I find the “Black-Lives-Matter” movement confusing and even a little hard to take. We now have demonstrators showing up at any event where they might garner free publicity carrying signs and wearing t-shirts which read “Black Lives Matter.” The obvious implication of the signs and t-shirts is that black lives don’t matter. Thus the demonstrators are forced to take to the streets to protest this outrage. The problem with the presumption behind the “Black-Lives-Matter” movement is that it seems that black lives do matter to everyone except blacks.
Dr. Ben Carson was asked for his thoughts concerning “Black Lives Matter” as he strolled through the streets of Harlem recently. I suspect his response was not what the audience gathered there wanted to hear. His response is summarized succinctly by the title of this column: “If black lives matter why do blacks treat themselves and each other so badly?” Carson turned the question around on the individual who asked it and gave a pointed lecture on personal responsibility and the destructiveness of government dependence.
I thought Carson’s lecture to that crowd in Harlem was the perfect antidote to those who carry signs and wear t-shirts displaying the message that “Black Lives Matter” but do nothing to demonstrate the fact. Consequently, I would like to ask the leaders of this movement several questions:
- If black lives matter, why are so many young black men killed every day in America by other young black men? The “Black-Lives-Matter” movement grew out of several instances in which police officers shot and killed young black men in circumstances some black leaders found questionable (e.g. Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri). But the hard truth is that in cities such as Chicago, New York, Detroit, and Baltimore to name just a few, young black men kill more black people in a week than all of the police officers in America kill in a year.
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