Black Lives and the Death of a Culture

Dancers2by Deana Chadwell9/21/15
“Black lives matter!” say the angry T-shirts and the sloppy signs. My first reaction to that statement is, “Okay. Sure.” And then they start chanting about killing cops and my brow furrows. What?!  And then comes the “hundreds of blacks are killed by cops every year!” and I wonder who’s feeding these angry folks this kind of nonsense. But I’ve been putting some things together lately and I’m finding a glimmer of understanding.

This isn’t about cops. It isn’t even just about race – though our administration would like it to be. The media would like that too, as would the leftist college professors. They would like for it to be all about the nastiness of white America, conservative America. But it’s not about that. It’s about policy that has decimated an entire culture, made it rot from the inside out. It is about policy that was birthed in the Democrat party, in the hearts of those who value power above all else. It is no wonder that these young people are angry.

I remember a time when I saw our black population as a strong, long-suffering, admirable people who seemed able to carry both their towering dignity and their poverty with the same graceful walk. They wove African rhythms in and out of the Psalms, they turned those same rhythms into jazz, and the blues, and rock and roll. They infused our sports arenas with a skill and strength previously unimagined. Their pastors gave rousing, encouraging, commiserating sermons while those indomitable black women murmured “Amen, brother,” and flipped their paper fans in the air. Those same women often kept house and cooked for white women and then for their own families as well. They peopled our literature –Calpurnia and Tom Robinson, Alibeline, and Virgil Tibbs, and Jim on that raft on the Mississippi. They danced – Lester Horton and Alvin Ailey – two of the greatest choreographers of the 20th century gave us movement of unbelievable beauty and power. Black American culture had been forged in terrible suffering and had become something to be proud of, to be in awe of.

Where is that culture today? Jazz has sunk into the angry, obscenities of hiphop. Those indomitable women, overwhelmed now by the humiliation of official, bureaucratic poverty, are now often junkies. Too many of the pastors scream anti-American, Marxist blather instead of teaching the encouragement of the Word. Black inner city fathers barely exist – just males who serve as studs for their stable of baby mammas. Black babies are aborted more often than any other group (blacks are 12% of the population, but 78% of aborted babies are black)– is black life in 21st century America that hopeless? It must be. Let’s look at what has happened in the last 50 years:

On the plus side – the Civil Rights Movement jerked parts of the south up into the 20th century and put a stop to a lot of the Democrat-led segregation and discrimination. But that’s where it ends.

Forced bussing, which was to equalize education, had little effect on the quality of schooling offered to black children. It mostly disrupted communities, put those black children at risk, and watered down everyone’s schooling – schools became hubs of social experimentation and ceased their role as centers of learning. This left our inner-city kids – mostly black and Hispanic – without a solid rung up. Education is the only door out of the ghettos and anti-charter school, anti-school voucher groups, and teachers’ unions have locked those doors tight. Now California is going to “solve” the problem by just giving failed kids their diplomas, never mind the fact that they can’t pass the 8thgrade level exit exams.

Johnson’s War on Poverty, which sounded like a noble thing to wage war on, became a war on impoverished families, on the basic building blocks of inner city civilization. It offered aide primarily to mothers with dependent children. If a father was in the home, no benefits were provided. This policy made it profitable for the father not to be part of the home. So black mothers were left to raise their children alone – without even a decent school to send them to.

So here are black mothers being paid to bear more illegitimate children, unable to get of the dole once the babies arrived, unable to control their male children, who could see no place for themselves in their communities. These young men have no education, no skills, no vision for what they might become, so they sell dope, join gangs to fill the fatherless hole in their souls, and treat their women with the same disdain they feel for their own feckless selves. Even if they could function in a good job, there aren’t any in their neighborhoods. Union corruption and liberal policies have destroyed the cities where their ancestors once made good money. Inner city unemployment numbers for young black men hover around 50%. They have nothing to do but hang around on street corners and pretend to be manly. They arm themselves with nine-millimeter pistols and have no idea how to deal with the male authority the police officers represent.

Add to that the legalization and government support of abortion. Planned Parenthood, under the guise of helping poor black women get control over the number of children they brought into their poverty, worked against the only means these women had of earning a living – bearing children. It targeted black women as part of the eugenics goal of ridding the world of people of color, and it appears to be working; more blacks abort their babies than any other ethnic group – over 60% of black pregnancies in New York City end in abortion. We’re looking at self-inflicted genocide, at a culture that is self-destructing.

Do black lives matter? You wouldn’t know it by looking at the governmental policies that have been in place since the Civil Rights Movement. No policy since then has done anything but make black lives worse. Affirmative Action, Aid to Dependent Children, food stamps, welfare. OK. These programs have allowed for the accumulation of TV’s and cars and microwaves and AC. But those things don’t give a person purpose or a sense of self-worth, a hope for the future.

Are these young people angry because white cops are mowing them down willy-nilly? No – because that isn’t happening. Are they starving? No – EBT cards allow them the same diet the rest of have and they don’t even have to work.

But there’s the rub. Work provides much more than a living – at least it used to. Work can provide a goal, a hope, a possibility. You can feed a body with food, but a soul requires a more esoteric diet. It requires actual achievement, actual struggle to arrive at that success. It requires self-understanding and respect. It requires reason – things have to make sense. And it requires truth.

These angry young people have had none of that. The only thing they’ve learned in their schools is what sad, unfortunate, mistreated people they are. No one expects anything from them, which sends the message that they are incapable of anything, and, on top of that, they know little about how to cope with a teacher’s authority.  How can they possibly find their future? They don’t have one.

These kids are out of line, burning their own neighborhoods, killing each other and the police who try to protect them, but their behavior is almost inevitable – not forgivable, just inevitable. Liberal policy has backed them into a corner where they are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. Yes, they are thugs. Yes, they are venial enough to take George Soros’ money to torch their own neighborhoods. Yes, they are angry with the cops for all the wrong reasons.

But. Black lives do matter — and it not only matters that they stay alive, but that they be able to reach the potential God gave them.  These stifled, wasted black lives are proof that what we’ve been doing has ruined their chance for fulfillment. Liberal policy has left them so profoundly angry, so emotionally, morally, and mentally damaged that their rage may destroy what little social order still exists.

If we just recoil in anger and fail to face what we – all of us, blacks included – have done, this will never get better.

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About Deana Chadwell

I have spent my life teaching young people how to read and write and appreciate the wonder of words. I have worked with high school students and currently teach writing at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. I have spent more than forty years studying the Bible, theology, and apologetics and that finds its way into my writing whether I'm blogging about my experiences or my opinions. I have two and a half moldering novels, stacks of essays, hundreds of poems, some which have won state and national prizes. All that writing -- and more keeps popping up -- needs a home with a big plate glass window; it needs air; it needs a conversation. I am also an artist who works with cloth, yarn, beads, gourds, polymer clay, paint, and photography. And I make soap.
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30 Responses to Black Lives and the Death of a Culture

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    Although the police “war on blacks” is indeed a myth, I don’t doubt that many (perhaps even most) urban blacks believe it. They got told it repeatedly, and every unfortunate incident that they have or hear about it between a black and the police confirms it in their minds. The fact that no one talks about unfortunate incidents between whites and the police (even though there are plenty of those) contributes to the delusion.

    A good example of the falsity of the “black lives matter” mantra is that they willingly accept the support of Planned Parenthood. Another is that they ignore the effect on black lives from reducing police presence in the ghetto (which means more crime, including more murders of blacks) — including the indirect effect on the local economy.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      Although the police “war on blacks” is indeed a myth, I don’t doubt that many (perhaps even most) urban blacks believe it

      The truth of such myths is never important, the fact that they are believed is.

      There was a park in the British section of Shanghai which, purportedly, had a sign on the entrance which read, “Dogs and Chinese” not allowed. This caused no amount of consternation among later day Chinese. The thing is, the sign never existed. Heh, why let the truth get in the way of a good story?

    • Ronald J. Ward says:

      I’m in agreement with you that the police “war on blacks” is indeed a myth. There’s no more a police war on blacks than there was a Catholic priest war on alter boys. In both cases, it’s simply a very unfortunate result of unchecked power and the ability of those in power to commit crimes and be unaccountable.

      Many Catholic priest of years ago reigned under an aura of infallibility. They were unchecked or better yet, unaccountable. Unchecked power leads to corruption.

      Likewise, as we’ve learned from the Ferguson prosecution as well as others around the country, police are generally immune from prosecution as the district attorneys and prosecutors are dependent on them to gather evidence and advance their careers. I mean, want to advance your prosecution career? Try pissing off the police.

  2. SkepticalCynic SkepticalCynic says:

    I am going to venture a guess that Ms. Chadwell is not a white person. I admit that whites have in many ways been detrimental to blacks. I can tell you that there is a whole lot of whites that stick it to the whites as well. I had a middle classed job for thirty-five years before retiring and if you had seen my pay stub you would realize that I payed enough taxes to keep a family of four in the same style that I lived in. Whites came up with the idea of “affirmative action” and that very thing caused this honky some advancement within the company as well as missing a promotion to management. Blacks constantly harp on the whites causing them grief. Well, be informed, there is no other group of people anywhere in the world that have tried to do more for the blacks than the whites. As to how pitiful the situation is for blacks job wise. There is not one thing keeping the blacks from creating their own business. No money to start, that is BS. I would venture to guess that more businesses are started with no more than an idea than any other way. Most businesses start small and work their asses off the get what they have.

    As to why so many blacks are aborting their babies, does anyone believe we need twice as many blacks on welfare as we have now? With the nitwit in the White House allowing millions to cross our southern border and now importing more thousands from Syria, can we pay everyone in the world to come here and stay on the backs of the few left with good jobs?

    Jobs. That is another thing. We are sending virtually every job we can somewhere else. In the future when we have half of the worlds population and ten percent of them are earning enough money to pay taxes how does anyone with a rational mind think that will work out.

    The best answer to straightening out the mess in America is to start killing every child born to other than the rich. No, just kill everyone but the rich. If you think about it, at the rate the rich are looking after themselves and sticking it to the rest of us, look on it as mercy killings. We will soon be starving to death and dying due to healthcare and food costs having gotten beyond our ability to pay for them.

    You can sign me as “Angry white man.” Blacks aren’t the only ones that are angry.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Actually, there are a few things that keep blacks from startng a business — the same things that keep whites from doing so. Taxes partly, but regulations are even more serious. Every regulation, however allegedly well-intended, leads to increased costs on business, and these costs add up and eventually become overwhelming. Liberals refuse to be aware of this problem.

  3. Ronald J. Ward says:

    That was one of the more ignorant pieces of nonsensical spewage I’ve read in a bit.

    Aside from the reality that there’s no such thing as a “Democrat Party” (just as there would be no such thing I suppose as a Republic Party) in which you assign blame to the Black Lives Matter movement, the anger you’re seeing is a result of almost a daily exposure of police back shootings, spine snapping, chokings, and child shootings as well as constant beatings inflicted on unarmed black people. And it really doesn’t help that time after time after time we are seeing the white guilty cop walk unscathed from these unwarranted beatings and killings.

    And we are also seeing the unveiling of preditory police and courts in black communities filling their jails and paying their municipals off of the black and/or poorer communities.

    But the anger is escalated because while “we’re ” just now seeing it on a daily bases via social media and technical advancement, the black communities have seen and dealt with it for decades.

    This gibberrish about some “Democrat” party and blaming the current administration (and hell, any admin as long ad it doesn’t have an “R” associated with it) is utter buffoonery, a non sequitur, and doesn’t address the issue at all.

    • ugene says:

      While you are praying at the alter of the DEMOCRAT party, please pay special homage to LBJ, the architect of the downfall of Black America.

    • MM says:

      You’re a very special kind of stupid-thank the NEA and the rest of the Democrat Party for your simple minded ignorance.

      And who says that government policies don’t work? LBJ said “he have niggers voting for the Democrat Party for the next 200 years” because of the goodie train he was initiating with the Great Society.

      • Ronald J. Ward says:

        Why is it that today’s so-called conservatives display such anger and demeaning in rather simple discussion?

        Yes, I’m aware of LBJ’s statements. I also recall in 1973 how Richard Nixon applauded the predominantly Conservative Berger SCOTUS Roe V Wade decision and how it was needed with

        “I know that there are times when abortions are necessary. I know that, When you have a black and a white.”


        “A majority of people in Colorado voted for abortion, I think a majority of people in Michigan are for abortion, I think in both cases, well, certainly in Michigan they will vote for it because they think that what’s going to be aborted generally are the little black bastards.”

        I could go on but that really has nothing to do with the argument at hand, just as yours doesn’t.

    • Timothy Lnne says:

      Nicely parroted. According to statistics, far more whites than blacks are killed by the police, though the statistics are incomplete because there’s no official requirement to report such killings. Black killings are disproportionate to their share of the population — but white killings are disproportionate to their share of violent criminals. So what is the actual problem? No one knows until we take a good look at ALL the evidence, not merely the evidence that suits the BLM and its Obamacrat supporters.

      MEanwhile, your side is putting on buttons in honor of a cop-killer, and marching with chants advocating the murder of cops in general (as in New York nearly a year ago and Minneapolis recently, and I think at least once in the St. Louis area). So don’t expect us to sympathize with these inciters of chaos.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Ronald, surely you know that black men have unjustly killed white men, and vice versa. Shall we live forever with the poisonous spirit of vendetta or shall the law be the same for all?

      I think this “black lives matter” baloney disguises the desire of some black people to not have to live according to the normal rules of civilization. If “black lives matter” than spend your energy teaching people to obey the law. If a black person gets arrested for breaking the law, don’t blame the cops, of whatever color they may be.

      One wonders if the grievance at the heart of this “black lives matter” stuff could ever be stated. How many white people would have to be murdered to even things out? Is there any end to this number? When is “social justice” ever achieved?

      Black separatism (which is at the heart of this “black lives matter” poison) would treat people differently based merely on the color of their skin. Who but gangsters and other ne’er-do-wells would want to live in this kind of primitive society?

      • Ronald J. Ward says:

        Brad, I really have no idea by what stretch you deduce that I have issue with police arresting black people for violating crimes as I’ve never suggested such. And yes, I understand that black men have unjustly killed white men, and vice versa but I fail to see that as a premise to any point of this discussion. And when you bring in this “evening out” of white and black murders, I really have no clue what you’re talking about or the point you’re trying to make.

        To be clear, excessive force, killing unarmed black suspects, killing or beating them as a default response to a crime or perhaps because they weren’t being nice or respectful, and predatory imprisonment and unjust fines of the black and poor communities- and how that pertains to the LBJ legacy comes much closer to what I’m arguing. And if you read my arguments, how the prior history of the perils and sufferings of black communities demonstrates how history is actually repeating itself and that the LBJ argument has no legs.

        To suggest (or, actually state) that Black separatism is at the heart of this BLM “poison” is as non sequitur as the rest of your argument. Would you conclude that the Martin L. King movement was as “poison”?

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          I think a lot of ginned up grievance and unwarranted paranoia — if not actual black racism — is at the heart of this stuff. I think most people need to take a breather and realize that “black lives matter” is just another brick in the wall of black separatism and victimhood. I don’t think it’s good to give the message to black people, or any people, that lawless behavior is to be excused because there is some forever grievance that can never go away…a grievance that is very useful for some people.

          And bringing up Martin Luther King is just more proof that some people are stuck in the 60’s forever living Selma even when Selma or some other injustice is not relevant. Perhaps it’s time for black people to realize ALL lives matter and to not give themselves sloganeering excuses to not obey the law as we all should.

          • Ronald J. Ward says:

            Once again, lawless behavior of black people isn’t the issue. Lawless behavior of police and a compliant prosecutor willing to let the policeman walk unscathed is.

            I really don’t know what part of that you’re struggling to construe is.

            • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

              Lawless behavior of police and a compliant prosecutor willing to let the policeman walk unscathed is.

              Here is a statement which one can agree with. There is no doubt that what you have mentioned happens much too often. The examples are too numerous to ignore.

              Just a few years back, Dallas had to throw out many convictions because of the phony evidence police planted and a lazy or corrupt D.A.’s office went along with.

              And last week, the city settled a suit from some poor guy who a police officer shot, claiming that the victim had attacked him waving a knife. Thank God someone took a video of the whole affair with his phone which clearly showed the cop was a lying son-of-a-bitch. I hope he is convicted and sent to jail.

              I am more than happy that many police departments are requiring their officers wear cameras.

              But that being said, there is nothing new about this type of thing. It has happened throughout history in every part of the world.

              Technology should help improve things.

            • Timothy Lane says:

              Lawless behavior by blacks is very relevant if “black lives matter” in general. Far more blacks are killed by black thugs than by cops of whatever race. And even more blacks are prevented from being born by abortionists, yet Planned Parenthood is a supporter of BLM.

  4. I expected some angry response to this piece — very interesting. Just for the record, I’m of Danish/Dutch/Swiss/Czech extraction — so I’m pretty white. And, Robert, I use the term “Democrat Party” advisedly — there’s nothing about that party that is democratic. It’s a party that uses people — to stay on top. I think the establishment GOP does the same. While I understand the anger generated by this subject, it should be pointed out that anger is never a solution, nor does it constitute an argument. My point is that policies affect people — they are far more potent than an opinion and yet no one seems to understand that. An errant policy can be instrumental in wiping out a civilization. Votes have consequences — deadly ones. Shall we all pay attention?

    • Ronald J. Ward says:

      Certain Republican members of Congress have played the childish game in recent years of referring to the opposition as the “Democrat Party,” hoping to imply that Democrats are not truly democratic. They succeed only in making themselves sound ignorant, and so will you if you imitate them. The name is “Democratic Party.” After all, we don’t say “Republic Party.”

      Paul Brians, Emeritus Professor of English Washington State University

      I often find that when one of any party or ideology has to make their arguments with such sophomoric distractions or use childish terms such as “Odumbo” or “Repugs” or “Tea Baggers” or ” “Demorats” and/or yes, “Democrat Party”, it’s often because their arguments are void of substance and distant from reality. Such silliness is often needed to try to give their debunked talking points some imaginary credence. It only stands to reason that if your argument had merit and could withstand scrutiny, such elementary tactics wouldn’t be needed, But, I digress.

      I really don’t expect anywhere near a coherent rebuttal of any adult level as I’ve come to learn that dealing with such profound bigotry is an impossible task and that sites like this aren’t about to allow reality to rain on their hate parade. We can scroll above to see how my arguments have been avoided while replacing dialog with diatribe (“You’re a very special kind of stupid”, “your side is putting on buttons in honor of a cop-killer”, “While you are praying at the alter of the DEMOCRAT party”, “nice parroting” and “marching with chants advocating the murder of cops in general”).

      Your claim of LBJ and Dems as the culprit is a covering of the ears and singing “la la la” to the reality of Jim Crow laws prior to that as well as the long history blacks have endured long before Selma et al. I realize and appreciate how asking you to read an article of the likes of Thinkprogress would be akin to asking a vampire to stare directly at a cross but if you’d Google and read ‘It’s Racist As Hell’: Inside St. Louis County’s Predatory Night Courts”, there’s a very factual account (granted, the site is bias but the links and sources have credence) of today’s dilemma and the plight of black communities. It doesn’t point to LBJ and it’s consistent with the history they’ve endured.

      Again, I understand how quickly I can be dismissed by mentioning ThinkProgress so I challenge you to research the January 1, 1923 massacre of Rosewood FL. What this shows is that much like Ferguson and the DOJ’s predatory findings, African Americans were really never welcomed to advance as once the black community of Rosewood started to prosper, well, the white men couldn’t tolerate it. You might check out The Tulsa Massacre and the Destruction of Black Wall Street of May 31, 1921 or the July 29, 1910 Slocum Massacre in Texas. So while Civil Rights laws and many legislation of the LBJ era addressed many of the problems, it’s rather specious to argue them as the culprit. It’s as if saying that had Dems not interfered and helped create equal employment, voting rights, equal education opportunities, etc, the Black community would have advanced just fine and dandy. That’s just utter nonsense.

      Blaming this on Obama or previous Dem administrations is again, profound ignorance and a grasp of political theatrics.

      • But blaming Bush is reasonable? That seems to be the constant refrain of the 21st century Democrat. If you find us inhospitable here it’s because we are unused to your kind of vitriol. So far in your rebuttals you’ve not made an argument, but have, rather, just flung insults. How do you explain the current state of social dementia that we find in the black inner city? You didn’t offer an alternative. I’m trying to understand this phenomenon and if I’m wrong, how so? And I apologize for referring to you as “Robert” — no excuse, just got it wrong.

        • Ronald J. Ward says:

          We seem to be on different pages as your make a great deal of sense. I’m not sure how to respond to such a non sequitur word salad but I’ll give it a shot.

          “But blaming Bush is reasonable? That seems to be the constant refrain of the 21st century Democrat.”

          What? Who’s blaming Bush and where did that come from? What precisely are you talking about?

          ” If you find us inhospitable here it’s because we are unused to your kind of vitriol.”

          Uh, I responded to your writing. I never mentioned you being inhospitable but I did find your writing to be a cherry picking of reality to support a rather bigoted narrative.

          “So far in your rebuttals you’ve not made an argument, but have, rather, just flung insults.”

          Well, actually I have. You are chastising democrats, President Johnson, and legislative changes of the 60s as the culprit of our cultural breakdown. I gave several examples of historical massacres and oppression long before the LBJ era which you ignored in building your case. Perhaps you disagree but to say I didn’t make an argument defies the very words in front of you.

          ” How do you explain the current state of social dementia that we find in the black inner city?”

          I have to assume you didn’t read what you responded to as I mentioned a lengthy source of predatory night courts and the stacked deck of black and poorer communities such as Ferguson. I’ve laid out an argument of how police are immune to prosecution simply because of the politics of that career.

          “You didn’t offer an alternative.”

          I doubt that there is or ever will be an absolute cure for bigotry but a good start might be to end the predatory court system identified above and to make police accountable. Another step would be better educational opportunities.

          ” And I apologize for referring to you as “Robert” — no excuse, just got it wrong.”

          Not a problem and I overlook minute typos and such. However, it really really appears that there;s much much more than my name that you overlooked or misread or got wrong.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            Meanwhile, even as you denounce us all as bigots (and simultaneously accuse us of being vitriolic), I notice that you have made no attempt to rebut my own arguments.

            • Ronald J. Ward says:

              I’m really not sure what precisely your argument is and to take that a step further, I question if you do either.

              • Timothy Lane says:

                You’d know better if you actually read it, particularly my first response to you. But here goes: my argument is that you (and your fellow BLMers) rely on anecdotal evidence that is very limited and often inaccurate as well. There definitely is a problem, but we need better evidence to know exactly what the problem is, and how to fix it.

  5. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    “Black lives matter” = “Blacks are victims.” Are they sometimes? Of course, just as whites have been victims of flash-mob violence.

    Is anyone here against prosecuting cops who step over the line? No. But how often have we seen cops denigrated as “racist” when doing no more than arrest some black thug? Why are we supposed to side with the black thug, just because he’s black?

    This is racist. This is vulgar. This is lowly tribal. Either we treat everyone the same under the law — and fix it when that doesn’t happen — or we devolve into this system of never-ending grievance where the point is only to be angry and blame others. Like a lot of people, I’ve had enough of this baloney.

    If black lives really do matter, then treat blacks equally, fairly, and with the belief that they are capable choosing between right and wrong.

  6. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    One thing that bothers me about this “black lives matter” schtick is that it is dishonest, at best. It presumes that there are a bunch of people out their picketing that “Blacks lives don’t matter.” And that is nonsense. This “black lives matter” term is insulting.

    One nation under god, not two or three nations under grievance. I honestly don’t know anyone who is for unjust actions by the police. And I think most of us here have come to understand that this “Black lives matter” is a learned response, a bit of habitual grievance and paranoia that does not serve the cause of fair law enforcement, justice, or improving the lives of blacks.

    So what is this junk? Nobody ever said that “Black lives do not matter,” unless you include the Southern Democrats who, if there is one party to blame, was pro-slavery.

    There is no good that can come from the kind of suspicion, paranoia, hatred, and grievance of this “black lives matter” nonsense. Those who care about black lives will care to help improve the culture of many blacks. For it is this culture, not the one or two bad cops out there, who are the real problem.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      I did a quick search on “Black Lives Matter” and it is clear this is simply a far left group.

      It was started by three women,

      Alicia Garza- a “community organizer” who is an admirer of Joanne Deborah Byron aka Assata Shakur a convicted murdered who shot a N.J. State Trooper. She escaped from jail in 1979 and has since resided in Cuba. Assata was a member of the Black Panter Party and Black Liberation Party.

      Patrisse Cullous- from L.A., someone who calls herself a queer and practices some Nigerian religion.

      Opal Tometi- an immigrant from Nigeria.

      All three belonged and may still belong to Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity, “BOLD”, another leftist community organizing group, which if the photos on its webpage are any indication, is made up of fat ugly women. Maybe Limbaugh is right about feminism.

      Below is BOLD’s description under its About tab;

      BOLD (Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity) is a national Leadership Training Program designed to help rebuild Black (African-American, Caribbean, African, Afro-Latino) social justice infrastructure in order to organize Black communities more effectively and re-center Black leadership in the U.S. social justice movement.
      Historically, the African-American community has played a key leadership role in social change in the U.S., whether at the forefront of sweeping movements or as inspiration for other communities to organize. Yet, nearly half a century after the sweeping successes and change brought about by the U.S. civil rights movement, many Black communities in the U.S. face disproportionate hardships ranging from high rates of unemployment and incarceration to over-representation in failing schools and proximity to toxic dumping grounds.
      Addressing the chronic conditions facing many working class Black communities is critical to achieving lasting, meaningful change in the U.S. Renewed, authentic Black leadership and deeply organized Black communities must lead this change locally and, at the same time, be more effectively engaged in social change work and movement-building at the national level alongside the burgeoning mobilization of other marginalized communities in the U.S.
      The program goal was to meet this movement-wide challenge by establishing BOLD as a national training program that creates a leadership development pipeline to increase the skill-level and number of Black organizers and directors working for social change in the U.S. BOLD will also strengthen the Black social justice infrastructure by developing a network of Black leaders and organizations that are organizing to increase power at multiple levels for the Black community and for the social justice movement as a whole.
      BOLD training is in 3 domains:
      • Embodied Leadership,
      • Political Education and
      • Transformative Organizing
      BOLD trainings for organizers and directors are conducted throughout the country thereby supporting a broad network of Black leaders and infrastructure. We are intentionally building with existing alliances, organizations and individuals interested in developing a Transformative Organizing model together.
      Rebuilding Black social justice infrastructure and re-centering the Black community and Black leadership within the social justice movement is a long-term endeavor and will require the ideas, inspiration and effort of many leaders and organizations across the country. Our aspiration for BOLD is to build a long-term project that can play a concrete and catalytic role in supporting the development of these leaders and organizations within the Black community and creating a shared, trusted space to work together to address the challenges facing working class Black communities and the broader social justice movement.

      Just another left wing group which uses the term “social justice” when it means Marxism.

      Why would anyone with a brain not see the whole Black Lives Matter as just another leftist and in this case racist effort to destroy the USA as it is.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        No wonder Barry the “community organizer” (i.e., agitator) likes them so much.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Why would anyone with a brain not see the whole Black Lives Matter as just another leftist and in this case racist effort to destroy the USA as it is.

        It’s this sad state of affairs, Mr. Kung, where everyone wants to be a victim. There is much power these days in portraying yourself as a victim. And with this Zeitgeist in place, there is also power in genuflecting to it. You declare great solidarity with the downtrodden (especially if you are white…and especially of you are a white liberal). You are then thought to be among the sainted — or at least you avoid (for now) any accusations of being a racist.

        And that would all be fine and a mere cultural oddity or distraction if there were no costs involved. But there are costs. When we look past our own egos and self-righteous sense of do-gooderism to the state of the black families since The Great Society tried to help the black man, we see black families have been in a ruin. And if you’re a white person, you’ve been trained like a seal to ignore this lest it be called “blaming the victim.”

        But starting with Booker T. Washington, there was a paradigm before black grievance, racism, and victimhood (and stupid white liberalism). And it was about strength of families, strength of character, strength of the work ethic, and belief in and trust in God. Booker wrote in his time of the various flim-flam black men (mostly ministers) who rose up after the Civil War and spread the message of grievance to blacks. He fought it then just as a few (such as Thomas Sowell) are fighting it now.

        Booker knew grievance was a losing message and that he had the right one. But it is more important these days to be seen to be politically correct than to actually help the black man — or any man — improve his life. The “nice” people continue to spread the poison of political correctness and black grievance, caring not that they are helping to destroy lives, not raise them up.

        • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

          Booker knew grievance was a losing message

          Except for the flim-flammers such as Jackson, Sharpton and numerous “academics” who have made a well-paying career out of fooling the credulous, lazy and resentful.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            Mr. Kung, one of mankind’s greatest achievements is the eradication of narrow tribal morality and replacing it with objective morality. And this concept isn’t new. In Leviticus 19:15 it says, “Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.”

            This “black lives matters” stuff, despite the catchy name, is about having different standards for different people. The human mind is tribal by nature and easily reverts to vendetta justice wherein past offenses by other people are used to judge the current situation.

            This is the central cultural war between regressive “Progressives” who would judge according to many things other than impartiality and fairness, and the Western/Christian idea that justice should be blind.

            I know how I would want to be judged. I don’t want to be judged poorly because someone else with the name of “Nelson” has done bad things somewhere else. I may not even be related to the fellow. And even if I was, his sins are not my sins. And yet that is how the Left measures things. There is guilt attached by your race, sex, or gender. You are pre-judged (the root and meaning of “prejudice”). The actual situation at hand is ignored and they reach to people’s race, sex, or gender to determine what justice should be according to a script they’ve already written.

            No man or woman, knowing of a better system, would want to revert to this fool’s method that empowers the wicked, the stupid, and the uninformed.

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