The black lives matter movement is disapproved of by people all across the spectrum for a myriad of reasons. Most of the arguments are valid, such as the hypocrisy and inconsistency that exists within the movement itself. I have written articles upon articles explaining why I have such disdain for the radical social justice movement, but the counterarguments are getting old. And so is the insulting and demonizing of the people involved with the movement. All that does is bring us conservatives down to the same bigoted level as liberals. It’s simply unproductive in trying to find a solution to what BLM activists really want. And believe it or not, there is a solution that does not involve us having to meet them halfway or sacrificing any of our values or beliefs. In fact it’s a matter of preaching and educating others about something that us conservatives all support. Capitalism.
I’m going to keep it brief because I can write pages upon pages to break everything down for you, but I don’t think I need to.
African Americans currently make up a majority of the people in the U.S. living in poverty: 27.4%. They are sick and tired of struggling financially. They want a change. Wouldn’t you?
People want money, people like having money. In the BLM platform, they want economic justice in which they want a “redistribution of wealth.”
Socialism is currently praised for reasons that I believe have to do with our society developing this idea that the world owes them something. People are becoming lazy. But that’s besides the point. Capitalism is struck down as a corrupt and unfair system. It allows only some to succeed due to this idea of “institutional/systematic racism” and for few to make boatloads of money, while others must live from paycheck to paycheck.
But capitalism is in fact quite simple — if you want to make boatloads of money all you have to do is work hard. If you have an idea, and you pursue it, there are no government laws or societal restrictions holding you back from making your idea a reality. No matter where you start in life, all it takes is hard work and determination.
If society is deliberately holding people back due to their ethnicity/race, we would not have as many professional athletes as we do. Our president would not be Barack Obama, political leaders such as Dr. Ben Carson and actors like Jesse Williams would not exist.
But you know what, they worked hard to get to where they are today. Unfortunately this idea of “hard work” isn’t really taught anymore. But that gets us into a discussion about family values/structure that is a whole different discussion, but is an important one that must be had.
So if we, as conservatives, really want to approach the BLM movement in a productive way, don’t criticize. Just talk about capitalism. Talk about money.