Black Lives Matter? Here’s What Doesn’t
The realities the media can't be bothered to cover.
“Black Lives Matter.” That’s their mantra, their battle cry, the idol erected by a gang of neo-Marxist, racist thugs who are trying to club us into submission to their vision. Democrat Congressmen get on their knees. Corporate America pays homage, as well as coin of the realm. If groveling reflected athletic ability, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would be the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots
Statues are toppled and movies banned. I wonder when the book-burning will start.
At times it seems like nothing matters but some black lives. Regarding the rioting and mayhem that have swept the country since the horrific killing of George Floyd, here are a few things which apparently don’t matter to The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and the rest of the media conspiracy-- given the amount of attention they’ve received:
Police Lives – In a few days in late May and early June: 4 officers were shot in St. Louis; an officer was shot in the head in Las Vegas; two officers were shot in Richmond; an officer was run down in the Bronx, and another in Buffalo. Thanks to the rage generated by agitators, the media and Democratic politicians, the lives of cops – the people we depend on most to protect us and our families – are the most vulnerable.
The lives of 7,000 black Americans murdered each year by other black Americans. Last year, there were 492 homicides in Chicago. Overwhelmingly, the victims and perpetrators were black. Only three of these deaths involved the police. Black men killing black men? Business as usual. Police killing black men (whether or not the homicides are justified) – institutional racism!
Jewish lives – In rioting in Los Angeles and adjacent areas, synagogues and Jewish-owned businesses were looted and defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti, in a way reminiscent of Kristallnacht. Black Lives Matter is virulently anti-Israel, calling Israel an “apartheid state,” claiming it commits “genocide” and demanding a total boycott. ANTIFA is also part of the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement. Neither group has ever demanded an end to Palestinian terrorism. Call it professional courtesy.
The Real George Floyd -- the man, not the media-created myth of a “Gentle Giant” – The real George Floyd had a record stretching back over 25 years, including criminal trespass, aggravated assault, theft and various drug-related offenses. He was recently released from Texas State Prison, after serving a 5-year sentence for robbery. During a home invasion in 2007, the Gentle Giant pointed a gun at the stomach of a pregnant black woman while trying to rob her. When he died, Floyd had fentanyl and methamphetamines in his system. None of this, of course, justifies his death. But neither does it make him martyr material.
The absurdity of charges of institutional racism -- America has an $8 -billion a year equity, inclusion and diversity industry to overcome a non-existent problem. Almost 60% of blacks are in the middle or upper-middle class. They’re invisible to the media because they’re not rioting and looting. Do blacks represent a disproportionate share of arrests? How could it possibly be otherwise, with African Americans, who are 13% of the U.S. population, responsible for more than half of all murders and robberies?
The rate of fatherlessness in the black community fuels the rage. – In America, 57% of Black children grow up without their biological father, more than twice the rate among whites (20.7%). Most spend their childhood in a home with their mother and a succession of her boyfriends. This has a significant impact on the school-dropout rate, drug use and early sexual activity. Yet to talk about it, we are told, is being critical of black parenting, hence racist. So we simply ignore it and blame the pathologies in the black community on institutionalized racism.
The crime wave that accompanied the George Floyd protests – Marches and sermons at funerals make good visuals. The accompanying carnage and looting were largely unseen: burglaries up 220% in Minneapolis (May 26 to June 1) over the same period last year. In Los Angeles, murders were up 250% (May 31-June 6). In Chicago, May 31st was the city’s bloodiest day in almost 60 years – 18 dead (almost three times the body count of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre). Not to worry; none of them involved a white cop with his knee on the neck of a black man in custody, therefore all were irrelevant.
Black Lives Matter’s ideology – BLM doesn’t just want to get rid of the police, but prisons too. The group is anti-capitalist (“black people will never achieve liberation under the current global racialized capitalist system”) and anti-family (“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure.”) BLM is part black nationalism, part cultural Marxism and part Five-Year plans.
- The case for civilian gun ownership – Little wonder that the cities hit hardest by riots and looting – New York, Chicago and Los Angeles among them -- have made it practically impossible for ordinary people to legally possess firearms. Other than the police, practically the only ones who have them are criminals. Gun control advocates used to tell us: “You don’t need guns. If someone breaks into your home, call the police.” Would that be before or after law enforcement is defunded, or police budgets are slashed to the bone?
Again, given their invisibility, none of this matters. Democrats seek to harvest votes by pandering furiously. A deranged media want to use the chaos to defeat Trump. In the urban anarchy/nihilism now upon us, reality is the first casualty – but far from the last.
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