In the wake of flooding that has cost at least 13 people their lives and destroyed more than 60,000 homes in Louisiana, residents are beginning to not only question the priorities of President Obama but those of an organization that is supposed to care very deeply about the suffering of black Americans – the same black Americans who comprise 50% or more of the Baton Rouge population.
The Black Lives Matter organization can’t claim ignorance; they have their grubby paws all over Louisiana politics. The death of Alton Sterling was met with an immediate and forceful response; BLM is actually suing the city of Baton Rouge for “unlawful mass arrests” resulting from the Sterling protests last month. Their seeds of racial discontent produced violent fruit on July 17, when a man influenced by their ideology killed three Baton Rouge police officers in cold blood.
But in response to the mass flooding, the best BLM could come up with was to promote a company providing free family portraits for victims of the deluge. That’s…something, but it’s not exactly what this organization has proven capable of in the past.
“All the drama that was going on with the Alton Sterling killing, they came out with guns ready to go to war,” said Baton Rouge resident Jerry Washington. “But here we go, all these people flooded out and truly in need of help and we can’t find not one of them.”
In a video posted to Youtube, Washington slammed black-identity groups for their pitiful response to the disaster.
“I ain’t seen one Black Panther boat or one Black Lives Matter boat,” he said. “All I see is our own people from our own city saving us.”
The profundity of that line should not be overlooked. Because that is all black Americans will ever see. In fact, it’s all any American will ever see. This is the core of conservatism; you don’t need external salvation – everything you need is already within you and around you. Once you surrender to that fact, you open up the mighty wellspring that is human ingenuity and realize there is a lot more “within you and around you” than you ever noticed before.
For the millions of Americans who have not realized this truth, salvation lies in the federal government. It lies in this political candidate or that one. It lies in feminism or Islamism or Black Lives Matter. Even when these institutions are functional, their “help” just strengthens the illusion. When they aren’t, it’s a little easier to see behind the curtain and realize that there was really nothing there to begin with.