(I owe some of the following thoughts and facts to an article by Fred Lucas recently published in The Daily Signal)
Why do you march?
In your anger you shout “No justice! No peace!”
What is this justice that you seek? Derek Chauvin and the other Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd have been charged and await trial for his murder. What more do you want?
Virtually all Americans, black and white, cry out against the brutal murder of Mr. Floyd and insist on the punishment of those responsible. That will be done. Those men will be tried, and the guilty persons will be sentenced. Also, there is virtually universal agreement on the need for reforms in our criminal justice system. In time, those reforms will be made. But how is justice served when you indiscriminately attack police officers, loot stores, burn neighborhoods, topple statues, and perform other acts of mayhem? Does this conduct honor the memory of George Floyd and promote the cause of racial equity? It does not!
Rallies in support of justice for Floyd are understandable, but much of the violence on the streets of America is organized. Who is behind it?
What is their purpose?
BLACK LIVES MATTER
First, let us look at the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Many Americans of all races favor BLM’s advocacy for racial justice and its opposition to police brutality. What else does it stand for?
BLM began after the 2013 shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, and gained in numbers and strength after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. The group’s co-founders were Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza, all of them black women. Khan-Cullors described herself and Garza as trained Marxist organizers.
More than one BLM organization now exists, but the one associated with the above named founders and receives the largest level of donations is the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. According to the group’s website, the organization has a national network of about 40 chapters.
The BLM foundation fights for the traditional goals of black activist movements. At the same time, it does not conceal some of its more radical views and objectives, although they are stated in rather broad and ill-defined terms. It attacks what it calls the “western-prescribed” concept of a family consisting of a man, woman, and children and supports the idea of extended or collective family arrangements. The foundation is also quite strong in urging BLM comrades to support the LGBT movement and states that it is a “queer-affirming network.”
There is no doubt that the BLM Global Network Foundation is opposed to almost everything western civilization was built upon, including Christianity.
Another organization to be aware of is Thousand Currents. a grantmaking organization that provides financial assistance to left-leaning projects, organizations and activists. It is funded by many left-leaning institutional donors.
In 2016, Thousand Currents became the financial sponsor of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. For some hint as to the political philosophy of Thousand Currents, we might note that Susan Rosenberg, a convicted felon who participated in bombings in the Northeast and in Washington, D.C., is vice-chairwoman of its board of directors.
Rosenberg was a member of the Weather Underground in the 1960s and later joined the even more radical May 19th Communist Organization. In 1984, she and comrades set off bombs in the U.S. Capitol and elsewhere in an effort to prevent the reelection of Ronald Reagan. Convicted and sentenced to 58 years, at her sentencing Rosenberg urged supporters to “continue to fight for the defeat of U.S. imperialism.” President Bill Clinton commuted her sentence on his last day in office in January 2001.
Has Ms. Rosenberg changed her thinking? I doubt it. Does Thousand Currents share her extreme radical views? Probably.
Thousand Currents reeks with the stench of Soviet style communist ideology.
Antifa is an anti-facist political movement comprised of a diverse array of autonomous groups that aim to achieve their objectives by both non-violent and violent means. Individuals involved in the movement tend to hold anti-authoritarian and anti-capitalist views and subscribe to a range of left-wing ideologies such as anarchism, Marxism, and socialism. Both the name Antifa and its logo, with two flags representing anarchism and communism, are derived from the German Antifa movement.
Many Antifa supporters believe that Trump is a fascist demagogue who threatens the existence of America’s pluralistic, multi-racial democracy. This factor helps explain why Antifa is so quick to label the president’s “Make America Great Again” supporters as fascists and why Trump is equally disposed to label Antifa as a terrorist organization and to blame them for almost any destructive act.
The Antifa movement has grown since the 2016 Presidential election. As of 2017 there were approximately 200 Antifa groups of varying sizes and levels of activity.
During the George Floyd protests, Antifa has been accused by some officials of being responsible for much if not most of the violence. But that statement has been challenged. In the words of one expert observer, “While confident that some members of Antifa groups have participated in a variety of forms of resistance” during the protests, “it is impossible to determine exactly how many were involved.” In the final analysis, it is difficult to know whether BLM or Antifa did the most damage.
Although they may swear fealty to a different philosophy, Antifa adherents bear a startling resemblance to the Brownshirts of Nazi Germany. They wish to tear down our government and replace it with either a communist state or mob rule.
Do not be deceived, you marchers. Perhaps you march under the banners of TRUTH and JUSTICE, but with whom do you march? There are those marching with you who wish to totally destroy our way of life. They are using you. Call these people out and ask them what they stand for. Why do they march? Should you march with them?
Get out of the streets and start working with others to build a more equitable society.