In Racial Reconciliation, What Matters Is Truth
Black Lives Matter has roots in radical Marxism and "fundamental transformation."
Last week, a prominent activist declared that she and her colleague “are trained organizers.” In fact, she said, “We are trained Marxists. We are super versed on ideological theories.”
In Marxism, capitalism is framed to be an exploitive, oppressive societal problem. A communist economy, the goal of Marxism, emphasizes cooperative ownership of property with no private-property rights or personal wealth. The popular slogan of Karl Marx sums it up: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” But that doesn’t fully reflect the fact that the German economist, along with his comrade, Friedrich Engels, coauthor of The Communist Manifesto, taught that socialism was the necessary first step to communism where all divisions of class would be erased.
Patrisse Cullors, one of the two cofounders of Black Lives Matter, was the one who made these Marxist statements of her beliefs. The other founder, Alicia Garza, in a 2018 feature on Blackpast.org, identified herself as “a queer social justice activist and a Marxist.”
Thinking they are aiding racial and social justice, corporate giants and the political left are now carelessly funding these “trained Marxists” who lead 16 chapters of BLM in the U.S. and Canada in the disruption of commerce and the destruction of small and large businesses. No one is defending racism or the deaths of innocent black men, but BLM and antifa have hijacked the emotions stirred by select recent deaths to promote the very behaviors and practices that keep minorities trapped in government dependency.
Andrew Klavan of The Daily Wire wrote in an analysis of the Black Lives Matter movement that “The Racial Matrix” is “an entirely false narrative in which just those very prescriptions that will make black lives worse provide whites a sense of virtue while continuing the Democrat destruction of actual black lives.”
Neither BLM tactics of anger-baiting nor the virtue signaling of guilty whites will help. We should instead be identifying problems, working with leaders for solutions, and moving the underprivileged toward independence.
BLM as an organized movement has a Marxist devotion to a new world order destroying America’s economic freedom and, even more contemptibly, the freedoms of individual Americans. Its own website uses the word “comrades” to describe a new order where “we disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and villages that collectively care for one another.” BLM makes it clear that encouraging self-reliance and freedom from government dependency is not at all a priority. These radicals have no belief that an intact family, personal property, personal wealth, and achievement are healthy rights. And because of this, they do not promote a sense of personal accomplishment or greater attainment in the next generation. Our government housing projects are, in many cases, now full of third- and fourth-generation residents.
Many blacks are tired of BLM’s leftist political agenda because it will only lead to harm for their community. Niger Innis recently exploded, “I’ll be g-dd-mned if you use the suffering and misery of black Americans and our legacy to the United States of America as your shield and use us as cannon fodder when your agenda really has not a d—n thing to do with saving black lives.” Leo Terrell, racial activist and lawyer, insisted that a “criminal element” has taken over the protest movement that began with the death of George Floyd.
Ultimately, what will succeed in healing the racial divide is not the Marxist lies being peddled. It’s authentic truth that withstands subjective opinion and bias.