Democrat candidate Martin O’Malley apologized for saying all lives matter. Hillary got in trouble last month for quoting her mother who said, “All lives matter.” These hapless liberals were unaware the phrase “Black lives matter” has a deeper political meaning. Probably a lot of people misunderstand it.
Some may think the slogan refers to the recent shootings of Black men by police. It goes way beyond that. Actually, according to the movement, the Black Lives Matter slogan is about all people. How so? It is a bit Orwellian and totally Marxist.
The Black Lives Matter movement identifies itself as battling against state violence which comes in many forms. All the liberal victim groups are included. The movement feels the typical Black activist groups are negligent in championing many of these categories which are additional burdens for anyone who is Black. Whatever way it is possible to be a victim in American society, Blacks have suffered it. So by saying what appears to be exclusionary, “Black lives matter”, it is really, according to the movement, the ultimate inclusive statement. Being Black personifies being oppressed.
After all the linguistic gymnastics, the movement reveals itself as no more than a far Left group using the same old Marxist rhetoric—“liberation”, “solidarity”, “oppression”, “struggle”—while trying to appear unique and relevant to current events. The website even has a “herstory” of the movement. Yep, a feminist neologism from the 60’s.
Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, Black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.
In Marxist theory racism is merely a way to divide workers. The term “state violence” is more suitable in a Marxist agitprop framework. Back in the 80’s Angela Davis wrote a forward for the Joy James book, “Resisting State Violence: Radicalism, Gender, and Race in U.S. Culture”.
So the Black Lives Matter movement talks about state violence, not racism.
…Black poverty and genocide is state violence. It is an acknowledgment that 1 million Black people are locked in cages in this country–one half of all people in prisons or jails–is an act of state violence. It is an acknowledgment that Black women continue to bear the burden of a relentless assault on our children and our families and that assault is an act of state violence. Black queer and trans folks bearing a unique burden in a hetero-patriarchal society that disposes of us like garbage and simultaneously fetishizes us and profits off of us is state violence; the fact that 500,000 Black people in the US are undocumented immigrants and relegated to the shadows is state violence;.the fact that Black girls are used as negotiating chips during times of conflict and war is state violence; Black folks living with disabilities and different abilities bear the burden of
state-sponsored Darwinian experiments that attempt to squeeze us into boxes of normality defined by White supremacy is state violence. And the fact is that the lives of Black people—not ALL people—exist within these conditions is consequence of state violence.
How Black becomes All.
When Black people get free, everybody gets free
#BlackLivesMatter doesn’t mean your life isn’t important–it means that Black lives, which are seen as without value within White supremacy, are important to your liberation.
Given the disproportionate impact state violence has on Black lives, we understand that when Black people in this country get free, the benefits will be wide reaching and transformative for society as a whole. When we are able to end hyper-criminalization and sexualization of Black people and end the poverty, control, and surveillance of Black people, every single person in this world has a better shot at getting and staying free. When Black people get free, everybody gets free. This is why we call on Black people and our allies to take up the call that Black lives matter. We’re not saying Black lives are more important than other lives, or that other lives are not criminalized and oppressed in various ways. We remain in active solidarity with all oppressed people who are fighting for their liberation and we know that our destinies are intertwined.
And finally this:
[Black Lives Matter] is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.
Which really says it all. Just another attempt to spark the longed for revolution.