I know that you may be expecting Part II of my “Deconstructing the ‘Left-Right’ Spectrum” series, which I started last week.
But for the first time ever, I am going to interrupt a series for this. Something happened this week that requires my comments now, while the iron is hot.
As I reported on here, four thugs kidnapped a white Donald Trump supporter and tortured him for as long as two whole days. Their motive was clearly their hatred of President Trump and white people in general. It may not be “official” yet, but we already know who is to blame for this.
Black Lives Matter must be held accountable. It has been correctly said for years now that this group promotes this kind of evil. They unapologetically march down streets, in the hundreds, chanting things like “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want them? Now!” and “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon!” They rally around proven criminals like Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, and depict such people as innocent victims, while painting brave police officers as racist thugs. All the while, this rhetoric is shielded - and even encouraged - by the entirety of the American left: from the media, to the Democratic Party, to outgoing President Barack Obama himself. Under the veil of “social justice,” this rhetoric is seen as “righteous anger” and “justified” due to past transgressions against African-Americans through such atrocities as Jim Crow and slavery.
But then, once this rhetoric fuels actual actions — from shooting of police officers, to race riots that burn down entire cities -- the same left-wing establishment suddenly feigns shock and disgust, claiming that these actions “do not reflect the majority of Black Lives Matter.”
How are hundreds of looters, vandals, and rioters any different from the hundreds who chant vulgarities as they march in the streets? What makes one a “fringe minority” and the other the “moderate majority?”
I have postulated that this is the fatal flaw with such socio-political activist groups that are organized strictly by social media. Whether it’s Occupy or the Arab Spring movements, such “organizations” are not so organized. By nature of their origin in the fickle world of the internet, they are doomed to fail by the very anonymity that seeks to make activists out of ordinary people. Because of its lack of leadership and infrastructure, there is no way any figurehead or leader can speak on behalf of the group, to condemn such actions or otherwise. Thus, Black Lives Matter is nothing more than a mob - aimless, leaderless, and a powder keg waiting to go off.
It is — to put it extremely mildly -- very unfortunate that this rhetoric and such actions have basically become normalized in this country. Thanks to Obama, the Democrats, and the media, this has become the new norm; “Oh, just another race riot.” “Oh, another police shooting.”
The only reason this video has really hit home and struck such a powerful chord with us is because it features what I call “The Aleppo Effect.” Just as the viral video of a 4-year-old boy in Aleppo, Syria - bloody, covered in dust, in the back of an ambulance - stunned the world into compassion and put the Syrian Civil War into a whole new light, so too does this video put Black Lives Matter’s racism into a whole new perspective. We care even more because this was a brutal, raw video - 30 minutes long - with the victim up close, in gory detail. Therefore, this video has struck us even harder than the shootings of police officers - which, in its own way, makes this whole mess even sadder.
We should have been outraged at the very first race riot, when Ferguson was burned to the ground. We weren’t.
We should have been outraged when two New York City police officers were assassinated in their car. We weren’t.
We should have been outraged when five Dallas police officers were sniped by a devout Black Lives Matter member. We weren’t.
We should have been equally outraged when the Ferguson effect struck such cities as Baltimore, Charlotte, and Milwaukee. We weren’t.
This evil, this domestic terrorism, has become normal. The country might not survive much more of this.
And that is why I could not be more grateful for the incoming Trump Administration. President Trump, Attorney General Sessions, and Homeland Secretary Kelly should not have mercy on this fringe group. It can no longer be denied that this group fuels racial hatred, violence, crime, and domestic terrorism. It is no better than the Ku Klux Klan - they are two sides of the same evil coin.
And that is why Black Lives Matter should be officially categorized as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Full actions should be taken by Sessions’ Justice Department. Law and order must be restored. Enough is enough.
That’s all I have to say on this matter. I will continue the “Left-Right” series next week.
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