Delusions of Grandeur: Contrasting 'Black Lives Matter' with Past Protest Movements

"Black Lives Matter" protesters and their sympathizers suffer from delusions of grandeur, often comparing their "struggle" on the streets of modern cities to the protest movements of the past. One BLM supporter, Dan Thomas-Cummins, recently responded to my call for the prosecution of the movement's organizers. He compared said organizers to Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, even Jesus Christ. He wrote:

Jesus was a criminal in his time and committed acts that violated the laws of the society under which he lived, all in the name of justice and salvation for the undesirable.

Oh, Jesus, you say? Well then. Case closed. Let's dial things back a bit, shall we? Rather than scour history for anyone that committed an act of civil disobedience to immediately equate with BLM, let's pause to consider a vital question. Is civil disobedience always moral? That's the implication when citing any given dissident as BLM's patron saint. Does it matter why Martin Luther King was protesting? Does it matter how he protested? Does the political and legal context of the time have any bearing upon our consideration? Or is belching a reference to MLK as far the conversation need go?

Among the many reasons why so many hold contempt for 'Black Lives Matter' is this professed moral equivalence between 1860, 1960, and today. BLM supporters act as if nothing has changed, as if they are the modern abolition movement or MLK reborn. The average Joe bristles, knowing that no injustice of today comes close to past sins. Take the Woolworth's lunch counter sit-in, for example. BLM apologist Brian Peterfeso posted this on my Facebook page:

Were these guys the same as 'Black Lives Matter?' Were these guys the same as 'Black Lives Matter?'

He asks of the Woolworth's protesters, "Trespassing thugs -- right, Walter Hudson?" That's where I'm supposed to fold, kick the dirt, and confess that 'Black Lives Matter' is on the side of the angels. Except I can't, because the comparison is inapt. Segregated lunch counters and other segregated public accommodations, did not result from private businessmen exercising property rights. Rather, such segregation was mandated under Jim Crow.