May 2, 2015

#PoorLivesMatter... MORE

After praising the prosperitarian actions of Baltimore street gangs "uniting for peace" I was enlightened to the whole story by none less than the New York Times:

Then he described how he and some Bloods had stood in front of black-owned stores to protect them from looting or vandalism. He said they had made sure no black children, or reporters, were hit by rioters. They pointed them toward Chinese- and Arab-owned stores.

So it isn't peace qua peace they were after, it was an end to black on black violence. That's fine of course, even laudable, but not when it is replaced with violence against others.

This got me thinking about the #BlackLivesMatter meme. It is ambiguous, and I think intentionally so, as to whether black lives matter too or black lives matter more. According to blacklivesmatter.com, it seems to be the latter.

The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation.

Where have we heard of black liberation? From Reverend Jeremiah Wright, from James Cone, the founder of Black Liberation Theology, and from Cornell West, who integrated it with Marxism in his 1979 essay, "Black Theology and Marxist Thought."

In his book Prophesy Deliverance, West believes that by working together, Marxists and black theologians can spearhead much-needed social change for those who are victims of oppression. He appreciates Marxism for its "notions of class struggle, social contradictions, historical specificity, and dialectical developments in history" that explain the role of power and wealth in bourgeois capitalist societies. A common perspective among Marxist thinkers is that bourgeois capitalism creates and perpetuates ruling-class domination -- which, for black theologians in America, means the domination and victimization of blacks by whites. America has been over run by "White racism within mainstream establishment churches and religious agencies," writes West.

The actions and policies of President Obama that appear to harm whites, and rich whites in particular, are suddenly much more understandable. But to what end? Truly helping black people? Genuinely leading them to a lasting prosperity? Hardly.

Black Liberation Theology, originally intended to help the black community, may have actually hurt many blacks by promoting racial tension, victimology, and Marxism which ultimately leads to more oppression. As the failed "War on Poverty" has exposed, the best way to keep the blacks perpetually enslaved to government as "daddy" is to preach victimology, Marxism, and to seduce blacks into thinking that upward mobility is someone else's responsibility in a free society.

In the interest of thoroughness it must also be mentioned that the equally vocal demands of the "LBGT Movement" are a part of the exact same drive for "much needed social change." But it isn't the rights of blacks or gays that is the end goal - it is an egalitarian socialist society where there are no rich people, unless they are either non-white or in positions of government power, or both.

So whenever you see #BlackLivesMatter you should read #FromEachAccordingToHisAbility-ToEachAccordingToHisNeed.

And if you truly want to help advance the interests of black people and gay people, keep reminding them that they have individual rights despite government, not from or because of government.

Egalitarian Socialism Posted by JohnGalt at May 2, 2015 12:08 PM
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