EVERYONE COUNTS OR NO ONE COUNTS

The title comes from fictional LAPD detective Harry Bosch, a tough cop who gives justice to all regardless of race. George Floyd shouldn’t have died in police custody, and those responsible for his death are facing justice, as they should.

Protesters carrying signs that say “black lives matter” are right. Obviously a black person’s life is precious. A foundational principle of our country is that we are all created in God’s image and are therefore unique and important. But don’t confuse the words “black lives matter” with the organization of the same name.

Black Lives Matter (BLM) founder Patrisse Cullors said she and co-founder Alicia Garza are “trained Marxists” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp-RswgpjD8 . The hallmarks of Marxism are lying to achieve political ends and using violence, threats and intimidation. The head of Greater New York BLM, Hank Newsome said, “If this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down the system” https://nypost.com/2020/06/25/blm-leader-if-change-doesnt-happen-we-will-burn-down-this-system/ BLM’s reason for being is the lie that all police are racists who frequently kill black people as a matter of policy.

The National Academy of Sciences https://www.pnas.org/content/116/32/15877 in 2019 published an exhaustive study of police use of deadly force and concluded:

…We find no evidence of anti-black or anti-hispanic disparities across shootings, and white officers are not more likely to shoot minority civilians than non-white officers.”

At Michigan State University, Joseph Cesario also examined race in police shootings. https://msutoday.msuedu/news/2019/the-truth-behind-racial-disparities-in-fatal-police-shootings/

Cesario observed, “We found that the race of the officer doesn’t matter when it comes to predicting whether black or white citizens are shot.” Cesario also found that 90% to 95% of civilians shot by police were attacking the officers, 90% were armed, and accidential shootings (like a person with a cell phone who’s shot by an officer) are rare.

Over father’s day weekend, the city of Chicago set a new record of 104 shootings and 14 deaths. This year Chicago has a total of 254 shooting deaths already, passing the 2019 murder total of 238. Most are in minority neighborhoods, and none were by cop.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-chicago-homicides-data-tracker-htmlstory.html

Moral authority is built upon truth, and therefore BLM has no moral authority. Their name is a lie, because all black lives clearly don’t matter to them. Young black Americans are regularly slaughtered on our streets by other young black Americans. Black merchants in poor neighborhoods have had their stores burned and looted by the mob. BLM never says a word about them, because their deaths don’t fit the narrative of a racist country in need of a complete remake. And they do intend to transform our country. That’s what “trained Marxists” do.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph.D.