I’m thinking out loud here, but I’m really tired of hearing people say, “I support Black Lives Matter ‘the movement’ or ‘the phrase’ but not Black Lives Matter the Marxist organization.” To those folks, you’re not getting off that easy. BLM the radical organization created Black Lives Matter the movement and coined the phrase from which people try to disassociate BLM.
The statement, black lives matter, did not appear out of a vacuum. BLM, the radical group formed by self-proclaimed “trained Marxists,” created the corporate catchphrase specifically as an attack on the police, falsely asserting cops don’t believe black lives matter.
I recently wrote that I emailed the Boston Red Sox about their displaying Black Lives Matter outside Fenway Park. I said as a stand-alone phrase (especially in all capital letters), it appears to support the Marxist BLM organization. They wrote me back and said it was not political, they just want to show support for black people. I then asked them to consider also displaying support for the police. They did not respond—I’m not holding my breath.
The Marxist founders of BLM created the organization and the phrase Black Lives Matter as a political notion, in response to the 2012 Trayvon Martin incident. A “white” Hispanic, the unlikeable George Zimmerman, confronted Martin after allegedly seeing him “lurking” in the neighborhood. Evidence shows, after the initial confrontation, Martin had Zimmerman on the ground and was pounding his head into the concrete when Zimmerman shot Martin.
In 2014, the BLM organization propelled Black Lives Matter, the phrase, into the national consciousness with the help of the mainstream media and Democratic Party officials, after a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. In that incident, investigators determined Brown, a robbery suspect, assaulted Officer Darren Wilson and attempted to disarm the officer when he shot Brown.
Yet, BLM and their Democrat allies like Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren continue to perpetuate the “hands up, don’t shoot” lie. BLM, Harris, and Warren still call Brown’s death a murder. Who said hands up, don’t shoot didn’t happen? The Obama/Holder Department of Justice.
Before these incidents, people were not running around shouting “black lives matter” all over the place. That black lives matter is so true, true as the sky is blue, it seems an insult to even say it—and it is certainly an insult for BLM to force you to say it to prove you’re not racist.
However, the reason the phrase exists is BLM created the message black lives matter in response to their ostensible belief American police officers don’t believe black lives matter. They falsely accuse police officers of “targeting” black people for abuse and murder. That is demonstrably false; plenty of evidence to the contrary exists.
So, even if you say you agree with BLM the phrase but not the organization, how can that be true? The organization gave us the statement. It seems to me the organization and the phrase are now fungible? I never hear or see the words black lives matter without thinking about the organization that created it. You can argue one is not the same as the other, but if one created the other, how can they be separated except disingenuously, ignorantly—politically?
When people endorse the self-evident statement black lives matter, which is just as indisputable (or should be) as “blue lives matter” and “all lives matter,” they are endorsing the erroneous proposition that cops don’t believe the lives of black people matter. That is a preposterous notion created to inflame the public against the police.
People try to get away with saying they are being non-political or apolitical when they invoke the phrase black lives matter. Well, if you endorse the phrase black lives matter, how can you not be endorsing its creators who imbued the phrase with a toxic, anti-cop connotation?
Still, I think there is a way to mitigate the anti-police implications that are associated with the phrase black lives matter. A person or organization can blunt the insult by also including a respectful gesture toward the police (“Blue Lives Matter,” “We Support Our Police,” or by displaying a Thin Blue Line flag).
But, like the Red Sox organization, the vast majority of people and businesses that display Black Lives Matter do not display similar support for law enforcement. Why is that? Could it be they do believe what the Marxists in BLM contend about the police, that cops don’t believe black lives matter? Could it be, despite the denials, they are being political?
Displaying both sentiments, even though one was created by anti-police activists to disparage cops, would at least show that an organization sincerely feels they are simply using the phrase to support black people. Otherwise, by displaying Black Lives Matter alone, people are tacitly supporting an anti-police myth and helping Marxists and their anarchist allies to perpetuate a lie and further divide (and determinedly destroy) our nation as founded.