Americans overwhelmingly agree that the lives of black people have as much value as the lives of white people and people of every skin color. Black lives don't just "matter" (that's such a utilitarian word); they are precious in God's sight because they reflect his image. That's why the unjustified deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor this summer jarred so many Americans, including many white evangelicals (and why we should be similarly horrified by Chicago's murder wave: 558 and counting this year).
But the organization calling itself "Black Lives Matter" (BLM) stands for something quite different. Mike Gonzalez, a Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, discussed his research into the organization on Washington Watch.
On the "What We Believe" page, the BLM group's official website claimed to stand for disrupting the "nuclear family structure." That is, until the group recently scrubbed their website by removing the page (their new "About" page is much more abbreviated).
Research has long shown the nuclear family yields better outcomes for children. Perhaps its anti-family stance helps explain why BLM has seen its popularity slide 12 percentage points over the summer.
But this leaves the question, why did BLM remove the "What We Believe" page from its website?
No evidence nor advocates have suggested BLM's beliefs have changed. But another possibility is that they want to hide their agenda from public scrutiny. "They're beginning to do the Marxist thing, which is to airbrush history out of the way," said Gonzalez.
On the "What We Believe" page, the national BLM organization also promised to work to "dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk" and free themselves from "heteronormative thinking." In other words, they want to teach your children gender may not match sex, force you to describe people with their preferred pronouns, and allow persons to intrude on private areas for the opposite sex. They also want freedom from "heteronormative thinking," the notion that attraction to the opposite sex is normal and not merely one option in a buffet.
What is it about perpetuating the sexual revolution that fosters racial reconciliation?
There are other problems with BLM. Gonzalez pointed out that BLM activists were involved with 95 percent of riots this summer for which there is information about the perpetrators' affiliation (582 incidents), according to data collected by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED). So, even if the police protests are "mostly peaceful," where there is violence, there's a good chance it involves BLM activists.
Gonzalez also insisted that BLM's leaders have a Marxist ideology. While "the media covers for them" with irrelevant statistics said Gonzalez, "the protests are being manipulated" by Marxists, even if many protestors themselves would reject that label. One BLM co-founder, Alicia Garza, also founded the Black Futures Lab, a group which Gonzalez has reported is financially tied to the Chinese Progressive Association, a revolutionary group that has engaged in pro-China and pro-communist activities here in the United States, including warning the Biden presidential campaign against "China-bashing" in March.
Gonzalez has called for an investigation into BLM's connection to China, given its co-founder's financial ties and China's interest in undermining our democratic elections.
It's quite alarming to think America's civil unrest has been fomented by foreign agents or Marxist ideologues. But we cannot afford to ignore credible evidence of that possibility. Nor should our desire for racial justice and reconciliation lead us to support BLM's anti-Christian values and immoral tactics. "Believe all things" and "hope all things" does not mean naively trusting those who routinely deceive. Christians can find better ways to promote racial justice than through BLM.