For the Black Lives Matter campaign to be able to launch its destructive attacks on American cities, raise hundreds of millions of dollars in the process, and gain the support of a major political party for its actions, is a remarkable — even unthinkable — achievement. It was possible only because the campaign was driven by a moral argument so powerful that it touched the hearts of all Americans and intimidated critics from stepping forward to challenge it. That moral argument was framed by a series of capital crimes allegedly committed by a justice system that was “systemically racist,” regularly targeting black Americans because of their skin color. The litany of victims from minority communities outraged a majority of Americans who had believed — or wanted to believe — that America had overcome its racial past and had put such legal lynchings behind it.
The overwhelmingly sympathetic response to the slogan “Black Lives Matter” contained an irony, however, that was widely ignored: if Americans of all hues, including white, responded so eagerly and so generously to this cry for social justice, how could the indictment be anywhere close to true?
The indictment is formally stated on the Black Lives Matter web page in these stark and uncompromising words: “Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.”
“Black Lives Matter” has become a mantra for “social justice” activists as a result of the campaign that Black Lives Matter’s cofounders launched in 2013 following the 2012 shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin, whose killer was acquitted in a trial that many saw as a miscarriage of justice. During the ensuing seven years of the Black Lives Matter campaign, its accusations have caused a sea change in the attitudes of people one would not have associated with political causes, let alone such inflammatory ones.
In early May 2020, weeks before the death of George Floyd, a black jogger named Ahmaud Arbery was tracked and accosted by a retired police officer and his son who suspected that Arbery was a burglar. In the scuffle that accompanied their attempt to make a “citizen’s arrest,” Arbery was shot and killed. The perpetrators of this vigilante act were arrested and charged with murder. The extreme reaction to the case was the harbinger of the violent summer ahead. On May 6, black sports icon and centi-millionaire