Where 'Black Lives Matter" Fails

I'm reading a book on feminism right now, as I've mentioned in two previous posts. It's called Eve in Exile by Rebekah Merkle. It points out where the feminist movement has failed us. Today I was reading, and unexpectedly was given perfect words for another current issue that I've been trying to wrap my mind around the past year, the Black Lives Matter movement. I will quote Merkle below and let the words speak for themselves, but notice that the rightness of why the movement started is never mentioned, whether it is a noble or illegitimate cause. The focus is on how the participants go about their cause:

"Whenever someone begins issuing demands to the universe about what is owed to them, we ought to be dubious...

This should be enough to cause thinking Christian women [and men] concern...
This is fundamentally at odds with biblical teaching on what is an obedient (and effective) response to injustice...
And yet, aggressively demanding that everyone give women [blacks] what is owed us [them] has been the entire campaign strategy of the feminist [Black Lives Matter] movement from Day One."

In either movement, the approach is unacceptable.


  1. As a counterpoint, think about the pro-life movement. Notice how the "safe, rare, legal" abortion mantra of the 80s and 90s eventually turned into "anytime, anywhere, anyhow"? For the pro-lifers who bought into a slow, incremental approach, nothing really changed. In fact, the situation got worse. But as the pro-life movement got more aggressive about their approach to eliminating abortion, the needle began to move in the other direction. Today, the vast majority of citizens are opposed to abortion in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. While Roe v. Wade remained the law of the land, culture began to change.

    Similarly, a slow, incremental process to give black citizens equal treatment in the eyes of the law started as far back 1865-1870 with the adoption of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments. Even today, 50+ years after passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, cultural perceptions haven't changed, although the legal system has. Through the attention drawn to this issue through Black Lives Matter and other organizations, culture is going to change, much the same as culture changed regarding abortion. You don't need to agree with the radical leftist rhetoric found in some of the Black Lives Matter organizational statements, to agree that culture has to change.

    Demands aren't always a bad thing.


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