BLM’s Founding And Political Philosophy
According to their website:
In 2013, three radical Black organizers — Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi — created a Black-centered political will and movement building project called #BlackLivesMatter. It was in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman.
Since that time, Black Lives Matter has sought to push a political agenda that is clearly Communist in its intention.
During an interview Patrisse Cullors, one of the three cofounders of Black Lives Matter explained that one of the largest focuses of the organization was going to be to lobby governments to defund police departments so that the money could be used for things like jobs, housing and food for communities. She also said that the group opposed the “Capitalist” system of the United States, blaming Capitalism for the cause of poverty in poor families.
I will talk more in detail later in this article about why there is so much poverty in the United States, but any basic understanding of economics will reveal that Capitalism is not the cause of poverty.
Cullors also tried to claim that she grew up in a poor family, where her mother worked three jobs, however this story quickly fell apart when the host, Jesse Lee Peterson, began to ask her more about the details of her home situation growing up. For one thing, it turns out her dad worked for GM.
Their website also states “Every day, we recommit to healing ourselves and each other, and to co-creating alongside comrades, allies, and family a culture where each person feels seen, heard, and supported.” Besides their use of Communist rhetoric, the organization pushes for economic and social reforms that anyone with any basic knowledge of history will clearly recognize.
Alicia Garza, the main cofounder of BLM, has said that she wants to redistribute wealth, and remove the profit motive from creating the things we need to live. (She affirmed “redistribution” specifically.)
The first thing that has to happen I think is you have to eliminate profit motives from the things that people need to survive. [Applause] uhm … so … everybody should have healthcare, everybody should have education, everybody should have clean water, fresh food. [Applause] And the reason people don’t have those things, is because there’s profit to be made by making it more accessible to some people than others. That’s why you get kale that’s like ten dollars right?
Garza goes on to say “free the kale man” (presumably meaning that kale should be free).
While writing this article, I looked up the price of kale at a local premium grocery store. It was $1.99 for a “bunch” of organic kale. The reason it is so inexpensive is precisely because there is a profit motive in providing the best price for the best quality under free market “Capitalism” and were it not for government interference, kale would probably cost a lot less. Without getting too lost in the details, that profit motive from that $1.99 bunch of kale represents the livelihood of multiple industries and the people who work in them. This includes not only the farmers, the truck drivers, and the grocery store employees, but also the scientists and farmers who researched this breed of kale, and the countless engineers involved in designing the trucks and air conditioners to keep the kale fresh.
Economists have long pointed out that this is a major reason why centrally-controlled economies (along with price controls) do not work. Economist Milton Friedman famously pointed out that no one in the world has enough knowledge to produce a typical pencil. Between the agriculture for the trees, the mining equipment and metallurgy for the brass piece, the chemistry and equipment to make the paint, and the graphite… It takes large portions of an economy to produce a simple pencil.
In a Free Market “Capitalist” system people do business by consent, rather than with a gun pointed at their head. Supply and demand leads to the raising and lowering of prices which send information through the economy, creating natural algorithms that constantly seek to create more efficiency in response to competition and profit motives.
We often hear the word “Capitalism” but many people do not know what it means. A lot of people think it means that we give all the money to the rich. But what Capitalism actually means is that people are free to do business with one another without government interference. If someone wants to buy a store front, and sell their paintings, they are perfectly free to do so.
What we have in America is not a fully Capitalist system. Sadly what we have is a “mixed economy” where government over-regulation holds back key industries, such as healthcare and education.
Yaron Brook also points out that those areas of the economy that are the most free are the areas where we are seeing the greatest technological innovation. In contrast, those that are under the most government control are facing stagnation and soaring prices.
It amazes me personally that anyone can be so naive as to go along with Garza’s delusional fantasies. If we eliminate any profit motive for growing crops, very few people are going to become farmers simply to be “nice,” and it would be incredibly immoral to ask them to do so. The same could be said of any other good or service that people need in order to live.
As a Christian, I believe the Bible when it says that a worker is worthy of his wages [1 Timothy 5:18]. Meaning that you should pay the man for his work, and not just expect him to work for free. A man ought to be able to reap the benefit of his own labor, and not be required to work only for the good of others.
In terms of black education, Garza was asked how black families could provide better education to their children. Garza responded that it is not the responsibility of black parents to provide better education for their children. Garza said that it is the responsibility of the State to educate children, and that the State has failed. Garza said that the reason for the State’s failure in education was the fact that we live in a Capitalist society.
Of course it is amazing that she blames the failure of state-run education on Capitalism, yet ignores the incredible success of private schools and charter schools. This is something that I will touch on more later in this article.
Earlier in the interview Garza also talked about Karl Marx, and the need to create a new system in our society, but did not directly claim support for Marx.
Garza also says “I don’t see Capitalism as being a successful strategy for black people.” Garza then says that we need to “play around” with “Communism” and “Socialism” and “[…]take the best and leave the rest.”
Garza also talked about abolishing the police entirely during this talk, but did not directly say she supported this idea.
Of course, the mere fact that they are Communist is not meant to be a dismissal on my part. The reason I bring it up is because if we want to critically evaluate a set of ideas, we need to know what those ideas are.
The organization also seeks to embrace LGBTQ+ lifestyles and ideologies, “foster a queer‐affirming network” and as their website states:
We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.
Desi-Rae Thinking responds to BLM’s goals, including the opposition to the nuclear family.
BLM’s Goals, and Police Brutality
The goals of Black Lives Matter can be summarized by 3 points.
- Communism, including the redistribution of wealth
- Support an LGBTQ+ philosophy, along with the disruption of the “nuclear family structure”
- Fight against “racist” police brutality in the United States
The reality is that black individuals in the United States are suffering not because of Capitalism, but largely because of the Welfare State and Left-wing policies. Politicians promise prosperity through Welfare programs, and when these programs result in more poverty, then they blame Capitalism. Meanwhile in places like Texas, where economic freedom is encouraged, we see incredible economic growth. The same can be said of South Korea and Hong Kong.
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As for the LGBTQ+ philosophy, readers are free to disagree with my opinions, however the science has not supported the “Born This Way” narrative, and anyone with any knowledge whatsoever can tell you that many of the problems in the black community have been caused precisely by the disruption of the “nuclear family structure.”
Professor of Economics, Dr. Walter E. Williams, explains these dynamics in great detail.
Coupled with dramatic breakdown in the black family structure has been an astonishing growth in the rate of illegitimacy. The black rate was only 19 percent in 1940 but skyrocketed in the late 1960s, reaching 49 percent in 1975. As of 2000, black illegitimacy stood at 68 percent and in some cities over 80 percent. High illegitimacy rates not only spell poverty and dependency but also contribute to the social pathology seen in many black communities: high incidences of adolescent violence and predatory sex, and as sociologist Charles Murray has noted, a community not unlike that portrayed in Lord of the Flies.
Several studies point to welfare programs as a major contributor to several aspects of behavioral poverty. One of these early studies was the Seattle/Denver Income Maintenance Experiment, also known as the “SIME/DIME” study. Among its findings: for each dollar increase in welfare payment, low-income persons reduced labor earning by eighty cents. Using 1979 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth data, Anne Hill and June O’Neill found that a 50 percent increase in the monthly value of welfare benefits led to a 43 percent increase in the number of out-of-wedlock births.
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In the above article, Dr. Williams also refutes the common Leftist claim that the breakdown of the nuclear family is due to the legacy of slavery.
Dr. Williams shortly after notes the following:
The most difficult problems faced by black Americans, particularly those who are poor, cannot adequately be explained by current racial discrimination.
Garza, and the folks at Black Lives Matter, can fantasize about getting rid of black fathers all day long, but Reality is no respecter of fantasies. The empirical facts have already confirmed what any thinking, rational person with a brain should have already known; destroying fatherhood will destroy a people.
The nuclear family is not a Western invention, contrary to what Black Lives Matter would have us believe, it was initiated by God on the Sixth Day of Creation [Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:5, Mark 10:7, 1 Corinthians 6:16, Ephesians 5:31], and has been universal in virtually all cultures in all of history. Anytime the nuclear family has been undermined, it has only resulted in destruction.
Further contrary to Garza’s claims, Dr. Williams explains the relevant evidence, and concludes the following:
Free markets and the profit motive, far from being enemies to blacks, have been friends.
As for fighting against racist police brutality, this is the area where Black Lives Matter has received most of its criticism, and with good reason.
Black Lives Matter has held to the assumption that if a black individual is shot by law enforcement of any kind, and killed, the only possible explanation is racism, regardless of the actual facts, including forensics, eyewitnesses, and video evidence. In a number of cases Black Lives Matter has cried “racism” even when the cops involved turned out to be black.
This is pretty much the definition of the word “prejudice.”
an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.
Black Lives Matter has decided that guilt, innocence, and narrative are to be assigned based on the demographics of the parties involved, rather than based on the actual facts and evidence.
In 2014 a police officer named Darren Wilson shot and killed a man named Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting was clearly justified, as Michael Brown was punching the police officer in the face and trying to take the officer’s gun.
Unfortunately, rumors began to spread, and the myth of “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” took the nation by storm.
I covered this case in detail in a YouTube video I made a few years ago.
I will refer readers to this video for more detail, however it quickly became clear that the narrative of “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” was false.
Forensics, the autopsy, and black eyewitnesses all confirmed Officer Darren Wilson’s account of events, and the rumors against him were refuted.
Multiple investigations, including an investigation by Eric Holder, showed that Officer Wilson did not commit the crime that rumors were accusing him of. Eric Holder being the Attorney General under the administration of President Barack Obama.
Even the Far-Left news outlet CNN acknowledged that “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” did not happen. The evidence refuted the “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” myth, and confirmed the police officer’s account of events. This was evidence that included black eyewitnesses.
Of course, according to Black Lives Matter, this is all just a part of a racist conspiracy against black people, and Michael Brown really was murdered by a cop for being black.
To this day, Black Lives Matter has this to say on their website:
In 2014, Mike Brown was murdered by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. It was a guttural response to be with our people, our family — in support of the brave and courageous community of Ferguson and St. Louis as they were being brutalized by law enforcement, criticized by media, tear gassed, and pepper sprayed night after night.
What about the evidence? Why did the evidence not matter?
The response from Black Lives Matter to actual justice was to riot and set the city on fire. And here they are claiming credit and support for the rioters.
Of course how burning black communities to the ground while running around screaming “Black Lives Matter” was supposed to help anyone is beyond me.
Over 600 activists from Black Lives Matter gathered in Ferguson during this point in their history. These activists came from 18 different cities, and met not only to assist the activists in Ferguson, but also to form chapters in their own home cities.
Ferguson became an ideal myth. The facts did not matter.
Sadly we are far from the Dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character, and not by the color of his skin. Officer Wilson was doing his job, protecting his community, including black people in his community, and he nearly died in his role as protector. For this, many on the Left have accused him of being a racist murderer, with no evidence to back it up.
Stats get thrown around a lot in any sort of political discussion, and I can’t help but to think of the quote “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Such cynicism is not surprising. After all, 82.7% of statistics are made up on the spot.
In all seriousness, there are a lot of data on these issues, and they indicate a very different reality from what many people would expect.
In the case of police-bias in shootings, Harvard economist, Dr. Roland Fryer conducted a study that found no evidence of police bias when it came to shootings. The study did find, however, that there was racial bias in non-lethal use of force, which is very important to acknowledge.
These findings, of course, run contrary to the core claims of groups like Black Lives Matter.
The reality is that there is no evidence that police are going around murdering black people in cold blood on a large scale. While it is true that black people are shot more often by police when adjusted for population, there is a good reason for this. Because of socioeconomic differences, black Americans are more likely to have interaction with police than white Americans (on average). More interaction opens up more potential for conflict, and for shootings.
Sadly, we are also seeing a situation in the United States in which black people (on average) commit more crimes per capita. The economist Dr. Thomas Sowell, himself an African American, attributes the high crime rates and moral breakdown of black communities to the Welfare State, and explains that in the decades prior to the Welfare State black neighborhoods tended to be safe places to walk around even in the middle of the night.
There are a lot of other figures in this area that many people might find surprising. For example, it has been found that white cops are less likely to shoot at a black suspect, on average, in a given situation because of fear of being accused of racism. If the suspect and police officer are both white, there is less hesitancy. Similarly, in the same situation, black cops are more likely than white cops to shoot at a black suspect. Data has also shown that police officers are more than 18 times more likely to be shot by a black suspect than an unarmed black suspect is to be shot by police.
I was going to wait until toward the end of this article to talk about black education in this country, however I wanted to add a small clip from Dr. Fryer on this issue. As someone who works with data and statistics for a career, I want to be very careful not to oversimplify what he found, but the results of the data were pretty straightforward. Of those schools seeking to educate kids from poor communities, the schools that felt sorry for the poor kids and set low expectations ended up with failing schools. Whereas those schools that said poverty is unfortunate, but now it’s time to learn, did very well.
I will talk more about black education toward the end of this article, but the data here turns “Social Justice” narratives on their heads.
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It is difficult to say exactly how many lives would have been saved if groups like Black Lives Matter were not spreading verifiable lies about police, particularly in cases like Ferguson. We do not have a crystal ball or a window into some parallel universe.
That said, the death toll from police being forced to withdraw, especially from black communities, was likely at least in the hundreds between 2015 and 2016. Presumably, most of these would have been black lives lost due to gang violence, and other forms of criminal violence.
I watched an interview in which Alicia Garza, the main founder of Black Lives Matter, was asked about black-on-black crime. After all, police shootings, both justified and unjustified, aren’t even a rounding error compared to the rates of black people killing other black people. So why was Black Lives Matter not fighting to end gang violence?
Her response was that people asking the question are racist against black people. Clearly, for Garza, black lives don’t matter when they are taken by other black people. (And yes, I include the relevant clip in my Black Lives Matter video so that my audience can see it for themselves.)
Garza then goes on to make the claim that crime rates are slightly higher in white communities than in black communities. This claim is refuted by all of the crime statistics. I am not sure what reality Garza is living in, but it clearly is not this one. [Both The Daily Wire and The Wallstreet Journal have covered these stats in greater detail.]
Of course, some black YouTubers were not happy about this idea that concerns about black-on-black crime were to be dismissed. Clearly BLM does not speak for all black people.
Garza has also made reference to the claim that there is a Blue Code of Silence, i.e. that police officers in the United States are covering up crimes for one another. It is one thing to claim that officers are covering for one another, even in serious matters, it is another entirely to claim or imply that all police officers (including black police officers) are involved in a nation-wide conspiracy to cover up racially-motivated police brutality.
Keep in mind that several of the officers her organization has accused of racist violence against black people are black police officers.
When asked in an Al Jazeera interview about the violence and the looting and what kind of tactics she advocates, Garza responded that “We advocate those kinds of tactics that really, uhm, shake up the comfort level.” When pressed on the issue, Garza refused to condemn the violence.
How about, “We condemn those who kill police officers.”
How about, “We condemn those burning black communities to the ground.”
How about, “We seek to build bridges between law enforcement and communities of color to make sure that all people are safe and protected, and we condemn those who murder police officers. We also seek to help the loved ones of the men and women who gave their lives to protect the black community and fight to honor their memory.”
No, it would seem that Garza and her followers prefer to incite violence against black communities and those protecting them.
In an amazing and rare moment of candidness, Alicia Garza, the main cofounder of Black Lives Matter, acknowledged and sought to justify the connection of Black Lives Matter (both as an organization and as a movement) to rioting and violence.
Garza talked a lot about the injustice done to Native Americans and the poverty of black Americans. Garza and the other cofounders have talked many times about lack of access to healthcare, grocery stores, etc.
In terms of there being a lack of access, I actually agree with Garza.
Furthermore, I will agree 100% that there are laws and systems of oppression in the United States of America that are specifically designed to keep black Americans in poverty. Not all Conservative authors understand these facts. But I can point to the laws and systems and explain how they impact black Americans, and I will do so later in this article.
I will also say that I agree 100% that the Federal Government continues to this day to persecute Native Americans.
That said, I fail to see the connection between pointing out the lack of grocery stores, hospitals, and healthcare, and burning the local pharmacy to the ground.
Garza also said that Black Lives Matter means that there must be an equitable distribution of resources. Then, talking to the audience, she pointed out this means that some of you might have to give up some of the things that you want. Clearly she was advocating for Communism as she stated that the current system is racist (presumably referring to Capitalism).
Sadly, she also claimed that one person’s gain is another person’s loss, committing the economic fallacy of the fixed-pie.
The beauty of Free Market Capitalism is that we find more ways to create more food, newer technology, and new scientific innovation, and there is a constant competition to bring the prices of these wonderful goods down so that more people can afford them.
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Business and charity ought to be done by consent, not by coercion and not by force. Under Free Market Capitalism, if I don’t want to do business with somebody or give to a particular charity, I am free to say “No.” Incredibly, the system by which men are the most free is also the system that works the best. Free markets are where most of the world’s innovation is being produced, and Free markets are the only system where a man’s moral right to freedom is recognized.
Contrast Free Market Capitalism with the aims of the Black Lives Matter founders. In a documentary interview, Patrisse Cullors, one of the three cofounders, spoke approvingly of “uprisings” in reference to the violence and destruction.
This was not an isolated moment of approval. Alicia Garza, the main cofounder, went to Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray (a case I will explain later) and spoke approvingly of the “uprisings.” In her video she explained that during the Baltimore uprisings, one of the grievances was a lack of access to grocery stores.
Garza then explained that grocery stores were destroyed during those selfsame uprisings. Rather than condemning the violent “uprisings,” Garza spoke approvingly. She pointed out that communities should have more emergency funds for food — presumably, in case they decide to destroy some grocery stores that day.
(…How about not destroying the grocery stores???)
The reality is that this organization calling itself Black Lives Matter was not founded out of any kind of concern for black lives. It was founded to push a Marxist political agenda and to cause destruction. The organization used police shootings (justified or unjustified) as a convenient tool. They used the case of Michael Brown to gain a following and to stir up riots. To them, the evidence showing that Officer Wilson shot only in self-defense was irrelevant to their goal.
Black Lives Matter — A movement of peace?
Black Lives Matter claims to be about peace on their website.
We embody and practice justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another.
Yet their actions prove otherwise. Their three main founders often quote Assata Shakur, a convicted cop-killer, as one of their main inspirations.
In one of their marches, an official chapter of Black Lives Matter shouted “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon!” repeatedly — a reference to police officers in body bags. This is on video for anyone to see, and I have yet to see anyone who officially represents the organization apologize for it. Ironically, while they were marching, they were surrounded by police officers who were protecting them while they engaged in this hateful speech against police.
Whatever they are, they are not peaceful.
Black Lives Matter chose to intentionally spread lies about police officers. As a result of these falsehoods, there were several cases in which people became angry and took up arms against police, and a lot of police officers were murdered simply for wearing a uniform.
I will submit that this was their goal. Black Lives Matter should have taken the responsibility to look at the evidence and not come to conclusions based on racial prejudices. Instead, the organization chose to spread untrue information in support of a narrative. There were no “good intentions” here.
InterVarsity “Christian” Fellowship’s Involvement With Black Lives Matter
In 2015, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a college ministry with “more than 1000 chapters in over 650 college campuses across the United States,” decided to join hands with Black Lives Matter.
During their 2015 “Urbana” conference they brought in Michelle Higgins, a Black Lives Matter activist, to speak about Black Lives Matter.
During her talk, Higgins accused white Evangelicals of being guilty of committing “adultery” with “White Supremacy,” yet gave no evidence to back up her claims.
She also lied about history, claiming that white missionaries refused to translate the Bible into Native American languages and educate Native Americans on the Bible. This claim is factually untrue, as Higgins would have known with a simple Google search. The reality is exactly the opposite! White missionaries went out of their way to start schools for the purpose of educating Natives in Christian ideas, including founding a college for Natives at Harvard. In at least one case, a missionary went out of his way to create a written language for a group of Native Americans who had no written language before. He did this for the express purpose of translating the Bible into their language so that they could read the Bible for themselves, contrary to Higgins’ bold assertions. (I cover this more in the video I did responding to Higgins.)
Higgins also went out of her way to condemn Evangelicals for opposing Planned Parenthood, promoted homosexuality and transgenderism, and even accused Officer Darren Wilson of being a racist murderer, simply because of the skin color of the parties involved. During this talk Higgins also praised Michael Brown as a hero, a man who died trying to murder a police officer.
It is one thing for InterVarsity to bring in a pro-gay speaker and still call itself “Christian.” It is entirely another for them to attack an innocent police officer based on nothing more than the color of his skin.
On their website, InterVarsity said the following: “InterVarsity does not endorse everything attributed to #BlackLivesMatter. For instance, we reject any call to attack or dehumanize police.”
Honestly, I found this statement to be the vilest thing InterVarsity did during this entire episode in their history. As I already showed, calls to attack and dehumanize police were not merely “attributed” to Black Lives Matter — they came from the organization itself. InterVarsity should have sought the truth and reported it. Instead, InterVarsity defended Black Lives Matter and joined in an attack an innocent man, Officer Darren Wilson, knowing full well that he was innocent. They decided to join hands with Black Lives Matter to spread a malicious report.
You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a malicious witness. You shall not follow the masses in doing evil, nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after a multitude in order to pervert justice; nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his dispute.
- Exodus 23:1–3
As a Christian organization (especially one with an academic focus) InterVarsity can, and should, encourage engagement with different ideas and foster an environment of intellectual diversity where appropriate. That said, this was not an open forum. Higgins was invited specifically by InterVarsity so that they could promote her message. Since she engaged in active slander, InterVarsity should have repudiated her demonstrably false claims and issued an apology. Instead leaders in the organization, including Vice President Greg Jao, have openly applauded and endorsed Higgins’ talk.
The Bible states that we are to have no association with a slanderer. Yet InterVarsity has knowingly endorsed this lie against an innocent man and participated in the slander.
Greg Jao, the Vice President of InterVarsity was brought on Jesse Lee Peterson’s show shortly after this talk. When asked for evidence for the claims being made by InterVarsity, the only thing that Jao could offer was that some black people felt that way. Peterson rightly pointed out that feelings are not the same as proof.
It’s amazing that InterVarsity could accuse white college students of committing “adultery” with “White Supremacy,” and then lie about history and slander an innocent police officer, and then Vice President Jao could justify it all by saying some people “felt” that it was true.
Jao was asked about these claims in general terms on Peterson’s show, however he was not directly asked about Officer Wilson. That said, I have spoken to Jao about this specific issue, and his response was disappointing. I will cover the conversation in this article shortly.
In the Bible, we see that a man is to be considered innocent until proven guilty. Guilt was determined based on the evidence. Usually this evidence meant at least two eyewitnesses, but (in some cases) could entail physical evidence, which we might parallel with forensics. Personal prejudice, nationality or ethnicity, and socioeconomic status were to play no role in determining guilt or innocence. [Deuteronomy 19:15, Deuteronomy 22:16–21, 1 Timothy 5:19, Exodus 23:1–3, Exodus 12:49, Leviticus 24:22, Numbers 15:16,]
InterVarsity, as an organization, has disregarded the Bible in this matter, and turned biblical teaching on its head. Here they are condemning a man, not based on the eyewitnesses and evidence, but based on socioeconomics and the feelings and prejudices of people who were never there when the relevant events took place.
Greg Jao put on a friendly smile during the interview, but you will have to excuse me if I am not exactly interested in holding hands with people who openly slander the Bride of Christ with baseless accusations of adultery. Hundreds of black people died as a result of Black Lives Matter, along with a lot of police officers (including black police officers), and InterVarsity helped to make that happen. So no, I am not going to smile and have a peaceful dialogue. What InterVarsity is doing is sin, plain and simple, and blood in on their hands.
I contacted six representatives from InterVarsity, including Greg Jao, the vice president of the ministry, and the results from all of them were pretty much the same. They are fully aware of the fact that Officer Wilson was innocent, but they chose to lie about him anyway.
One of their representatives, Jonathan Walton, an Area Ministry Director, accused me of not caring about black people, since I opposed Higgins’ talk and the Black Lives Matter organization. When I asked Walton for examples regarding where BLM had condemned the violence against police, he insisted that there were many, but could not give a single example. Instead he accused me of being a racist who did not care about black people.
Just for the sake of clarity, I did not cover every point with every InterVarsity leader that I spoke to. In reviewing the digital records of my conversations, it looks like all, except Walton, were told that Officer Wilson was proven innocent, but none of them saw any responsibility on the part of InterVarsity to correct the false information that their organization helped to spread.
Jason Gaboury, the regional director for InterVarsity’s undergrad ministry in New York and New Jersey told me the following:
Saying that the blood of innocent men killed by police cries out from the ground (invoking the blood of Abel) is not unreasonable, nor is it a wholesale endorsement of everything #blm (a diverse movement that is not Intervarsity) believes.
Of course, the problem, as I explained to him repeatedly, is that the police officer in question was shown to be innocent by multiple investigations and overwhelming evidence. Michael Brown, on the other hand, died while trying to murder a police officer. Even Eric Holder and President Obama acknowledged that “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” did not happen, based on the evidence. In short, IVCF attacked an innocent man, and praised a cop-killer.
Saying that “the blood of innocent men cries out” is not unreasonable, but joining hands to spread slander against those who have been proven to be innocent is, especially when this slander resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people.
Regarding the slandering of Officer Wilson, Greg Jao expressed surprise that I would expect InterVarsity to apologize for something one of their speakers had said.
Jonathan Walton, an area ministry director from InterVarsity openly attacked my personal reputation, and I want to address that here. With regard to Walton’s accusation that I don’t care about black people, a friend of mine who has a multi-ethnic heritage told me “That’s because you care about people.” The friend explained that what he has seen in my life is that I care about people, and that their ethnicity is not what matters to me.
The accusation of racist indifference from Jonathan Walton was ironic, since not long afterward I worked in a research lab in the quest for a cure for HIV, with children in Africa being the main faces on my mind.
IVCF has yet to issue any kind of apology to me for Walton’s accusations. Apparently attacking a white alumnus for the color of his skin is acceptable. Since it was okay for Higgins to accuse white college students of committing “adultery with White Supremacy,” perhaps IVCF’s behavior is not surprising.
Walton also went so far as to say the following in an article:
When you say Blue Lives Matter you’re saying that Black Lives don’t because no one says Blue Lives Matter unless you’re shouting down people fighting against police brutality and abuse of power.
Walton also said the following:
We are not being protected, we are not treated equally and we certainly are not served. And until law enforcement and those in power chant Black Lives Matter and come alongside communities of color to acknowledge the pain, suffering and death there will be more murders. Not because there have to be but because sadly, those on the margins don’t know what else to do.
According to Walton, anyone saying Blue Lives Matter is only doing so because they hate black people. Yet officer Sheriff Clarke, an African American police officer, was one of the most outspoken proponents of #BlueLivesMatter and one of the most outspoken critics of #BlackLivesMatter. Is Jonathan Walton saying that Sheriff Clarke hates black people?
Clearly Walton here is making excuses for those who are murdering police officers. The criminals shooting at cops are not marginalized victims to feel sorry for. They are people who have made a choice, and their blood is on their own heads.
Walton also wrote an article entitled “Why I Don’t Riot, But Stand With Those Who Do” in which he sought to justify rioters who threw Molotov cocktails and flipped police cars. But again, how does destroying black communities help to make black lives better?
Walton seeks to excuse cop killers and rioters who destroy black communities. I find it amazing that anyone could view this as appropriate coming from such a high ranking leader in a “Christian” organization. Instead of repudiating cop killers, he excuses them. So much for wanting civility.
In his article, Walton says the following:
I know you can’t put that brick down without knowing why they broke Freddie’s back or shot Michael. I know you feel powerful when you flip that police car that made you afraid to sit on your own stoop.
Here Walton is referencing Michael Brown. Why did he die? Michael Brown decided that his own life did not matter, and decided to become a thug and a cop killer. That’s why he ended up as a stain on the asphalt that someone had to clean up.
Sadly the thug and “gangsta” image is what is being sold to black boys today as the way to be a man. We all know that it is wrong and evil, and that it leads to death, but if anyone speaks out against it, politically correct bullies crawl out from under their rocks to hiss “RACISM!” And of course, Jonathan Walton is a spineless creature himself who should be repudiating this destructive behavior, but instead he is defending it.
As a black man and a Christian in ministry, he ought to be telling young people to go home and do their homework, so that they can have a future, not perpetuating this myth that police are out hunting black people.
As for Freddie Gray, the case was far from simple. He was arrested by police officers and put into the back of a police van. At some point he sustained a serious injury. He slipped into a coma and died in a hospital a week later. The key question in this case was when the injury took place. Did it happen while he was resisting arrest, or at some point later on?
Walton can believe whatever he likes, but to imply that six police officers, three of whom were black, decided to go out one day and murder a black guy simply for being black is a huge claim to make without any evidence to back it up.
Walton can have his feelings, but what about the facts?
When Black Lives Matter and Jonathan Walton start accusing black cops of killing people simply for being black with no evidence to back it up, we should be clear that they are not in touch with objective reality.
Walton, a high ranking official in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, has made a public statement that he stands with those who riot and has specified that this includes those who kill police, claiming that those shooting at innocent men and women in uniform are marginalized people who just “don’t know what else to do.”
But what about the facts? As I already mentioned, there is no evidence of racial bias when it comes to police shootings.
Walton’s defense of cop-killers and rioters reminds me of a quote from Dr. Thomas Sowell.
I notice that Hillary Clinton and many of the people who support the Welfare State … Incidentally when they want to help black people, they want to help those black people who are doing something wrong. That is rioters, ex-convicts … They want to stop the schools from disciplining black kids, males who misbehave in school. I don’t hear them concerning themselves about the blacks who are the victims of the people who are doing wrong.
Proverbs also comes to mind:
He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just,
Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.
Proverbs 17:15 New King James Version (NKJV)
Clearly, there is a problem within InterVarsity’s ranks. They can say that they do not attack or dehumanize police, yet they are praising cop-killers at their events, defending rioters, and willfully attacking an innocent man. Even when they are made aware that they are spreading false information, the facts do not matter to them.
The justification for all of this was that IVCF claimed to want to help black people and wanted to spread the message that black people are also created in the image of God, just like all other human beings, hence the endorsement of Black Lives Matter. Of course none of this “created in the image of God” stuff was coming from Black Lives Matter. Rather what BLM wanted to promote was Communism, LGBTQ+, and “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon!”
Walton and IVCF can falsely accuse police officers based on people’s feelings all day long, but what about the facts?
InterVarsity talks about believing our “black brothers and sisters” but why does this only extend to people who “feel” that something happened, and not to the black eyewitnesses who were actually there when the events took place?
Amazingly, Higgins went as far as to call Black Lives Matter a “prophetic voice,” meaning that they were speaking on behalf of God Himself, a statement that Greg Jao and InterVarsity expressed no problem with.
In the end, I realized that facts did not matter to IVCF. The fact that some black people “felt” a certain way was enough to slander an innocent cop.
As a brief open letter to the six men I interacted with, I want to respectfully submit to you here that if someone were to accuse your wife of being a racist and an adulteress, you would demand evidence for it. If all they could offer was that they “felt” that this was true, you would be pretty mad.
How much more insulting is it when you accuse the Bride of Christ, the Church, of racism and adultery with no evidence to back it up?
I reiterate the Bible’s teaching on this topic:
But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.
1 Corinthians 5:11 (NIV)
The Bible says that Christians are not to associate with anyone who calls themselves a Christian, yet who is a slanderer.
InterVarsity, despite being fully aware of the facts, still chooses to this day to maintain slander against an innocent man.
For those of us who are Christians, there is no gray area here. We are commanded not to associate with these sorts of people.
Black Communities and The Police Departments They Choose
We are told to believe that over the last 50 years, black communities across the country have been constantly terrorized at the hands of racist police officers and that all cops, including black cops, are in on this conspiracy cover-up.
Of course, if black communities really thought or felt that they were being marginalized by police, they could have voted for a different police department during any election cycle. Whenever I point this out, there is always some brilliant person to say “But not all communities vote for their police departments directly Greg!” No kidding, different communities do things somewhat differently, but they can vote for a different mayor, town council, or sheriff, depending on how things are done in that particular community.
Perhaps it takes a few years for a few black communities to “clean house” on their supposedly racist police departments, but to say that black communities have for the last 50 years been consistently voting for politicians that appoint racist cops is a huge claim that is not justified by the evidence.
If black people in America really thought or felt that their local police departments were racist, they would have voted them out long ago.
So let’s be clear, Black Lives Matter does not speak for the Black Community. Black people, like all people, are individuals. Each one has his or her own unique thoughts, experiences, opinions, and choices.
Those opposed to Black Lives Matter are often accused of hating black people. But black people are individuals, not some uniform collectivist monolith. It is the height of racism to lump all black people together, and dictate that they must all think alike, or to assume that black people are not smart enough to speak for themselves as individuals.
Black people are people, just like everyone else. They are not some kind of abstract collective, and they are just as smart as anyone else. They are not angels, or demons, or children, and Leftists should stop treating them as such.
One friend of mine, who is an African American pointed out that as a black woman if she opposes Black Lives Matter or Liberal ideas, she is attacked and labelled an “Uncle Tom,” while a white person who disagrees is labelled as a “racist.”
This is the amazing thing about the Left: They claim to be about diversity, tolerance, and inclusion, but if you disagree with them, they will attack you for your skin color, your gender, your religion, your sexuality, and any aspect of your person they can get ahold of, rather than engaging in an honest discussion with your ideas.
Clear As Smoke
In pointing to the facts and the positions taken by the leaders and founders of Black Lives Matter, many people have dismissed the evidence. They insist that Black Lives Matter is a “movement” about whatever that particular person feels they want it to be about. Black Lives Matter has preyed on this vagueness. But even if one were to turn his brain into a pretzel and somehow claim that Black Lives Matter was an organic “movement,” the rules of logic still have to come into play.
This opens up a few questions. Who gets to decide what an organization is about? How does one fairly judge what a movement is about?
If Black Lives Matter is an organization, as it clearly is, then it is only right to judge that organization based on the words and actions of its founders and leaders.
Even if we want to imagine that Black Lives Matter is an organic social movement, we cannot in any rationality conclude that this is a movement of peace. After all, its founders clearly seek violence and a particular set of political and social ideas. Furthermore, those who supported the so-called “movement” were committed to pushing an objectively false narrative against innocent police officers and were overwhelmingly pushing violent rhetoric. During the years that the “movement” was relevant, I never once heard a single Black Lives Matter advocate seriously seek to condemn the murder of police officers, nor did I see this from any of their leaders.
An organization or a movement ought to be judged based on what it is about, not based on what we wish it were about. To do otherwise is wildly inappropriate.
BLM activists were also actively fighting against School Choice. Whether this opposition was officially coming from the organization itself or not is unclear. That said, School Choice is the one type of program more than any other that has been proven effective in breaking the cycle of poverty in black families. So the fact that there are people fighting against it makes one wonder why? I cover this more toward the end of this article.
There were a lot of positions associated with Black Lives Matter, and the leaders often refused to give clarity. But again, Black Lives Matter preyed on this ambiguity. Instead of making the positions of the organization clear, Alicia Garza went to interviews discussing the kinds of shoes she likes to wear. She always turned her head and spoke in a meek and mild tone of voice that seemed very agreeable.
During her interviews (and I watched a lot of them) Garza refused to condemn the violence, and instead justified and implied her support for it.
Keep that in mind. Just because someone seems like a “nice” person, does not mean that they are good. Even Satan will act like your friend to get something from you. On the other hand, a real friend will tell you if there is something hard that you need to hear.
Better is open rebuke
Than love that is concealed.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.
Proverbs 27:5–6 NASB
Garza often said nice words, and seemed agreeable, but her words were also strategically nebulous.
In my experience, good and honest people do not play games like this. They seek to clearly communicate what it is that they believe and stand for. Jesus phrased it well when He said to let your “Yes” be “Yes” and your “No” be “No” — something that people, especially Christians, in our time should learn [Matthew 5:37].
There is a saying that it is impossible to nail down Jello. I apologize for mixing metaphors, but trying to nail down Black Lives Matter was like trying to nail down smoke (*cue the accusations of “racism”). Clarity becomes even more difficult when one ignores the words and actions of Black Lives Matter’s founders and leaders and the activists following them in favor of the idea that Black Lives Matter was a “movement” about anything that a particular person felt they wanted it to be about.
During at least one interview, Alicia Garza did clarify that Black Lives Matter is an official organization which is separate from “The Movement for Black Lives.” Black Lives Matter is a specific organization with specific goals and intentions, not merely a clever slogan that can mean anything that we want it to mean.
*Note: In writing this article, I was asked why not simply change the word “smoke” to “fog” to avoid accusations of racism. For one thing, fog is generally quite clear, so the imagery does not work. For another, I openly reject all forms of Racism. Racism is a belief that humans are divided into multiple species. This goes against both the Bible and modern science. None of my criticism here has anything to do with the ethnic background of any individual. I believe that all humans belong to one biological race, descended from Adam — and in need of Christ, and any claims to the contrary are a false representation of my position. Also, I reject this Politically Correct 1984 Newspeak where one must walk on eggshells lest they be branded a “racist.” If the Left wants to run around in their witch-hunt calling people such names while attacking them for their demographics, I cannot stop them, but neither will I play their game on their terms or seek to accommodate them.
The Abdication of Reason
None of what Black Lives Matter did made any sense, unless their goal was to cause destruction to black communities and to the United States.
There were a number of prominent cases in which Black Lives Matter activists blocked traffic. Whether this action was led by the organization itself again seems to be like trying to nail down smoke. But how were such disruptions supposed to help anyone? Who knows. Preventing hospital workers from getting to their jobs to help the sick would seem counterproductive to life. Likewise for preventing black fathers from getting to work to feed their families.
Patrisse Cullors, one of the cofounders of Black Lives Matter, spoke about shutting down streets in a documentary interview in a manner that seemed to imply approval.
There are a lot of other ideas coming from Black Lives Matter that make no rational sense. Opal Tometi, one of the three cofounders, has also complained about “broken windows policing.” One article explains the effect of this method:
“The result was that homicides in New York were reduced from 2,445 in 1990 to 328 in 2014. Nationally, the number of murders declined 42 percent from 1991 to 2014.”
Thousands of lives were saved as a result of these policies. What are Tometi’s motives in criticizing such policies? If she actually cares about black lives, then why is she so opposed to law enforcement policies that have been proven effective in saving lives and protecting black communities?
Please don’t get me wrong, I am all for debating policies, but I want to know that other people have the same goals. My ideal has always been to seek what is True and what is Good. Sadly, I have learned the hard way over the past few years that not everyone values Truth and not everyone cares to seek that which is Good. Some people want to ignore reality in favor of their feelings. They want to live however they want to live and raise a fog in their own minds to block out the consequences of their life choices.
Tometi made a lot of baseless claims in the short clip I am including. I won’t address all of them here. But we should address one claim: She said it is established that poverty is the cause of crime in black communities. Contrary to Tometi’s claim, economists have long established that this is not the case. In past generations, black communities were less well off financially than they are today, yet without the high crime rates. The crime rates we are seeing in black communities today are a relatively recent phenomenon.
Despite Tometi’s claims, research has shown that the cause of the moral and social breakdown in black communities is not poverty as such, but the Welfare State and the disruption of the nuclear family structure.
Dr. Walter Williams explains the evidence here:
Race and Economics
Black Americans have come a greater distance, over some of the highest hurdles, in a shorter period of time than any…
Black Lives Matter also makes irrational claims about history. In one interview, Alicia Garza claimed that the United States only became “united” because it was united in its support of slavery. The problem, as every seventh grader knows, is that the United States was more divided from the start over slavery than any other issue in the Nation’s history. This lack of unity eventually lead to the Civil War.
Garza, Walton, Higgins, BLM, and IVCF are entitled to their own opinions. They are not entitled to their own facts.
There was also the case of a half-Japanese police officer who was accused of being a White Supremacist by BLM activists.
We could talk all day about the insanity of Black Lives Matter. The organization went out of their way to be intentionally vague on what they stood for, despite ample opportunity for clarification. I submit that if they were an organization of peace, genuinely seeking the good of black communities, they would not have acted as they did. They would have been clear on communicating their positions, condemning violence, and seeking to build bridges, even if (in their minds) they had legitimate grievances against law enforcement.
White Guilt and Collectivism
Much was said during this time in history, both explicitly and implicitly, but much remained under the surface.
Michelle Higgins blamed white college students for the sins of the distant past and demanded that white college students apologize for slavery. This attitude of Your ancestors owned my ancestors, therefore you owe me! is all-too-common in the United States.
There is perhaps no one who has rebuked “racial guilt” more effectively than Dr. Thomas Sowell:
The kind of society to which that leads is one in which a newborn baby enters the world supplied with prepackaged grievances against other babies born the same day.
The racial guilt logic is fatally flawed. Blaming all white people for racism is like blaming all Arabs for terrorism. Somehow “white” people are expected to apologize for the sins of unrelated white people. Meanwhile, if someone were to treat members of any other group in the US as possessing “collective guilt,” it would rightly be considered outrageous — even racist.
Imagine an angry white man walking up to a Chinese person and demanding that they apologize for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. We would see it as racist to blame all Asians for the sins of the Japanese Empire. But blaming all “white” people for the sins of the British Empire is the norm, regardless of their ancestry.
We would not even expect an 18-year-old Japanese college student to answer for the actions of his great grandfather, precisely because it would be racist and wrong to do so.
Yet somehow, even those whites who are descended from Abolitionists are expected to apologize for what the Democrat slave-owners did in the 1800's.
As I’ve mentioned before, my dad tells the story of some 11 brothers in our family who went off to fight in the Civil War to free black slaves. Only 2 of them returned home.
So no, I will not apologize to Higgins, or to Walton, or to any other racist in these organizations, because I owe them nothing. But on the behalf of my ancestors who fought and died to free them, I will say, “You’re welcome!”
Of course, as a Christian, I reject this collectivist nonsense. The Bible says that a man is to be held guilty for his own crimes, not for the crimes of his father or his son. [Deuteronomy 24:16]
In my conversations with Greg Jao, I pointed out that Higgins’ demand made no sense. But the logic was lost on him, and he double-down in defense of this view.
Jao made it clear that he supports Higgins’ position. He avidly defended the idea of racial guilt in particular. IVCF has tried to claim that Higgins’ speech does not necessarily represent their official position one way or another. But let’s not insult everyone’s intelligence here. Anyone with eyes can see that InterVarsity is intentionally promoting this Social Justice Gospel in place of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is the position that they have taken, no matter how many passive, half-hearted statements they say to the contrary.
These Social Justice Warriors are amazingly dishonest about history. Slavery in some form or another was the norm for most cultures for most of history. What made Western Civilization unusual was not that they had slavery, but that they chose to end it. The British were especially influential in the abolition of slavery. Rather than spiting on the graves of their “old dead white men.” we ought to be grateful.
Westerners, influenced by Biblical Christianity, declared that every man was created in the image of God. They sought to put an end to slavery, through law. These Westerners then used their empires to impose their abolition of slavery on other cultures, despite having to fight resistance from the societies on which they were imposing abolition.
Imperialism in many ways was an ugly practice. It had both good and bad. I will neither defend nor condemn its practice here.
That said, the purpose of all of this hatred from Social Justice Warriors is a hatred of Western Civilization and what it has historically represented: Christianity, Reason, and Individual Rights.
There is so much more that I would like to say on this topic, but I will save it for another article.
Before moving on, I should point out that according to a friend of mine who attended the Urbana 2015 Conference, when Michelle Higgins turned to the audience and demanded that you white people are guilty of adultery with white supremacy and need to repent (paraphrase), the audience she was speaking to was mostly Asian college students.
Perhaps Higgins believes that everyone whose ancestors came from the Eurasian supercontinent are collectively guilty of the sins of other Eurasians?
[Interestingly, this Collectivist insanity inspired some of the elements of my short story Whisper, in which a society of people on Mars, descended from Africans, views Eurasians as their ancestral enemy.]
The Aftermath of Black Lives Matter
The latest update on the BlackLivesMatter website is from June 27, 2018, almost a year ago as of the writing of this article. But even before that, hearing about BlackLivesMatter on the news or even on social media was rare. These days, we barely hear a word about them.
This fading into irrelevance seems to have corresponded with the election of President Donald Trump. I want to be clear that I do not worship President Trump. In fact I was not a huge fan of his. I only pulled the lever for him because he was the alternative to Hillary Clinton. That said, under President Trump, the economy has done better than it ever has in the history of the United States. Black unemployment is lower than it ever has been.
Why Credit for the Decline in Black Unemployment Goes to Trump, Not Obama | People's Pundit Daily
Attend or watch a rally for President Donald Trump, and you will hear him tout the decline in the black unemployment…
The social unrest and economic frustration during the Obama Administration that affected all Americans was replaced by a small shift towards economic freedom that resulted in great prosperity.
Yet we cannot forget what just happened to us in our very recent history.
In Ferguson, Black Lives Matter chose to attack an innocent man, and InterVarsity chose to join hands with them in spreading a lie. After “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” BLM chose to continue to lie about police officers. This resulted in the “Ferguson Effect,” the withdrawal of police from black communities. Crime and violence escalated. People like Garza rose to fame.
Hundreds of people died. They died because people chose to reject Reason and chose to knowingly spread a lie.
How many black mothers will never see their baby alive again?
How many wives of slain police officers had to bury their husbands before their time? How many husbands had to bury their brave wives?
I am praying that the wives of slain officers and black mothers who lost a child to the same thugs can sit side-by-side in the same church and grieve with one another. How often did the same criminals take both of their loved ones?
This was NOT a case of Police Officers VS Black Communities.
On one side of the street we saw black communities and police officers defending them with their own bodies. On the other side we saw Black Lives Matter and those behind them firing bullets towards these communities, and seeking to destroy them.
No one was fighting harder to defend the dignity of black lives than police officers. I write this here now so that future generations will know what happened and will understand that Black Lives Matter was founded on a lie.
On August 18, 2015 in Ferguson Missouri, a nine year old girl named Jamyla Bolden was shot and killed while doing her homework.
BLM and InterVarsity protested the death of violent criminals, but who was there for this little girl’s mother? Pretty much no one except for the police officers — officers who mourned with this girl’s mother and sought to find justice for her murder.
Since that day, the girl’s killer has been caught, tried, and sentenced. But if this organization calling itself “Black Lives Matter” had not come to Ferguson and forced police to withdraw, I have to wonder if this little girl would still be alive.
Today in 2019, the police cars and black neighborhoods are no longer on fire, and most of the smoke has dissipated.
Black Lives Matter came in, caused problems, spread lies, and collected donations, and now who knows what they are up to, if anything?
Today Greg Jao still puts on a happy-go-lucky smile. He continually congratulates himself for all of his efforts in InterVarsity, preaching a Jesus-Free Christianity. (I was in InterVarsity for 3 years, and I do not once remember any of our weekly speakers giving a clear explanation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.)
While these InterVarsity staff workers get to go home everyday to their wives and children, there are mothers everyday who mourn the loss of their children. These are children who were lost due to the violence created by Black Lives Matter, which InterVarsity helped to perpetuate.
Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 6:9–11
It is plain to anyone who has a mind that when InterVarsity began to promote this death cult, they abdicated their duty as men of God to protect Truth and Justice in the Christian community. Lying about an innocent man was perfectly fine by them. It is for that reason that I ask that Greg Jao, Jonathan Walton, and the other men that I talked to step down from any kind of role in ministry. You have failed in your duty as Christian men, and you have proven yourselves to be unfit to serve as Godly witnesses on college campuses, or anywhere else.
In Psalm 101 God warns: “Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy.” God shortly after warns about what He will do to those who practice deceit.
As for Black Lives Matter itself, Americans, especially black Americans will have to learn from this. Not everyone who says they are your friend is for you. Even Satan appears to people as an angel of light, so don’t be surprised when one of his servants comes to you with a sweet smile, tells you that your life matters, and then tries to kill you, the way Alicia Garza did.
Not long ago, I went to go and visit a friend who lives in the same ghetto neighborhood that I lived in in 2015. I commented that this did not seem like the same neighborhood at all. She explained that the people of the community went to their government and insisted that there be a stronger police presence around. They wanted police more involved in their community. As a result, things became safer and better, as opposed to playing “firework or gunshot” every two days (no exaggeration).
I cannot help but wonder how much that neighborhood was also improved by the stronger economy. How many people are now able to go to work, as opposed to selling drugs or running an underground business? Under the Trump administration, black unemployment is the lowest it has ever been in the history of the country, whatever one might think of the orange man himself.
Restoring Black Communities
There are those who might call me a racist for even talking about the fact that there are problems in the black community. I find it painfully sad that on one hand I am expected to help solve black America’s problems, but on the other hand I am not allowed to talk about those problems.
For any of my fellow black countrymen reading this, our ancestors may have had two different pasts, from two different continents, but we and our children will have the same future. It is perfectly fine to talk about having different skin tones, and different ancestors, along with cultural differences, and things along these lines. And we should have those conversations, there is nothing wrong with that. But if we want to live on this continent, then we need to stop seeing each other as different demographics and start seeing each other and ourselves as individuals.
We may have different ancestors, but we will have the same great great grandkids. For that reason, I will speak plainly.
If we want to see a restoration of the black community then there are three main things that will need to change. We need to see the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, economic freedom, and education reform in black communities.
It has been pointed out to me that it is popular in African American culture to go to Church, but not necessarily to be a Christian. It does one no good if they can use a lot of religious phrases and sing the right songs. And God has gifted so many African Americans with an incredible talent when it comes to music. But this is not enough. We each must turn to Jesus Christ and turn our lives over to Him entirely.
Being a Christian does not mean that you prayed a prayer one time. It means that you were once a criminal, but you surrendered to Christ, and He forgave you, and now He is sanctifying you to become more like Himself.
If you want a better understanding of the Gospel and what it means to be a Christian, I recommend the teaching of Paul Washer and that of Ken Ham. I will also link to more resources to help you, and please do not hesitate to reach out.
To say that the Democrat Party and the Welfare State has been an abject failure to Black Communities would be the biggest understatement of American History.
I want you to imagine a world where if a black man wanted to start a business, all he had to do was buy a piece of property and start a business. No lawyers, no legal red tape to jump through, and no bizarre rituals from government officials.
A man (or woman) ought to be able to simply start a business and keep what he earns.
This might sound offensive to some readers, but there are very few things that the Democrat Party seems to hate more than a black man with a job or a business. When Democrats come into black communities (including black Democrats), they create laws that make it nearly impossible to legally open a business. They create minimum wage laws that economists agree tend to keep black people poor.
As Thomas Sowell, a world class economist explains, when he was a black teenager in the 1940's, it was not difficult to get a job. A young black teenager might be flipping burgers in January making very little, but he would learn job skills and how to get to work on time etc. Come December, he wasn’t going to be flipping burgers anymore.
Compare that to the 2010’s when Democrats are pushing for higher and higher minimum wage laws, which prevent young poor people from getting their first job and (likely) hurt young black men more than any other group of people.
Amazingly, this was not lost on the people who started minimum wage laws. The first minimum wage law, the Davis–Bacon Act of 1931, had racist intention as its stated purpose, as did several other minimum wage laws that followed.
If black people who are living in poverty were to obtain economic freedom and independence and no longer required welfare or food stamps, then they would no longer be beholden to the Democratic Party. Democrats know this, and that’s why they pretend to be friends to black people, all while creating these laws that destroy the economy.
Ironically Democrats were the party of Slavery and Jim Crow. To this day, they oppose Charter Schools and School Choice. I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican, however the Republican Party was founded to end slavery, and Republicans fought for a hundred years to get Civil Rights legislation passed, while Democrats tried to oppose it.
Amazingly, Democrats are able to rewrite history on these issues in the minds of many black Americans and many other Americans as well.
Republicans are now fighting for School Choice. Betsy DeVos, the Trump Administration’s Secretary of Education, is making School Choice one of her number one priorities, and that’s why Democrats hate her so much.
Which brings me to a final topic.
Black Education Reform
Black education in this country is in ruins. Many Democrats will try to argue that this is due to a lack of funding, but the numbers prove that claim to be false. Many failing inner city black schools receive more money per student than thriving white suburbs.
Yet as Thomas Sowell explains, there are charter schools in the ghetto who receive less money per student than the ghetto public schools, and yet the kids in these charter schools are often doing just as well as the kids in highly affluent white neighborhoods.
[For the full video, click here.]
I wish I could write an entire book about these issues, but Dr. Thomas Sowell already has, and if more people, especially black Americans were to read his books, then the systems of oppression which are very real in this country would no longer be a yoke on the backs of black Americans.
Fortunately, Thomas Sowell has also done a lot of interviews so that we can at least begin to get a better overview of the work of this amazing man.
At the end of the day, it is the job of each man to take care of himself. I cannot carry every man in the ghetto on my shoulders, nor am I obligated to before God. What I will do is provide people with the Gospel and with Wisdom — for whomever wants it.
In the Book of Proverbs we see Wisdom personified as a woman calling out in the streets for anyone who wants to come into her house and eat from her table. In the same way, I will point other men to Wisdom, and I will do so gladly and freely. But if a man falls on the ground and will not stand up and live, I cannot carry him for his whole life.
In the Gospels Jesus tells the Parable of the Sower, an illustration of an ancient farmer throwing seed into his field. Some of the seed falls on bad ground, and some on good, but the farmer continues walking and sowing his seed. This was an illustration of the Gospel and of hearts that would and would not receive.
Sadly, there has been a growing trend in African American culture of a hostility towards education. Children are being bullied and told that if they read a book they are “acting white.” This is only one example of this disturbing trend. But if a man will not think, then how can he live? As Ayn Rand pointed out, Reason is the tool that man has in order that he might live. The wolf has his speed and teeth, the elephant has his size and strength, but a man has his mind. To destroy a man’s mind is one of the worst things that could be done to him.
To the young black man in the city who is trying to figure out what to do with his life and how he can move forward, I want to tell you that there is opportunity. Turn to Jesus Christ, finish high school, and go to college for a useful degree, or go to trade school. Don’t get your girlfriend pregnant before you are married. Never call yourself or your friends a ni**a — the Bible says that as a man thinks so is he. And remember that if you are single, with no kids, you are responsible only for yourself, not for all of the other “brothas” in the hood, or for any other man. Take control of your life because you owe your life to no one except to yourself and to the God who created you.
I have spent a lot of time in this article explaining how Black Lives Matter intentionally attacked innocent police officers and went around screaming “Black Lives Matter” while burning down black communities. I also explained that this irrational demonization of police resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people, especially black civilians. If someone wants to maintain, after all that I have demonstrated and proven here, that this kind of behavior was helpful, or that Black Lives Matter was by some magical way a “religion of peace,” then that person is too stupid to be worth another moment of my time or anyone else’s.
Instead, I want to focus on how to move forward. My kids might be black kids, depending on who I marry (and depending on whether we choose to have children through the natural process, or whether we choose to adopt). But one way or another, my great great grandkids are probably going to be brown, and they will be the same great great grandkids of the black man who lives today in the inner city.
I care deeply about what happens to people, including poor black people. That is part of why I am seeking a research position in scientific laboratories working to create a better economic world. And that is why I am writing articles seeking to help people better understand economic issues.
Greg Jao and Alicia Garza can go around chanting in their racist death-cult if they want to, and I cannot stop them. But for those of us who actually care about life and want to make a better world — we are going to have to build it and earn it. No one is going to give it to us.
Martin Luther King Jr. said that it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. I want to build a better world for myself, my future wife, and my children … and that is exactly what I intend to do.
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