The phrase “Black Lives Matter” came into existence in 2013 under the leadership of three radical black women organizers as a political movement in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s killer George Zimmerman. It gained momentum and attention from the national media the next year when Mike Brown was killed by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. He too was acquitted. This time it was with the approval of President Barack Obama and his attorney general Eric Holder (both black). After they initially blamed the police, they had to publicly backtrack their knee-jerk racial bias. Apparently, President Obama had learned nothing from his “beer summit” after falsely accusing a white police officer in the arrest of a black Harvard professor.

With 20/20 hindsight vision in the year 2021 as to all that has happened in the past six years, it is fair to inquire, “Where are we now with the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement?

The obvious answer, then and now, is “Of course black lives matter.” Any impartial review of American history in relation to its black population will tell a far different story than the narrative espoused by today’s Black Lives Matter movement. It is a wonderful and inspiring story of people who came out of slavery to become leaders of the free world – The United States of America.

It is a story that belies today’s false narrative of the radical revolutionaries who have co-opted the Black Lives Matter Movement. It is a story that resounds with the evolution of black leadership now present in all walks of our lives. This has happened even though the black population represents only about 13% of the population in this country. It is a story that dates back to our Civil War and President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1862. Over 600,000 white people died in that war. Above all else, it is a story of how whites and blacks have worked together to make this possible.

Rather than start with the Civil War, this series of Black Lives Matter essays will start with presentations of the 2021 reality of black lives that matter here and now. As a practicing attorney for nearly 60 years, this writer has well learned the time-honored adage that you cannot judge people by what they say, but only by what they do; and by implication what they fail to do. To this end, readers will be presented with facts, or as we lawyers say, “evidence,” in this and subsequent presentations of black lives that have mattered and refute the hypocrisy of the Black Lives Matter Movement. You the reader will be judge and jury in each case as the silent majority ponders a response to the divisive forces attempting to destroy the United States of America’s foundations of our country, which sadly are no longer very “United”.

Case No. 1: Barrack Hussein Obama

In 2008 Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States of America. He was elected by white people. The black population supported him, but it took almost three times as many more white voters for him to win.

I rest my case. Black lives matter and a majority of Americans have confirmed this fact with their votes for President Obama. We can now dispense with the patently racist rhetoric of those radical voices who are trying to divide our country. “Diversity” is here to stay and has been for at least two generations. Our children and our grandchildren are colorblind in their lifestyles and politics. Unfortunately, this could change if the Black Lives Matter proponents forget that all lives matter and continue to push their racist agenda.

Harold E. Collins
Lawyer, Author and Journalist Provocateur

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Harold E. Collins
Lawyer, Author and Journalist Provocateur