Why Systemic Racism and Black Lives Matter Eats Its Own
By now you have heard all the cries from the Black Lives Matter movement–and others–that there is systemic racism in America. People like to point at the criminal justice system, the rate of poverty between the black and white communities, as well as decades olds practices like redlining, to prove their accusation. Everywhere you look right now there is systemic racism; you cannot get away from it. Argue that America is not systemically racist and you get shouted down. Even if you come with the statistics arguing otherwise, the shout alone of “systemic racism” wins the argument. There is no debate because the point is seen as a given.
While the reality is certainly not a given, it is important to listen to the claims and try to make sense of what people want in order to provide solutions. Finding the solution to the problem–theoretically–should be of the utmost importance. However, when you start listening to the claims in order to look for a solution, you realize the vast majority of those making claims of systemic racism and shouting black lives matter, either do not want to find a solution or they are arguing against themselves.
The Systemic Racism of Policing and the Ironic Solutions
The main culprits right now accused of systemic racism in America are the police and the justice system*. Police are getting chastised everywhere you look and people are shouting for police reform or to defund the police. Most of the people asking for reform want an end to qualified immunity (a good request), fewer cops (terrible idea), and the weakening or dismantling of police unions (also a good idea).
*The Justice System and Reform Will be Discussed in a Separate Post*
Some of the most popular demands in America right now are for downsizing the police, less policing in general, or to defund the police entirely. People are wary about police brutality and think the fewer police on the streets, the fewer interactions between police and people, therefore a safer environment. However, most studies show if you want to clean up an area and improve the community you need both a stronger police presence and more vigilant policing.
It is why Mayors Guliani and Bloomberg were so successful cleaning up New York City. They and the police department injected more police into the city and instituted their Broken Windows Theory of policing. The result was an astonishing freefall in the amount of crime in New York City. While it seems counterintuitive–especially in a day and age where there are cries of police brutality everywhere–the answer to improving a community and stanching the flow of crime is the opposite of what Minneapolis is trying to do.
Unions Are Bad, Mkay?
But while individual police officers might be ok and help take care of a city and neighborhood, aren’t police unions bad and too powerful? You bet. The irony though is how many of those who say police unions are too strong are the same people who will defend other unions on their deathbed. Yes, the police unions need to be curtailed and they make it harder to fire a bad cop, but the same goes for teachers’ unions. If you are the type of person who is currently railing against cops and their unions but also defends a union that makes it impossible to fire a bad teacher, those are two fairly competing stances.
It is important to equate the two because many people agree on how the education system in American is currently failing black and impoverished communities. If you want to improve the education system, a great start is to make sure it is filled with high-quality teachers, but teachers’ unions make that appreciably harder. Many will instead argue and point out the failing education system is a remnant of racist redlining practices. That is a great point; because of redlining, black communities today have lower property value, which means their schools get a lower quality of everything.
That needs to change immediately. And yet, redlining has been illegal for more than 50 years, so what can people to do fix the aftermath? School choice and voucher programs are a solid solution. However, many of the people hoping to change the education system so that it is fairer and provides more opportunities for the disenfranchised, are staunchly against school choice and voucher programs. Pointing out the evils of redlining and the way it still affects black Americans today is a great thing to do, but you have to also want a solution and be serious about it.
Is it Black Lives Matter or All Black Lives Matter?
Which brings us to the final point. Are the people who scream and shout “black lives matter,” really serious about it? Because the slogan should really be, “some black lives matter.” For some reason, it is quaint and catchy to dismiss and ignore the number of black people killed by black people in the United States. Why? Obviously the unjustified death of any black person–any person–at the hands of police is an evil that must be snuffed out. However, the unjustified death of any black person–any person–at the hands of anybody is an evil that must be snuffed out.
Why is the death of someone who dies at the hands of the police more important to you than the death of someone shot by someone of their own skin color? It does not matter to the family members of the dead person, their relative is dead. Dead! The dead do not come back and every person who is murdered is a tragedy. While we must protest every unjustified death at the hands of police, we can’t continue to ignore everybody getting shot each weekend in places like Chicago. If black lives matter, then all black lives should matter, regardless of what SOB snuffed out that life.
This is not some catchy, “I got you” line; this should be something everybody of every race can agree on (just like we all agree the death of George Floyd is a tragedy that should never have happened). But it is really difficult to get behind the black lives matter movement and cries of systemic racism when the movement clearly does not care about certain black lives. Not only is there the issue of black-on-black crime, but a sickening number of black lives are ended before they get a chance to begin.
The Black Lives Matter Holocaust Happening Every Year
Black people only make up 13% of the population, but they are responsible for upwards of 36% of all abortions in America. Of the 44 million abortions since Roe v. Wade, black women have accounted for 19 million abortions. That is more than three times the amount of Jews who died in the Holocaust. Think about it for a second; the Holocaust occurred more than 70 years ago and the Jewish community is still trying to recover from it. And yet, there is a holocaust occurring every single year in the black community where more black babies are getting killed than all other black deaths combined. This is not by mistake; Planned Parenthood targets minority communities and places 79% of all their surgical abortion facilities within walking distance of minority communities, but nobody bats an eyelash. When you claim the system is racist, but ignore a perpetual black holocaust, it is a little difficult to take the movement seriously.
There is no racist system in America. It is literally against the law. There were racist systems and laws in the past (obviously), and some of the after-effects are still being felt today. However, if you want to fix the system and improve the quality of every black life, you have to be serious about it. Shouting slogans is not enough. You have to think about solutions and analyze if those solutions work or make sense. If they do, awesome, if they don’t, try something new.
If you say black lives matter, then you have to worry about all black lives and not just the ones that fit your agenda. To do anything else is wickedly hypocritical and also makes you part of the problem. Yes, while it is great to harp on and worry about the problem, finding a solution should always be the end goal. So, let’s say what we mean, mean what we say, and work together to find solutions to all these problems, but if you are not serious about finding those solutions, it is best for everybody if you kept quiet.