Do Black lives matter? There's a question that can't be asked out loud these days.
But I'll ask it anyway.
I look around me. I look at my Black friends that I have worked closely with over the years; the Haitian and Charter School communities, and I'm forced to keep asking: Do Black lives matter? And, if so, to whom? And rather than answer that question, I will offer the thought that, if the Black community truly wanted Black lives to matter, they would take the following Make Black Lives Matter steps:
First, and foremost, the cheapest and most obvious is to vote Republican.
Sure, you say, I'm just being a partisan hack. Not true. I'm being a realistic observer.
As Charles Barkley has said many times: "Blacks have been voting for Democrats for 50 years and they're still poor." And the beauty is, it's the easiest thing one could ever do. Same election day, same polling place, same ballot; the only difference is going straight down the R line instead of the D line.
There is no one thing the Black community could ever do to effect the greatest of benefits.
The next best thing, especially for inner-city Blacks, is to get their concealed weapons permits. Yes, it takes some effort and some money. In Florida, there's a three-hour course, a three-bullet practice session and a trip to the state licensing office. It's well worth the time and money. The benefits are greater than one can imagine. Armed responsible inner-city residents are the greatest deterrents to crime. The bad guys know this. They never want to prey on people who will fight back. And, as an added bonus, reduced crime means increased home values. You can take it to the bank — literally.
Moving on, it's time to save the children. Let white liberals save the whales.
Black, inner-city residents have real problems.
The easiest way to save the children? Enroll them in charter schools, or, if your state allows it, apply for Opportunity Scholarships. But whatever you do, get your kids out of the inner-city government schools — now.
Every child deserves better than a lifetime of reading below grade average.
Your down-the-street charter school is the ticket. Go from punching-the-clock administrators to answering-the-call faculties. Never forget, the government school's teachers give a piece of their paycheck to a union committed to keeping Black families from having "school choice."
Stop funding the opposition. Start fighting for your own kids.
These are three easy, inexpensive life-changing suggestions. The benefits would accrue almost immediately. There are two final pieces to the Make Black Lives Matter program.
Both are difficult, expensive, and time consuming.
Both extend beyond helping a family and go to reviving a community.
The first? End abortions. OK, you don't have to end all abortions, just the ones that terminate Black lives. After all, it's hard to imagine that Black lives matter to those cheering about the 1,000 Black abortions every day, 365 days a year. Since Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), there have been more than 20 million Black babies aborted.
What can Black families do? Go back to the first suggestion.
Replace your Black Democratic congressman with a Black Republican congressman.
That alone will save the children. But it will take more than one vote, one time. It takes organizing, lobbying, fundraising and candidate recruitment; the whole gamut of political activism. It takes education about Planned Parenthood, its eugenicist founder, Margaret Sanger, and the very big business of Black abortions.
"There isn't enough money on the planet to save a community without fathers."
That's one of my most favorite, and most true, soundbites. It's in my 2008 book, "Adults Only." In the 1950s, 85% of Black children grew up in two-parent families. Today it's less than 25%. It's more than a crime. It's a sin. Blame President Lyndon B. Johnson and his War on Poverty.
Financial incentives were offered to poor (mostly Black) mothers if they refused to get two things; a husband and a job. Enough said. This final piece of the Make Black Lives Matter agenda is the one that brings stability and permanence. It's the solution to all the problems of all people of any race. It's the foundational cornerstone of success and upward mobility.
The two-parent family is the gift that keeps on giving.
So here we are, back to our original question: Do Black Lives Matter? And the answer is "No" and "Yes." It's "No" if you think that taking a thousand knees or toppling a thousand statues will improve a single Black life. It's "Yes" if my Make Black Lives Matter agenda is taken seriously by Black America.
The good news? It's a question only the Black community can answer.
The better news? It's on the ballot this November.
Sid Dinerstein is a former chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party. He founded JBS Associates, a 600-person financial service company, and currently combines politics and business with Niger Innis in Inclusive Elections LLC, a firm that brings urban electorate voters to the GOP. He is the author of "Adults Only: For Those Who Love Their Country More Than Their Party." Read Sid Dinerstein's Reports — More Here.
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