Black Lives Matter
BLM organization’s website shows that the idea of protecting black lives and seeking justice is merely a vehicle to advance a different, radical set of ideas. The organization is more dedicated to gaining political power and remaking America according to Marxist ideology. Two of the group’s three co-founders are even “trained Marxists,” according to one of them. And it shows. The group’s platform includes planks unrelated to improving black lives, like trying to get the U.S. to divest from Israel, which it calls an “apartheid state” while accusing Jews of committing genocide against Palestinians. The organization also has called for dismantling the family, saying, “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure.” The breakdown of the black family and the rise of single-parent households is one of the root causes of poverty, crime, drug abuse and poor educational achievement in many black communities. Why would anyone who’s supposedly working for black progress want to tear down the very thing that helps to achieve it?

'Truth' Comes From a Complete & Honest Review of the 'Facts'

from The Gray Area:
Joe Biden says we are after 'truth not facts'. Curious statement, but not untrue. In our extreme political arguments, wish we could call them debates but we can't, the left & right present "facts'. Then they explain how the other's 'facts' are wrong. President Trump gets accused of lying on a daily basis because someone in the media doesn't like his 'facts'. They will fact check and say something to the effect of 'while technically true, his statement is misleading because it leaves out other important information'. The other important information is the data the media want you to focus on. There in lies our problem with 'facts' and with 'truth'. If you present two people with all the available data on any subject, the two are likely to come out with elements of the data that are particularly meaningful to them. They are also likely to come to a different conclusion from that data. Doesn't mean that one set of data is wrong and the other correct. It just means that people view information differently.(Just look at the articles to the left & right.) That is exactly the case when political narratives are at stake. And today, as we all know, political narratives are attached to everything. This is clearly the situation with regard to the overheated issue of police brutality and the black community. On Tuesday, President Trump gave an interview to CBS News in which he was asked: why Black Americans are "still dying at the hands of law enforcement in this country." The President said the death of George Floyd was "terrible" and should not happen. Then, he offered, "So are white people. So are white people". This CBS exchange resulted in an emotional media frenzy. The media make it worse the way they ask questions. On a sensitive topic where data serve to confuse rather than clarify, questions that presume bad faith create more heat than light. This contributes to the cries of media bias and/or incompetence across the board. The frenzy in the media and the Democrats from the CBS exchange came because it affects two political narratives that they need to control. The first narrative is that blacks are disproportionately harmed by police due to race and/or white supremacy and white privilege, and it must not be challenged. Simultaneously, coming from President Trump, another media and Democrat narrative can be reinforced, that he is a liar & a racist. And, therefore, immediately, the data, the 'facts', don't matter. Whatever data, or opinion about the data, that President Trump has, cannot be as important or more important than my data or my opinion about the data, and therefore must be disregarded. That thinking has brought us to this point, where we refuse to evaluate all available data on an important issue and come to a mutual conclusion. Why? Because, with this was of thinking, only one political side can win on any issue. Not both sides. Or, more importantly, those affected by the issue need not really win. We can & must do better than this! Here is some data that is accurate and that all of us should be able to rally around: So what does all this tell us?
  • That this is a complicated issue.
  • That more analysis is needed.
  • What role does family play?
  • Why involvement in criminal activity?
  • Why resisting arrest?
  • That some data can support racial bias and injustice, other data can point to other causes.
  • That the volume perception of police brutality against blacks is disproportionate to the facts.
  • That race bias can be seen in some police reactions.
  • and, more ...
Net, net. If we can evaluate ALL the data, we should be able, together, to determine what is necessary to improve this complex situation. The 'truth' will come from a more complete & honest review of the 'facts'. More From CBSNews:

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