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“Chicago saw its highest number of gun violence victims in a single weekend this year with 104 people shot across the city from Friday evening to Monday morning, 14 of them fatally. Five of those killed were minors.”

Chicago Sun Times Monday June 22, 2020.

The Sun Times reports that there have been more homicides in Chicago so far in 2020, (254), than in all of 2019, (238). Most of the victims are young black men, according to the Sun Times.  

“Of the more than three hundred people killed in the streets of Baltimore last year, just about all of them were African Americans. The shooters (killers) were most likely black as well. This is a devastating plague acutely affecting black communities across the country.”

Baltimore Sun, April 3, 2020. By Professor John L. Hudgins, Coppin State University

Even in Des Moines, police report that there have been 13 murders so far this year. Nearly all the victims are black.

Of course, this pattern is not unique to Chicago and Baltimore. The point of these stories is that most black murder victims are killed by other blacks. So why bring up this point? The Black Lives Matter movement has been in the news lately. It is not uncommon for commentators to raise the question of why aren’t they concerned about black murders of other blacks. If you take their name literally, you would think that they would be concerned by the hundreds, if not thousands, of black people killed by other blacks. The truth is their goal is not primarily to protect black lives. If that was their goal they would be concentrating on black on black killings because that is where the numbers are.

Black Lives Matter is a far left political movement that uses incidents such as the Floyd killing to advance their leftist political agenda. I know there are a number of young people who participate in the marches who are not extremists, but they are not the leaders. BLM is even advocating “defunding the police” though it is hard to believe that elected city officials would really do that.

Talking about blacks killed by other blacks does not advance their political agenda. It is that simple. If Mr. Floyd had been killed by a black, who was not a law enforcement officer, they would not have been interested. If you are in doubt, take a look at their website or listen to some of their comments.

Here is the lead paragraph on one of their websites:

“Four years ago, what is now known as the Black Lives Matter Global Network began to organize. It started out as a chapter-based, member-led organization whose mission was to build local power and to intervene when violence was inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.”

I saw no reference to blacks killed by other blacks.  

Another significant point is their defending of the destruction of property, looting and violence against police that has taken place at some of their events, even in Des Moines.

At the conclusion of an interview on the Fox network Hawk Newsome, BLM president in Greater New York stated, “I just want black liberation, and black sovereignty. By any means necessary.”

It is unfortunate that extremists are the ones who get the publicity. The many blacks who are not extremists are almost ignored. Why not talk about the many blacks who are doctors, nurses, teachers, police officers, businessmen and women, religious leaders and may others. They should be the role models who are celebrated.                      

As always please feel free to contact me with your ideas or concerns. 

Author: Julian Garrett