This past Saturday evening I had the distinct pleasure and honor of speaking for the North Carolina Young Republicans in Greensboro, NC, at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. It is located right there, next to the historic downtown Woolworth store lunch counter. As a matter of fact, the lunch counter has been preserved and is part of the museum, which I had the opportunity to tour.
On February 1, 1960, a year before my birth, four courageous students from nearby North Carolina A&T University — David Richmond, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair Jr., and Joseph McNeil — started a non-violent protest that would spread all over the segregated South: the sit-in. The following year, in Ft. Lauderdale, there would be a historic event called a “wade-in,” where blacks went onto Ft. Lauderdale beach. Exactly 50 years after that event, I was sworn in as the Congressional Representative of Ft. Lauderdale beach.
So, last Saturday evening, I had the honor of speaking on Civil Rights — real rights, not ideological agenda driven rights — standing before the original photo of Richmond, McCain, Blair Jr., and McNeill. I also had the honor of being on the same speaking program with one of those who joined those four and participated in the Greensboro Woolworth “sit-in,” Clarence Henderson, a strong, principled conservative, and Republican.
As I flew back to my home here in Garland, Texas, I pondered, where are those same type of men in the black community of today? These impeccable, principled, courageous men of color who knew what their God-given unalienable rights were, and refused to be told that their lives did not matter. They refused to be castigated as second class citizens.
As Clarence Henderson shared that evening, he looked at the water that came from the “whites only” and “blacks only” fountains and saw no difference. Such a simple, yet powerful statement that led to a monumental change in our America. It was a change that would lead to the words of our American Independence, our Declaration, finally having its full meaning, as we endeavor to be that “more perfect union.”
Today, though, what does an organization calling itself “Black Lives Matter” mean?
As reported by Townhall:
“Independence Day weekend always brings a barrage of violence to already gunshot plagued city each summer, and this year has been no different in Chicago. WGN9 reports that at least four have been killed and more than 40 have been shot since Wednesday in the Windy City.
Around 5:30 a.m. Friday in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, a 26-year-old man was standing outside a friend’s home when he was shot in the shoulder. The man’s girlfriend arrived to the scene, and took him to Stroger Hospital. The man is in good condition and is not cooperating with police. No one is in custody.
Around 4:45 a.m. Friday in the West Woodlawn neighborhood, a 46-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. The man was found unresponsive and was taken to the University of Chicago Hospital in critical condition. Area Central detectives are investigating and no one is in custody.
Around 2 a.m. Friday in the Grand Grossing neighborhood, five people were shot at the intersection of 67th Street and Stony Island Avenue. Three men and two women were taken to hospitals in stable and good condition. No one is in custody.
Around 2:40 a.m. Friday in the Austin neighborhood, a 37-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman were involved in an altercation with a group of people in the 900 block of North Lavergne Avenue. A man displayed a weapon and fired shots, striking them both. The man was shot in the chest and was driven by an acquaintance to West Suburban Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The woman suffered two gunshot wounds to the arm. She drove herself to Stroger Hospital where she is in stable condition. No one is in custody. Area North detectives are investigating.
According to this Chicago Sun-Times, gun violence “left at least five people dead and 51 others hurt” last weekend.”
Now, if this were happening in the combat zones of Iraq or Afghanistan, it would be widely reported, even more so depending upon who sits in the Oval Office. But, here we have a genocidal crisis happening in the inner cities all across the United States of America, but no mention of it.
Well, sorry, ol’ Spartacus did mention how he was troubled by hearing the gunshots in his hometown, Newark, NJ, at night. However, Sen. Cory Booker failed to mention that he was once the mayor of said city and that New Jersey has some of the most stringent gun control laws in the country. But somehow, this is all the fault of legal, law-abiding, gun owners, not the criminals and gang members who are perpetuating this violence.
I ask, again, where are the strong, resolute, principled black men like the Four Horsemen of Greensboro? Those men knew that black lives mattered, and were courageously able to make a stand.
Where are the voices crying out about the insidious and incessant level of black-on-black crime and murder happening in America? I am sick and tired of progressive socialists cherry-picking which black lives matter. Of course those for their political and electoral gain. As well, I am sick of the black community falling for the crap of the same political party that established Jim Crow in the first place. Who the hell cares about some damn slave reparations when we have the black community killing itself? Why do we need slave reparations when we have had 18M black babies murdered in the womb, thanks to the love of killing babies, masqueraded as a right, and embracement of infanticide by the left.
Yes, this industry of death for our unborn and born children is the brainchild of a white supremacist, racist, and one who spoke at Ku Klux Klan rallies. You know, those white hooded wearing domestic terrorists created by the Democrat (socialist) Party for the specific purpose of denying blacks their Constitutional and Civil Rights. And civics lesson here, it was the Senate Republicans who ensured the passage of the Civil Rights Act, 55 years ago. Lyndon Johnson just took advantage of a situation.
So, which black lives matter? It would appear to me — based upon fact — that the lives lost in the womb and on the streets of Chicago, Baltimore, Washington DC, Dallas, Atlanta . . . you name it, are not the ones that matter to the progressive socialist left. Unless, someone like ol’ Spartacus can weave a lie of omission for his electoral gain on a debate stage.
I leave y’all with the words of Malcolm X. They are prescient, and relevant, to today:
The liberal elements of whites are those who have perfected the art of selling themselves to the Negro as a friend of the Negro. Getting sympathy of the Negro, getting the allegiance of the Negro, and getting the mind of the Negro. Then the Negro sides with the white liberal, and the white liberal use the Negro against the white conservative. So that anything that the Negro does is never for his own good, never for his own advancement, never for his own progress, he’s only a pawn in the hands of the white liberal.
The worst enemy that the Negro have is this white man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros, and calling himself a liberal, and it is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have. If the Negro wasn’t taken, tricked, or deceived by the white liberal then Negros would get together and solve our own problems.
I only cite these things to show you that in America the history of the white liberal has been nothing but a series of trickery designed to make Negros think that the white liberal was going to solve our problems. Our problems will never be solved by the white man. The only way that our problem will be solved is when the black man wakes up, clean himself up, stand on his own feet and stop begging the white man, and take immediate steps to do for ourselves the things that we have been waiting on the white man to do for us. Once we do for self then we will be able to solve our own problems.”
Who funds Black Lives Matter? That will answer the question of which black lives matter.
Always remember those four courageous men, who, on February 1, 1960, did not wait for anyone to “save” them. They took action themselves. That is how you earn your liberty, freedom, and defend your constitutional rights.
God bless the Four Horsemen of Greensboro who taught us that black lives — and all lives — matter.
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome.