BLACK LIVES MATTER BUT NOT TO BLACK PEOPLE: Jay Shakur’s Commentary

Let me be clear: As a Black American male who was born into an environment where my biological father was absent, raised on the west side of Chicago and who attends a Historically Black University (also known as an HBCU) I am totally against Black Lives Matter (BLM). The sentiments is overly obvious; of course Black lives matter, in fact any human life has an intrinsic value given (not by government or by a “social justice” group) but given by God. However, the organization (Black Lives Matter Inc.) and the surrounding infrastructure I do not (and in fact cannot) support.

BLM’s antagonism to the family is glaring and in recent months has become widely known. On the organization’s website, prior to it being deleted, Black Lives Matter proclaimed,“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”

With this being the stated intent and goal by this organization itself; its mission and goals are antithetical to any true Black empowerment. How does disrupting the nuclear family structure help Black people?

BLM activists (in actuality their puppets of white liberals) scream “black lives matter”, “no justice, no peace” and many other vain platitudes but often ignore the truly life threatening issues in the Black community. If it is not ignored by mainstream elites it is dismissed as some fringe nonissue issue.

CNN’s Don Lemon gives us a crash course in the hypocrisy and outright ignorance of the Black Lives Matter organization and infrastructure. A while back he hosted Black actor Terry Crews. In the interview he attacked Mr. Crews, who had committed the great sin of tweeting, #ALLBLACKLIVESMATTER 9 black CHILDREN killed by violence in Chicago since June 20, 2020.” Crews, rightfully was calling attention to an issue ignored by too many in this. country. He was, in essence, calling for Black America to look ourselves in the mirror. There is nothing wrong with that.

However, Lemon specifically objected to Crews’ hashtag. After Lemon informed Crews that “The Black Lives Matter movement was started because it was talking about police brutality…But that’s not what Black Lives Matter is about. It’s not…all-encompassing…The Black Lives Matter movement is about police brutality and injustice in that matter, not about what’s happening in Black neighborhoods.”

Right there on national TV Lemon described (with no pushback) what Black lives matter is about. It is not about “what’s happening in Black neighborhoods”. Those issues are unimportant. They don’t matter and this movement isn’t concerned about them. Perhaps this explains why none of billions of dollars collected by Black Lives Matter has ever been invested into Black communities. As mentioned, it is antithetical to anything positive for Black Americans.

Lemon’s claim though revealing is largely false. The Black Lives Matter movement did indeed begin with protests about police brutality but quickly morphed into broader debates over the validity of looting and rioting, tearing down historic statues, slavery reparations and defunding the police.

Mr. Crews correctly pointed out that BLM has never restricted its mandate to the question of police violence: It has announced that its greatly focused on not only the myth of police brutality (targeted against Black people) but also transgender rights, gay rights, disrupting the nuclear family and freeing Palestine, among other unrelated topics.

This pattern (displayed by Don Lemon) is one we see from many who worship at the altar of wokeness. They often prevent this kind of honest conversation about Black lives. You cannot mention the fact that the most dangerous place in this country for Black people, particularly Black men, is not at the hands of police, but in their mother’s wombs; abortion being the number one cause fo death for Black Americans.

Why, in fact, does it seem to be that only some Black lives matter, rather than all?

Black lives don’t particularly matter to Black Lives Matter advocates. In other words, Black lives matter when we’re talking about perceived police brutality. But they don’t appear to matter (at least as much or get as much attention) when you talk about threats to Black lives (like abortion, gun violence, illiteracy etc.) that always dwarf in severity problems related to policing.

As many have noted the statistical case cannot be denied. It is an empirical fact that the daily murder of minority youths in America’s major cities is far more threatening to the Black community than “white fragility” or “white privilege.” But the current Black Lives Matter agenda, controlled by white liberals, isn’t about young Black Americans like four-year-old LeGend Taliferro. All that matters for many (particularly white liberals) in our institutions (the media, academia etc.) is the narrative that America’s systems are the greatest obstacle to Black Americans’ progress and prosperity and are in need of a communist takeover.

In more ways than one the ignoring, downplaying, and often mainstream avoidance of the crisis of violence in inner cities is an admittance that not all Black lives lost are equally valuable; only the ones that fit the mainstream narrative. This BLM and BLM is a result of the world’s newest religion; “wokeism”. BLM today, just like the KKK of old, uses the concept of race to divide. Race as it is used today is nothing more than an emotional reaction that feeds off the tribal instincts indicative of the human condition.

RACE ISN’T REAL

In humans, as in all species, genetic changes are the result of random mutations—tiny tweaks to DNA, the code of life. Mutations occur at a more or less constant rate, so the longer a group persists, handing down its genes generation after generation, the more tweaks these genes will accumulate. Meanwhile, the longer two groups are separated, the more distinctive tweaks they will acquire.

When people speak about race, usually they seem to be referring to skin color and, at the same time, to something more than skin color. This is the legacy of people such as Samuel George Morton, who developed the “science” of race to suit his own prejudices and when we examine what he asserted he got the science completely wrong. Science today tells us that the visible differences between people are mutations of history. They reflect how our ancestors dealt with sun exposure or the lack thereof.

“We often have this idea that if I know your skin color, I know X, Y, and Z about you,” says Heather Norton, a molecular anthropologist at the University of Cincinnati who studies pigmentation. “So I think it can be very powerful to explain to people that all these changes we see, it’s just because I have an A in my genome and she has a G.” It’s superficial and has no moral or spiritual value.

By submitting to these man-made definitions, we have fractured the human race into competing groups who, all too often, arrive at the conclusion that people who do not belong to their specific group (be it Black, White, Asian, etc.) are not altogether human or are another “kind”. This is what we call racism, a terrible sin that dehumanizes the whole human race.

While there are many that sincerely believe whites are superior and blacks are inferior (and vice versa) such is based in a false social construct. BLM is a separatist group that bases its values in upholding the social construct of race. They place Blacks as inferior and perpetual victims of the perpetually and inherently superior White oppressors. This false narrative is destructive and it does nothing but divide.

Another major false narrative that is constantly pushed by elites is that Black people, particularly, Black men are being targeted and hunted by racist police and that police are inherently evil and should be removed. This sentiment has gone as far as calling for police forces to be defunded and abolished. At the helm of all of this is Black Lives Matter. While the statement, as repeatedly mentioned, in and of itself is true—Black lives do matter (in fact any and all human life matters) the organization itself is about everything but preserving Black life.

This narrative, though false, is widely broadcasted and believed by many (of all ethnicities) in the U.S. I think Cornel West, ironically, said it best; “the Black Lives Matter movement emerged under a Black president, Black attorney general, and Black homeland security and they couldn’t deliver.” I would respond to Mr. West and say they couldn’t deliver because the problem they were attempting to deliver on is a true nonissue.

In 2019, according to the Washington Post Police Shooting Database there were 10,000,000 arrests with 1004 of them being fatal. 41 of those people fatal circumstances dealt with unarmed suspects or perpetrators, 19 of those unarmed people killed were white, 9 of those unarmed people killed were Black. In all of this 89 police offers were killed in the line of duty[1].

In short, we are being lied to and manipulated by many forces but more specifically the media. There is no empirical evidence that police are hunting Black people, particularly Black men, down and killing them but in actuality, statistically, the threat is other Black people. In fact roughly 0.017% of Black lives are lost to police while 94% of Black men are murdered by other Black people.

Where is most Black life being lost in a broader sense? In short, through abortion. 53% of Black people are never born due to abortion. As a result the Black population is the only race that is shrinking in America. But we will never hear Colin Kaepernick and his kind acknowledge these truths. Instead they engage in their default obsession with race and victimhood.

If we want to talk about a major killer of minorities particularly Black people we should focus on abortion not the false narrative of racist cops hunting Black people. But due to a progressive addiction to the fetish of race such would be antithetical and heresy to those who are members of the “church of wokeness”.

We as a nation cannot get to the many complex issue that are hurting vulnerable communities because, per usual, in an election year we have been once again preoccupied into a pro-protest/anti-looters/rioters argument.

We too often get into a hyperactive social media-driven news cycle and that controls the momentum, direction and focus of our so-called “social justice movements”. Why? In short, because of the lack of leadership that, in actuality, is more systemic than the “racial” issues we are fighting. What specific laws are these protests trying to change? Are they supporting specific legislation? What have they logically and methodically proposed as a legislative or policy change? BLM was started nearly a decade ago and those questions are still unanswered.

This status as a perpetual victim i.e. the cast away or the “other” (despite how much wealth or status they may have acquired) pushed on us by the woke BLM culture creates a desire and often times need for vengeance and consequently true unity is never realized. As well, true justice (be it legislatively or morally) cannot be served because race is viewed as an inherent problem found in most if not all white people—it’s an original sin of which one can never escape no matter what they do.

This worldview must be disregarded and we must meet the moment. Meeting the moment will require us to have honest conversations instead of deflecting. Our constant deflection to victim status does nothing for the illiteracy, violence, poverty and the array of other issue in our communities.

The real problems are being neglected due to the trojan horse of “racism” dominating seemingly every current conversation in this country. For many, particularly Black America (from which my voice is derived) racism, though big business for some, is not our biggest social problem. As alluded to our biggest issues in the Black community are father absence, poor education, violent and destructive inner cities, and the genocide of abortion.

These are existential problems exponentially decimating minority communities and none of them are because of the presence of direct “systemic racism” or oppression by “the white man”. They have more to do with morale, values and liberal policy than the phantom ghost of white privilege or fragility.

Sadly, it appears that Black lives matter but not to Black people. Ironically Black lives aren’t truly of interest to the organization and infrastructure of the Black Lives Matter narrative.

Let’s say outright: until ALL Black lives matter to Black people FIRST then our voice though loud will effect no real change.


[1] “Fatal Force: Police Shootings Database.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 22 Jan. 2020, http://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/investigations/police-shootings-database/.