September 12, 2016

Black Lives Matter is no cure to racial division

Black Lives Matter is no cure to racial division

Black Lives Matter’s campaign of division and social separation will do nothing to improve racial equality, argues Comment Central.

In a desperate bid to grab news headlines, last week a group of nine protestors from Black Lives Matter stormed the runway of London City Airport and chained themselves together.

The protest disrupted hundreds of families travel plans and left thousands of passengers stranded. Seven of the protestors were arrested.

The campaign group claimed it was motivated to carry out the protest in order to highlight the environmental impact of air travel on the lives of black people locally and around the world. In tweets published to coincide with the demonstration Black Lives Matter explained the world’s ‘climate crisis is a racist crisis’, adding that ‘7/10 countries most affected by climate change are in sub-Saharan Africa’.

To claim that global warming and racism are connected is far-fetched. Having beef with the developed world’s perceived inaction on climate change is one thing, but to claim that it is motivated by a sense of racism is laughable.

The incoherent direction of the Black Lives Matter campaign is symptomatic of broader issues affecting the movement.

Firstly, racism isn’t the issue it once was (at least not among Anglophone countries). According to the World Values Survey, people from the United Kingdom and the United States were deemed to be among the most likely to embrace a racially diverse neighbour. The research also chimes with evidence from the US Bureau of Justice Statistics, which shows hate crimes remained stagnant between 2004 and 2012. Similarly, according to the Southern Poverty Law Centre, the number of hate groups have actually decreased in recent years.

Put simply, the research doesn’t support the argument that countries like the US and UK are seeing a rising tide of racist sentiment.

And it’s telling that of the nine protestors to participate in last week’s protest none were black, fuelling claims that the ranks of Black Lives Matter are swelled with middle-class brats with nothing better to do.

Secondly, the Black Lives Matter campaign lacks the inclusive nature of previous racial equality groups. When Martin Luther King stood before the Lincoln Memorial in the summer of 1963, he addressed a crowd of many thousands from a multitude of races and backgrounds. He emphasised a message of social inclusion and togetherness:

“In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s Capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.

This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

But above all, it was a message of hope and optimism:

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.”

In contrast, the Black Lives Matter movement seems to emphasise the language of segregation and pessimism. The movements website talks of a ‘call to action for Black people’. It describes itself as a reaction to ‘the anti-Black racism that permeates our society and also, unfortunately, our movements’.

Even the name of the movement itself seems to heighten the sense of separation between black people and other races, as demonstrated by the competing slogan ‘all lives matter’. The beauty of the Civil Rights Movement in the sixties was its ability to emphasise how everybody had a stake in its ideology. Everybody stood to gain from the country delivering on its promise that ‘all men are created equal’.

Racism remains a challenge in both the UK and the US, but the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement would do well to appreciate the enormous strides that have been taken to improve the lot of black people, while also recognising that only together can we complete the journey to racial harmony.

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  • Med Jumper

    Can you do a follow up on why Soros is funding them?

  • HampshireVoter

    Izit coz I iz white?

  • Landphil

    No, they’re young, gifted and white.

  • Tom Burkard

    If the UK version of BLM has a trace of the Keystone Cops about it, the American version is deadly sinister. First, the vast majority of black who are murdered in the US are killed by other blacks. This is almost certainly why black policemen are more likely to shoot black suspects than are white cops. However, they both risk their lives trying to protect the lives and property of people who live in America’s black ghettos. For their troubles, they are denounced from one end of the country from the other by middle-class liberals who are utterly clueless about what it’s like to grow up knowing people who’ve been shot. I used to have a lot of respect for Obama until he joined the BLM chorus–in other words, undermining efforts to give poor blacks the kind of security his ilk take for granted.

  • Andy

    Ah I see. So the ‘White Police Officers Association’, which only allowed white officers to be full members is racist, but the ‘Black Police Officers Association’, which only allows black officers to be full members isn’t racist ?? How odd.

  • Fubar2

    All it is, is a Soros funded single issue activist group to continue to erode the current establishment and replace it with a more liberal one. The activists are being played.

    If Black Lives Mattered that much, they’d be trying to do more to get to the bottom of the issue that the biggest killer of black men is other black men, not the cops.

  • R.Celica

    Bigoted Lefty Morons.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    From the gentleman who, twenty-four years ago this week brought you Black Wednesday, now comes Black Lives Matter.

    Yes, it’s an Astro-Turf, underwritten by the Open Society Foundations, George Soros, proprietor. Its purpose, as well as that of every other Soros-underwritten rent-a-mob, is to create discord, and a societal instability such that it will prompt disinvestment in that society’s economy by outsiders. Needless to say, the currency-speculation possibilities inherent in disinvestment has not gone unnoticed by Mr. S.

    When one goes to #BLM’s site and reads its manifesto, one is immediately struck by the sheer temerity of its same-old-same-oldness being paraded as if it had anything new to add. It even purports to weigh in on immigration, queer rights and climate, from a “black” perspective.

  • AnusRodendum

    These organisations would be shut down within hours. Waaacist, you know.

  • AnusRodendum

    Judging by the ethnicity of people trying to cross the Mediterranean in a rubber dinghy, there are obviously places where black lives are treated far worse than in Europe. If black lives do matter that much, why do the BLMers not haul their asses down to Africa and start demonstrating in those countries where generations of black people have been betrayed by generations of black politicians.

  • ratcatcher11

    Nah they are simply part of the clueless generation of snowflakes that dream up problems that don’t exist simply to copy the black movement in the US because they are losers in the UK. Once people take the decision to exclude themselves from education and the mainstream, then they become less than useless to the community, especially when their only trade is drug dealing, robbery and gangland fights.

  • ratcatcher11

    They should go and campaign in Syria and see how they get on.

  • Andy

    The Police should have acted much more decisively and ruthlessly. Why do they pussy foot around with these scum-balls ???

  • Andy

    I want to join the ‘White Lives Matter’ campaign. Can’t find the contact details which is odd.
    Also want to join the ‘White Police Officers Association’ but I can’t find that one either.
    All very odd. . . .

  • ethanedwards2002

    Stating the obvious but I think their message is grossly racist. All lives matter. Leadership must not always be from one skin colour but on merit / democracy. The BLM message is simply an inverse of South African Apartheid. Frankly it’s utterly disgusting and I think they should be totally ashamed. MLK will be rotating in his grave about these fools and their willing tools.

  • Badger

    Why were only seven of the nine disrupters arrested? And why did it take at least six hours to breaks the chains? The airport fire service should have hosed these white scum into the grass and left them to their own devices.

  • ColTPride

    Rather generous. Giving the benefit of the doubt to the “brats” that they care about racial harmony. Provoking resentment, disharmony and strife seems to be their aim – judging them by their words and actions.

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