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Why all lives should matter
- Thomas B. Vaughn
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We hear a lot lately about how “Black Lives Matter.” I agree with the self-evident truth embodied in these words. The greater truth is all lives matter, or should, in America.
The problem with the “Black Lives Matter” mantra is its focus on anti-white rhetoric portraying whites as the villains and blacks as the victims of an inherently racist society.
The Black Lives Matter movement was established after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder in the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin. Since then, the movement has grown more militant in response to charges of “white cops killing innocent blacks.”
The mere suggestion that “all lives matter” is anathema to BLM activist, Alicia Garza, who says, “blacks are uniquely, systematically, and savagely targeted by the state” in ways no others are. “Stand with us in affirming black lives,” she urges. “Not just all lives. Black lives. Please do not change the conversation by talking about how your life matters, too.”
BLM leaders are vocal on the tragedy of white-on-black killings. They are strangely silent on the much greater tragedy of blacks killing blacks and blacks killing whites. They invoke the names of blacks who have died in recent police confrontations. They remain in denial on the thousands of black Americans whose lives are taken yearly by black killers.
The Black Lives Matter movement could divide America along racial lines. Louis Farrakhan is even more sinister. His Nation of Islam is holding the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March on Oct. 10 in Washington. Their theme: “Justice or Else.” In his recent anti-white rant at a black Baptist church in Miami, Farrakhan clarified his intent.
“I’m looking for the 10,000 in the midst of a million. Ten thousand fearless men who say, ‘Death is sweeter than continued life under tyranny. Death is sweeter than to continue to live and bury our children while white folks give the killer hamburgers. Death is sweeter than watching us slaughter each other to the joy of a 400-year-old enemy.’”
In my view, Farrakhan’s inflammatory remarks are a clear case of “fighting words,” deemed to be constitutionally unprotected because “their very utterance may inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of peace.”
Incredibly, the Department of Justice gave the fiery Farrakhan a free pass on his call for 10,000 men to “rise up” and “stalk them” and ‘kill them.” A DOJ spokesman said, “… after looking into the matter we have determined that the Farrakhan speech is protected by the First Amendment and we will not be pursuing an investigation into the speech.”
The anti-white rhetoric of the BLM is troubling. The terrorist threats by Louis Farrakhan are a clear and present danger to the unity of our nation. He should be thoroughly investigated now  before he follows through on his threats. Meanwhile, the rest of us need to speak up to reaffirm why all lives matter, and act accordingly.
Retired Army Col. Thomas B. Vaughn can be reached at