The recent and tragic murder of George Floyd has sparked a series of protest marches led by the “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) movement. And, though most believe in not only the right to protest but also its just cause; many have rightly questioned the true end game of the Black Lives Matter organizers.
A few years ago (as the BLM movement first gained national attention following the shooting deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown) I was asked by a pastor friend to speak on the then-emerging movement. What I found led me to write two articles (Exposing Black Lives Matter 1 & 2), a guest on radio interviews (Should Christians Support BLM?), and, then write two more related articles (King Vs Kaepernick: Classic Civil Rights Versus BLM 1 & 2). If you’ve read my articles or heard me on the radio, you know that I have a problem with the ideology behind the BLM movement, not the statement that Black Lives Matter.
However, here’s the problem I want to address. Many people, especially those with a biblical worldview, have a problem with the singular focus on Black lives taken due to encounters with the police. Even though this is alarming, it pales in comparison to the numbers of Black babies aborted every day, or the number of Black youngsters killed as a result of senseless gang violence. Case in point, this past Father’s day weekend in Chicago alone 102 people were shot, with 14 fatally wounded. Of those shot 12 were minors, one only three years old, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The irony should not be lost that the highest number of victims to date from gang-related violence fell on Father’s day weekend. In 2008, while speaking at the Apostolic Church of God in Chicago, then U.S. Senator Barack Obama stated, “We know that more than half of all black children live in single-parent households, a number that has doubled — doubled — since we were children. We know the statistics — that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and 20 times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioral problems, or run away from home or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it.”
In his speech, Sen. Obama lauded the necessity of fathers in the home. But he also went on to comment about absent fathers asserting, “They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it.”
We agree with the former president. Our earnest conviction is that many of the Black community’s problems could be solved if we gave more attention to building strong & healthy families. We believe that to minimize confrontations with the police, eliminate visits to the abortion clinics, school dropouts, and delinquency, incarcerations, as well as the illicit use of drugs and drug suppliers, we must focus on combating the underlying problem—the dysfunction and disintegration of the Black Family. Because, if “Black Lives” really matter, we must commit to building our communities with a legacy of strong family values.
In other words, BLM and the protesters are focusing on the symptoms and not the cause. The consequences we see from family breakdown can be tied to Black homicides, abortions, and run-ins with the police. The first two are the leading causes of all deaths in the Back community. So again, if Black lives really matter its time we advocate on behalf of Black Families. (https://blackfamiliesmatter.org)