- - Monday, June 22, 2020

The looting, burning, destruction of property, and disrespect for law and order in our communities are not only tragic but frightening. The organized insurrection by Black Lives Matter is described by the media as peaceful and ‘just an expression of frustration.’ The media doesn’t report that Black Lives Matter is a radical leftist outfit that seeks to replace capitalism with socialism and abolish the police, and looks to socialist Venezuela as a model. Historically, the group’s antecedents reach back to the Black Panthers of the 1960s. In recent years it has drawn inspiration from the Occupy Wall Street movement.

BLM claims to be protesting racism but is using the tragic murder of George Floyd to disseminate a false narrative and promulgate an anti-capitalist agenda. As they protest, demonstrate and celebrate their black pride, the rest of us have become guilted into becoming kneelers. To them, being born white is “white privilege” which connotes an unfair advantage and insinuates racism. Viewing all white people as guilty and complicit distorts political issues and deflects from the real problem. Their message: A proud white man waving an American flag is a racist.

ED KONECNIK

Flushing, N.Y.

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