Tag: Black Lives Matter

Democrats Are Desperate

 

The political rhetoric is heating up. Lies, distortions, and accusations have reached a new high. The Democrats are beginning to realize that their confidence about winning seats in the midterms this year may not be so certain. And they’ve moved beyond being concerned. They are desperate.

In looking at the following information, you’ll benefit by looking at it not through Conservative eyes, but through the eyes of the Left. You can be sure that their media pundits will disclaim the effects that I’m predicting. But the Democrats would be remiss if they didn’t at least consider that they may be in trouble in November.

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I hardly know how to use this material, between reactions of hilarity and despondency. But I thought it might make a nice challenge here. It appears that Black Lives Matter has come down from the mountain and issued 10 new commandents (for white people). I wasn’t aware of this and I’m not sure how “official” […]

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In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist; negotiation; self purification; and direct action. – Martin Luther King, 16 April, 1963 It might be the engineer/manager in me, but a good framework helps accomplish the goal. The injustices – are they valid? Negotiate with the people […]

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Victor Davis Hanson explains how identity politics threatens to undue America’s standing as one of history’s few successful multi-ethnic societies.

The Proletariat Is Getting Counter-Revolutionary

 

This piece in the Atlantic is a very good read. Reed College, in Portland, OR, has endured 13 months of outrage over Humanities 110, the college’s signature humanities course. In the course, students are trained to engage in critical reading of various ancient works from the perspective of different disciplines. A group of snowflakes formed themselves into “Reedies against Racism” in response to a call to protest police violence against blacks. Of the list of demands, one was reforming Hum 110.

But for RAR, Hum 110 is all about oppression. “We believe that the first lesson that freshmen should learn about Hum 110 is that it perpetuates white supremacy—by centering ‘whiteness’ as the only required class at Reed,” according to a RAR statement delivered to all new freshmen. The texts that make up the Hum 110 syllabus—from the ancient Mediterranean, Mesopotamia, Persia, and Egypt regions—are “Eurocentric,” “Caucasoid,” and thus “oppressive,” RAR leaders have stated. Hum 110 “feels like a cruel test for students of color,” one leader remarked on public radio. “It traumatized my peers.”

Do Black Lives Matter?

 

Black lives ought to matter; and, in my opinion, they once did. They once mattered a great deal. Not long after he became mayor in New York City, Rudy Giuliani introduced a new method of policing that concentrated resources where there was a plethora of crime. It resulted in a dramatic decline in the murder rate, and Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton took notice and poured federal money into similar policing reforms. African-Americans living in rough neighborhoods were the intended beneficiaries, and they benefited a great deal.

But those days are long gone, and I do not believe that black lives much matter now. They did not matter to Barack Obama, Eric Holder, the members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the white radical who passed as black and founded Black Lives Matter, and to George Soros who funded the outfit. These folks were perfectly prepared to do a number on America’s African-American community and to put their lives at greater risk for the purpose of mobilizing them as a political force.

To grasp what is going on, one need only look at the data — which Heather Mac Donald did a week ago today in a brief squib posted on the website of City Journal. Here is what she wrote:

Victor Davis Hanson critiques the recent wave of national anthem protests in the NFL, explains why the league’s activism can’t be squared with the way it actually does business, and considers the importance of politics-free zones in American life.

Heather Mac Donald joins Brian Anderson to discuss the state of policing today, the “Ferguson Effect,” former FBI director James Comey’s defense of proactive policing, and the recent protests against conservative speakers on college campuses.

Since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014, public discussion about police and the criminal justice system has reached a fever pitch: activists claim that policing is inherently racist and discriminatory, while supporters say that public pressure has caused officers to disengage from proactive policing.

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Recently, I read a post written by a Christian brother that really touched me and I felt that there needed to be a critique of it.  I did not want to dismiss what he wrote on racism, but I did want to offer loving criticism with another person on my podcast.  It worries me that […]

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Recently, The Federalist published an article in which the author sincerely argued that two popular social movements – Black Lives Matter (BLM) and anti-abortion/pro-life activists – pursue a common goal: the respect and preservation life. Christina Marie Bennett- a writer and pro-lifer who works with pregnant women in crisis environments for the benefit of both […]

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Black Lives Matter (BLM) has brought together a diverse group of people, each with their own particular goals. Its organic nature makes it difficult to define, but that is also a source of its strength. While most people will associate BLM with police shootings of black men the organization’s leadership has a more coherent left-wing […]

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“Clown Lives Matter” is a thing that’s about to happen. According to Fox 43, clown fears have tarnished the business of Pennsylvania’s Snuggles the Clown. The performer said he was having a hard time trying to convince kids he’s not trying to hurt them. Preview Open

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A thought experiment that is probably supposed to be beyond the pale, but since I’m a white male of late middle age I am told that everything I do and think is racist anyway, so here goes: Imagine a white person who has little if any contact with black people. Essentially all of this white […]

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I’m watching CNN’s live feed from the riots in Charlotte, and he’s talking about how emotions are running high and “spilling over,” and such, leading to vandalism, destruction of property, and people being attacked.  All of the street windows of an apartment building were smashed in.  And the reporter asked rhetorically, should the people who lived in […]

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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is moving the Black Lives Matter agenda to the bench. Here’s part of their ruling: “[A black male], when approached by the police, might just as easily be motivated by the desire to avoid the recurring indignity of being racially profiled as by the desire to hide criminal activity.” Preview Open

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Does Your Church Have a “Police Not Welcome” Sign?

 

IMG_20160810_171303Mike usually fell asleep during my sermons, and that was okay. It was about twenty years ago; I was serving as interim pastor at a small church. I knew Mike, a police officer, worked a graveyard shift Saturday night, and yet he managed to be in the Sunday morning worship service. I tended to preach too long at the time, and Mike may be the only person who really benefited from the long sermons — he got an extended nap time. Mike came to mind recently, when I had the opportunity to meet with Kate Braestrup, a chaplain with the Maine Warden Service and a best selling author.

For the last 25 years, she’s had a connection with law enforcement. Her first husband was a Maine State Trooper who was killed in an on-duty auto accident. Her daughter currently serves in law enforcement. Needless to say, she’s invested in the subject.

It’s always a bit daunting to write about good writers because I wonder if anything I write might be written better by the subject of my writing. (For instance, Kate would no doubt have done a far better job with the previous ungainly sentence.) But I write on, partly because in this time when police officers find themselves in the center of public controversy, I believe the Church needs to consider how we can best minister to these men and women.

The #BlackLivesMatter Platform

 

shutterstock_300476825Via the NYT:

More than 60 organizations associated with the Black Lives Matter movement have released a series of demands on Monday, including for reparations. […] “We seek radical transformation, not reactionary reform,” Michaela Brown, communications director of Baltimore Bloc, another participating group, said in a statement. “As the 2016 election continues, this platform provides us with a way to intervene with an agenda that resists state and corporate power, an opportunity to implement policies that truly value the safety and humanity of black lives, and an overall means to hold elected leaders accountable.”

The six planks of this platform are: End the War on Black People, Reparations, Invest-Divest, Economic Justice, Community Control, and Political Power. And if you follow that link, you’ll likely find — as I did — that the actual proposals are even worse than than the titles imply.