Black Lives Matter Releases Six Demands

Much like with Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter has gone well beyond its original meaning, an is now delving into all sorts of other interests

(NY Times)More than 60 organizations associated with the Black Lives Matter movement have released a series of demands on Monday, including for reparations.

The list of six platform demands is aimed at furthering their goals as the presidential campaign heads into the homestretch.

The release of the six demands comes a few days before the second anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., which set off months of protests and led to a national conversation about police killings of blacks.

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Yeah, supporting a guy who assaulted and robbed, was walking in the middle of the street, assaulted a police officer in his car, attempted to take his gun, ran away, then came back for more. That’s who they’re supporting. They still trot out the “hands up don’t shoot” lie. But, anyhow, let’s take a look at those demands

  • END THE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE: they’re demanding that bail be done away with, end capital punishment, stop deporting Black illegal aliens, taking police out of mostly Black schools (which need them because they are violent and dangerous), and pretty much stop holding Black kids who break the law responsible.
  • REPARATIONS: They want all sorts of money, such as free education for life, a guaranteed minimum living wage (for no work, of course), and others
  • INVEST-DIVEST: What do they want? More money for nothing. Oh, and expunging all records of drug and prostitution crimes. Universal health care. Divestment from fossil fuels (good grief). Cutting the military budget and putting it into black communities.
  • ECONOMIC JUSTICE: A progressive tax structure. Federal and state jobs programs (we have these. Most are ignored in the deep black communities as being “white people things”). Environmental justice. An end to the trans Pacific partnership. Union organization. Starting to sound pretty much like the Democratic Party platform.

Here’s where it gets even more fun

COMMUNITY CONTROL: We demand a world where those most impacted in our communities control the laws, institutions, and policies that are meant to serve us – from our schools to our local budgets, economies, police departments, and our land – while recognizing that the rights and histories of our Indigenous family must also be respected.

So, run for the school board. Run for the city council. Run for state and federal positions. In fact, in many of these areas, Blacks make up most of the government. That’s what happened in Detroit. But, hey, that’s not good enough for Black Lives Matter. They want to be Black Lives Separate From Everyone Else. Fine. Let them pay for it. Oh, wait, they want to be utterly separate but want Other People to pay for it. Well, let’s remove the police they hate so much.

POLITICAL POWER: We demand independent Black political power and Black self-determination in all areas of society. We envision a remaking of the current U.S. political system in order to create a real democracy where Black people and all marginalized people can effectively exercise full political power.

Fine, let’s remove all the police officers. See how that goes. But, much of this also reads like a Democratic Party platform. Here’s where it gets cute:

  1. An end to the criminalization of Black political activity including the immediate release of all political prisoners and an end to the repression of political parties.

They want things like the “Removal of Assata Shakur from international terrorist lists.” Who’s that? Well, she shot two NJ State Troopers, killing one. She was convicted of 1st degree murder and seven other felonies from the shootings. She escaped prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba. BLM calls her a political prisoner, and want the bounty removed from her head. The fact they they support a murderer like this should tell you quite a bit about these people.

Powerline notes about the overall tone of these demands

The larger lie behind the Black Lives Matter movement is that American police officers are“executing” Black men. The evidence does not support this slander. Indeed, the evidence apparently doesn’t even support the more plausible claim that police officers, as a result of overreaction to perceived threats, are killing more Blacks than a completely race-neutral response would cause them to.

But the biggest lie of all is that the Black Lives Matter movement is a reaction to the loss of Black lives at the hands of the police. This was pretty evident from the outset. As a longtime observer of, and one time participant in, left-wing protests, the unrest in Ferguson seemed to me to have all the markings of generalized left-wing agitation opportunistically grafting on to the understandable protest over an unfortunate event.

What’s most interesting is how black communities in Democratic Party run cities tend to be hotbeds of violence, crime, urban blight, collapsed property values, high unemployment, and high murder rates. Yet, BLM wants to drastically increase these policies. That should work out well.

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