Beaufort , N.C.

July 6, 2020

TO THE EDITOR:

Black Lives Matter (BLM) really should be re-named to Only Certain Black Lives Matter (OCBLM) because the only time that OCBLM demonstrates, extorts, burns, loots, assaults, and murders is when a white police officer kills an unarmed black man during an arrest since that is when OCBLM can leverage money and publicity from these deaths.

According to the Washington Post’s 2018 database, police officers killed nine unarmed black men who were being arrested, and several of those men who died were resisting arrest and assaulting law enforcement officers. That number is nine (9) – way below the thousands of blacks killed by other blacks every year.

Clearly, black lives only matter to OCBLM under certain circumstances where OCBLM can get lots of money and publicity, but otherwise, black lives really do not matter much to OCBLM.

Where is the OCBLM outrage and how is OCBLM trying to help and protect black lives in the following situations?

- In Chicago over this 4th of July weekend (Thursday eve. – Sunday eve.), 87 blacks were shot including 13 black children, and 17 blacks who were shot died including two black children.

- In New York City over this 4th of July weekend (Friday –Sunday), 44 blacks were shot and 11 blacks killed, mostly through gunfire.

- In Atlanta, Austin, Hoover, Alabama, Washington DC, and Greenville, S.C. over this 4th of July weekend, numerous blacks, including many black children were shot, and a large number died.

- In 2016, 89.5% (2,570) of blacks who were murdered were killed by other blacks according to the FBI’s 2016 Crime in the United States report. That black on black murder rate will surely be higher this year.

- In 2018, blacks, who are 13% of the US population, were convicted of 53% of the homicides and 60% of the robberies in the U.S .

- In 2018, the black illegitimacy rate is now over 70% according to the Social Capital Project, and in 2018, 65% of black children were being raised in single parent households according to Kids Count Data Center.

- In New York City from 2012-2016, more black babies were aborted (136,426) than black babies being born (118,127) according to the NYC Health Department.

- In the U.S., black women, who are 13% of the female population, have 36% of the abortions according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

- Black children all over the country in inner city union-controlled schools are getting a sub-standard education, and as a result, a substantial number of these black children have a completely inadequate education and are unprepared for a decent job or college.

- In 2017-2018, black children had a lower high school graduation rate (79%) compared to whites (89%), Hispanics (81%), and Asian/Pacific Islanders (92%) according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Where is OCBLM in all this tragedy?

OCBLM ignores all of these issues because there is no money or publicity in them for OCBLM. It is so much easier and more profitable for OCBLM to blame the police and a racist society for all of the black society’s problems and to focus on a few black men who were killed by the police, and in doing so, have progressive city council members, mayors, governors, congressmen, senators, and companies groveling on their knees and giving millions of dollars in cold, hard cash to OCBLM.

OCBLM is a fraud. OCBLM is not really doing much of anything to make black lives better. Instead, OCBLM incites riots and encourages violence, arson, and looting to the detriment of the black community, and all the while, OCBLM laughs all the way to the bank.

DEBORAH VAN DYKEN

(33) comments

CARTERETISCORRUPT

Very amusing the author opines that BLM is only concerned with money, or what generates same. Amusing coming from a lawyer, indeed.

David Collins

Same old numbers . Can you imagine what they would be without abortion ? Making money with various black causes is nothing new . Enterprising black leaders , I think that is what they are called , have been shucking whitey down for cash for decades . Stupid whitey falls all over themselves to splurge on donations to whatever the bogus cause may be floating about at the time . Names like Jackson , Sharpton and yes even King , along with a host of other lesser known characters have lined up at the money trough . Yet all these “donations” have not gone to their stated cause and things just fester and get worse for the little people . Scads of black politicians have been elected or appointed , thinking that they would know what to do with their own people . As we have seen , they are totally inept , self serving and frankly do not care . Imagine that , just like the white politicians . So with decades of EEO , affirmative action and all that rubbish , what has been accomplished ? Water seeks it’s own level , always does . Gotta get off your hind parts , pull your pants up and do the things that are necessary to become successful in this world . That is something that can not be bestowed and must be earned . Guess they left that out at Church last Sunday .

mpjeep

Well said, Deborah. Best Letter to the Editor I've seen in some time.

I'm surprised this site let you publish. I've been trying to post something along these lines to no avail.

Most folks get fired or come under physical or verbal abuse for stating their opinions on this subject. Glad I'm retired.

Even better : "All Lives Matter".

Hope to see you around town. I'll be the one in the red MAGA hat.

Sleepwalker

Yep it wasn’t too long ago when a little girl was gunned down in Houston (I believe) by a white dude (drive by). There were sketches and around the clock media “outrage”. It looked like the final episodes of Seinfeld...everyone was packing their bags heading that way to show their collective rear ends, even Sharpton was in on it. A local pro athlete bankrolled the funeral. Come to find out it was two black dudes. Poof everything went away. BLM has zero legitimacy. I wonder if the athlete asked for his money back...

David Collins

Yesterday , Thursday , I had the misfortune of viewing the mother of a small child lamenting the murder of her small child in one of the cities beset by violence . She was about as pitiful as it gets and my heart went out to her . She was accompanied by a well dressed black male that was unidentified but could have been her attorney or perhaps her pastor . The outrageous thing about this performance was when he suggested , with a straight face mind you , that all black children be given designer helmets and bulletproof vests to wear for protection . Let that sink in for a few moments . To me , it says we have given up and accept the day to day violence in our black community . We have accepted that our black elected officials will do nothing to stop the killing . To those whose only view of our world is through the various alphabet news outlets , this may ring true . This anarchy along with crowds of murderous thugs is totally common amongst black ruled nations around the world . Constant Revolution followed by emerging despots promising freedom , equality and prosperity , only to fallback to more slaughter , looting and theft of national treasure is the theme of every day life . Can’t help it but I see this happening in the cities right here in the USA , right now . The November general elections are never more important than ever . The leftist , socialist crowd must be defeated if for no other reason than they have shown us all what happens when they have control of anything . Your vote , your decision but please think of the future , your children’s future and do not be fooled again . They are only concerned for themselves , not you and it shows .

Sleepwalker

Mr. Collins,

I seen the same interview. I believe he was some sort of “community organizer”. Yeah armor plate the kids...wow. I couldn’t believe he said that out loud on national TV. I agree, if that’s some of the “solutions” that is being thrown around then the large city minority population is doomed. There has also been statements made to the effect that the police are racist for not protecting the minority populations during this onslaught of violence. Defund...racist...we need leo...you just can’t make this “stuff” up!

SandFiddler

Interesting statistics in this letter to the editor! Racism in this country is tiring and becoming very boring not to mention depressing. None of us today, lived during the Civil War, so why all the theatrics? Some blacks are just as racists as some whites. It's time for leadership that will put an end to all the nonsense. It's up to both the whites and blacks to make their lives better. Protests & murder are not the means to do so. They only serve to divide us more. An older black lady was recently in my presence. I witnessed tears streaming down her face regarding the incessant protests and violence in this country. She was upset not only with protests but also the racial meetings here in this county held by some of the younger generation. She said: "We all get along in this county. I want them to stop this. Their behavior doesn't reflect how I feel or how lots of others feel". She also is of the opinion that our current president is the only one who can straighten this out. ALL lives matter so let's get back to the most important issues in our country with one of those being the election in November. "TRUMP 2020, no more BS."

CARTERETISCORRUPT

I hear that someone found the article so well done, that it was forwarded to BLM headquarters for review. Wonder if they will share in the authors enthusiasm.

David Collins

Let’s see , nasty comments on social media , followed by a call for disbarment , boycott her business , paid protesters , peaceful of course , painting BLM on the road in front of her home . Am quite sure she is quaking in her flip flops as I post . Or not .

JohnnyR

Yeah, that is a good letter with a nice consolidation of facts. It explains why left-leaning people like myself will probably vote Trump this year, we're tired of being villainized because we are white.

Brought up poor and earned everything I had through hard work, I don't owe anyone anything. From my personal experience, I know the majority of the black community does not condone the BLM craziness.

relax at Shack

Preach it, sister!

alaskafour

The original post says it all. Why debate it?

Jeni

I can not agree with you more one the true meaning behind BLM i've been calling it black lives benefit. I am beyond tired of them wanting to change history. Sorry you can not pick and choose what part of history you want to delete. You want to take away statues because it reminds you of the slavery days? Take away Gone with the Wind? Change school names because it reminds you of slavery days by the way DID NOT DIRECTLY affect anyone in your family, BUT if you don't want to be reminded of the past then we need to get rid of Black History Month, NAACP, Black College oh and don't forget the movie The Help!!!!!! The list goes on. They want to get rid of things that do not directly benefit them (Like statues, school names). It is beyond ridiculous how everyone feels they have to walk on eggshells for blacks now. Sorry I do not nor will I. Do not tell a white person they can not dress as a black artist or historian for Halloween but you can make a movie where black men can dress as WHITE women and it be ok and make millions. You think we are the racist?? You have it so wrong and maybe go and actually read your history on slavery. Did you miss the part who fought for your freedom? If you truly care about BLM them stop the black on black killings. Oh and defund the police?? But yet when you have a defund the police protest you call the police to be present in case things get violent? Who was the idiot that said lets have a protest to defund the police but make sure we have officers there in case things get wild!!!! I can go on for hours but I feel you get where I stand.

SandFiddler

Things now have progressed from remoIval of confederate statues to removal of John Wayne exhibits and statues. Why shouldn't Martin Luther King's name be removed from everything? Fair is fair in the racism game of love and war.

Jeni

Enough is enough we can all sit here and continue complaining or actually do something. I am beyond tired of them getting their way with everything. If they want to remove statues or change names because it reminds them inv slavery then let our voices be heard and say then no more black colleges or NAACP or Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Trans Women of Color Collective, Black Girls Code or any of the other 20+black only organizations. If we had a all white organization they would lose their minds. They can not pick and choose what they want to get rid of. All of these all black organizations were formed because of the slavery days and discrimination. It should not be allowed to keep only what benefits THEIR needs. They also want to remove Christopher Columbus then Columbus Day needs to be removed and now we can all work on that day instead of a paid Holiday. It’s all or nothing. I am willing to stand up and our voices need to be heard. Anyone else willing? If not then complaining does not one bit of good.

Sleepwalker

Fiddler,

I agree, per the cancel culture, slavery never happened either. History is to be preserved. We as humans are supposed to study it...bad and good so that we don’t make the same bad mistakes and maybe, just maybe can replicate the good parts.

Sleepwalker

What are you going to do jen? Riot, burn your house down? Loot a liquor store. All WE can do as a civilized society is vote. We have Asa as our county leo. That’s good. Fortunately we live in a “bubble” here Carteret County. In my case that’s on purpose. Although i could use a new table saw but I’m too old and lazy to loot it. Easier to pay for it and have it loaded.

kenwood

Reading Miss Van Dyken's piece and the contributed comments reveals that a good segment of our population is still stuck in an earlier century. Also that all too many have become ultra bitter, forgetting, or just casting off, those principles they were taught in their youth, which believe it or not are still valid today, even in "adulthood" and in spite of difficulties and hurts suffered along the way.

This country of ours has, and is only great when we the people are and stay united. Divisiveness is the tactic of those working against the people, used by the fascists as in the 30's. Unity and acceptance of all is what made America great in the early 20th century, in spite of our other ills. It can be again, but only if we all pull together to fight the hatred and bigotry that has infected too much of our society today.

Sleepwalker

I don’t disagree with you kenwood...the fascists of yesterday are todays liberal democrats. Employing the same tactics. I have an eclectic group of buddies. They are all shapes, sizes and colors... we joke and don’t tip toe around each other trying not to hurt each others feelings. None of the jokes are racial...they’re about who’s older than who. It’s the liberal left that’ll nail you to the wall for saying “master bedroom”. That’s what most of us are fed up with. To put it bluntly “I’m offended that they’re offended”. They can all go take a flying leap.

mpjeep

Dear Sleepwalker: I wish I would have posted your comments. You hit the nail on the head and I couldn't have said it better. Thanks!

Bear26Actual

The lady said THE TRUTH!

CARTERETISCORRUPT

Despite all the bravery displayed here, when the BLM protestors come here and loot and burn; the little yellow puddles will collect around the feet of the "brave" here in Carteret County. No one will stand up for anything here.

alaskafour

 Open your eyes bub! Jeni nailed it!

(Edited by staff.)

Sleepwalker

Corrupt,

Beings we’ve got a democrat governor, I can only imagine the hammer that will be dropped on ANYONE standing up to the brown shirts if they decide to pillage our community.

JohnnyR

They were here but did not loot and burn, they had a peaceful protest in Morehead and in Beaufort. They would not get away with looting and burning here.

mpjeep

Dear Corrupt.....wrong again. Jeni is right.

I'm a local NCer, a good ole southern boy that knows the Rule of Law: Lock n Load. And there are some Creekers on Hwy 24 that know lots of good ole southern boys as well.

Did you see the demonstration on Arendell street last week with folks waving the confederate flag? No issues, just a lot of positive horn blowing and hand waving.

We are a peaceful bunch, but Will stand up for our rights.

SandFiddler

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SandFiddler

I certainly hope the good ole' southerner "peaceful bunch" will continue to demonstrate by waving the beautiful Confederate Flag in every town and street in Carteret County. They must not forget the little town across the bridge called Beaufort. As they make a right on Turner from Morehead, they can stand where the BLM group stood with their bullhorns and signs. Then after standing there for a while they could demonstrate on every street - from Pine Street right on down to Front Street. I'm sure the town officials would welcome them as much as they did the BLM group. In addition, perhaps those good ole southern boys could request virtual town hall meetings just as BLM did to educate people that all lives matter. New Bern's Martin Luther King Blvd. might be another good place for demonstrations. Perhaps they could demand the street be renamed. From there, they could move on to peacefully demonstrate In Raleigh and Charlotte and demand that all ML King statues come down.

mpjeep

Right is right and wrong is wrong. Fair is fair.

If statues of Lee, Lincoln, Washington, etc. are coming down, and are part of our history, then why shouldn't MLK statues come down?

If sports team names, school building names and grocery store products have to change their names, then why doesn't MLK Blvd need to change?

Politics, being politically correct and fear of expressing one's opinion seems to be driving a lot of decisions these days.

We are back to the wild, wild west, where the rough riding cowboys come to town and shoot up the place with very little being done about it.

David Collins

Think that by now most have figured out that Black Lives Matter and the anarchists are two separate groups that are piggybacking on the general unrest in our nation . BLM is just a rehash of the 60s with a dose of Me Too and poor poor pitiful me thrown into the the mix . They have pretty much always preyed on each other and that has not changed . The anarchists are a far more serious problem with international roots and generous funding . With the liberals cutting the legs from under law enforcement , it provides an opportunistic time for the anarchists to do what they do best . It is our job to stop them .

CARTERETISCORRUPT

Let me clarify my earlier statements concerning those who would collect yellow puddles around their ankles with the idea of looting and burning here in good ole Carteret. First, over the last few decades, I have seen that severe corruption in local government wasn't enough to elicit a response from local heroes. Second, we saw two men jailed for years on contempt for not tearing down their own property; no one did anything. We have seen Beauforts Mayor Newton all by himself close down Beaufort, with checkpoints and such; nothing. I doubt there is any atrocity that most locals won't tolerate. The pirate invasion of old was the last time locals stood up for anything. We allowed northerners to steal our culture and our properties. We allowed the wholesale tearing down of our history. We cuddled cozy up to the paper dollar. We watched as the fisherman was nearly destroyed. We accept all manner of taxation, and looney spending schemes by local officials. We have no control over our lives to large extent. We are teetering on becoming a marxist nation, a socialist country that failed to defend our liberties for ourselves and our children. There are a very few who will rise up and defend our freedoms; but are silent. These will have to operate in the shadows in the wake of a Biden coup presidency; as most of the citizenry will just roll over and accept whatever is thrown down. The yellow stream will run a river down to Taylors Creek. The government will offer "rewards" to citizens who will betray true patriots. And they will betray. This is a surety.

I have seen many tough talkers who ran away when the moment of truth arrived. True patriots are banding together now to prepare for this coming disaster. They should be supported full force. Gun confiscation is looming with Biden; our sheriff will enforce such draconian measures, and others will turn over their firearms due to sheer fear. But nothing will equal the fear they will experience when the socialist state glue hardens, and left without any means to resist. Some will say resistance is futile. These are the puddlers. Cities are burning, murders are becoming more common, looting is the new norm. It is coming to a town near you.

CARTERETISCORRUPT

Jeni is right; white folks lost their b---s a long time ago. This is the result.

NOLI DEE

ummm make that 209 black men were shot and killed in 2018 , from this persons first statistic to their very last, every single one is dead wrong. they just wanna be racist and feel vindicated for it. so gross

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