Black Lives Matter was clearly started by and out of concern for black Americans and the injustice and inequality that sometimes seems to follow them.
However, in recent years and months, it has become painfully apparent that the organization really isn’t about the black race so much as the liberal ideology that left is currently purporting.
And, in fact, blacks have nothing much to do with it.
Nowhere was this seen more clearly than a recent Black Lives Matter rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, last week.
Benji Irby and his friend Shemeka Michelle had traveled to the state’s capital for nothing more than tourism. But upon their walk around the grounds, they discovered a Black Lives Matter rally going on.
Only there wasn’t a single black person in the entire group. As Irby recounted on his social media account, the protest was 100 percent made up of white people.
He wrote on Twitter, “Me and @Shemeka Michelle at the North Carolina State Capitol. I was coming here to be a nerd and add this to my collection of State Capitol selfies when we ran into a #BlackLivesMatter protest… with NO BLACK PEOPLE!”
He added, “Should we go over there & ruin their day now?”
The irony of a Black Lives Matter rally or protest going on without a single black person has an irony on its own to be sure. And it definitely speaks of what the movement has turned into, but more on that later.
The real irony here is that both Irby and Michelle ARE black. And conservative to boot. In fact, Irby is the host of “Unpopular Opinion” on YouTube, which often discusses his political viewpoints in-depth.
Irby later describes the encounter on “The Jason Rantz Show” on KTTH-AM by saying, “As we were walking down a little path, Shemeka was like, ‘Is that a Black Lives Matter sign?’ And I’m like, ‘What? Is this a Black Lives Matter protest?’ And I’m like, ‘But there are no black people.’ And I’m like, I don’t even do live videos, but I have to share this video, this is absolutely crazy. And there was a whole Black Lives Matter protest there – not a single black person at all.”
Irby went on to tell of the irony the two friends found in that knowledge.
“So we were laughing at that, but also we were laughing at the irony that we, the two Trump-supporting black Republicans who are known for this, are the two black people of all the 40 million black people in America, that we are the two that would run into this thing.”
Then again, according to a recent poll, the likelihood of this happening is actually much higher than you might think.
The poll, taken by the Pew Research Center, found that of all those who have attended Black Lives Matter protests in recent months, only one in six is actually black. And nearly half are white.
A news release put out by the Pew Research Center said, “Black Americans account for 17% of those who say they attended a protest focused on race or racial equality in the last month, compared with their 11% share of all adults in the survey.”
Hispanics, according to the poll, made up around 22% of protest attendees, and Asians made up roughly 8%.
White Americans, on the other hand, were said to have made up around “46% of those who said they have attended a protest focused on race in the last month.” It further noted that according to the poll, about 64% of American adults are white.
But it really wouldn’t take a poll for most of us to see these facts. Just look at social media or the news for that matter. Look at who is talking the loudest about Black Lives Matter, who is protesting the most, who makes the monument mob of the left.
It’s a bunch of white elitists who somehow think they know what the black communities of America need and want. And they also seem to assume that black Americans aren’t or can’t speak for themselves.
How is this any different than the archaic belief that blacks are simple-minded people, virtually children who need to be controlled?
The fact is it isn’t.
But what’s even worse is that these people are taking advantage of the needs of the black communities and turning it into a political cause when, in fact, race has nothing to do with politics.
As Irby suggests, the irony is lost of these fools.