I decided to look up Black Lives Matter on Google. My goal was to see if their views matched up with what I have been hearing. I try to do that whenever possible, but it's been one of those "out of sight, out of mind" things. The ONLY time I hear about "Black Lives Matter" is on the Baptist Board. I've gone a whole school week at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Ironically, I ran into a "Way of the Master" street preacher (thinking about starting another thread on that experience), but have seen absolutely nothing about Black Lives Matter. And my classes are roughly 40-50% black. Regardless, I wanted to see what they really stood for. And now that I've been to their website, and have seen their demands, I absolutely stand against them. Where once I thought that they might be misguided, but well intentioned people, I now see the movement as something malicious. Let's look at their demands: (taken from their website directly) So, in other words, they want to arrest a man who has been proven innocent. They are completely disregarding any evidence that has been brought forward, and foolishly call for "justice". Isaiah 5:20 - Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; This could, in all honesty, just be an ignorance of the facts. Looking at the numbers, there is NOT a "systemic pattern of anti-black law enforcement violence". Now, I would readily agree that we should look into the police force for violence, and they should have been held more accountable all along. But the numbers just don't add up. I've gone over all the numbers before, and we have our residents here who will disagree with me. But the evidence is there. I've looked at it as impartially as I possibly can, and came to a rational conclusion. The evidence to support systemic racism just isn't there. This is a debate of the decade, it seems. This has nothing to do with race, and I'm not saying they're wrong, necessarily. I'm not convinced they're right, however. I'm still weighing the evidence and arguments on this one. Another way to read this would be, "We want to form a lynch mob." It's pretty obvious, and obviously stupid. If the names were released, then ALL the officers, whether justified or not, would become targets. Just like they've proven with their very first demand. I'm not sure how to take this one. At face value it seems to be at total odds with what they're trying to accomplish. "We want more accountability, but we want to spend less." I'll admit that I haven't put a lot of thought into this one. So, hopefully anyone defending the BLM movement will read this, and realize just how way off they are. On that first point alone, they prove that they are wrong. On that first point alone, they show that they are a movement to be shunned. Edited to add: Was going to post a reply, but figured I'd just add in here: On the website, they claim According to killedbypolice.net, there have been 749 police killings (right or wrong) in 2015. This works out to 1 person killed every 7.7 hours. Roughly 30 percent of those killed by officers are black. This means that roughly, 1 black person is killed by an officer every 25.7 hours. Even if HALF (being very, very generous here) of those were killed in cold blood, that brings us to 1 black person murdered every 50 hours or so. So, even their numbers and statistics are biased and lies.