Black Lives Matter from an Idea to a Movement
I’d like to believe that someone conceived an idea to draw attention to black lives being taken by violent criminals. It did not turn out to be an overnight success as nobody was listening or paying attention. The election of Barack Obama in 2008 must have sparked the idea that a black president would lend credibility to this idea and it might become a mighty movement bringing sweeping changes across the nation. And after his inauguration in 2009 there were opportunities for the leader of the Black Lives Matter organization in Seattle, Washington to be invited to the Oval Office in Washington DC. It must have been frustrating after 8 years of an Obama presidency and the spark had not yet ignited. There was no BLM movement, there were no BLM protests. Nobody gave it a second thought.
What was happening was black lives were still being taken by violence particularly in the inner cities of America’s major cities. Many lives were lost to gang violence, drugs and occasionally by law enforcement. In fact there was no action being taken by the administration to stop the violence.
In the underworld of violent crime things were about to change when Donald Trump was elected in 2016 and was inaugurated in 2017. Not only was violent crime surging upward, but inner city crime was taking even more lives, black lives.
I don’t have all the answers, in fact I don’t have any of the answers. But what I do know is someone was orchestrating something big, something that would bring George H.W. Bush’s Shock and Awe to the heartland of America. It had to be spectacular with unlimited funding and precisely executed. What was lacking was the catalyst.
Minneapolis, Minnesota was the epicenter and the apparent murder of a black man at the hands of a police officer became the spark. Within hours the community was outraged and began protesting in the streets the death of George Floyd. The manner in which this incident was mishandled created a stain on police officers nationwide.
That is where opportunity came knocking. The Black Lives Matter organization in Seattle, Washington sprang into action to capitalize on the situation. Shirts were made, banners created and protesters were moved into position from across the nation on buses, planes and probably trains to reinforce public sentiment during this volatile time. Not to be outdone and most likely unbeknownst to BLM a Marxist group (Antifa) hijacked this new BLM movement by inserting themselves in the mix, donning the distinctive apparel of BLM and turning it into a nationwide movement of violence, intimidation, and burning, looting and utter chaos.
What could have been deescalated rather early on was given the green light, the tacit approval by Democratic officials at city and state level and across many state lines and even given the OK by members of Congress. The idea was to create uncontrollable chaos in the streets of America so that voters would relish the idea of removing President Trump from office and keep him from being re-elected.
As with any mob violence left unchecked it swells and many innocent people are caught up in the violence and many lives, black lives are lost needlessly. As violence increases, tensions rise and any attempt to utilize National Guard forces and/or federal taskforces are met with strong resistance by the elected officials who swore to protect and defend their constituents. It then goes a step further as local officials cave in to the crazy ideas like “defund the police” and “abolish the police” where anything and everything goes, except law and order. We’ve seen governors; mayors and city council officials clearly side with the lawlessness by instructing law enforcement to stand down; calling on attorney generals to not prosecute violent offenders; and demanding federal taskforces to leave clearly not in the best interests of those living in the affected cities.
There have been “BLM murals” painted on buildings, and on city streets declaring Black Lives Matter. Even a blind man could see they matter little to those in elected positions of responsibility and when a leader of a BLM “chapter” makes a public statement that NO LIVES MATTER UNTIL BLACK LIVES MATTER FIRST they have just invalidated their entire argument. When racists in Congress proudly display their disregard for American values defined by the US Constitution, it becomes time to remove them from office at the ballot box. And just for curiosity’s sake, how can so many elected officials afford to maintain two households (one in their home state, the other in Washington), pay their staff in both locations AND become millionaires on the salary of a public servant? Asking for a friend = America!
President John F. Kennedy did NOT say to ask what your country can do for you. It’s not about entitlements, reparations or getting free stuff at government expense. The expense is born by American taxpayers & Freedom isn’t Free! – I am the Real Truckmaster!