Commentary: What Matters to #BlackLivesMatter?

To the people of these United States and in the interest of our republic,

Democrats and Progressives have been accepting whole-sale the claims of the Black Lives Matter movement, namely that there is systemic racism still in existence in our country and that police relations with African-Americans is where this racism is most apparent.  They claim that the black people who police come in contact with are treated with abuse and indifference, as a rule, and that this hostility and prejudice is leading to an epidemic of innocent lives being killed.

There is no doubt that there is an epidemic of crime and death in the inner-cities where a majority of African-Americans live. This is a tragedy, because Black Lives, like All Lives, do matter.  But, in light of the past several years of increasing tensions since the rise of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the question must be asked whether their narrative is truthful, honest, and effective.

The Wall Street Journal has been conducting an extensive research into police involved shootings in order to provide statistics from which the situation can be studied.  The statistics, like all snap-shots of data, can be interpreted in various ways.  But, perhaps the most striking piece of data to come from their studies is that while around 25% of those killed in officer-involved shootings are Black, 40% of Police Officers killed by assailants were killed by Black perpetrators.

This means that officers are killed by blacks at a rate 2.5 times higher than the rate at which blacks are killed by police.

These numbers fly in the face of the #BlackLivesMatter narrative.  If Police Departments were actually being operated with the level of institutional racism and brutality which the movement claims, then the data would show retaliatory police action leading to more black lives killed then police lives taken…but it is the complete opposite that is true.

Compounding the issue, and revealing the blind hostility of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, is the fact that while 258 Blacks were killed by officers in 2015, there were 6,095 Black Homicides in 2014.  This is an astounding number and it is shocking that it can be so easily ignored! In the face of these numbers how can #BlackLivesMatter claim to live up to its name when it so easily ignores the realities of the inner-city that are responsible for the crime and death in their communities?

The only thing that is systemic in holding down the fortunes of African Americans is rampant crime and violence.  And if black lives really mattered to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, they would not be attacking and degrading the few brave men who are willing to put their lives on the line to combat the obvious oppression of criminal activity.

What matters to #BlackLivesMatter?  Obviously not Black Lives.

-The Millennial Federalist



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