The issue of racism has once again filled our TV screens and social media platforms with 49ers’ quarter back Collin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for our national anthem. This is only the most recent in the string of American celebrities coming out against our nation claiming it to be: racist, bigoted, and rigged against minorities. Thus another round of political sparring over racism and the group known as “Black Lives Matter” has begun.
Collin Kaepernick, when asked to explain why he stayed seated, said he was “Standing up for those being oppressed” and “This country stands for liberty freedom and justice for all and it’s not happening for all right now”.
This is a classic example of celebrities and the media misidentifying Black Lives Matter. BLM does not hold the belief that this country was built on “freedom, liberty, and justice for all” but believes that the very framework of our country was built on racism, that all whites are racist, and that creating a form of statist Government by blacks for blacks only is the only way to fix it. This is only the beginning of the misconceptions that many hold of black lives matter.
Recently Black lives matter released a list of their “demands” that hold some of the most radical policy positions of our time in addition to many political stances that have nothing to do with black lives at all.
This organization has listed 6 main demands:
1. End the “war on black people.”
4. “Economic Injustice”
5. “Community Control”
6. “Political power”
The focus of this article will be on only a few specific policy changes they have mentioned. It is important to note that this is not a complete list of all of their demands but merely a brief commentary on key factors.
To begin with, they call for the “Reparations for oppression of education in the form of full and free access for all Black people (including undocumented and currently and formerly incarcerated people) to lifetime education”.
First off, whether you agree or disagree with “free college for all” doesn’t matter. As previously stated, this only applies to black people. And whether you agree with that or not this also, as previously stated, includes CURRENTLY INCARCERATED CRIMINALS. They give no limitation to this. therefore, this includes murderers, child molesters, and rapists.
Still enjoy the idea Collin Kaepernick? Nevertheless, even if you agree with all of that it will still cost nearly 900 billion each year. That is more than our entire military budget and that number only includes college; this “right” includes lifetime education. However, let us pretend we do consider education a right or even just reparation of white oppression.
They also claim the right to: healthcare, guaranteed minimum livable income (with no requirement to work), a $2 to $4 trillion policy that would both create a right to restored land, and a right to housing, clean air, and clean water.
To say that these proposals are not communism is to deny the very definition of the word. yet, as an American, you a have right to believe in communism. If I am going to accept your opinion or vote affirmative on your policy issues, you must first be honest to those who will be affected by these changes. communism has never worked and every country that has attempted communism has either failed, is failing, or is a dictatorship that gets to dictate how many children you may have.
In addition to the complete control of all of our nation’s income, Black Lives Matter also wishes to abolish prisons as we know them. They specifically say “Until we achieve a world where cages are no longer used against our people we demand an immediate change in conditions and an end to public jails, detention centers, youth facilities and prisons as we know them”. This includes all of the rapists, murderers, child molesters, and sex traffickers.
Best case scenario even if; all of our founding fathers were racist, and our government has systematically and intentionally targeted black people simply for their race, you cannot deny the premise that some of these “oppressed” African-Americans have committed disgusting acts and deserve to be in prison.
As if many of these already had nothing to do with black lives or racism, there are many more that are blatantly separate from anything related to these issues such as: Climate change, immigration reform, cut in military spending, organized labor, and the Restoration of the Glass-Steagall Act. Black Lives Matter also wants to put an end to: the trans-pacific partnership, government surveillance, super-pacs, use of fossil fuels, and voter registration laws.
None of those issues have anything to do with racism or black lives. To get more specific on just a few of these issues, they believe not only should all drugs AND prostitution be made legal, that we should give housing, jobs, and other social spending to people who have committed these crimes.
In addition to this, they also hold the position of Edward Snowden that we should end all government surveillance on the US(I am personally in favor of this).
However, they are in stark contrast with the rest of the anti-racism movement in their opposition to body cameras for police officers. There is no doubt that there has been fierce debate over police brutality that all could have been solved had we had first hand video of the incident. Black Lives Matter was even founded on the case of Michael Brown which could have been solved using a body camera. there was fierce debate over whether Mr. Brown had his hands up or down. Based on the comprehensive list of demands that Black Lives Matter has offered, they still would be against former officer Darren Wilson having a camera on him when this incident took place.
To put matters plainly, this is not a rant, or a condemning of those who agree with black lives matter of believing any of the issues I have listed. The purpose of this article was to show what Black Lives Matter really stands for, using their own words and resources.
As this organization has plainly pointed out, they believe in the complete redistribution of wealth to one group of people, the release of all currently incarcerated black prisoners, and to provide current prisoners with lifetime education. In addition to this there are numerous issues and beliefs they hold that are in no way related to black lives or racism.
Since their inception three years ago, Black Lives Matter has grown into a tool used by the left to push their Marxist agenda and not a movement to eradicate racism and reform a tyrannical society.
These men and women are now bent on creating that which they are fighting by; empowering the very system they despise to take over the means of production, create a society dependent on the government for every need, and to enact further control over their communities.