Like Holden Caulfield, I am always on the alert for phonies, and one of the biggest phonies to come out of the political/ideological realm these days is the so-called Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. According to BlackLivesMatter.com, BLM is “a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life… working to (re)build the Black liberation movement…(and) a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society.”
This is a movement whose three instigating — and supposed racist — incidents were all completely manufactured. Trayvon Martin, contrary to the pictures of a cute 12-year-old that were circulated, was a 17year-old, troubled and aggressive muscle-bound teen, trained in mixed martial arts, who initiated the fight that led to his death. Michael Brown was the huge thug who attacked a cop, and got shot. In the Eric Garner case, a morbidly obese offender vigorously resisted arrest and then died because his diseased body could not withstand the stress.
This is a movement whose leadership includes ideological poseurs, and at least one white guy, Shaun King, posing as a black man.
This is a movement that first became prominent during the second term of the first black president, Barack Obama — despite all that “virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society” that the Left keeps lecturing us about.
I especially know the BLM is total BS because of how much it is promoted by the mainstream media. You know, more fake news from the media. So fake that millennials including my white cousin like to preach to me about it. Because it makes them feel, oh…so cool.
Anyway, the BLM types have lately gone after the supposedly racist statues in our midst. The most recent incident involved the statue of Thomas Jefferson, the Founding Father, the writer of the Declaration of Independence, and the third president of the United States. Jefferson was also the founder of the University of Virginia, which is why he is immortalized in statue form in Charlottesville.
Like virtually all of our Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson had slaves. So, the BLM phonies are going after him, to show how “woke” they are. Woke, “as in, someone who is past the process of waking up. They’re done with it. They’ve moved on. They’ve evolved from, you know, being asleep and hitting the snooze button 15 times…”
And whenever phonies are woke and preening about racism before the cameras, you can be sure that the Reverend Al Sharpton will be not far behind. You know, the corrupt agitator who promoted the fake Tawana Brawley incident and inflamed the situation in Crown Heights, New York, into a pogrom that left a visiting Australian Jew dead.
How appropriate for Sharpton to be involved in BLM.
BLM protesting bad statues does nothing tangible for the black community, which the protesters claim to be so concerned about. It ignores the fact that although people like Thomas Jefferson may have had their flaws, they also produced a lot of good for Americans, including for African-Americans, including blacks who may be descended from Jefferson.
And, most of all, the Left’s ongoing effort to tear down statues whitewashes history, which rarely unfolds in a neat and orderly way. Americans need to know about the country’s past, warts and all, so they understand the past, the present, and the future.
What is that saying about those who fail to learn from history?
Leftists use Black Lives Matter to smear Americans, attack our institutions, and paint an unduly gloomy picture of the nation’s past. And BLM’s assaults won’t stop anytime soon, especially since we now have a Republican president whom leftists are heavily invested in painting as an anti-black racist.
Holden Caulfield would hate Black Lives Matter. It is just another leftist clique full of phonies.