The founders of Black Lives Matter decided to take their race-baiting circus sideshow to students at the University of Missouri and tell them a whole bunch of absurd things.
One of the most absurd is the idea that anybody who supports the Constitution is supporting “white supremacy.”
At an event last week, co-founders Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi told a largely friendly audience that the Constitution is still full of racist declarations.
“In the Constitution, we are only three-fifths of a person,” Garza said. “The people vowing to protect the Constitution are vowing to protect white supremacy and genocide.”
Of course, the Constitution doesn’t say that. It used to, but it was changed long ago.
The “three-fifths” rule, in Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 3 gave slaves the designation of “three-fifths” of a person as a compromise in Congressional representation between the slave-owning South and the “free” North. It was racist and wrong. And it was changed 150 years ago. The 14th Amendment nullified that archaic and racist section.
But to Black Lives Matter, it’s apparently still there.
This sort of ignorance of history is part of the collective misunderstanding of #BLM and its followers.
The founders also went off on the evils of capitalism, claiming that the “trauma” that black people still suffer isn’t helped by a free market. “What we know about our world is that we depend on each other to survive, and that’s not what our economic system teaches us,” Garza said. CampusReform is reporting.
At one point, an audience member asked the founders why they weren’t actively encouraging their followers to get out and vote. Her response was that blacks turned out in record numbers for Barack Obama twice, but they still didn’t get the radical change they wanted – so what’s the point, they suggested.
Toward the end of the presentation, Garza finally announced what would end racism in this country: “It’s gonna take white people, who benefit from this system of white supremacy, to stand up and say, ‘We’re not gonna take it anymore.’”
The final question of the night came from a female doctoral student, who asked about the hashtags #AllLivesMatter and #BlueLivesMatter. Garza said these arrive as a counter-argument to the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag.
She said that all lives do – of course – matter. But you can’t say it in a world where “the average life expectancy of a black trans woman is 35.”
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Robert Gehl is a college professor in Phoenix, Arizona. He has over 15 years journalism experience, including two Associated Press awards. He lives in Glendale with his wife and two young children.