After learning that her younger brother was among three Baton Rouge police officers murdered in the latest heinous attack on law enforcement, Jocelyn Jackson offered what may be the most profound and poignant comment regarding this moment in race relations.
“It’s coming to the point where no lives matter, whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or whatever,” she told The Washington Post.
No lives matter. Yep, that’s the zeitgeist.
Considered outside the context in which it has been offered, the statement “black lives matter” conveys a simple truth which every decent human being agrees with. Black lives do matter. Considered within the context in which it has been offered, the statement “black lives matter” serves only to agitate. The Black Lives Matter movement, through its rhetoric and actions, presents a worldview in which no lives matter.
What does it mean for a life, any human life, to matter? Any meaningful answer to that question must reference individual rights. We each retain the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Those rights manifest physically in the form of property, the frozen form of the life we expend to acquire it. Yet the Black Lives Matter movement has repeatedly expressed explicit contempt for property. They have trespassed flagrantly. They have disrupted commerce. They have unlawfully detained peaceful travelers. All the while, they have audaciously called for the abolition of the police who protect innocents from such violation. Worse, they have openly called for the very violence against police officers that we have seen in the past two weeks. Remember “pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon“? That was a direct call for exactly what we’ve seen in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
Black Lives Matter does not truly believe that any lives matter. They subscribe to a vile Marxist philosophy that, if applied, would bring about a society where no one’s rights would be protected. Despite the slogan, their agenda truly offers a world in which no lives matter.