Support the Words and the Meaning, Not the Organization

Monday was the anniversary of the founding of the Black Lives Matter organization a few years ago. As such, it seemed like a good time to discuss current events and the organization that has become very closely linked to the loose movement to raise issues of equality.

The fact that ‘black lives matter’ should be a ‘no-brainer’. Set aside all of the ‘yeah, but…’ stuff, and just to the point that we ought to be in favor of equality and especially equal treatment under the law, we would hope very few would disagree. And we should have a sense of urgency in doing so.

However, that is a very, very different thing than supporting or donating money to the organization that bears that name.

The founders and foundational tenets of the Black Lives Matter organization are very radical and extremist. Those who are donating large sums of money to the organization either don’t understand or the public relations appearance is more important than the actual agenda. I realize some would discount that as so much rhetoric, but if we look at the actual people and ideas involved, it becomes clear that they do not represent anything close to the mainstream of American society.

Founded by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, Black Lives Matter (BLM) reflects the far-left radical agenda of its organizers. BLM favors reparation payments for slavery (taking money from people who never owned slaves to give to people who never were enslaved), the abolition of prisons and similar radical policies.

The founders and leaders themselves have some pretty astonishing backgrounds. Two of the founders are self-described Marxists. Opal Tometi, for example, standing alongside Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro, said proudly “we are trained Marxists”.

Alicia Garza also joined a group called New Afrika which advocates for a separate nation for blacks in the area of South Carolina and several other southern states.

Susan Rosenburg, who is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of BLM’s fundraising organization, Thousand Oaks, spent 16 years in prison until her sentence was commuted on President Clinton’s last day in office. For years, she was part of the May 19 Communist Organization that advocated a violent overthrow of the US government and was responsible for the murder of ten police officers along with several robberies, bombings and other violent acts. When she was arrested, Rosenburg had large amounts of dynamite and firearms in her possession.

Founding member Alicia Garza has said she is an admirer of Assata Shakur, who is one of the ideological icons of BLM overall. Assata Shakur is a convicted killer. Assata Shakur joined the Black Liberation Army, and was tied to at least 10 police officer killings. She went on the FBIs most wanted list and on May 2, 1973 she executed a police officer who had stopped her car for a broken taillight with two bullets to the head with his own gun. She escaped from prison in 1979 and managed to make her way to Cuba, where Fidel Castro gave her political asylum.

The Black Lives Matter organization is extremist, radical and dangerous. Their ideas, including past admiring statements of violence by the founders, should be evidence of that to any objective observer. It is only in this emotionally charged and intellectually shallow environment where we think we have to support such an organization, or we are accused of not supporting a cause that bears the same name. Intelligent people can understand the difference.

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