No, we just know that there was not a single reference to police brutality or violence in any of BLM’s 13 Guiding Principles.

They did manage to take a swipe at the nuclear family though. Don’t you find that odd for a group that’s allegedly pro-black?
We also know there are typically about 10-25 unarmed black men involved in fatal police shootings each year, while there are hundreds of school-aged kids killed in street violence every year. And in cities like Philly and St. Louis, over 90% of the homicide victims are black.
So a lot of black folk who oppose BLM do so because they realize it’s a Trojan Horse that uses the dead bodies of black men to pursue its primary agenda around LGBT issues.
BLM and the black left in general are only interested in nationalizing cases in which black ppl are killed by white vigilantes or police officers. Any other case stays local, at best. The case of Jazmine Barnes makes that clear.
The national outrage when they thought the shooter was white evaporated overnight when that claim was proven false.

So yes, lots of black folk are pro-police reform, but we also know we are disproportionately the victims of violent crime.
We also know it’s the police that are responsible for investigating those crimes and trying to bring some measure of justice to grieving families. The defunders are silent when NYPD nabs the ppl who shot Davell Gardner Jr. because THEY are the ones indifferent to black life.
Black people who grew up/live around black people love blk ppl, which is why we’re tired of seeing so many killed in our own communities. We also want more accountability for LE. What we don’t like are ppl playing Cultural Border Patrol telling us which orgs we must support.

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26 Sep
I read this post by @DavidAFrench to hear his arguments and heart. That said, this essay suffers from the same problems most analyses on crime and punishment in this country do: 1) a lack of specificity, 2) misplaced sympathies, 3) and an unwillingness to assess tradeoffs.
As is often the case in this area, David never says WHY people in this country are incarcerated. Before I do that, it is helpful to know what the ecosystem of confinement looks like. There are about 630K ppl in local jails.
Some are awaiting trial, some are serving short sentences (< 1 yr), and some are serving the final stretch of a longer prison sentence. There are about 160K ppl in federal prison. About 45% are in for serious drug trafficking and another 40% for Public Order crimes [Table 15].
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12 Sep
I see the conservative rejection of race labels (eg, hyphenated Americans) as a desire to encourage a single national identity as “Americans”. The conservatives cheering for Tamara Mensah-Stock did so because they see her primarily American, not her ethnic identity.
That said, I agree that there are cultural histories and norms specific to groups within the broader culture. I think it’s unwise to act as if that diversity of experience doesn’t exist or matter. HBCUs, Ebony and Jet, the “black church”, etc. all came to be in a specific..
historical context. Those things, as well as the Knights of Columbus, zydeco music, and the tradition of bagpipes in the NYPD all add to the rich tapestry which constitutes American history. The challenge is forging a national identity out of all of that.
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10 Sep
Hey @rolandsmartin, It’s bad journalism (and manners) to ask someone a question, not allow them to answer, and insert your own response.

Your problem is you think I’m a partisan like you. I can assure you I’m not. I have certain values that are anchored in a biblical worldview.
That’s why I believe that people are made in the image of God and that their value is inherent—NOT dependent on whether they are wanted by their parents, how they were conceived, or how other people feel about them.
You have guests who compare women who travel cross-state for an abortion to slaves searching for freedom on the Underground Railroad. They see FEWER black kids being born as a form of liberation.
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26 Jul
My goal in responding is to be as charitable in my understanding of your positions and gracious in my response as befits two brothers in Christ. You didn’t have to say “all abt racist policies in the past”. What you left out of your assessment of black life says it for you.
@DavidAFrench For example, you tie redlining to wealth disparities btwn groups. No one denies that inheritance passed down through generations contributes to wealth. So does income. Yet you never mention how differences in marriage rates & households impact income & wealth.
So if you don’t believe the issue is racist policy whites must remedy, please share what specific issues you believe black people are responsible for fixing ourselves.
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13 May
A few more words on Fault Lines. One thing I appreciate about @VoddieBaucham is that he makes his positions and arguments using clear language. One of the worst parts of the SJ/CRT/Antiracist movements, both in and outside the church, is that it has turned people (esp. men) 1/12
Into mealy-mouthed euphemism machines who constantly change the meaning of words to fit whatever ideology they’re pushing. They are intentionally vague so that they can come back and say “well that’s not what I meant”. Plausible deniability may make for good political drama 2/12
But it only makes productive debate that much more difficult. And debate is actually what we need here. No more “you’re not reading the right scholars” or “they’re trying to please white folks”. If you’re a Christian and you believe “whiteness” is a biblical concept that is 3/12
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