The outraged crowd can’t really be mad at Kanye West for speaking out. They should be angry with themselves for ignoring an outrageous controversy for so long.
On Monday, as only as he could, Kanye exposed the rank void of “Black Lives Matter.”
Photos have circulated showing him, conservative commentator Candace Owens and models at his fashion show in Paris wearing White Lives Matter t-shirts.
On Tuesday, Kanye stirred up outrage again by posting on Instagram, “Everyone knows Black Lives Matter was a scam.” Now it’s over. You’re welcome.’
And on Wednesday, he leaned back once more, posting another photo of his shirt with the caption: ‘Here’s my last answer when people ask me why I made a t-shirt that says white lives matter … THEY’RE DOING IT.”
Is he wrong? Not really.
On Monday, as only as the artist now known as Ye could, Kanye exposed the rank vacuum of the Black Lives Matter slogan and called it what it is: a scam.
He does two things at once: he pushes the idea of promoting one race over another when, as a self-proclaimed Christian, he believes that we are all the same. And he goes after leaders who took an idea that every human being agrees on – Black Lives Matter – and politicized it for their own gain.
After all, more than two years after the tragic murder of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, what has BLM really done for black people?
It is high time we faced this question, because too many Americans have never taken the time or had the space to find an answer.
In the unsettling days after Floyd’s death, that was a daunting mantra to defy.
It was easier and socially safer to simply accept the assertion that black lives don’t matter in America. For many, it was too risky to appear insensitive – even racist – at a time of national desperation.
Only recently, now that our nation’s racial blood pressure has subsided enough, have we become healthy enough to challenge the movement we once glorified.
But at the time, millions of people hunkered down, bent their knees, marched in BLM protests, planted signs on the BLM lawn. . . and they donated.
Yes, many were well-meaning, but that’s as far as it goes.
If Americans cared enough about donating, shouldn’t they also care about how that money was spent?
From 2020 to 2021, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation has accumulated approximately $90 million in donations. A substantial amount of this money was spent on everything EXCEPT poor black people.
Tax returns show $32 million was invested in stocks and more than $37 million was spent on consultants, real estate and private jets; $6 million of that went towards buying a Studio City, Calif. mansion where BLM founder Patrisse Cullors partied with friends and threw a birthday bash for his son.
Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Studio City, Calif. mansion, admitted she uses it for personal, not BLM purposes, after denying she had done so before.
Twenty-six BLM locals are suing and alleging that BLMGNF leaders stole money intended for them.
Where is the outrage about this?
Instead, the anger is directed at Kanye.
In a way, that’s understandable.
The slogan that had a momentary grip on our collective social consciousness was now openly mocked. And worse, for the social justice warriors who pledged their allegiance to BLM, it was done by black people.
While it’s not my personal taste to publicly troll Black Lives Matter, I understand it’s an attempt to highlight the absurdity of it all.
Of course, if black lives matter, then white lives matter. All races and lives matter.
But BLM instead maximized a population guilt-ridden for an age-old stain on a country and reaped the rewards instead of passing all the benefits on to the people they claimed to be fighting for.
While claiming they were above the fray, fighting for a fairer society, many of the BLM team were truly on their own.
BLM maxed out a guilt-ridden population for an age-old stain on a country and reaped the rewards instead of delivering anything beneficial to the people they claimed to be fighting for
Americans were abruptly asked if black lives matter to them, and we reacted to this series of questions, but no one ever asked: Do black lives matter to Black Lives Matter?
Do they care about black lives when they raise money on behalf of the dead and spend it on themselves?
Do they care about black lives when they have never disputed their brand being used to destroy majority black neighborhoods in multiple nationwide riots?
Do they care about black lives when they accept donations meant to help black people and put that money in the hands of Wall Street? Bernie Madoff gave better returns to his investors than Black Live Matter did to black Americans.
This organization helped change the real narrative – equality – and make it all about equity. While ruining the image of black Americans by portraying us as scared of a statistical unlikelihood of being killed by cops.
Why? Because millions of Americans now believe that the average black American worries primarily about the cops rather than their income. We must now endlessly discuss prison reform, police reform, and bail reform, because this is now the new agenda for black America.
Black Lives Matter has monetized black Americans by rebranding our existence and auctioning it off to corporate America and the progressive elite.
Black Lives Matter bosses care about black lives; just theirs.
Adam B. Coleman is the author of “Black Victim to Black Victor” and founder of Wrong Speak Publishing. Follow the substack: adambcoleman.substack.com