Black people are sacred to God, says #BlackLivesMatter activist

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Michelle Higgins has been making waves lately. A leader in the #BlackLivesMatter movement, she recently addressed a gathering of 16,000 evangelical students at an InterVarsity conference in St. Louis, during which she urged them to back the movement. Photo courtesy of Urbana

Michelle Higgins has been making waves lately. A leader in the #BlackLivesMatter movement, she recently addressed a gathering of 16,000 evangelical students at an InterVarsity conference in St. Louis, during which she urged them to back the movement. Photo courtesy of Urbana

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(RNS) The #BlackLivesMatter activist says: "I do not believe the work of Dr. King is done."

  • William Bockstael

    Like everybody else, whites, browns, greens, yellows, pinks etc…the problem begins when people start to believe somehow they are God’s favorite

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  • David

    While we enjoy freedom of expression in the United States, BLM does not at core share those values. And while I agree that MLK’s work is not done, it is clear that BLM will not be the ones to finish it since the core values of Dr. King are in antithesis to those of BLM. Oh, ‘antithesis’, one of those outmoded trigger words in a culture where philosophical discourse has been transformed into nothing more than muddy soup, just saying.

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  • Jack

    There is plenty of unfinished business to achieve on the road to racial justice, equality, & reconciliation. If Dr. King were alive today, he’d stress both the undeniable progress attained, and the serious gaps which remain.

    The problem with Black Lives Matter is that it’s old-school. It moves the ball backward, not forward. In place of King’s ultimate vision of a color-blind, character-centered society, it drags us back to the old, race-driven ideologies of the late 1960s and 1970s, which were thinly disguised attempts to apply the Marxist concept of class struggle to race. It is hard to think of a single good thing that came out of that reactionary retreat from King’s dream.

    The last great unaddressed civil rights issue is equal educational opportunity. Millions of black Americans remain locked in low-performing schools, with no other choices. This is not a sexy issue lending itself to splashy marches & protests and calling people racists.

  • Jack

    I think this is more a function of the influence of the so-called self-esteem movement which has made its way through American culture. While it sounds nice, it amounts to a rejection of actual merit and achievement as sources for a positive attitude toward self. The Atlantic magazine had a great article a few years back on the failure of this movement, and how it’s producing kids who paradoxically feel less certain, not more certain, about their own worth and abilities.

  • Harry Martin

    The fervor for self-segregation as shared by this article denigrates the worth and dignity of ALL lives. Why must there be this obsession with the skin..the surface? Why can’t individuals, communities respect and honor the truth they are more skin color.

  • GOD IS BALONEY

    If Gods do not exist nobody is especially sacred. And there is no reason to think gods exist.
    End of story.

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  • Doc Anthony

    Nothing’s wrong with InterVarsity **allowing** BlackLivesMatter to explain their perspective at the IV conference.

    Everything’s wrong with InterVarsity **endorsing** BlackLivesMatter at a time when BLM clearly has its own public mess and myopia to clean up.

    InterVarsity simply damaged its own Christian witness by endorsing BLM. A seriously bad decision on the part of IV’s leaders.

    (By the way, COPS’ lives matter too, by the way. Somebody please e-mail the memo to BLM and InterVarsity.)

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  • Jack

    Well put, Harry.

  • Jack

    No, not “end of story,” unless we all decide to shut our brains off and march in lockstep with you. If it were that simple, then all the stupid people would be theists and all the smart people atheists. In reality, both smart and stupid are pretty evenly distributed in both camps.

  • Jack

    Yes, it was a great article indeed. And good observation about dishonesty.

  • Jack

    Great points, Doc.

  • Illogic B

    Police kill about 400 people a year (mostly criminals & some innocents).
    Of those about 25% (~100) are black. Most of the rest (~300) are whites
    & hispanics. NOW in contrast, about 8,000 (EIGHT THOUSAND) blacks are
    killed by OTHER blacks every year.

    In other words, for every 1 (one) black killed by a white cop each year
    (many of whom were committing a crime while killed) 71 (seventy one)
    blacks were murdered by other BLACKS. In the past 35 years about 323,000
    (yes that’s THOUSANDS) blacks have been murdered by other blacks. Over
    9,000 per year on average.

    The logical & factual conclusion (rather than insane, hysterical,
    emotional ranting) is that as a black person, you are FAR safer in the
    company of a white cop than you are in the company of another black person.

    Therefore, if you are going to mobilize MILLIONS of people against the
    LEO killings and NOT the black on black killings (as the BLM group is
    doing) at MOST you will save about 50 black lives a year…

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  • Diogenes

    As usual, Doc Anthony puts it bluntly and better than most. For my own part, it should be evident to all that EVERY LIFE MATTERS to GOD. No life is more or less precious to God. That said, it will not obviate His stated promise to make the final judgement on our lives, based solely on our responsiveness to the invitation of His Son, Jesus Christ, to be Lord and Savior of our lives.