Black Lives Matter movement is racist!

Monday, July 11, 2016

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Dear Editor,

In recent days, with the shooting of the two black men in the United States by police officers, both the former governor of Alaska and the former mayor of New York have branded the Black Lives Matter movement as being racist. I have to say that I agree with the sentiments of these two politicians.

I must, first of all, point out that I too was very much outraged by the killing of those two black men in the United States by law enforcement officers. However, while anyone in his right mind must be disturbed by what happened to those two men, they weren’t the only ones killed simply because of their race.

Most of us black people seem to have forgotten that five white police officers in Dallas were also gunned down, simply because they were white. Just as in the case of those two black men, I was equally outraged by the killing of those white officers. These white police officers were shot while simply doing their jobs — by a misguided black man.

Now, while the Black Lives Matter movement was demonstrating all over the place denouncing the killing of those unfortunate black men — which, by the way, it has every right to do — it said nothing about the killing of those white police officers. If this is not blatant racism, then I really don’t know what else is.

You know, I have always said that these groups that are formed by people mainly on account of race, whether black or white, must be racist by definition. It cannot be right for us to view groups formed by whites as racists when they promote the interests of white people, while at the same time we view groups formed by blacks as promoting justice and not racist too. We must understand that racist groups don’t just defend white only.

One of the main problems that I have with many of our black movements is that they are allowed to get away with being racist, simply because they claim to be defending the interests of blacks. In this century, such movements are simply outdated and silly.

These days, such movements, like Black Lives Matter and the Ku Klux Klan, must be seen as the same — they both promote division and, many times, hatred. The 21st century has no place for any of them.

I have one suggestion for the Black Lives Matter movement: It should disband. Invite other races and come again, this time renaming itself the "All Lives Matter" movement. Then it will not be seen as so repulsive.

Michael A Dingwall

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