Black Lives Matter Is Not Marxist
To the Editor:
In her July 15 Letter to the Editor, District 1 Council Member Cathy Reiss stated that Black Lives Matter is a group focused on the Marxist transformation of America. This narrative is false.
Black Lives Matter is a movement of people who share a common language for raising the fortunes of Black lives to be equivalent to that of all other Americans.
Black Lives Matter is not Marxist. Race baiters and privilege deniers have recently circulated an old video of BLM founders referring to themselves as “trained Marxists” as evidence of BLM’s communist intent. You can read for yourselves the purpose of the organization on its website. There is no Marxist sentiment, ideology, or plans.
To refer to Black Lives Matter as Marxist, and by inference to the millions of people who support the cause, is a slander that plays to the deepest fears in American society. “It’s the commies and they’re here to destroy America.” It is pure propaganda of the basest sort.
Black Lives Matter exists to ensure that Black lives matter. It exists to change the societal and political dynamic that for too long has diminished, terrorized, and taken Black lives. It is a threat to the status quo, not a threat to the Republic.
For too long white Americans have been poor allies to the Black struggle. Too little progress has been made with too much focus placed on the manner in which activists protest. The manner of the protest continues to be a distraction claimed by those who seek to slow the pace of change. Do not be distracted.
Black Lives Matter seeks to achieve its objectives not by dismantling our American principles and structures but by striving to make them fair for all Americans. Black Lives Matter seeks to claim the privilege and promise all Americans should value.
32 Lyrical Lane, Sandy Hook July 20, 2020