Harmony among all shades of color is humanity’s shared dream. Sadly, the crusade against racial injustice has become little more than a perpetual-emotion machine, fueling the flames of conflict it purports to fight. Trendy Black Lives Matter (BLM) is only making matters worse for Black Americans by failing to address the root cause of their suffering. It’s not daggers of hate from the outside community, but ceaseless turmoil roiling the inner lives of children from broken families.
The proportion of births to unmarried non-Hispanic Black women in the U.S. reached 70 percent in 2019, according to a U.S. National Vital Statistics Report released March 23. The figures for unmarried Hispanic and non-Hispanic White mothers were 52 percent and 28 percent, respectively. Sadly, the United States has the world’s highest share of single-parent households in the world.
Children learn the natural boundaries on human behavior from their first authority figures, their parents. The word “no” is easiest on the ear when spoken with love. With a parent absent, basic behavior goes unlearned until dished out by a much less sympathetic authority figure, like a cop wearing a badge. It’s unsurprising, then, that so many Black youths instinctively believe police are to blame, rather than their own behavior, for their run-ins with the law.
BLM has become an indignation juggernaut, weaponizing the impulse to lash out. New research indicates that the growing national outrage over police shootings has had a dramatic effect on the use of lethal force by law enforcement. The response, though, may be the opposite of what Americans would expect.
Travis Campbell, a researcher at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, studied the impact of Black Lives Matter protests following the 2014 civil disorder in Ferguson, Mo. He found the more individuals participated in protests between 2014 and 2019, the fewer police killings occurred. Cumulatively, the reduction in such deaths measured 15-20 percent, or about 300 lives saved.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that an additional 1,000 and 6,000 homicides occurred in places where Black Lives Matter protested. Saving 300 lives but costing as many as 6,000 is the very definition of doing more harm than good.
It may explain why Black Lives Matter is losing favor among Americans. Ipsos-USA Today polls have found the proportion of respondents saying BLM can be trusted to promote justice for all races has fallen from 60 percent to 50 percent during the past year.
Recent news could erode support even further: BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors has reportedly acquired four homes worth $3.2 million. Who knew that capitalist-hating Marxism could be so profitable?
Americans recognize racism for what it is: a soul-crushing human flaw. It is not racism, but family breakdown, that is the primary cause for Black America’s anguish. The solution isn’t Black Lives Matter’s perpetual anger, but responsible parenting that allows children to feel safe and loved in their homes and nation.
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