One of the greatest threats to the health and safety of Black Americans today may not be the police. Perhaps it’s the Black Lives Matter movement.
Crime is a serious problem in many Black inner-city neighborhoods, and that is why a recent Gallup survey found that most Blacks — 81% — want the police to spend the same amount of time (61%) or more time (20%) in their area. If most Blacks thought the cops were the enemy, they would not want a police presence where they live.
Why is Black Lives Matter such a threat to the health and safety of Black people? Because it wants to eliminate the police force and empty the prisons. If this were to happen, Blacks would suffer the most.
On the website of Black Lives Matter there is a petition calling for "a national defunding of police." While others are also calling to defund the police, Black Lives Matter is front and center.
Patrisse Cullors is one of the three founders of Black Lives Matter; she is also its most prominent spokesperson. She recently told Newsweek that "Policing and incarceration are part of a continuum," and that her organization is committed to "getting rid of both systems." She added that "When we're thinking about defunding police, we need to be thinking about defunding the mass incarceration state."
On its website, Black Lives Matter lists "prison abolition" as one of its objectives. In June, Black Lives Matter Chicago said this goal was urgent. "We say #DefundThePolice and #DefundDepOfCorrections because they work in tandem. The rise of mass incarceration occurred alongside the rise of militarized and mass policing. They must be abolished as a system."
Chicago, of course, is where Black lives seem to matter the least: Black-on-Black shootings are routine, especially on weekends. Most Chicagoan Blacks, like Blacks everywhere, are peaceful, which explains why they want more arrests and more incarcerations, not less. So why is Black Lives Matter doing everything it can to subvert the aspirations of Black people?
One reason why we have gotten to this absurd stage is because of the white "allies" of Black Lives Matter. To be specific, legions of young affluent white men and women have been intellectually seduced by their ideologically corrupt professors. They sincerely believe that the cops are the enemy and the prisons are evil. They need a reality check.
In truth, it is they, along with Black Lives Matter, who are the greatest threat to the health and safety of Black people.
If we get rid of the police and the prisons, Black Lives Matter officials will be unaffected, as will their white allies; they live in comfortable neighborhoods. It will be innocent Black men, women and children who will pay the price for their insanity.
Dr. William Donohue is the president and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. The publisher of the Catholic League journal, Catalyst, Donohue is a former Bradley Resident Scholar at the Heritage Foundation and served for two decades on the board of directors of the National Association of Scholars. He is the author of eight books, and the winner of several teaching awards and many awards from the Catholic community. Read Bill Donohue's Reports — More Here.
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