The BLM Movement: An Existential Threat to America

By Dr. Craig Luther,  FRONT PAGE MAGAZINE

BLACK LIVES MATTER has taken America by storm. Simply put, it is a radical Leftist outfit that seeks to replace capitalism with socialism, abolish the police (and let criminals out of jail), and looks to socialist Venezuela as a model. Historically, BLM’s antecedents reach back to the Black Panthers of the 1960s; in recent years it has drawn inspiration from the radical Occupy Wall Street movement.

The BLM movement was given added impetus by the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The Left mobilized upon Brown’s tragic death in 2014, BLM and other radical groups promoting the false narrative of “Hands up! Don’t shoot!”–supposedly the young man’s final words before he was, we were told, brutally gunned down by a racist white cop. Destructive and deadly riots ensued.

Of course, “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” was One. Big. Lie. Every black witness who testified before the grand jury stated that Michael Brown had attempted to force his way into the officer’s police cruiser, assaulted the officer, and tried to grab his weapon. Looked at objectively, Mr Brown was a thug who, sadly, paid with his life for the terrible choices he made; even the Obama justice department could not come to a different conclusion.

Yet due to his death at the hands of a white police officer–as well as 2 or 3 similar events in recent years–the monstrous lie took hold that white police officers were engaged in genocide against black men. This dangerous falsehood was assiduously promoted by many in the media and by legions of “progressive” professors on our college campuses, where sadly, the mostly white student bodies lapped up every word; “yes, they thought, America is irredeemably racist, and there is nothing we can do to remove the stain of bigotry from our white skin except bow down before the New Racial Conformity.” So today young whites fall to their knees to repudiate their “white privilege” and beg for forgiveness that will never be forthcoming. And why not? Because, our new racial overlords lecture us, racism is not simply inherent in white America’s shameful past, it still permeates our white skin, and we can do nothing about that; it is who we are. White folks can even debase themselves by washing the feet of black men (as has occurred recently in several separate incidents), yet the original stain of white racism can never be symbolically washed away.

Of course, the protests and riots of the past two weeks were triggered by the tragic death of George Floyd. He certainly did not deserve to die, and those responsible should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. However, it is troubling that this man has been transformed into a tragic hero of the Left–this man with a long “rap” sheet, who once stuck a pistol in the stomach of a pregnant woman during a home invasion robbery.

Yet Floyd’s untimely demise is ruthlessly exploited by BLM as yet another example of the “fact” that black men are being murdered wholesale by racist police officers. Might there be at least a scintilla of truth to that explosive charge? Question: How many unarmed African-Americans were shot and killed by police last year?

90,000?
9,000?
900?
90?
9?

If you selected “9” you’d be correct. In other words, in the millions of encounters law enforcement had with African-Americans in 2019, only 9 unarmed blacks were killed; and according to police records, a majority of the fatal encounters were the outcome of fully justified police actions. In the same year, 19 unarmed whites were shot dead by police; yet no one hears or even seems to care about these victims, because they don’t fit the Left’s narrative. (Note: The above data is gleaned from

the Washington Post’s data base of fatal police shootings; however, after this tally of 9 unarmed black victims was reported by several news outlets, the Post scrambled to reclassify more than a dozen of its armed victims of police shootings as unarmed in an obvious attempt to plump up the number of black victims; still, even the new figure [if it can be trusted] raised the number of unarmed black victims in 2019 to just 15, which comprise just 0.2 percent of all black homicide victims.)

Annually, some 93% of all black homicide victims are killed by other blacks; in Chicago a few days ago 18 African-Americans were shot and killed on a single day of almost unparalled violence—all by other blacks. Of course the thousands of overwhelmingly male African-Americans killed each year by other African-Americans are also of little concern to the radical Left and their “progressive” media allies, as they work together to whip America into a veritable frenzy of rioting, looting, destruction, even murder.

Where do we go from here? I have no answer to that question, other than to say that all good people who believe in real justice (not the Marxist scam of “social justice”) need to raise up their voices in opposition to the scurrilous lies and uncivilized behavior of groups like BLM. Police are NOT waging war on African-Americans. This is NOT a nation mired in systemic racism. We are a flawed yet decent people, who for decades have struggle successfully to right the wrongs of our past. We need bow down before no one.

Yet time is short. The Left has prepared the cultural battlefield well, and with BLM in the vanguard, they have turned to outright insurrection in an effort to obliterate the Judeo-Christian underpinnings of our civilization This is now occuring right before our eyes in Seattle, where BLM, Antifa, and other radical groups have seized control of a large swath of the city; while they beat innocent people and extort money from businesses, the mayor hails them as patriots and orders the president back into his bunker. “Black Lives Matter!” she virtue signals.

So where do things stand at this utterly surreal moment in our nation’s history: After 50+ years of relentless Leftist agitation, America has finally reached an existential tipping point; indeed, should Biden win the presidency in November, his victory will be far from a conventional one; more likely it will signify a final and enduring seizure of power by BLM, Antifa and other Marxist/anarchist forces bent on destroying all decent Americans hold dear.

Craig Luther completed his Ph.D. in Modern European History at UC Santa Barbara. He is a former Fulbright Scholar, retired U.S. Air Force historian, and author of 8 books on the Second World War focusing on German military operations on the eastern front. His recent book, First Day on the Eastern Front: Germany Invades the Soviet Union, June 22, 1941, was selected by the WW2 book aggregator site Stone & Stone WW2 Books as one of the six best books on WW2 published in 2018.

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  1. wwp+w27324@nber.org

    Open this link to read an article by two Harvard professors, commissioned by the National Bureau of Economic Research, which found that after the Rodney King riots, police in many American cities were afraid to enter black neighborhoods, for fear they would be fired and/or arrested for “police brutality.” As a result there was an increase of 900 “civilian” on “civilian” murders, as well as of all categories of crime in these neighborhoods.

    Might be best to download this before the Federal government takes it down.

  2. I live in Oregon, where BLM anarchists just desecrated a statue of George Washington. That places Donald John Trump among Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln as “enemies” of Black Lies Matter.

    We ought to print money with his picture on it.

  3. “Homicide Investigation Inside Protest Area
    Public AffairsJune 20, 2020 9:59 am
    Homicide detectives are investigating following a fatal shooting that occurred early Saturday morning at 10th Avenue and East Pine Street. One man was declared deceased at the hospital and another male is being treated for life-threatening injuries.

    On June 20th, at approximately 2:30 AM, East Precinct officers responded to a report of shots fired in Cal Anderson Park. This is inside the area referred to as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP). Officers attempted to locate a shooting victim but were met by a violent crowd that prevented officers safe access to the victims. Officers were later informed that the victims, both males, had been transported to Harborview Medical Center by CHOP medics.

    Officers responded to Harborview and were informed that one of the victims, a 19-year-old male, had died from injuries. The other victim, also a male, unknown age, remains in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

    The suspect or suspect(s) fled and are still at large. There is no description at this time.

    Homicide detectives responded and are conducting a thorough investigation, despite the challenges presented by the circumstances.

    Anyone with information about this shooting, or who may have video, is asked to contact the Seattle Police Department’s Violent Crime tip line at (206) 233-5000.

    This remains an active and on-going homicide investigation. This post will be updated as additional information becomes available.” This is an official statement by the Seattle Police Department

  4. @ Adam Dalgliesh:
    The City of Seattle recently negotiated with the terrorists, to cut the latters’ area of control roughly in half. That is a step in the right direction. CHOP, or as I call it, “CRAP” (Crazies Revolting against Police) is Seattle’s very own Kasbah, where outsiders dare not tread. Perhaps some enterprising soul can make a sort of “Russian Roulette” TV reality show there, in which contestants see if they can make it in and out with varying degrees of difficulty — being white, wearing MAGA hats, holding a Bible, etc. Maybe that will make up for the horrendous loss to the city of reputation, tourism, industry, capital investment, etc.

    The CRAP problem is wholly owned by the State of Washington, the City of Seattle and the doofus people who live there. They can keep it.

  5. BLM is financed by multi billionaires.
    This alone should tell you that BLM was created or infiltrated to be a distraction from the real issues and a divide-and-conquer tool.
    This BLM “program” displayed in the article is completely fake and idiotic.
    BTW, I HATE TO BE VERIFIED EVERY TIME I COMMENT AFTER HAVING LOGGED IN!!!!!!!!!!!

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