reject the Black Lives Matter movement, they should condemn it, especially blacks. The last thing blacks need is to support anything that endorses or reinforces the continuation of black disempowerment, victimization and black dependency, while simultaneously increasing racial resentment and hostility- be it from blacks or whites. Black power failed in the 60s and early 70s, and it certainly will fail again here.
If people want to soberly address racial disparities or “racial justice” out of some reverence to the black civil rights movement, altruism in general, or for black well being of black lives, it must be done separately and distinctly apart from the influence of Black Lives Matter. Fidelity to the civil rights movement or the serious desire to edify black Americans can’t be to assume that racial disparities are “proof,” by mere existence, of systemic racism. The existence of racism isn’t the issue. The issue is to what extent racism exists and where. In the maturing age of integration, racism is no longer a credible excuse for all that troubles black society. Contemporary continuation of the civil rights movement will not come from demanding that more be given to blacks without making any moral demands or other expectation of blacks in exchange.
Rather, it will be to encourage blacks to boldly embrace their obligation to take advantage of the rights and privileges gained during the civil rights movement. This means subordinating racial solidarity that sabotages black well being, in favor of individual freedom and an American identity that can be augmented, if one chooses, by racial identity, but not dependent on it. Blacks are capable of much more than people give them credit for. They’re real people, not objects for special consideration, and it is passed the time we stopped treating them as such. Blacks deserve to be treated with the dignity that comes with being a person, seen as equal to their racial counterparts, and blacks have an obligation to prove they deserve it.
In other words, re-embracing the mentality of the civil rights era means rejecting victimization and embracing the idea that blacks can and do, if and when they choose, control their own destinies. Black lives will matter because blacks will take a more active and recognizable role in embracing moral redemption, restoring black families and emphasizing the dignity and importance of fatherhood; reducing black abortions, publicly disparaging and discouraging black criminality; reviving respect for authority, demanding better schools and educators for black children, supporting legislation that makes it easier to imprison criminals despite their color, to make black neighborhoods safer for those who lack the resources to move, supporting economic freedom, access and mobility that leads to higher per capita black income and wealth- all of which combined improves black society. Whites aren’t responsible for improving black lives, blacks are. That’s called black empowerment and that’s what it means to be treated equally.
Accepting the responsibilities that come with freedom will inarguably demonstrate to the outside world that indeed, black lives do matter. So will an honest consideration and confrontation of the totality of things that affects the quality of black lives. These tasks will provide clear and ample evidence that black lives matter first and foremost to blacks themselves.
Having continued to ignore the obvious, Black Lives Matter and their fellow black antagonists have failed spectacularly at convincing a justifiably skeptical public that black lives matter for this very reason.
If black lives don’t matter to blacks, why should they matter to anyone else?