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Black Lives Matter Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary - What Have They Actually Done?

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It is hard to believe that it has been ten years since America was introduced to Black Lives Matter. Funny, you might think that an organization with a name like that would do nothing but try to better the lives of black Americans. Perhaps by doing things like helping people to find resources like job training, stressing the importance of intact families, work ethic, and education, assisting in some way with linking people up with those educational opportunities. All things that are the answers to lifting not just black people but all people out of poverty and despair and giving them the tools to become prosperous. Unfortunately, that is not what happened. Black Lives Matter had another purpose.

America was introduced to Black Lives Matter (BLM) in 2013 following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The problem for BLM: Zimmerman was white, or as the media described him so as to push the racial narrative of the story, a “white Hispanic,” and Martin was a black teenager. Accusations were that Zimmerman was found innocent because of race, and protests immediately ensued. But BLM was just getting started. Fast forward to August of 2014, and the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer. That was all the fuel needed for BLM to be off and running. It became clear what their true reason for being was, not protest and fighting for change, but violent rioting and destruction. Ferguson, Missouri, is a small suburb north of St. Louis, and it has never been the same since.

The mission of BLM has not changed over the past ten years, but what their website says it is certainly has. The new and improved, and wholly homogenized site is now filled with talk of “transparency” and mission and vision statements about helping black people thrive. There is a page dedicated to BLM’s support and connection to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Sounds good; who would be against such things? But back in September of 2020, just months after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, BLM decided to scrub their website. A section titled “What We Believe,” and a goal of “disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure,” was removed, as well as a description of co-founders Patrice Cullors and Alicia Garza as “trained Marxists.”

So in ten years, what has BLM done for black people? Well, defunding the police is still very much front and center. One look at America’s inner cities will tell you how that is working. In fact, in celebration of the 10th anniversary, BLM is launching “Defund the Police Week of Action.” Just one problem: According to an October 2022 survey by The Grio and KFF, out of 1,000 black Americans surveyed, only 17 percent supported defunding the police. Has BLM financially enriched the lives of black Americans? Between 2020 and 2022, BLM received roughly $90 million, according to public filings. Just $30 million went to charitable foundations. It seems that the black people who most financially benefited from BLM were the few who are associated with BLM leadership. But a hint that the scam may be about up for BLM: The Black Lives Global Network Foundation reported a steep drop in donations in 2022.

The Defund the Police movement so ardently pushed by BLM may have had some effect on getting Chicago’s new mayor elected. Brandon Johnson recently stated that his goal is to “re-envision the role of a police officer.” With the murder rate up 19 percent, robbery up 23 percent, theft up 45 percent, and car theft up an astronomical 235 percent, is “re-envisioning” really what the citizens of Chicago need? Among some of the changes Mayor Johnson plans to make: using “non-CPD [Chicago Police Department] positions to address non-violent calls.” What could go wrong there? He also plans on ending a gang member database. If you don’t know who you are dealing with, how can you make the right decision on how to deal with them? It may not be what Chicago residents need, but they voted for it, and they are going to get it.

Ultimately, Black Lives Matter has sparked not protests but violent, destructive riots, enriched themselves while telling black people that all police are out to get them, and continued to advocate for ideas like defunding the police that the majority of black Americans don’t agree with and don’t want. Makes you wonder what is on the agenda for the next ten years.

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