BLM and its Roots in American materialism

Updated: Apr 22

Our opposition to Black Lives Matter is not a rejection of the unique challenges Black Americans have historically faced in this country. It's a rejection of a political movement based upon division, anger, and vengeance. A country such as ours which is composed of a multitude of different peoples from around the world, lacking a common history and culture can only survive through a melting pot model, where elements of each are integrated into a functional whole, over time forming One Nation, under One Idea. Instead we as a country are quickly moving to a culturally pluralist model which proclaims the importance of separate cultures existing next to a greater whole; not as elements to be integrated into that whole but existing separate and distinct from the whole. This unfortunately is a residuum of materialist thought which puts the parts before the whole and gives them value and importance in themselves and not as part of a greater context.

America's historical and contemporary problems with race are philosophical in nature. At times perceiving Black Americans as not being true Americans, keeping them separate from whites and not allowing them to fight in this country's wars until Korea, their integration into the larger society was held-back. Even though much has changed since then and the importance of unity is proclaimed, the structures of materialism still remain in our economic and political systems.

Just as the pages of a book are composed of black and white elements through the letters and the background forming a unity which is inseparable. So is our country composed of both Black and White inheriting a history and land. Separate the Black and the White and much like the book the whole disappears to be replaced by something much less meaningful. BLM as a political movement needs to be rejected for the division it promotes and the materialist legacy which it is the product of.

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