I want to ask a serious question, even though asking it invites criticism. Is the Black Lives Movement moral? On its face, at least, many can agree that calling attention to unwarranted police violence and unnecessarily hostile treatment by the cops is responsible. We can even agree that any group can petition government to air their grievances and that groups have a right to assemble, to protest, and to attempt to convert others to their side. None of this is at issue here.
But what if the movement’s claims lack empirical confirmation? What if the movement causes violence, engages in harassment of others, and seeks to silence dissent? What if that movement causes, even unintentionally, more harm? Can we say that the movement is moral?
Now, I can hear some of the criticisms already: BLM is composed of a diverse group of people and you cannot stereotype all; the issue is moral, even if the tactics employed by some are illegal; and their standby......you are a racists for even asking.
Take a look, however, at the harm caused by BLM and how they use threats and intimidation to achieve silencing their critics. Is this “right” behavior? Look at the hateful and often racist rhetoric employed by many in the BLM crowd. Are hate and racism no less damaging to them than to anyone else? And look at their claims--claims that are backed by fury but that are often empty of substance.
So, I’m inclined to see BLM as movement that is largely immoral even if it contains individuals who are moral. I’m inclined to view their general claims as largely hollow even if the occasional case supports their view. And I see more and more how their rhetoric and their actions are brining harm to people.
Here is another example of their awful rhetoric and their efforts to suppress dissent: _
John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
Professors of Crime and Criminology