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  • Ralph J. Chittams, Sr.

Black Lives Matter

Updated: Jun 10

Everyone should agree with the following statement: All Black Lives Matter. And everyone should also be able to support the premise that All Lives Matter. Those statements are both true. All Black Lives Matter, from conception to natural death. All Lives Matter is true simply because we are Americans who have been endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.


However, the statement Black Lives Matter is fraught with peril not because people disagree with the statement, but because it is linked to an organization whose goals are decidedly antithetical to the statement.


Too many people chant Black Lives Matter with zero knowledge of what that organization stands for. They believe what they have been told, but they have never gone to Black Lives Matter’s website to learn for themselves the true goals of this organization.


This is what Black Lives Matter advocates. The following quotations all can be found at https://blacklivesmatter.com/what-we-believe/.


"We make space for transgender brothers and sisters to participate and lead."


"We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence."


"We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered."


"We practice empathy. We engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts."


"We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work."


"We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable."


"We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise)."


Please note the few references to heterosexuality. They are all negative.


We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege.”


“We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered.”


“We dismantle the patriarchal practice.”


“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure.”


“We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking.”


Nowhere in any of their literature is there any affirmation of heterosexual manhood or the nuclear family. From simply reading their website, their primary focus is empowering and affirming the LGBTQIAP+ community. It seems that the only thing a heterosexual Black male can do for Black Lives Matter is get killed by a White cop.


The following statement is also included in their statement of beliefs.


"We are guided by the fact that all Black lives matter, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status, or location."


While they claim “all Black lives matter,” that is a lie. Black Lives Matter supports Planned Parenthood and their genocidal efforts within Black America. In addition, hundreds of Black people have been murdered at the hands of other Black people since the creation of Black Lives Matter. If All Black Lives Matter, why are they not marching and protesting the loss of those lives?


If someone wants to support Black Lives Matter they are free to do so, this is a free country. However, if you do support them, at least know what you are supporting.

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