In his 1992 book, The Way Things Ought to Be, radio host Rush Limbaugh warned that liberals would disguise their efforts to reclaim power by “superficially [advocating] . . . popular, sentimental political causes which are difficult for people to oppose.” According to Limbaugh, leftists adopted this cunning strategy because they are “painfully aware” their preferred policies cannot win majoritysupport in this country.
“A common, broad-sweeping theme underlies all of these ‘movements’,” Limbaugh noted. “Unmistakably, that theme is anti-capitalism . . . and socialism.” Limbaugh was prescient, as Democrats are now using a Marxist organization—which has been strategically wrapped in an unassailable exoskeleton of racial justice—to recapture what they lost in 2016.
In the aftermath of the unexplainable killing of George Floyd, America’s elites rushed to endorse, and even kneel before, Black Lives Matter. Academic institutions across the nation posted statements in solidarity with “Black Lives Matter” on their social media pages. America’s largest and best-known corporations followed suit and immediately reached for their checkbooks. Their ensuing cash benefactions were so immense that the New York Times’ Shane Goldmacher called it “a record-setting flood of donations” that “[remade] the financial landscape of black political activism in a matter of weeks.” The frantic pace at which elites pledged allegiance to the group caused Tucker Carlson to suggest “Black Lives Matter may be the single most powerful political party in the United States.”
BLM’s accession was meteoric. Resistance to it was quelled with matching velocity. Those who dared scrutinize the group were summarily crushed, canceled, and fired. “Black Lives Matter enjoys almost complete immunity from criticism,” marveled Carlson. Anyone who withheld his blessing faced an inherent conundrum: the organization’s name is a statement of fact. In designating an inarguable truth as their title, the group set up an intrinsic, false dichotomy: to deny the organization was to deny that black lives have value.
And therein lies the genius of the BLM brand—the group’s name acts as its shield.
The body politic offered no resistance to BLM, but now some prominent black men are speaking out against the group. Author and philanthropist Bob Woodson called BLM a “ruse” that is “using the rich legacy of the civil rights movement . . . to promote insurrection.” Sports personality Jason Whitlock said, “There’s no way you can do any homework on Black Lives Matter and not see that it’s a Marxist, political organization . . . It’s a Communist political move.” Super Bowl champion and congressional candidate Burgess Owens called the organization an “evil group” of “anti-capitalists,” adding, “It doesn’t take long to discover these people are Marxists.” Owens pointed to the group’s website as evidence.
BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors told The Real News Network, “We actually do have an ideological frame . . . We are trained Marxists.” Much of the group’s core ideology and style can be traced directly to Karl Marx’s writings in The Communist Manifesto of 1848. BLM capitalizes the word “Black” the same way Marx capitalized the word “Communism.” They refer to their members as “comrades.” The group’s “What We Believe” webpage is not at all subtle: “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another.” Their “about” page declares, “we must move beyond the narrow nationalism that is all too prevalent in Black communities.” These ideas—abolishing the family and abolishing national identity—originate from the second chapter of The Communist Manifesto.
Notably absent from BLM’s website is any mention of the hundreds of black lives that are lost each year to black-on-black crime in Democrat-controlled cities like Chicago. According to Woodson, “Black-on-black crime does not elicit outrage or indignation from the Left. Evil has to wear a white face for [the Left] to be aroused . . . This is not about racial injustice.” Whitlock echoed Woodson’s sentiment, “[BLM] is not about black deaths.” Both Woodson and Whitlock are right. The BLM movement is about power. It is the vehicle through which the Democrats, who were rejected in 2016, intend to return to power.
The Democrats’ 2020 candidate cannot defeat President Trump on his merits. Enthusiasm for the deteriorating Joe Biden’s candidacy is nil. Thus, under the guise of racial justice, the opportunist Left will use BLM for its own short-term, political gain: increasing fundraising, energizing the base, and stirring up racial tensions in order to boost Democrat voter turnout.
This desperate and short-sighted strategy on the part of Democrats is a massive slap in the face to the black community they claim to represent. The entire country, Left and Right, was united in outrage over the inhumane killing of George Floyd. But rather than coming together in search of solutions, the Left chose the politics of division and destruction. A tremendous opportunity to do something meaningful for the American people was squandered—all in the name of defeating Donald Trump.
The mission of the Left is to ensure that BLM’s shelf life extends until Election Day 2020, after which the radical group will lose much of its political expediency and join #MeToo in the graveyard of the Left’s here-today, gone-tomorrow movements. Just as a red giant star inevitably will collapse on itself, leaving behind only a remnant white dwarf that will eventually burn out and go dark, so too will BLM’s star fade as the public becomes aware of the group’s extremist ideology.
If Republicans want to win in November, they’d better stop groveling and get with the program to publicly expose BLM for the radical group that it is. And they must do so now. Ephesians 5:13 says: “But everything exposed by the light becomes visible.” It is past time to shine a light upon BLM’s true identity.