Black Lives Matter Breeds More Racism and Division Than It Solves
Trigger Warning: This is a highly contentious article and it is meant for a mature audience. If you cannot emotionally handle off-color opinions, nor have the ability to discuss them in a mature manner, I'd advise you do not read this. You have been warned of the triggering racial content.
Growing up in an extremely diverse family of all cultures, skin colors, and backgrounds, but having white skin made me come to experience what being on the receiving end of racism is really like. Being so privileged as to only know what racism is like in the modern era, I became naive to the fact that things could always get worse. Lo and behold, an innocent man was killed by an evil cop and his skin just happened to be black while the officer's was white; this triggered international protest and violence in all its forms.
Immediately, the story of police brutality that should have been fought against for the good of all was hijacked for the profit of an organization with a racist agenda.
This isn't about the whites, the Mexicans, the Asians, the Mid-Easterners; this is about getting justice for the black community. No one else can matter until the black community matters. It is time everyone else gets to know what it feels like to be stuck beneath the boot of racism.— Anonymous inspiration for this article
What Is the Definition of Racism?
I really wish I did not have to keep defining racism, because in the digital age there is no excuse for ignorance, but here we go once again with the literal, undeniable definition of racism.
The literal definition of racism is: "The belief that different races possess distinct characteristics, abilities, or qualities, especially so as to distinguish them as inferior or superior to one another. Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against a person or people on the basis of their membership in a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized."
Black Lives Matter, an organization that divides itself from the public based on distinct racial qualities so as to appear as upholding the rights and interests of those they deem inferior, is by its own nature and definition a racist organization. I'd like to explore what I, a white man with exceptionally diverse ancestry, have witnessed and continue to witness as it concerns Black Lives Matter.
What Is Black Lives Matter?
Black Lives Matter is an organization that was founded in 2013 by Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors. The organization claims to live by the principles that they are expansive, affirming black lives, working for a better world for the black community, and once again affirming the humanity of black lives. Everything they do is for the black community that inhabits this world, and usually no more than that.
After the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the alleged murder of Trayvon Martin, it was decided that this organization would be the only way to ensure that these goals were met for the black community, and the black community only. Truly, a noble set of desires that often fall by the wayside for attracting publicity for profit. They regularly remain hidden in the figurative basement of life until a big story allots them the opportunity to hijack the narrative for their own financial gain.
With a net worth ranging into the hundreds of millions, there is no surprise that we see Black Lives Matter remain silent for small matters and attempt to get dead center in the spotlight for anything that makes national and international news. To be honest, I have a very hard time finding the exact net worth of Black Lives Matter and its founders with just a simple Google search, I'm left to depend upon what I have heard in passing on the news as far as donations go; this only raises more questions as to why that would be, but we'll ignore going down that rabbit hole.
Nonetheless, putting all our ducks in a row here, we can see that Black Lives Matter started as a way to represent only the black community and quickly became a cash cow for its for-profit activist founders. You'd think that people who care so much for human life, humanists if you will, would care as much for all human life regardless of what color their skin was. Yet, this just isn't the case, and they even let stories of brutality against blacks fall by the wayside if they don't make national or international news.
I don't stand behind Black Lives Matter because I care. I do it because it pisses off Trump and all of his supporters. I'd stand behind the devil himself if it meant hurting those idiots. About time someone put privileged whites in their place.— Anonymous
An Organization That Won't Represent Most Because of Their Skin Color
To call Black Lives Matter an anti-white movement would not be so far from the truth as to be unbelievable, I suppose; especially not when we take into consideration the colloquial use of the terms racism or white supremacy, both centerpieces for the boogieman that BLM claims to be fighting against. In trying to seek help and recognition from BLM supporters for the racial injustices I've suffered, I get turned away each and every time because my skin is white. Even worse I have been threatened with all different forms of death by BLM supporters who are more outspoken simply because they felt my ancestry must be full of racists and by association I am therefore responsible for racism.
The main proponents of BLM do not go out of their way to frown upon, invalidate, and call for the ending of any sort of racism that targets any other race. Specifically, what I am witnessing is them staying silent in the face of anti-white racism from their supporters and calling for white people to be the ones to spread these voices and their racist sentiments. Of course, if this were made public to their detriment and not from some whinging minority on an unpopular article like this one, they'd have no choice but to speak out against the frequent anti-white racism coming from their organization.
They don't care though, so long as they get to keep standing upon the innocent bodies of dead black men, soaking up the spotlight and all the donations, funding, and income such atrocious behavior has to offer. Any true capitalist can compartmentalize their evil behavior through moral relativity, and I suppose tacit support of racism in all its forms for profit is just that, relatively moral. Imagine if BLM took that moral relativity and applied it to every life, every color of human and not just the black community.
If BLM was actually All Lives Matter, the things they could accomplish for profit, their overall goal for expansion, they could do good for everyone in the world; but I don't think they'll be breaking away from their racist roots.
Do you feel that all lives matter and deserve fair representation despite the color of their skin?
All Lives Matter—Sorry, Not Sorry!
I'm never going to stand behind a leader, nor a group of leaders or organizations that do not represent every life regardless of their color, shape, and form. Racism is an ugly, and all-too-present facet of life that I want to see defeated for the good of all. For the life of me, no matter how hard I try, I cannot see Black Lives Matter bringing justice for every victim of racism and racist brutality.
Black Lives Matter has succeeded in spreading its message across the entire world, but I want you to look at the big picture. All these protests, these violent outbursts akin to a shriek of desperation, have not been for the good of the many and caused more argument than they did unity. Sure, a few laws have been passed that will benefit everyone, but can you honestly tell me that everyone is going to benefit from this in the long-term?
You can't, because the main catalyst for this progress in a time of suffering created more racial divides that will need to be remedied down the line. I'm seeing more and more division based on racist ideals than I am seeing unity against racism, and it scares me that people see this as progress. It is as if racism is acceptable again, and my future feels unsure because of my skin color.
I want my son to grow up in a world where race doesn't matter, and the only way I see this happening is by adopting anti-racist movements such as All Lives Matter. I'm going to instill within my son the ability to see a person's character and not their skin color. Most of all I am going to teach him to help the disenfranchised, marginalized minority regardless of what color their skin is.
The future is in our hands, and we need to break away from the ideologues that only wish to divide us for their profit and power.