Endeavoring to achieve higher political objectives, the Black Lives Matter movement and associated groups have issued a series of demands ostensibly for the purpose of influencing the November elections.
Issues on the platform include an end to the brutal treatment of African-Americans by law enforcement, payment of reparations, the shift of public funds from criminal justice programs to education and job training programs, the practice of collectivist economic theory, community control over the justice system and an end to black oppression and the legitimization of black political power.
“We wanted to intervene in this current political moment where there is all this amazing and inspiring work that is resisting state violence and corporate power.” said co-executive director of Freedom Inc., M. Adams.
Similarly, Baltimore-based Baltimore Bloc communications director Michaela Brown said:
“We seek radical transformation, not reactionary reform. As the 2016 election continues, this platform provides us with a way to intervene with an agenda that resists state and corporate power, an opportunity to implement policies that truly value the safety and humanity of black lives, and an overall means to hold elected leaders accountable.”
This list of demands more closely resembles an extortion attempt than an inventory of legitimate grievances.
In other words, what Black Lives Matter advocates is for the complete dismantlement of every social, economic and political institution and it replacement with a board of community activists.
While one of their demands includes abolition of the death penalty, a worthy proposal and a punishment which a majority of Americans still appear to favor, the remainder of their demands are utterly preposterous and appear to revolve around breaking up law enforcement agencies and replacing the institution with members chosen by a community board.
Further, the demands, among other orders, appears to require a massive adjustment in funds from law enforcement to pay for the elimination of student debt and free education for all blacks choosing to pursue education beyond high school.
These demands neglect attention to the $22 trillion in tax dollars spent since 1965 to lift not only blacks from hardship, but a considerable amount of other minority groups and whites from the bowels of poverty.
Public housing has become a fiasco; many choose not to take advantage of public schooling as it is; and jobs programs, such as the Job Corps, typically attract few students for the free training.
Why consider more of the same failed proposals?
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