Last week, I made the case how both Christians and conservatives could co-opt the Black Lives Matter movement to actually benefit black people. And though I still believe a sincere and pragmatic program can be implemented for the moral and socioeconomic benefit of blacks, that program will have to work independently of anything and everything associated with Black Lives Matter. This movement has confirmed itself as a joke — and a bad one at that. For all of its declarations about the well-being of black Americans, the movement doesn’t care (and hasn’t cared) about black people, even from the very beginning. From inception, this movement decidedly focused itself on a single issue — police brutality, which concerns only a subset of black people rather than the numerous issues that have much more of a direct and immediate impact upon the quality of life of black Americans.
This social justice crusade is past its expiration date — an obvious understatement. It has diligently succeeded in becoming a parody of itself, which says a lot considering how increasingly selfish and ridiculous their methods have become in trying to raise awareness about issues fewer people are willing to pay attention to. These so-called activists have forfeited the right to be taken seriously as evidenced by whom they’ve now chosen as their victim du jour.
When it was brought to my attention who and what this movement had chosen to rally around and for, I didn’t believe it; I immediately thought the idea had originated from The Onion or some other parody site. Upon further investigation, I could only shake my head in disbelief in regards to this foolishness.
The new cause — black transgender lives.
Tuesday, the #blacklivesmatter movement organized what they proudly labeled “TransLiberation Tuesday,” a nationwide “rally” (both on Twitter and in select cities) to give attention to the “women”* who have been killed presumably for being transgender. The rally was complete with a live Twitter chat, with tweets throughout the day showing pictures of protests and activists doing their best to #shutitdown (blocking traffic in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and San Francisco, among others). All of this trended under the hashtag, #BlackTransLivesMatter, which was one of the top five trends for the day. Some group called, Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ), whose members are proud to be, White People for Black Trans Liberation, organized the pretests. According to the SURJ website,
“BLM [Black Lives Matter] has put out a call for actions on Tuesday August 25th to #shutitdown for Black trans women. While this is a day of action particularly focused on black cisgender people showing up for black trans justice, there is much work for white straight, LGBQ, trans and cisgender people to do. For full culture and policy shift, to end criminalization, caging and poverty, to create more accurate media and better educational materials, white people have a role to play.”
‘Black Cisgender people.’ ‘Black trans justice.’ ‘LGBQ.’ Nothing says Marxism quite like a statement that’s saturated with an assortment of exaggerated notions of sexual identity politics. And — just in case you needed to brush up on gender-bending terminology — Cisgender is a person who actually “identifies” with the gender in which they were born. In other words, “cisgender” is what used to be called normal.
Also from the SURJ website:
“Our focus is on working with White people who are already in motion. While in many activist circles, there can be a culture of shame and blame, we want to bring as many White people into taking action for racial justice as possible.
“We use the term mutual interest to help us move from the idea of helping others, or just thinking about what is good for us, to understanding that our own liberation as white people, our own humanity, is inextricably linked to racial justice”
Reading the Showing Up For Racial Justice website, it’s abundantly clear as to the result of what happens when white privilege inevitably leads to white guilt: it emotionally provokes privileged and guilt-ridden whites into action. In this case, that action is racial justice, which is akin to a religious act of penance performed in hopes of obtaining a superficial form of absolution that overcomes the cultural sins of both privilege and guilt — here facilitated by the social drama of “helping” a set of chosen victims, “people of color.” Consequently, secular religious rites such as ‘racial justice’ aren’t about white people laden with social guilt helping “people of color” or seeking some form of truncated justice. It’s about whites overcoming their psychological shame to make themselves feel better… about themselves.
Again, it stretches the moral and creative imagination that this is real.
The cause #BlackTransLivesMatter — again, under the banner of #blacklivesmatter — asserts its determination to end state-sponsored violence against black transgender women. Based on the information on the SURJ website, of the 20 transgender women murdered this year, 16 were transgender women of color. Sixteen. So SURJ and Black Lives Matter created a national “day of action” accompanied by a live Twitter chat, and hashtag, for 16 people who live on the statistical margins of America.
And because we currently are confined in a hypersensitive, politically correct culture, an obligatory disclaimer: this isn’t to say that ‘black trans lives’ don’t matter – again, all lives matter regardless of how offended and defensive self-identified members and supporters of the Black Lives Matter become when the sentiment is expressed. That said, this is what these activists feel deserves their attention? Of all the difficulties blacks as a whole face, SURJ focuses on… black trans lives?
It’s been said that those who lack the courage to acknowledge and fight real evil, create and fight against lesser evil. This is perfectly reflective of SURJ, Black Lives Matter and its fringe offspring, #BlackTransLivesMatter.
Being intellectually honest, people should rightly wonder why these antagonists are truncating and Balkanizing their movement and prioritizing who “matters,” just to bring attention to those black lives on the extreme margins of black America (black suspects killed by cops, transgender, and homosexual), while forsaking the overwhelming majority of black lives. How noble can it be to use the welfare of blacks to seek “justice” for a disproportionate few at the expense of the majority? As stated earlier, these social agitators don’t care about black lives; in actuality, they really don’t care about black transgender lives. They care about how they feel about themselves engaging in their superficial social virtue and how other self-righteous social insurgents approve and applaud their petulant behavior. Their fight isn’t for justice, commonly defined and understood. They fight for a morally inverted form of “justice,” which is a self-defined, immoral scheme to advance a radical, secular, political agenda that seeks social chaos and gender confusion.
* Men who mutilate their bodies aren’t women. They’re men with mutilated bodies. Men who suffer from this kind of mental disorder shouldn’t be celebrated. No favors are done when people encourage them to revel in their confusion. And they shouldn’t be called women. They should be encouraged to seek help to properly deal with the issues involved with this kind of identity disorder.Google+