By Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
NEW YORK — On July 9, 2016, appearing on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, Ron Martinelli, a forensic criminologist and former police detective who served 25 years in the San Jose Police Department, argued that Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a Marxist movement that is, by encouraging anti-police violence, fostering a Saul Alinsky-like war on police, with the revolutionary goal of destabilizing the United States.
“Well, the movement — Black Lives Matter movement — has four basic objectives with respect to diminishing law enforcement,” Martinelli explained. “They want to disenfranchise the law enforcement from the community. They want to defund law enforcement. They want to diminish their involvement in the community and their stature, and they want to basically dissolve law enforcement…. And the reason is because police officers are protectors of the rule of the law, and the Black Lives Matter movement is a black nationalist revolutionary Marxist movement that is tied into a much larger international movement referred to as One World One Struggle,” Martinelli stressed.
Bill Ayers Endorses Black Lives Matter
Although largely ignored by the mainstream media press, Bill Ayers, the co-founder of the domestic terrorist Weather Underground group who backed Barack Obama’s entry into Chicago politics, agrees with Martinelli.
In an October 30, 2015 interview with Liberation Radio, a radio show produced by an activist group called the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Ayers said, “I have been very energetic in my support of Black Lives Matter. I think it’s one of the most hopeful signs we’ve seen in decades of folks coming together and building a movement for fundamental change.”
Ayers called BLM “a comprehensive movement” aimed at combating “state violence against black people.” He noted “the folks involved in it in Chicago are long-term organizers,” stressing that the Black Lives Matter movement comes “after decades and centuries of the serial assassination of black people.”
As the interview progressed, Ayers argued BLM is indeed a revolutionary movement. “What we have to do is connect militarized police and militarized occupation of some communities,” he said, explaining his view that BLM is a movement that has the potential to spearhead widespread social change.
George Soros Funds Black Lives Matter
Billionaire currency speculator and left-wing financier George Soros’ Open Society Foundations held a board meeting in New York on October 1-2, 2015. DCLeaks.com made public the 69-page agenda for that meeting, revealing that Soros’ Open Society Foundations had funded BLM with a $650,000 grant in 2015.
Breitbart.com noted on August 16, 2016 that the Soros grant was prompted by the fact the “killing of Freddie Gray in April helped spawn weeks of peaceful protests by Baltimore residents and allies from the #BlackLivesMatter movement that were temporarily interrupted by a period of unrest that lasted less than 48 hours and resulted in some injuries and millions of dollars in property damage to neighborhood businesses.” The Soros board document called the violent protests in Baltimore “an uprising” that “catalyzed a paradigm shift” that “offers opportunities for major justice reforms.”
The Open Society Foundations’ agenda explained that the violent protests in Baltimore “offer a unique opportunity to accelerate the dismantling of structural inequality generated and maintained by local law enforcement and to engage residents who have historically been disenfranchised in Baltimore City in shaping and monitoring reform.” Translated from the progressive jargon of the Open Society Foundations, the $650,000 grant was specifically awarded to BLM to advance the argument that the Baltimore police operated with a culture of “pervasive racism” that allowed them to treat the black community of the city with “disrespect and lawlessness.”
Disruptive and Violent Protests
On July 18, 2015, in the early stages of the 2016 presidential campaign, BLM activists disrupted an interview being conducted with former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, then a Democratic presidential candidate, at a Networks Nation meeting of progressive leaders. During the interview, some four dozen BLM protestors streamed into the Phoenix, Arizona, convention hall, chanting “What side are you on black people, what side are you on!”
As reported by Time magazine, a woman named Tia Oso grabbed the microphone as the protestors stormed the room. “We are going to hold this space and acknowledge the names of black women who have died in police custody, and then Governor O’Malley we do have questions for you!” Oso said as the former two-term governor and his interviewer, Jose Antonio Vargas, watched helplessly. “As leader of this country will you advance an agenda that will dismantle structural racism in this country?” Oso asked.
“Yes,” Time reported O’Malley answered before he was drowned out again.
After O’Malley’s interrogation, Time reported that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was also silenced on the same stage by the BLM protestors. “If I die in police custody, first call my mother,” a female BLM protestor said, grabbing the microphone defiantly. “Then burn this sh*t down.” Time reported that Sanders “flashed with annoyance,” responding to the protesters, “If you don’t want me to be here, that’s okay. I don’t want to out-scream you.”
That BLM would protest Democratic presidential candidates strongly suggests the group is revolutionary in nature, uninterested in supporting Democratic presidential candidates whose electoral success depends upon courting black votes.
As a hard-left Marxist-inspired revolutionary group that rejects the American electoral process as inherently corrupt, BLM protests Republicans just as much as (if not more than) they protest Democrats. On January 20, 2017, Inauguration Day, Black Lives Matter joined the violent anti-Trump anarchist demonstrations in which 217 protestors were arrested and two Washington, D.C., police officers were hospitalized with minor injuries. Black Lives Matter protestors took the lead attempting to block access to the National Mall, and, as the Washington Post reported, chained themselves together to shut down an inauguration entrance checkpoint at John Marshall Park in downtown Washington. The BLM protestors at the John Marshall Park checkpoint chanted an often-repeated phrase that has come to characterize BLM protests: “The whole damn system is guilty as Hell. Indict. Convict. Send these killer cops to jail.”
Black Lives Matter: Through the Looking Glass
Truthfully, entire premise of Black Lives Matter is based on anti-police rhetoric, wrapped in the through-the-looking-glass twisted logic characteristic of Marxist revolutionary movements.
Black Lives Matter was created in the ideologically driven certainty of the hard-left that George Zimmerman should have been found guilty in the 2012 shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin, in a trial where the judge suppressed evidence of Martin’s marijuana use and the possibility that his purchase of Skittles and Arizona Fruit Juice at a 7-11 store before his confrontation with Zimmerman could be used to make a home-made drug called “Sizzurp,” “Purple Drank,” or “Lean,” consisting of three basic ingredients — codeine (from prescription-strength cough syrup), a soft drink, and candy.
Yet, here’s how African-American journalist and commentator Charles McRay Blow framed the Trayvon Martin case in an opinion piece he penned for the New York Times on April 13, 2012: “A boy’s blood had been spilled on a rain-soaked patch of grass behind a row of mustard-colored condominiums by a man who had pursued him against the advice of 911 dispatchers. That man carried a 9-millimeter handgun. The boy carried a bag of candy.”
An outright lie is at the heart of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, on the evening of August 9, 2014. The BLM narrative was that white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson viciously shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, who was described by sympathizers as “a gentle giant,” ignoring the fact that Michael Brown had surrendered and had his hands up. This lead to the BLM chant, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!”
This Black Lives Matter narrative that caused the rioting in Ferguson was proven to be a lie by an 86-page report released on March 4, 2015 by the U.S. Justice Department after it upheld the November 2014 grand jury decision not to indict Wilson, clearing Wilson of any criminal wrongdoing or civil-rights violation in the Michael Brown shooting.
“According to the [Justice Department] report, Mr. Brown had just left the convenience store and was walking with a friend in the middle of a street when Officer Wilson, thinking they might be the suspects in the robbery, blocked their way with his patrol vehicle,” the New York Times reported on March 4, 2015. “After a scuffle in which Mr. Brown reached inside the car, punched Mr. Wilson and grabbed for his gun, the officer fired two shots, one of which grazed Mr. Brown’s right hand, causing the teenager to run away,” the Times continued.
The Justice Department report made clear Michael Brown never stopped, surrendered, or put his hands up. The BLM narrative was a complete fabrication — or, in common parlance, a lie.
“The officer pursued, but then Mr. Brown suddenly turned and headed back toward him,” the New York Times report noted. “The officer fired 10 more shots in three volleys, according to witnesses and bloodstain patterns on the ground. After being hit with six to eight bullets, Mr. Brown was finally felled by a shot into the top of his head.”
Ironically, Black Lives Matter’s major result has been to chill law-enforcement officers from doing their duty in African-American communities, with officers concerned that a seemingly minor confrontation with a black citizen could escalate into a career-ending situation, where the officers could be forced to endure months of suspension and exorbitant legal costs only to be exonerated from wrongdoing in the final analysis.
This result, however, is not disappointing to Marxist strategists whose only goal with Black Lives Matter is to “rub raw racial tensions,” to use a Saul Alinsky phrase, so as to intensify the race and class conflicts that can be used to destabilize the country and possibly even overturn the confidence in the Constitution, upon which our Republic depends. This needs to happen in order to bring about a socialist or communist revolution.
The hard-left operatives such as Bill Ayers may have congratulated themselves in having found a highly effective strategy to raise racial tensions in the United States. But with Hillary Clinton’s second failure to win the White House, Obama’s far-left operatives — Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch — will (hopefully) recede back into the dark corners from which they emerged to disgrace the reputation of the Justice Department.
In the aftermath of the 2016 election, President Trump named Senator Jeff Sessions to head the Justice Department. Now that he has been confirmed by the Senate and sworn in as Attorney General, we need to support Sessions in his effort to expose the Marxist agenda and the lies behind this highly dangerous revolutionary movement.
Effective police work, which all communities — including African American communities —require for the public safety and order upon which stable government rests, needs honest support from the White House and the Department of Justice.
At the same time, we as American patriots must demand justice for all law enforcement officers who have the courage to do their duty, hopefully without fear of the type of political prosecution the leftist agendas President Obama and Attorneys General Holder and Lynch seemed determined to pursue. With Donald Trump in the White House and Jeff Sessions at the head of the Justice Department, it is now incumbent upon us as citizens and supporters of law enforcement to expose groups like Black Lives Matter.