I have to ask if Black Lives Matter believes that black lives matter only when police are involved. As a black man, I understand the initial aim of the movement--to promote that the loss of black lives to police aggression is a sign that the lives of blacks are held in extremely low regard by law enforcement--but what about the rate of black-on-black murder that makes it appear that we don't give two sh*ts about the lives of our own kind?
Make a statement about this, people. Hold a rally. Encourage life. Expand your position to explain how Black Lives Matter is meant as a call to peaceful and lawful action against police abuses and perhaps incorporate the need for blacks to respect each other's lives as well. Acknowledge that each and every human life on this Earth is precious, and that your specific area of concentration is on the preservation and re-valuation of black lives.
Who knows? Perhaps that is on the agenda. I can only hope that it is and they close this gap in their message even as they are expanding to address matters of importance to the LGBT community and others. Black Lives Matter is a decentralized movement in that it is chapter-based, so we'll have to wait and see if the gap is eventually shut across the diffuse and diverse organization.
Beyond the actions taken by the Black Lives Matter movement, I can only wonder what the mainstream media--especially the conservative media--finds so distasteful about the ever-growing movement itself such that Right-wing pundits often fly into a rage upon its mention. Do they not understand that the Black Lives Matter movement was never about de-valuing the lives of non-blacks as much as it was initially about the specific concern I mentioned above? Are they truly that dense or is theirs a pretext of some kind?
It is a mystery. Yet I must remind everyone that the actions of Black Lives Matter at political events and their formerly narrow focus merely follows the lead of a previously successful group that vociferously campaigned for change, held protest marches, and interrupted presidential candidates--a group whose disruptive actions and stated beliefs were defended, and even championed, by powerful conservatives.
A group called the Tea Party.
Conservatives favored the Tea Party, itself an organization that started out in a manner similar to Black Lives Matter, though with much greater financial backing. Conservatives helped give birth to the Tea Party, they enabled it, and they helped it grow. Given the similar origins of Black Lives Matter and the Tea Party, I again wonder if the conservative backlash against Black Lives Matter is in response to the things Black Lives Matter has done in following the Tea Party's lead or something Black Lives Matter has yet to do (such as I illustrated above).
In examining why Black Lives Matter is so vilified by the conservative media, I have gained a new understanding of it as an (allegedly) decentralized grassroots organization fighting for the beliefs of many on a state-by-state basis, much as the Tea Party fought for the beliefs of a like-minded political body. That I disagree with their methods, their linkage to Black Liberation Movement, their admiration of "Assata Shakur" (alias the cop-killer former known as Joanne Chesimard) does not change the fact that Black Lives Matter is the embodiment of many freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, just as the Tea Party has purported to be from the start. Amazingly, the more I thought about it, the more I became convinced that Black Lives Matter, by virtue of their strategies and narrow focus, is the child of the Tea Party.
Conservatives birthed the Tea Party, and the limited scope and disruptive tactics of that movement were appropriated by Black Lives Matter. In the strangest and most unexpected of ways, Conservative activists are at least partially responsible for inspiring the creation of the ultra-liberal, pro-black, pro-LGBTQ, Black Lives Matter movement.
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