Friday, June 12, 2020

Should Christians Support "Black Lives Matter"?

Recently there have been many mass demonstrations against alleged police racism and violence against blacks. Much of this is organized by the Black Lives Matter movement. Many Christians naively support BLM, being unaware of its unchristian nature, and of the pertinent facts concerning blacks and violence. Here are some useful links providing important information, and analysis of the underlying problems.

Blacks and Violence
Nobody would want to defend unmerited police brutality, or deny that it exists. However, statistics show that, contrary to BLM claims, blacks are not unfairly picked on. A US study of 917 fatal police shootings in 2015 indicates 55% of the victims were white, 27% percent black and 19% Hispanic.

Moreover, studies show that black police officers are 3.3 times more likely to fire a gun than other cops at a crime scene. Further, blacks are much more likely to kill cops than be killed by cops; 40% of cop killers are black. A police officer is 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black than a cop killing an unarmed black person.

The post Christians Should Oppose Black Lives Matter gives further revealing statistics. US police are 1.73 times more likely to use lethal force against whites under arrest than blacks, and 2.41 times more likely to use lethal force against whites under arrest for violent offences.

Each year about 7000 blacks are murdered in the US. But 94% are killed by another black person. Black lives don't seem to matter to blacks. Even though blacks make up only 13% of the US population they account for more than 50% of US murder victims (and murderers). About twice as many whites are killed by blacks than vice versa.  A black is 12.8 times more likely to kill a white than a white to kill a black.

The BLM itself is closely associated with violence. It is reported that in recent weeks over 700 police officers have been injured by BLM-led protests.

The Unchristian Aims of BLM

The post Christians Should Oppose Black Lives Matter gives the following summary of the official BLM aims:

1.   “Disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure”

2.   Foster a “queeraffirming network” and “freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking,” instead of helping people escape LGBT lifestyles and live as God intended.

3.   “A national defunding of police,” BLM is a member of M4BL which also calls for abolishing prisons.

4.   BLM parent group M4BL is pro-abortion: “we demand reproductive justice that gives us autonomy over our bodies and our identities.” (about 40% of US abortions are by blacks)

5.   BLM parent group M4BL is anti-capitalist. The alternative to capitalism is removing the freedom to buy and sell and putting the government in charge of resources. When government power is absolute, all checks and balances against evil disappear and atrocities become inevitable.

6.   BLM finds racism in everything with no concept of forgiveness. While masking the much larger and real causes of black inequality in the US.

These are not Christian goals

Solving the Problem

At least part of the problem is lack of proper black parenting. Black children are 2.7 times more likely than white to grow up in a fatherless home. For more discussion on this see Two Black Economists Explain How to End Poverty in America. They argue that real poverty is rare in America, that most “poverty” is self-caused by poor choices rather than racism, and that easy big government welfare (blacks are 3 times more likely to receive government aid than whites) doesn’t help blacks but actually deters them from making good choices (such as hard work, education, marriage…).

In short, the Black Lives Matter movement has unchristian goals, distorts the reality of black violence, promotes violence, and offers no viable solution as to how to improve the situation of blacks in our society.


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