Hundreds of thousands of Americans have taken to gathering in the streets to protest racial injustice. They comprise a rainbow of color — black, white and every hue in between. The nebulous organization behind it all, Black Lives Matter, has succeeded in bringing U.S. citizens together in common cause like never before in modern times. What’s not to like? Its Marxist roots, that’s what.
The legions of protesters and rioters filling TV screens don’t much care about the underpinnings of the campaign for justice, so-called, but they should. The organizers of Black Lives Matter (BLM) clearly care, and it is the philosophy that animates the movement and is steering it toward a dangerous place most Americans would flee if they understood what awaits them.
In comments uncovered and reprinted in The National Pulse, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors reveals that she and fellow co-founder Alicia Garza are followers of an ideology that could not be more foreign to the American way: “We actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia in particular, we’re trained organizers. We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on ideological theories.”
Ms. Cullors is unapologetic in describing Black Lives Matter founders as “trained Marxists,” so it’s worth examining the words that inspire their deeds. Marxism, the 19th-century worldview systematized by German revolutionary Karl Marx, is fundamentally atheistic. It subscribes to a theory that matter — physical stuff — comprises the fundamental reality of human existence. The transcendent experiences of the human heart are regarded as nothing more than biochemistry — fantasies of brain function. Stuff, whether molecule or man, is just soulless stuff. In short, matter doesn’t really matter.
Clearly, Marxism stands in diametric opposition to the Judeo-Christian foundation of America, which views each person as infused with a spirit unbounded by time and space, a manifestation of an omnipotent Creator. Human lives matter — all of them — a belief undergirding the American founding in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Philosophy, of course, is simply a mental exercise, except for students who must lug around thick tomes of deep thoughts. It is the application of ideology in real time where the concept meets the concrete or, as in recent practice, where brick collides with window. The engine of “progress” in the Marxist worldview is the dialectic — or conflict — which is the clash of ideas and people. Marxists hope that when the smoke clears following their riots, something new and better is formed.
Americans watching the Black Lives Matter demonstrations on TV have been witnessing the handiwork of “trained Marxists” practicing the dialectic. The hair-trigger harpies screaming obscenities in the faces of police officers attempting to keep the peace, the masked bullies yanking down statues of historical figures, the hooded guerrillas hurling Molotov cocktails — all are putting Marxist ideology into action.
Students of history have seen it all before. The Marxist revolutions of the 20th century that wracked Russia, China, Vietnam, North Korea and elsewhere piled up victims approaching 100 million. Thus is the bitter harvest of the perpetually angry, steeped in Marxism and deaf to the call for human kindness.
It is easy to stir up an argument over whether the NFL’s Tom Brady chose wisely in becoming a Buccaneer rather than remain a Patriot, but there is no counterargument to the proposition that black lives matter. As they wholeheartedly endorse the intrinsic value of the black race, though, Americans are tiptoeing around the controversy posed by an organization that shrewdly shields itself from scrutiny behind the BLM brand.
A recent Pew Research Center survey of adults found that 67 percent expressed support for the movement rooted in philosophical materialism, despite its use of fear and violence to achieve its aims. A separate Pew Research Center poll conducted in 2019 found that a nearly identical proportion of Americans — 65 percent — described themselves as Christians, presumably embracing a countervailing call to “love thy neighbor as thyself.”
Marxism is a soulless ideology incompatible with the Judeo-Christian foundations of this nation. Americans wishing to advance the Founders’ struggle “to form a more perfect union” should forswear the clenched fists of Black Lives Matter and wield the affirmative force of forgiveness.