Black Lives or Black Lies?




Black Lives Matter. To supporters, it is an ideological force of positive intervention fighting back against the prolonged systematic oppression of the black community. From here, it seems to ring of a noble cause, striving for equal rights for a population known of enduring hardships throughout history. On the official Black Lives Matter website, themed in a color combination of black and yellow, are the guiding principles of Black Lives Matter, which include black villages, diversity, restorative justice, and collective value. At the top of the page is the statement, “We affirm that all Black Lives Matter.” Now, something must be made clear. All black lives do not matter, nor do all lives matter. This is not antagonistic, this is brutal truth. There are multitudes of people on this Earth that don’t deserve ordinary sustenance, such as water or oxygen, let alone the pocket-draining assistance that is received through government benefits. Does the life of the drug-trafficking lord who sold heroin to four young men and ruined their lives on the streets of Detroit truly matter? Or perhaps the woman who drowned her child in a bathtub, does her life matter? Such an outlook on the world and the people in it is absurd. It is, at best, an absolute delusion rooted in mythological texts and the comforting bedtime stories of children.

Scattered across the Black Lives Matter website are various phrases, such as “We are aware of the different ways we are impacted or privileged as black folk,” “We are committed to dismantling the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure,” and, “We are committed to practicing and embodying liberation and peace in our relationships with others.” Given these terms, it appears that the “disadvantages” felt by the community are imposed by a racist society, and the movement is simply attempting to liberate themselves from oppression. It would be hard-pressed to assert that African-Americans have the same privileges as whites ten times out of ten, however, in saying this, it must be determined if this difference is due to the actual society or if the “oppression” felt within the black community is self-induced. If it is the latter, the methods of Black Lives Matter in bringing about “prosperity” for their people are going in the complete wrong direction.

Following the Civil War, and into the early 20th century, blacks primarily voted Republican. This trend disappeared in the 1948 election, when Harry Truman garnered 77 percent of the black vote, and from this, blacks developed the image of seeing themselves as Democrats. Here is where progressive economics began to decimate the black community. To the extent that progressive social and economic reforms in this era were paraded, the results that followed were not aligned with the desired outcome that the black community had hoped for. Although, the policies of the Progressive Era performed perfectly with regard to the true intent of the “reforms,” which was to harm, if not crush, minorities. With blacks consistently voting in favor of more government regulation to combat the inequality and discrimination within this period, the regulations produced economic stagnation first, and downfall second, which are usual outcomes of regulation, creating economic barriers to allow for bureaucratic picking of winners and losers. On a basic level, government regulation restrains economic output, in turn creating a political distribution of economic rents. Here is where the selection of winners and losers is made, and given the overlap in time between the black community’s embrace of Progressivism and the era of Jim Crow, this proved disastrous. Despite similar desires between black and white progressives, the policies implemented were a complete failure, the numbers of unemployment between the two groups testifying to this. With regard to a 1999 analysis derived from Census data, the white-black unemployment gap that is still around today began to come forth in the 1940s. This unemployment gap shares no relation with white racism, for if this were accurate, black unemployment rates would be significantly higher prior to the 1940s than after. But, this is not the case. For roughly the last 50 years, black unemployment rates have been double that of white unemployment, meanwhile the racial policies of America have altered drastically. In 2011, after examining existing research on unemployment, it was concluded that not a single race discrimination model in the labor market describes this differential in unemployment. Thus, it was progressive reform, not harsh white racism, that laid the building blocks for the financial struggles within the black community. Briefly outlined here, is the debilitating effect government regulation has had on the black community.

The tendency to embrace the Progressive Agenda has been the worst thing to happen to the black community since slavery, and yet, a large portion of the black population maintains the same anti-enterprise mentality that it had 50 years ago. One crucial part of the Progressive Agenda in crippling the black community has been the growth of the Welfare State dating back to the 1960s. In 1964, President Johnson launched “The War on Poverty,” claiming that his programs would bring to an end the conditions that generate despair and violence. Yet, keep in mind that there are no solutions in the realm of political decisions, only trade-offs, equipped with both costs and benefits. Following Johnson’s statement, the Welfare State expanded dramatically. Ranging from 1965 to 1969, government-supplied benefits increased at a factor of 8; and, in 1974, these benefits were 20 times higher than just 9 years prior. In addition, by 1977, the total of people receiving public housing had doubled from that of 1960. Economic costs were not the only costs felt by the black community, yet the deterioration of cultural values was arguably the most crippling. Economic incentives were offered by welfare laws for avoidance of marriage and two-parent families, otherwise known as nuclear families, which was referenced on the Black Lives Matter website as ‘something the movement is committed to dismantling.’ Behaviors that were likely to perpetuate poverty, such as unstable family and an unhealthy work ethic, were incentivized in welfare programs for those already in poverty. Put differently, welfare provided reasons for people to stay poor. This theme can be seen in modern welfare data, where the total amount of money one can make monthly and still receive welfare is $1,000, discouraging a strong work ethic. The devastation of the family breakdown within the black community generated by the economic incentives of welfare is crucial to understanding the current state of black communities. 72 percent of black children grow up in single parent homes, and the repercussions of this are widespread. Youngsters raised by single parents, as compared to those who grow up in intact married homes, are more likely to smoke, drink, and use drugs; to perform poorly in school; to be arrested for a juvenile crime; to serve jail time before age 30; and to go on to experience poverty as adults, noted a Heritage Foundation Analysis. The poverty rate for single black parents with children being 35.6%; the rate for married black couples with children at 6.9% according to 2008 data. There are a total of 110,489,000 Americans on welfare; 39.8% of these recipients are black, disproportionate to the 13% of the population that blacks make up. Perhaps now it is clear just how dependent on the system Progressive policies have made the black community. And yet, blacks fully embrace the very political movement that made their lives so financially ravaged under the Jim Crow era. In the end, the political movement that blacks have supported for over 50 years did what slavery could not, it did what Jim Crow could not, and it did what even the most ruthless racism could not, and that was dismantle the black family. Worth noting, is that progressivism was not imposed on the black community, such as that of past oppressions that Black Lives Matter cites as their “reasons for todays injustice,” but rather, the black community embraced it then, and they embrace it now.

If one were to attempt to shed the light on the Progressive embrace on the faux science of eugenics, in an effort to suppress “inferior” ethnic groups, and that the black community was inducing oppression upon themselves by aligning with the political philosophy, one would feel tension with those of Black Lives Matter. The truth of this happening completely destroys their false economic narrative within the black community. Nonetheless, income differentials and the likes must be addressed to truly illustrate the root cause of sufferance is not white racism. Over the past 25 years, the wealth gap between blacks and whites has nearly tripled, with a typical black household accumulating less than one tenth the wealth of a typical white one. In regards to income, the median earnings of blacks in 1999 was $27,264; the national average was $32,058. Surely, one could say “aha we’ve got you on something, there’s a discrimination factor against blacks in our current system.” Except comparisons of gross income differences between racial groups are similar to comparisons of apples to oranges, due to racial differences. When you find people not represented evenly, that does not display the institutional effect, since almost no where in human affairs are people truly represented equally. Races differ in respect to education, age, family size, and proportion of their populations in the labor force. When you compare category for category, in respect to truly similar individuals of different races, the results produced are often in stark contrast from those of gross income comparisons. For example, in 2003, the overall median black family income was 63 percent of the median white family income. This can be attributed to the fact that the average black family has fewer people than American families in general, due to the fact that a higher portion of black families lack fathers. Yet, when the black white income gap is put aside, and only college educated blacks and whites are looked at, the results are very different. In 2003, blacks with a bachelor’s degree had a median income of $36,694, the median income of whites with a bachelor degree stood at $38,667. Certain to not be discussed by the media, the median income of black women with a bachelor’s degree in 2003 was $33,142, while white women with a bachelor’s degree had a median income of $30,082. A substantial income gap also exists between blacks and whites with doctoral degrees. In 2003, the median income of whites with a doctoral degree was $65,278, while median income for blacks with a doctorate was $72,743. As we can see, the black white income gap is heavily impacted by a college education. The problem lies in that the number of blacks with college degrees in comparison to whites is disproportionate, with just 19.6 percent of adult blacks holding a college degree. Hopefully, it is now clear to see that when comparisons of apples to apples are made, not apples to oranges, in respect to comparable individuals of different races, the Black Lives Matter narrative on reasons for income inequality and financial depression felt by the black community is revealed as utter falsehood.

The current state of financial struggles for the black community is due to the acceptance of progressivism reform, not harsh racism. Yet, is racism completely out of the picture in regard to statistics on law enforcement interactions with blacks? On the Black Lives Matter website, it states, “Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.” Given the intra-racial crime rates in the black community, it seems that those intentionally targeting black lives are, well, other blacks. Based on 2012 FBI statistics, it would take 40 years worth of blacks being killed by police to equal the total number of blacks killed by other blacks in a single year. In a 12 year stretch from 1999-2011, there were 2,151 whites, and 1,130 blacks, killed by police. Under 400 people are killed by cops annually, 61 percent are white males, 32 percent are black males. It is important to note that black males, despite being 6.5 percent of the population, are not killed out of proportion once it is taken into account that they are more likely to interact with police. After all, they commit 40 percent of all murders. If this trend continues, 1 in 3 black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during his lifetime. In respect to these statistics, they are often used to conclude that “blacks are 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police.” This sounds true, seeing as blacks make up just 13 percent of the population, yet this conclusion is false, because are blacks are not overrepresented. On the contrary. Blacks are underrepresented when violent crime offenders are factored in. For example, once the racial disparity at which officers are feloniously killed is accounted for, and the homicide rate adjusted, whites end up 1.7 times more likely to be killed at the hands of police than blacks. In like manner, an economist at Harvard, Roland G. Fryer, revealed a lack of racial bias in police shootings, a conclusion reached on over 3,000 hours of research. His research revealed that while African-Americans are less likely to be shot in an altercation with police, they are treated differently in the hands of law enforcement. They are more likely to be touched, pushed to the ground, and handcuffed. But when it comes to police shootings, the most lethal form of force, there is no racial discrimination. A lack of racial discrimination is also prevalent in the justice system, contrary to popular belief. While it is true that blacks do receive longer sentences, this bears no connection to racism. When judges decide sentences, they’re looking at past crimes of the defendant, not just the current crime on trial. And due to blacks committing a disproportionate number of crimes in relation to population percentage, their chance of having committed a past crime is drastically increased. Thus, resulting in longer prison sentences for blacks. For the sake of stability and cohesion within America, reject the false narratives of Black Lives Matter and realize reality: the destructive issue within the black community has nothing to do with harsh racism, white people, law enforcement, or the justice system, and instead has everything to do with the self-induced destruction of the black community.

On the Black Lives Matter official website, is the phrase, “Black poverty and genocide is state violence.” Given the statistics, it is difficult to comprehend how destructive results from voting habits and culture can be attributed to the State, but not on the community. Also on the site, is the statement, ” Black women bearing the burden of a relentless assault on our children and our families is state violence.” Yet, as noted earlier, the embrace of the progressive movement and its Welfare State by the black community has created this burden on single black mothers, white people are not responsible for this, cops are not responsible for this, and judges are not responsible for this. Looking at the movement, it is an organization built on professional victimization, which tolerates, and often approves, violence against the oppressor as a means of revolt. If this sounds inherently at odds within the tactics of the Civil Rights movement in the 60s, that is fine. Times are not the same as they once were in the 1960s, and it is time that the black community realized this. The only group “targeting them in the hopes of intentional demise” is other blacks within the community. Racism has nothing to do with the black community hardships, it has everything to do with culture. For those that disagree with this, there is some explaining to do. Explain why 13 percent of the population is responsible for half of all murders. Explain why blacks are shooting other blacks at rates significantly higher than whites are shooting each other. Explain why the incarceration rate for black kids committing violent crimes is so high. If it truly is race, and not culture, explain why America is more racist now than in the Jim Crow era and how that happened.

Black Lives Matter needs to be recognized as the anti-white terrorist organization that it is. Supporters of the movement have an inability to act like mature human beings, instead posing as overgrown children, taking to the streets, rioting and chanting, “We want dead cops,” in several cities. The movement is based on a false narrative surrounded by victimization, telling their youths that “there’s a group of racists in the system out to get you, and we have less rights than whites. Any obstacle you face is due to institutional racism, and whenever one of us is shot by an officer, it is instantly recognized as racism.” At best, this argument is incoherent bullshit that pays no regard for statistics, or the actual definition of human rights, and is instead hell-bent on earning privileges for their people, all the while rejecting arguments that annihilate their movement’s narrative. Keep in mind that while blacks in the movement take to the streets to protest both violently and peacefully, roughly 80 percent of the black community has been leaning Democrat in recent elections, voting in favor of policies such as minimum wage hikes that create a price floor for wages above market equilibrium, which in turns reduces the demand for low-skill workers, leaving black teens and adults unemployed. But of course, if one were to say this to a Black Lives Matter advocate, they would receive backlash. In short, the movement rejects those who disagree with them, whines about a state of difficulty that the black community brought upon themselves through cultural values and voting habits, and continues to have no regard for property, knowledge, or Western values. The movement needs to be rejected at every corner.

IsaiahSOTW, Isaiah Minter,is a 16-year old High School Writer and Debater. He advocates for liberty and prosperity, the preservation of Western Culture, laissez-faire capitalism, and the recognition of the illegitimate nature of government. Isaiah can be found here