There are many great products the United States exports to other countries. However, we do need to balance our trade relations so we can reduce the ever-growing trade deficit, which currently sits somewhere near $800 billion.
But there’s something else being exported out of our country which here in America represents a deficit in character and truth: the Black Lives Matter movement.
As reported by the Washington Post, “His name was Adama Traoré, a 24-year-old black construction worker who loved soccer and spent the summer aching for the much-anticipated French victory in the Euro 2016 finals that never came.
For Adama, what did come this summer was death in police custody on July 19, his birthday. According to police documents shared with select French media outlets, Adama and his brother, Bagui, were stopped on their bikes that afternoon in the center of this small town, which is about an hour north of Paris.
The police were after Bagui, wanted in connection with an extortion case. But when Adama fled the scene, three officers ultimately subdued him by pouncing on his back all at once. By the time they arrived at the station, the officers said Adama was not breathing.
The case of Adama Traoré is not the first to call into question this long-held ideology of national identity and to suggest that race, perhaps, has mattered all along. In 2005, for instance, two minority teenagers were killed after a police chase in the Paris suburbs as they left a soccer game, triggering weeks of riots across France.
But this time, a local incident has intersected with an international current, translating “Black Lives Matter” into French and galvanizing a message increasingly global in its appeal. This month, with the international spotlight on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, protesters have condemned the routine police killings of black civilians across Brazil.
There have been similar demonstrations in Norway and Britain, where, last week, demonstrators invoking the Black Lives Matter message obstructed traffic into London’s Heathrow airport. In Canada recently, over 500 people marched in Ottawa to protest the death of a mentally ill black man after his arrest. When about 600 protesters joined France’s first-ever Black Lives Matter demonstration in Paris four days after Adama’s death, they were taking part not only in what was couched as an international intervention against anti-blackness but also against what Fania Noël, 29, a founding member of the movement here, called France’s “Republican mythology.”
My immediate retort would be to ask about the nature of each of these “killings or shootings’ — as we know, here in Ferguson, Missouri, “hands up don’t shoot” ended up being an abject lie, a false narrative. And in Baltimore, the case against six Baltimore police officers relating to the death of Freddie Gray has been thrown out of court; ended.
One has to ask, who is spreading this movement, and by what means is it being financed? Here in America, all roads lead to one grand billionaire socialist named George Soros. Could it be that this purveyor of global instability and socialist upheaval has seized on the moment to expand and export this movement? If so, what is the desired end game?
And in a Europe already on edge due to the rise of domestic Islamic jihadism, could this be the match that would send many of Europe’s grand cities and inner city areas into complete turmoil?
On these pages we’ve said there are bad cops just like any profession has bad apples. But, a global movement against law enforcement? It seems the progressive socialist left has found their new vehicle for social unrest. They’ve found what could enable them to thoroughly undermine law and order — after all, do y’all find it interesting that Hillary Clinton has shunned the vaunted endorsement of police unions?
That means the left in America — those who’ve taken over the Democrat Party and remade it into a Socialist Party — no longer side with the everyday man and woman on the streets, the Thin Blue Line. And the leftists have decided to export this ideology to other countries to foment social unrest.
Is there a racial problem in these other nations? I don’t know, and haven’t had the opportunity to study the trends and statistics along with the stories behind each incident. What I do know is that in the case of Adama Traore’ he was with his brother who was wanted on extortion charges, and Adama fled the scene — perhaps not the actions of an innocent person.
And therein lies the issue, remember how the media portrayed Michael Brown as this lovely little boy, until the video came out of a behemoth of a thug who physically assaulted a store owner and stole from him? The same individual decided to foolishly assault a police officer, in an attempt to acquire his sidearm — it was a decision with a fateful consequence.
Should we question instances of injustice? Absolutely, but this “movement” has proven itself to be political in nature and guided by white progressive socialists who have no concern about the true travails of the black community. Black fathers matter. Black education matters. Black abortions matter. Black small business growth matters. Black individual responsibility matters. Black home ownership matters.
But none of that matters to the white progressive socialist owners of the new 21st century economic plantation and the complicit and compliant overseers they have empowered to keep blacks under the yoke of victimization. We should export the ideals that make us great…but Black Lives Matter is not one of those.