NOT ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER
To the Black Lives Matter group, some black lives matter less than others.
Last week I was listening to CNNs Chris Cuomo interview Black Lives Matter group spokesman DeRay McKesson, who last November stepped out of the closet, on to a San Francisco stage and openly declared he was gay. I was waiting for Cuomo to ask McKesson for his take on remedies for their grievance that white cops are killing black men. But Cuomo didn't ask, and McKesson didn't offer.
So I went to their website in search of their remedy.
Front and center is the proud declaration of how three black women started the organization, after having rejected the jury verdict on the Trayvon Martin vs. Zimmerman case.
The reader is then warned that if you plan to use their motto, or something similar, you must give them the credit. Then there's content about their commitment to diversity and restorative justice, that they wish "to love and desire freedom and justice for ourselves," declaring they are part of the "global black family" committed to "embracing trans brothers and sisters." They want to "uplift Black trans folk especially Black trans women." They are committed to "building a Black women affirming space free from sexism."
They also express commitment to "disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and 'villages' that collectively care for one another." They further affirm a commitment to "fostering a queer-affirming network with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking."
But, notwithstanding the absence of solutions, I was not surprised to see a conspicuous absence of anything appealing to a higher ideal, something transcendent or noble upon which their grievance might be based. Something the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. did in advancing his cause.
In every single speech, MLK invoked the divine, always referencing God, and urged his adversaries to consider his complaint based on man's innate need to conform to God's design for man; that the injustices for which they were seeking relief were contrary to that which God had ordained for humankind. He also appealed to the First Principles in the Declaration of Independence and other documents in bolstering his argument for true civil rights.
There's none of this in the BLM group. MLK's approach was God-summoned. Black Lives Matter is God-less.
Per their website, BLM is passionately concerned about black lives that are homosexual and gender-dysphoric, as well as for black men who are killed while armed and resisting arrest. There is no concern expressed for the lives of black women and children abandoned by black fathers, a demographic stat that protrudes from society's hand like a sore thumb. They have no concern about how to repair the sociopathic phenomenon of black men killing black men, some days at the rate of two per hour, for hours on end, most acutely seen in Chicago. More astonishingly, there's no concern for black babies who are aborted in numbers so large compared to other races that it makes one's jaw drop. The Guttmacher Institute reports that nearly half of all black pregnancies end in abortion. But to the BLM group, these little lives matter not.
However, there are three black leaders of note for whom these tiny black lives do indeed matter and these true heroes are crusading against this travesty. One such hero is the courageous Reverend Clenard Childress, president of the largest African-American evangelical pro-life group in the country. Reverend Childress maintains on his website, blackgenocide.org that 90% of Planned Parenthood's abortion centers are in or near minority communities. Moreover, while blacks make up 12% of the population, they obtain/perform 35% of the abortions in America. Reverend Childress says this is tantamount to black genocide. To Black Lives Matter, these little black lives matter not.
Another person in the vanguard of advancing the plight of blacks, unlike Black Lives Matter or the NAACP, is Dr. Day Gardner, the first black Miss USA contestant to be selected in the Top 10 and founder and president of the National Black Pro-Life Union in Washington. She told a reporter for the Los Angeles Times that the high abortion rates for black women "...doesn't have as much to do with poverty as the fact that the abortion facilities (Planned Parenthood) are there -- ingrained in the neighborhoods . . . This is a silent killer among us."
And then there's Mr. Ryan Bomberger, the founder of The Radiance Foundation, a black pro-life organization trying to advance and counter the works of the NAACP with respect to saving and advancing black lives, with Mr. Bomberger successfully defending a lawsuit by the NAACP for exercising his free speech because they didn't like what he said about the NAACP's pro-abortion baby-killing stance -- calling the organization the National Association for the Abortion of Colored People. Mr. Bomberger, an erudite black man, says the NAACP "reflects an organization that has such disdain for our actual civil rights." Meanwhile, Black Lives Matter remains oblivious -- like deer frozen in headlights, self-absorbed.
You neither see nor hear any of this in the talk of McKesson or the BLMs content.
McKesson doesn't see the world or his community in black and white. He sees it as black versus white, declaring that "whiteness" is wicked, and "blackness" is beautiful. These are not the ideas or words that unite any community; they're the words of a man and a group that is self-absorbed and drunk on fame.
May God see fit to raise up men and women like the Reverend Childress, Dr. Gardner, and Mr. Bomberger. It's heroes like them who truly matter, and make a difference. And may God's mercy and justice be levied on the likes of the DeRay McKessons, the group he speaks for, and the lies they spew forth. May they matter less and less -- till they vanish into oblivion.