I want to begin with a question, knowing the controversy over Black Lives Matters Websites, is the following website the official BLM website: https://blacklivesmatter.com/? If this is not the official website, where is the official website? Does this website represent another false BLM website?
I want to point out, here in the beginning that when you know justice, you know peace. When there is no justice, there is no peace. This single principle, “Know Justice, Know Peace” is the foundational variable upon which every successful society has risen, and upon which every failed society has suffered and fallen. I begin with my first honest questions; would you please describe the image used and the purpose of the symbols and language? What does “winning look like? Does the definition of winning depend upon which color a person was born with? Why the raised fists? Why the color scheme?
The following article is based directly from Black Lives Matter’s Website, mentioned above, under the subheading “What we Believe,” the honest researcher can find some interesting points that matter in the ongoing conversation about the group, Black Lives Matter (BLM). I find the final paragraph a most interesting place to start.
“We embody and practice justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another.”
How can an organization believe in and practice peace among their fellow men, when members are looting, rioting, burning, attacking, and destroying? Consider for a moment what this statement is saying, practicing peace means disowning the violent fringe, demanding your name be stripped from those acting in such a disreputable manner, and demanding the “Rule of Law” be applied, so that peace, which is the freedom to live without disturbances like riots, attacks by looters, and the tranquility of seeing tomorrow be better than today, become achievable for all.
Liberation is defined around the idea of setting someone free, releasing a person from oppression, and imprisonment. Liberation and freedom can only be accomplished under the “Rule of Law,” where all peoples are held to the same standards, rules, and social behaviors. Without regard to race, color, creed, religion, and lifestyle choices. Who is BLM dedicated to liberating? Why is BLM dedicated to liberating that population? How does BLM plan to go about executing a plan to liberate? All valid questions, but not discussed anywhere on the website.
Justice is the act, behavior, and the treatment of all according to a moral code. For example, one of the earliest moral codes known to man is recorded as, “Doing unto others as you would have done unto you.” The mainstream media has reported on BLM rioters and looters, destroying the businesses, shops, and employment of fellow black people, in traditionally black neighborhoods. How is this tactic practicing justice?
Throughout history there have been groups dedicated to improving the lives of their fellow men. Personally, I support these groups, when the fruits of their actions are evident in promoting a better society for the community they claim to represent. Personally, I despise and loath any group claiming to be for a specific population and that group does nothing but enrich themselves at the expense of the populations that claim to serve. Hence, BLM, which are you? I cannot honestly tell that good is being done by your organization to the support of your community. This is especially true when the mainstream media is reporting your members are pillaging, looting, and thieving at the expense of the community you purport to serve.
With all the disparity between action and published written claims, I am left to ask, “What type of group are you?”
What do the following mean, in practice and daily application?
“We are guided by the fact that all Black lives matter, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status, or location.”
For example, history has shown where skin color and personal beliefs are different if a person believes they are black, are they allowed to be members in full standing? If a person looks to possess one skin tone but believes themselves to not belong to that skin color’s purported race, does this disqualify them? How does this statement equal the actions purportedly by BLM members in the pillaging seen in America recently?
What does the following mean in daily application?
“We practice empathy. We engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.”
Does this empathy extend to police officers or other people of authority? Why? What does being empathetic do for your group? How are the current methods of engagement with “comrades,” working? How does empathy improve connection and context arguments to improve the black communities? How are those efforts working? Personally, I do not see any empathy, and the context of engagement tends to be negative. Hence, I am asking honest questions, looking to open dialogue.
Why this particular statement, and what is it doing to support child-rearing, and ending the practices that have been harming the black community since 1960?
“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”
What evidence is being used to justify this path of child-rearing will build a stronger black community? Where is the time-tested research reflecting that the nuclear family structure is harming or causing a disservice to the black community? In my youth, I was privileged to know many older black Americans who discussed black community problems, failures of politicians, and honestly looked for answers to pass onto their children. In none of these conversations was the “village” methodology mentioned ascribed as a good method for improving the black communities. In fact, the opposite was true and the older members of the black community were quite vociferous in their arguments against this practice. What has changed? When did it change? Where is the proof?
I recently read several articles by economists who looked at nuclear families in all types of races, colors, creeds, religions, and non-nuclear families in the same races, creeds, religions, and the economic impact of not having a nuclear family was distinct and clear. From only an economic perspective, those children raised in nuclear families, without experiencing a divorce, were multiple times more likely to be successful themselves, when race, religion, creed, color, and so forth were controlled. I am not asking for convincing evidence, I simply want to know how this conclusion was drawn and understand the process for making this decision.
What is “public justice work?” One of the major problems in current society is that of plastic language. Plastic language uses words that sound good and stretches them into something that means one thing, but in practice is something completely different. For example, “fair” is often bandied about as a term. Fair means that all are equal and receive equally. Yet, many times fair is plasticized to mean a slanted proportion of a population gives more, where another slanted population receives less. Fair in this instance has been abused and plasticized into meaning in practice something it does not mean.
In reading the “What We Believe” section multiple times, I am struck by the frequent mention of the homosexual communities. Without regard for race, America has roughly 4.5% of the population as identifying as homosexual. According to the same Gallup Poll, without regard for sex, approximately 3.7% of the black community identifies as homosexual. Leaving some questions about beliefs unanswered. A recent research study on traditional beliefs in sexual prejudice and race found that the black community of males tended to be more traditional towards the role of men in society, and less open in their biases towards homosexuals in general. BLM has been reported to represent the black community, has been reported to have their finger on the pulse of what makes a person black, and knows the black community as its members are the black community. Hence, why would the black community report one thing to researchers and another to BLM regarding the tolerance of the community towards homosexual people? Especially to the point of repeating multiple times the opposite of traditionally reported views.
Let me be clear, I do not care what you believe as an organization. I do not care what you believe individually as people. Provided those beliefs do not infringe upon another person’s US Constitutionally guaranteed rights, you may believe and act according to your beliefs without any qualms from me. When your beliefs infringe upon another person’s rights, liberties, and ability to pursue happiness, you have now crossed the line and I will oppose you. I swore this as an oath to become a Soldier and a Sailor and I would be dishonest before God if I acted any differently.
Action is a different matter entirely. If your action support society, even I might not personally approve, I will give you a pass because your beliefs have become a positive action in a community. If your actions are negative towards any portion or segment of society, I will oppose you to my last breath. Again, this was an oath taken before God and I will not change to fit a social narrative! Any act of violence is inappropriate and detrimental to society as a whole and the community’s aims and goals. I do not care if that violence is taken by a KKK, BLM, Antifa, ISIS, Catholic, Protestant, etc. it is violent in nature and deserves nothing less than a violent conclusion.
Lady Justice is blind and armed for a reason. Not to kill without cause, not to judge with the balance of mercy, and not to use her eyes to allow one to escape the same crime another would be punished for, that is true justice, under the law. I support the “Rule of Law,” and as such will not see the US Constitutional Republic be destroyed on my watch. The questions asked above are honest questions. What does BLM believe and where are the actions supporting those beliefs?
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