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Dear Black Lives Matter,
I’d like to be able to take you seriously, but I can’t, and I won’t be able to until you make some changes to the things you say and do.
First, you have to be willing to talk honestly about violence and how it impacts black Americans. You and I agree that it’s a tragedy and a crisis but beyond that, we have two very different ideas about what’s going on. We need to be able to talk about the lives of all black Americans, not just the tiny minority killed by unjust police actions. We need to be honest, but you’re cherry-picking offenses in order to spin a narrative. That has to stop.
Secondly, you’ve got to drop all the revolutionary baggage. Your name says “black lives matter,” but your platform is “radical progressive transformation of America,” and I’m not buying into that. I like free-market capitalism, I like free and fair elections, I like being free to reject cultural junk I don’t believe in like the “trans” movement and other progressive nonsense. I like private-sector health care. I don’t want to defund the police. I don’t buy the climate alarmism agenda. I oppose forced confessions of any sort and I won’t be bullied into making one. This is all stuff you’re being radical about, and it doesn’t work for me.
Guaranteeing that black Americans have the same rights and opportunities as other Americans is a worthwhile and noble goal. It doesn’t require transforming my country into some other country, and if that’s what you demand then you’ll get nothing but contempt and resistance from me.
Let’s talk about the lives of black Americans, and how they can be made better without tearing our country apart. That’s an honest discussion we can have.
But right now you’re a radical progressive movement that’s exploiting a lie about police violence to foment anger and create chaos. You don’t deserve my support, nor the support of anyone who understands and loves our country.