Jerome Hudson at Breitbart reports that Black Lives Matter co-founder Marissa Jenae Johnson told Fox News correspondent John Roberts that the phrase “all lives matter” - used to counter the "black lives matter" mantra - is a “new racial slur.”
In a recent interview with Roberts, Johnson explained why "all lives matter" is a racial slur:
“White Americans have created the conditions that require a phrase like ‘Black Likes Matter. Do you know how horrific it is to grow up as a child in a world that so hates you? While you’re literally being gunned down in the street, while you’re being rounded up and mass incarcerated and forced into prison slavery?”
Roberts didn't bother to challenge her on this, even though America is not "a world that so hates" blacks, even though prison is not the same as slavery, and even though there is no "mass incarceration" of blacks here. That phrase suggests that blacks are being rounded up en masse and herded into internment centers simply for being black, like the Japanese in World War II. The fact is that blacks who are incarcerated got there by committing serious crimes and being convicted of them as individuals in a court of law. Are blacks sometimes wrongly convicted? Tragically, yes, and that's something that must never be tolerated or left uncorrected. But Johnson does not acknowledge that blacks are a disproportionate number of convicts because they commit a hugely disproportionate number of crimes. She does not acknowledge that the vast majority of blacks "gunned down in the street" were violently resisting arrest like Ferguson's Michael Brown. She does not acknowledge that the black community bears any responsibility for its own condition.
“Black Lives Matter is not a strong enough statement for me,” she added. If she really cared about black lives, she would acknowledge the scourges of black abortions and black-on-black crime. But those black lives don't push the proper narrative.
You may recall Johnson as the BLM activist who stormed the stage to interrupt candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally last year. When Fox's Roberts asked her why she targeted “the far-left candidate” to protest, Johnson replied that Sanders is “left for white folks. He’s left for the needs and concerns of mainstream white America.”
“The Democrats have always been reliant on the black vote,” Johnson added. “Part of what we’re doing is waking black voters up to their power as a voting bloc within the Democratic party.”
“Has the Democratic Party taken African-American voters for granted?” Roberts asked naively.
“Consistently, always,” Johnson replied, laughing. “Always and forever.”
And yet Roberts didn't ask her the next obvious line of questions: Then why not vote Republican for once? Why not get off the Democrat plantation if you're tired of being a victim? Why not reject the Democrat party's failure to elevate the black community? Of course, the notion of voting Republican would be unthinkable to her, because the right has been so effectively demonized as the party of rich, white racists.
When asked what needs to happen for progress to be made, Johnson threw out some vague proposals about taking down white supremacy:
“What it’s gonna take to dismantle white supremacy is white folks actually gotta give up something. You have to actually sacrifice yourself. You have to be willing to give up the things that you currently benefit from.”
She didn't specify what, but in any case there is no mainstream white supremacy in America. This is a country with a black President and First Lady, black Supreme Court justices, black attorney generals, black generals in the military, black CEOs, black Congresspeople and Senators, black attorneys, black judges, and on and on. There is no white supremacy apart from marginalized pockets of racist fools (remember, this is a country in which racist murderer Dylann Roof couldn't find anyone in person or online to join him in his massacre of Charleston churchgoers), nor is there any systemic white racism in America, where discrimination is illegal.
But that's how the Black Lives Matter movement must characterize America in order to justify its activism and its self-victimization.