Black lives matter. Of course they do. But it is now abundantly clear that the lives, safety and dignity of Black men, women and children are not really what drives organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement. That is a shame.

The world has been fed a bill of goods about BLM’s goals. Now we see they are about creating civil unrest and nothing more. We should have realized this after one of its co-founders proudly declared she is a “trained Marxist.” Marxism, by definition, “argues for a worker revolution to overturn capitalism in favor of communism.”

The BLM website says the group “builds power to bring justice, healing, and freedom to Black people.” Really? Then why haven’t they mobilized in hotspot neighborhoods where Blacks are most frequently victimized?

In New York, BLM organizers concentrate on painting their name on streets yet do nothing to help stop the ever-increasing civilian slaughter of mostly Black citizens. Shootings during the first six months of this year are up 46%, and homicides increased more than 20%. Yet BLM’s cries for defunding the police continue, and the mayor’s response was to cut $1 billion from the NYPD budget. The department’s anti-crime unit — focused on disarming criminals and curbing violent crime in mostly minority neighborhoods — was disbanded.

In what world does that make sense?

The latest shock to New Yorkers came when a 22-month-old baby boy, Davell Gardner, was senselessly shot and killed at a Brooklyn barbecue. The shooting also left three adult men wounded. All the victims were Black, and police suspect the shooters were, too.

“They (are) talking about ‘Black Lives Matter,’” said Davell’s grieving grandmother, “but Black lives don’t matter because Black people (are) trying to kill other Black people.” Samantha Garner added what we are all thinking: “It needs to stop! ... Catch the bastards!”

In Chicago, where more than 100 mostly Black people were shot by civilians over a recent weekend, one local reverend said it’s an “open season” killing field. Nearly 2,000 Chicagoans have been shot so far this year, hundreds fatally, and, yes, the majority of victims and known assailants are Black.

So, where is the Black Lives Matter movement in Chicago to try to curb this trend? Has BLM piled into the Windy City to marshal local ministers, community leaders and concerned citizens to try to combat the carnage against Black Americans? No.

In Minneapolis, authorities report at least 116 people were shot in the four weeks following the death of George Floyd. Recently, there were three gang-related shootings in one day, one in a majority-Black neighborhood in north Minneapolis where 50 children (ages 5 to 14) were at football practice. One eyewitness, a mother, posted a chilling video saying the shooters obviously had “no regard for life.” Luckily, no child was shot.

Did Black Lives Matter come in to help soothe the psychic wounds of those mostly Black children or to mobilize grown-ups to guard against another incident? No.

In Atlanta, at the burned-out Wendy’s restaurant where BLM gathered after police killed a Black man who shot at them with a Taser, another tragedy took place. An 8-year-old Black child was fatally shot as she rode by in a car. It was yet another mindless Black-on-Black shooting. Her father later told the criminals: “You killed a child. She didn’t do nothing to nobody. Black Lives Matter? You killing your own.”

The mantra of Black Lives Matter is now part of the American lexicon. All clear-thinking citizens embrace it and the idea that violent police tactics need to be abolished. Embracing those ideals and the BLM organization are two very different things.

The movement — funded with multiple millions of dollars donated by well-meaning corporations, celebrities and concerned people — is fatally flawed. BLM lacks true leadership, fiscal transparency and an explicit mission statement.

To be viable, the organization must condemn the violence perpetrated in its name, along with the illegal occupations, the burning and looting, and the vandalism so frequently seen. So far, we haven’t heard a peep from their self-described Marxist leadership.

Remembering the lessons from the righteous civil rights era of the ‘50s and ‘60s, I often wonder what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or Rosa Parks would think about today’s movement for racial justice. I believe they would be greatly disappointed.

Diane Dimond’s colum is syndicated by Creators.

(33) comments

IamJustme

IN CONCLUSION THE ONLY BLACK LIVES THAT MATTER ARE THE ONES ENDED BY A WHITE MAN...AND IF HE IS WEARING A UNIFORM ONLY BETTER...DON'T GET ME WRONG...I HAVE MY OWN ISSUES WITH POLICE HOWEVER THIS METHOD IS ONLY INSURING THAT WE GET WORSE OFFICERS OUT THERE...WE WANT BETTER ONES...BUT REMOVING THEIR FUNDS INSTEAD OF GOING AFTER THE UNIONS THAT ENSURE BAD OFFICERS WILL BE MORE PREVALENT IS LUNACY...SAME WITH OUR SCHOOLS...YOU WANT BETTER?? GO AFTER UNIONS WHO PROTECT THEM!!!

IamJustme

What the BLM movement is saying to The World is a black life only matters when taken by a white man...Absolutely DISGUSTING!! What message are you sending by that...Purely political...and morally sickening...They are using this to push a Marxist agenda and everyone following needs to understand that...A black life ended to soon is a life ended too soon...It doesn't matter the race of the murderer. I am so sick of this...If black lives matter so much to them why don't they try to mobilize their community to end the black on black crime and try to lower the incidents where an officer (of Any race) has to come in contact with the neighborhoods? PLEASE SOMEONE OF DIFFERING OPINION ANSWER ME AND LETS OPEN AN INTELLIGENT DEBATE ON WHY THIS IS NOT IMPORTANT TO THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT!! I am really confused on why they don't want to discuss this if all black lives really matter...And look at the stats on black on white crime while you are at it!!

Journey2goremtns1

Black Lives Matter = Domestic Terrorist PERIOD!

Bernie Mac

Let's be very clear about the Black Lives Matter organization. They are communists. They want our representative democracy destroyed and replaced with communism. The people that think the Black Lives Matter organization is about racism are "useful idiots".

Spock Here

I see Joe McCarthy is up and rarin to go this morning.

Bernie Mac

Go back to sleep, Spock.

kattroyer99

y’all love bringing up Black on Black crime to support your argument. anyway. the BLM movement is fighting to stop the INJUSTICES happening in America today. Black on Black crime is not an INJUSTICE just the same as white on white crime isn’t. INJUSTICE is Breonna Taylor being shot 8 times in her own bed in the middle of the night. INJUSTICE is Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes while the other officers watched him die. Police should not be killing people. Point blank period. We are fighting against police brutality and unequal opportunities. This country was built for white people (i’m white so I would know) and it will always work for white people. As soon as Black people start asking for an ounce of respect y’all are up in arms. White people walk around capital buildings with automatic weapons when they are told to wear a mask. But when people stand in streets and block traffic or sit quietly on a mans lawn demanding that justice be served to people who killed an innocent woman, they are all arrested. We are living in a racist police state and if you can’t see it that’s because you are a part of the problem.

Spock Here

Thanks for bringing out the absurdity of "black on black" crime. It is "crime", period What some seem to be saying is "blacks kill blacks, so we can too." Absurd.

IamJustme

NO...IF BLACK LIVES ARE IMPORTANT IT SHOULDN'T MATTER THE COLOR OF THE PERSON ENDING IT...ARE YOU SAYING THAT FOR A BLACK LIFE TO MATTER IT NEEDS TO BE ENDED BY A WHITE MAN??

Delos

Even still, if you remove the black on black crime argument (which is alarming), there's still the fact that twice as many unarmed white males where killed by police in the US. Do you see anyone crying about it? Instead you have BLM + media, using a very small sample size of injustice as PERCEIVED systemic racial injustice. Does racism exist within the fabric of US law enforcement? Sure, but I don't believe it is anything close to what the agenda driven media makes it out to be. Idk how people can get behind a movement who's leaders have publicly tweeted the following:"the white race is subhuman, a genetically recessive defects and how the black race could wipe out the entire race if they wanted to. Also, have you read their demands? If you seriously believe BLM is simply advocating for equal treatment of minorities by law enforcement, then you've been dupped.

IamJustme

FOR YOU TO DISCOUNT THE BLACK POPULATION AS NOT BEING A PART OF THE ONES THAT BUILT THIS NATION IS HORRIBLE!!

IamJustme

No...the UNIONS that protect bad officers are the problem and so are you...you probably won't answer because you are only speaking to what you have heard others say...Have enough brain power to enter a debate on this.

Doc Samson

Excellent points that no Leftist worth their salt will address because... RACIST! It's the new "Hitler" analogy, don'tchaknow?

Journey2goremtns1

Black Lives Matter = Domestic Terrorist PERIOD!

Spock Here

Excuse me sir, this is a McDonalds

Spock Here

RIP John Lewis

Ken Kovach

When a letter starts off with Black Lives Matter “BUT,” you can expect demonizing, downplaying, villainizing, exaggerating, etc. I won’t read past the “BUT” because it is always from a racist who doesn’t get it. “BLACK LIVES MATTER. No “BUTS” about it.

Eredmon

If you’d have read further, Ken, you’d see that Ms. Diamond was talking about you. I don’t know what race you are, and neither does she, so are her words racist? Absolutely not. Truthful? Yes. Attempting to bring notice to a group responsible for countless more deaths (murders) than one in Minneapolis? Yes. Open your eyes, sir.

Ken Kovach

Ok Eredmon, I read it. You say it’s an attempt to bring notice. I say it is just as its title implies. An attempt to vilify a movement that is about justice and equality. The story cites examples that collectively, are a hyperbole, implying these people are incompetent and inferior. It’s a divisive racist scheme that bigots have used for hundreds of years. Nothing new here from this white author. An attempt to create a new conservative vision that fits their superior mindset. It gets the minds off of, a white racist cop kneeling on a black man’s neck for eight minutes. After 400 years of racial injustice we all need to collectively acknowledge that BLM.

Doc Samson

You really buy the surface explanation of everything Leftist? Okay... but there are quite a few black conservatives that see what's going on behind the curtain and understand what BLM is really pushing...

Conservative

@Ken Kovach - It may have started as a movement that is about justice and equality, but it's obviously been hijacked by a group of anarchists. People who want justice and equality don't go around beating or killing other people. MLK would be appalled at what is taking place now. I know I am. I could care less what a person's skin color is. It's not something that can be controlled. Actions can be, and that's what matters.

Ken Kovach

Yes Doc, I always see one or two black conservatives behind Trump any time he’s on stage. They are always in the cameras background in the sea of white people with red MAGA hats.

Look around you at your next Tea Party meeting and note the ethnic diversity among the Righties.

Ken Kovach

CONSERVATIVE,

Twenty-five million Americans (one in about eleven people) participated in the recent BLM movement. If there were more than 2000 that got out of line, I would be surprised. And, some of them were probably Russians and deplorables making trouble.

Here’s a news headline that didn’t get reported. “24,998,000 People Peacefully Protested in BLM.

Delos

Apparently you haven't read the BLM demands for white people or the myriad of racist comments that have been publicly made on Twitter by BLM founders. Let's also not bring up the past. Saying that white people today need to atone for hundreds of years of injustices you or I had no part of is like saying George flloyd deserved to die for his past transgressions.

IamJustme

You Open Your Eyes...# EYESWIDESHUT

Spock Here

John Lewis understood the meaning; his life once didn't matter "We were beaten, we were tear-gassed. I thought I was going to die on this bridge. But somehow and some way, God almighty helped me here. We cannot give up now. We cannot give in. We must keep the faith, keep our eyes on the prize."

jimamerican

We should indeed keep our eyes on the prize, all of us. And although John Lewis showed the way, the current methods, including the Black Lives Matter movement, are far removed from Lewis' example. Peaceful protest is powerful; even more powerful are role models and leaders among minorities who can inspire self improvement over rioting and the increased criminal activity we're seeing today. If we really believe that black lives matter, let's ALL behave as if we want to prove it.

Spock Here

Civil Right's leaders told John Lewis to "tone it down" in the 1960s.....but he didn't. It is louder now. And the criminals....on either side...aren't interested in peace. Don't confuse the violent instigators with peaceful protests--you are telling peaceful black protestors to "behave", which is a bit paternalistic....

Doc Samson

Really, Jim? I think we all can see that telling people to behave is pretty condescending... unless they are supportive of the Second Amendment or don't want their tax money funding abortions. Then, yeah, they need to toe the line and be held VERY accountable. Leftist rioters, though? Eh, not so much...

IamJustme

Praise to you amd wisdom prevailing over emotion...Emotion has it's place but only when following wisdom and Thoughtful pursuits

ralcabin

Read the article, then comprehend, stop killing each other, blacks killing blacks, since they matter, that should make perfect sense to anyone.

IamJustme

THANK YOU...This is something that needs greater conversation

IamJustme

Then why does the BLM movement ONLY care when it is a white man that takes a black life??? What do you have to say to the mothers and families whose little children are shot when innocently playing in a park or at home doing their homework by gangbangers and drug dealers that are black?? That their lives don't matter enough for BLM to stand up in their names...because their murderer wasn't white??? They don't matter as much as blacks (many who are criminals in their own right) that are murdered by a white person??? Where, really, does the racism reside??

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