There’s the BLM website founders – and what most Americans mean when they say Black Lives Matter! Learn the difference between a website and a popular movement, a few ideologues trying to set up a Communist revolution and a catchy phrase that ricochets through the culture, a few girls with a website and the MAJORITY of Americans that actually think the next 3 words are true: Black Lives Matter. Here’s the New York Times on the numbers.
“Black Lives Matter May Be the Largest Movement in U.S. History”
The American National Academy of Science has determined that white cops kill black people 3.5 times more than they kill white people. If you are black, you have a 1 in 1000 chance of death by cop in your lifetime. That’s ten times higher than their chance of being killed by a car crash which seems to be about 11 in 100,000.
Now – the Alt Right will go on and on about the views of the founders of a BLM website years ago. That’s the right-wing way – ignore what the majority of people are actually saying, and use the logical fallacy of ‘tainting the pool’ by finding the one or two nutters in the crowd – and quoting them till the cows come home. But here’s the thing. It’s a huge movement with a number of organisations – not just those communist girls the Alt-Right salivate over quoting to death. Indeed…
“The broader movement and its related organizations typically advocate against police violence towards black people”.From the wiki
Organizations – plural. Not everything BLM started with Communist girls setting up a website. Indeed, how many BLM activists have even been to that website? They’re too busy drawing up their own banners and getting out on the streets in their local neighbourhoods to bother trying to find a manifesto. They just want to say what they mean – “Black Lives Matter!” Now the overall “Black Lives Matter movement is a decentralized network of activists with no formal hierarchy.”
I hear the concerns about the street violence and burnings – I really do. I’d hate to see my local suburban shops and restaurants on fire. It’s not just the thoughtless economic damage – they’re part of my childhood memories and heart – part of our social fabric.
But what if my chances of being shot by a cop were 10 times greater than being killed in a car crash? What if I were black? (I’m a white Australian male – with privilege coming out my ears.) What if I experienced the negative effects of generations of economic deprivation, from my great great grandparents being slaves, then Jim Crow, and then even the racist highway schemes of the 1950’s that forcibly moved entire black neighbourhoods ‘out of the way’. This broke up whole communities that were just becoming functional integrated societies that could help each other.
What if I watched videos of my police force kneeling on the necks of people that looked like me until they died – even though they cried out – repeatedly – “I can’t breathe!” If that were the case – I can imagine myself out there protesting. And if my education levels were not that great due to the generations of economic segregation and disadvantage my neighbourhood had left for me – who knows how that protest would go and what I would end up doing? I’m not excusing anything – just trying to empathise. Perpetrators of violence and vandalism should be arrested and convicted. But they shouldn’t be suffocated to death by cops in a street execution or lynching! No wonder the BLM movement has grown amongst mainstream Americans!
From the wiki
“Whereas public opinion on Black Lives Matter was net negative in 2018, it grew increasingly popular through 2019 and 2020. A June 2020 Pew Research Center poll found that the majority of Americans, across all racial and ethnic groups, have expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement.”
When the average American chants “Black Lives Matter” they’re not even AWARE of the silly BLM founder’s website once being communist. (I’m glad you’ve admitted that stuff has been taken down – it seems the flood of money coming in has spoken – and they’re getting real about what can actually be done in a more Ordo-Liberal economic sense.) When the average American chants “Black Lives Matter” they mean just that – that cops shouldn’t shoot unarmed Black Americans or kneel on their necks until they die or force them to cry out “I can’t breathe!” So now that we’re talking about the mass movement, why can’t the right just agree that Black Lives Matter? To leftist for them? Too partisan in an election year? Might offend their republican neighbours? How about the right learn some nuance for once and rise above all that?