The Democratic Party-sponsored street militia, the “Black Lives Matter” movement activists, brought us hundreds of riots, arsons, lootings, assaults on police, and murders of citizens. BLM has the most blinkered vision and the stupidest policy recommendations in the 21st century.
For the BLM movement, only a very few black lives matter: the black lives lost in engagements with police. The facts are clear: out of millions and millions of police–civilian encounters, around a dozen allegedly unarmed but uncooperative blacks are killed by police. These deaths are all that the BLM movement care about, because they can gain status by blaming another race. Even if the cops were black, they are dis-honorable whites as far as BLM is concerned. What BLM is not concerned about are thousands of blacks murdered every year, some 90 percent by black criminals.
The blood bath that is Chicago, the killing fields of Baltimore, the slaughter in Los Angeles inspire no BLM demonstrations or “peaceful protests.” Black men, women, children, and elders are shot down in droves in the streets of Democrat cities, but not a word is heard from the BLM movement. However, the Utah branch of BLM did pipe up on Independence Day to declare the American flag a symbol of hatred, but the widespread slaughter of blacks by other blacks did not seem to interest them.
Violent crimes are committed by blacks at a level three times their percentage of the population. And most of these crimes are against other blacks. Some of the crimes by blacks are against whites, more than whites against blacks, but a growth field is hate crimes by blacks against Asians and Orthodox Jews. Consequently, blacks are highly overrepresented in the prison population. This is not the sign of a healthy community. Shouldn’t mobilization be directed toward reducing crime and thus incarceration among blacks? BLM is missing in action in improving black lives.
But nothing could have been more destructive of black lives and black communities than following the idiotic advice of BLM to defund and disband the police. BLM claimed that implementing this measure would make blacks safer. This has turned out, to the surprise of no one who had two brain cells working, to be a disaster. Democrat politicians who control America’s great cities latched on to “defund the police” just as they did the slogan “black lives matter.” After they painted these slogans on major city streets, or named city squares these slogans, these Democrat sheep set about defunding and disbanding the police. Billions were deducted from police budgets across the country, in what Democrats claimed was “reimaging public safety.” Effective “anti-crime” and “anti-gang” police units were disbanded. Radical mayors and city councillors of some cities planned to replace the police entirely with social workers and psychologists.
You know what happened next. Violent crime spiked in Democrat cities across the land. Huge increases of shooting injuries and murders, car jackings, rapes, assaults, robberies, etc., became the way of life in black urban communities. Police left urban police forces, and those who remained were constrained by officials who did not back them, and themselves hesitated to enter situations in which they would be blamed for any casualty. Today, criminals rule the cities, especially black inner cities. How many black victims of crime are thanking BLM today?
BLM was the centerpiece of the 2020 woke revolution that reintroduced racial classification, racial discrimination, racial superiority ideology, and racial segregation. BLM’s unverified claim that police were “systemically racist” was expanded to the imaginary, evidence-free claim that America is “systemically racist.”
The disastrous failure of BLM racist policy even to benefit its preferred race demonstrates the empty heartlessness at the center of the woke revolution. And while its poison still seeps into the body politic through extremist critical race theory in our schools, American citizens of all colors are waking up to the destructiveness of racist woke ideology. They have also woken up to the failure of the BLM movement, and public support has plummeted. When BLM support is at zero, we will be a step closer to sanity.
Philip Carl Salzman is professor emeritus of anthropology at McGill University, senior fellow at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, fellow at the Middle East Forum, and president of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East.
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