June 10, 2020 at 8:04 am
It’s controversial to say it, but all lives matter. Any political group that tries to claim that the lives of one particular group should take precedence over another is stoking division and thus further perpetuating the cycle of racism.
The most common retort seems to be ‘yes, all lives matter, but black lives matter more right now’, well, no. My life does not matter more than the life of my neighbour.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28
You don’t achieve equality in any aspect of life by taking privilege from one group and handing it to another. This over-compensation is similar to what we saw in the third/fourth waves of feminism when it became less about creating a balance between men and women, and more about remove men and replacing them with women, in order to ‘make up’ for years of inequality. It’s interesting that once we reach equality, these campaigns push further and take power for their own groups by marginalising their opponents.
A cursory glance at the Black Lives Matter manifesto proves them to be far more than the anti-racist campaign group they attempt to portray themselves as. It’s evident that BLM is a socially Marxist political organisation intent on causing disruption to Western ideals.
Taken directly from their website: ‘We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure’. Imagine campaigning against a stable, loving family structure that provides an advantage to the lives of young children. Like their aim to ‘dismantle cisgender privilege’, it may be a great soundbite for the woke, but what does it have to do with a supposed anti-racism movement?
Vandalising the statue of Winston Churchill was a key moment over the past few days that highlighted the toxic nature of this campaign. Graffiti spray-painted on the side of a war hero saying ‘anti-fa’, as if the man responsible for Great Britain defeating fascism in Europe was somehow a fascist figure himself is ridiculous, their irony knows no bounds.
Likewise, the toppling of Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol showed the movement up to be uncivil riotous thugs. This isn’t a Middle Eastern dictatorship; we don’t tear down public art because we disagree with it. Colston did a lot of good in his life, funding hospitals, schools and churches. He also did a lot of evil in supporting the slave trade.
But judging historical figures by today’s progressive liberal standards is ridiculous because once you fall down that rabbit hole, there’s no coming back from it. If you dig deep enough, you’ll find something offensive in the past of every historical figure. Where does it end?
This was further demonstrated by the tagging of ‘racist’ by Mahatma Gandhi’s statue. The very same chap who fought a successful non-violent resistance to British colonialism in India. Surely a natural ally of BLM? But Gandhi’s questionable opinions on hierarchical race structures put him in their bad books.
No man is perfect, but that’s not what statues represent. We don’t commission statues to idolise people; we do so to remember our history. We recognise figures who have contributed to our past and affected the direction of our nation. By tearing them down and attempting to re-write our history BLM are robbing us of our heritage, the good and the bad, and they’ll find this counter-productive to their cause.
The way to improve race relations and make progress is to learn from mistakes of the past, not to erase them.