Black Lives Matter claims to be fighting for things it calls “social justice” or “black liberation” and “black sovereignty.” It’s conveniently unclear how anyone would know when those goals are met. Meanwhile, they do promise to “burn down the system” if they don’t achieve success. Some of these conflagrations are easily perceived.
Black Americans, no, Americans, already enjoy legal equality and civil rights protected by law. Polls reveal police are well regarded by 70% of minority community members. Charges of excessive black deaths at the hands of police have been debunked statistically time after time.
So what’s really going on here? Mass media certainly hasn’t illuminated the subject. The fact is: BLM was founded by proud Marxists with the avowed intent of spreading Marxist ideology. In a 2015 interview, co-founder Patrice Cullors broke the code, stating “myself and Alicia [Garza, another co-founder] in particular are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists.” Nothing said or done since provide cause for doubt.
With media’s help, many well-intentioned Americans and the corporate class have bought into the false notion that BLM is a populist movement dedicated to combatting police brutality against blacks, and promoting the welfare of a black underclass. But Marxism is nothing of the sort—it is an ideology devoted to the destruction of democratic capitalism and the eventual triumph of a group-think dictatorship. Corporations funneling buckets of guilt tribute to the organization are financing their own destruction, vainly hoping as Neville Chamberlain did to appease the beast.
Like other totalitarian movements throughout history, BLM has never been that concerned with the plight of minorities or the public, though it may expediently profess to be. In fact, the liberals of Marx’s time were a major source of irritation to him—liberals here meaning those dedicated to Enlightenment values like reason, liberty and equality.
So now BLM starts to make sense. Totalitarians don’t tolerate criticism. Critics of BLM get attacked and lose their jobs, some for simply not showing adequate enthusiasm, or departing from the party line.
If black lives mattered to BLM, they now have the funding to do enormous good (blindly supplied by terrified or misguided and extorted donors on bended knee). They could establish community watch programs, create opportunities for black children with education initiatives like charter schools and provide rewards for the apprehension of the murderers of black children.
But that’s not their interest or style. Their street “protests“ inevitably degenerate into terrifying, demoralizing riots with looting and burning that couldn’t possibly benefit blacks. Erasing the nation’s past is in the Marxist playbook, flatly stated by communists and written into the Congressional Record on January 10, 1963. It was the heart and soul of the Cultural Revolution perpetrated by Mao in China, and now taking root here.
Death to religion, the family, art, culture, comfort and the rest. Statues reflecting our history and past are toppled, and American values are denigrated even though again they have nothing to do with helping today’s blacks or what matters. Manhattan is a boarded up wasteland hidden from you by the hopelessly corrupted “news” media.
Some of the BLM‘s stated goals are nominally concerned with actual black lives, but even these include such dated nonsense as “ending the war against black people.” That “war” put a black man in the White House (for two terms), made Oprah a multi billionaire, generated the Black Congressional Caucus which you better not decry as segregated, discriminatory and racist while calling for an equivalent white caucus.
Now BLM explicitly demands the dissolution of police and prisons. That’s not even rational. The level of extortion and excess is reflected by Congress, cowed into awkward silence. BLM wants a “radical and sustainable redistribution of wealth through the tax code.” In America, if you want money, you go out and earn it, like Oprah and all the other rich people of color and no color did. Redistributing people’s wealth—which is done by force at the point of a gun—is the corrupt communist way. We don’t do that here, hear?
Then there’s that left-wing totalitarian staple, the “disruption of the western-prescribed nuclear-family-structure requirement.” Now they’re treading on really dangerous ground. What’s next? Maoist style abortions or death to all female newborns? Eugenics to solve the fatherless birth problem in the “community”?
The BLM movement bears no resemblance to the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, with its stunning progress and accomplishments. MLK’s followers believed their campaign was a moral witness that should be conducted with dignity. Protestors were non-violent, wouldn’t brook pillaging, arson and wanton destruction. They didn’t hate America like these malfeasants do.
No, they sought to be part of the dream in a fully realized way. Unlike today’s radicals, they faced real racism embedded in the institutions and laws of the time. But they followed their dreams with high ideals, a just cause and in the end proved profoundly effective. Democrats’ counterproductive war on poverty, dissolution of the family (which BLM still champions as a Marxist goal) continues to beleaguer full participation in America’s wealth creating engine. We’re not there yet.
BLM followers are the diametric opposite—sharing a core belief that America is irredeemably racist and therefore deserves destruction. America is not “a thing,” it is its people. These people, of every stripe, are the greatest force the planet has ever seen, for eliminating poverty and improving the human convention, and BLM only sees horror! Shelby Steele, a veteran of the civil-rights movement, points out that they have to search hard for signs of actual racism, instead resorting to complaints of “micro- aggressions” and “cultural appropriation” as well as endless hoaxes and myths. America, a work in progress, is among the most tolerant nations on Earth. Would BLMers prefer Nigeria, or Cuba, Russia or Venezuela? Make it so, buy a ticket to ride. They won’t. This is the promised land.
The bright future promised by the civil-rights movement and our Founding documents is materializing, slow and steady. But now it struggles against the twin toxins of black victimhood and white guilt, aggressively exploited by this new BLM—for the perverse advancement of Marxism, socialism, communism, and destruction of the greatest system of governance ever devised.
BLM isn’t here to help and heal. Everything it does serves to divide us and pit Americans against each other, in classic Marxist class-warfare style. By their own words, they are here to destroy us unless we bend to their intolerant tyrannical will. Stand firm America, let not the unholy forces of the dark side of human nature overtake the bright white light of all we have and will continue to accomplish in this, the greatest nation on God’s green Earth.
August 21, 2020
Submitted to Kettle Moraine Publications by Alan Korwin.
Tom Patterson is a retired medical doctor, former Republican Majority Leader of the Arizona State Senate, and former Chairman of the Goldwater Institute.
Alan Korwin, the author of 14 books, is the publisher at Bloomfield Press and has been writing as The Uninvited Ombudsman since 2006.