Dear Editor -
I was shocked and taken aback by Travis Rogers' article last week. In fact, it took me a couple of hours to compose myself before I could read it. I had never seen anything like that before, in any paper.
When you have the guts to put your opinion out there for everyone to see, a person knows that others will disagree with your viewpoint. So it didn't surprise me that he vehemently opposed my opinion, knowing he is a dyed-in-the-wool liberal (it doesn't matter that you are not "registered"). It was the WAY he disagreed that was so disturbing.
Travis, you have the whole paper to express your opinion. However, the letters to the editor section is for the readers to express their thoughts, NOT yours. The readers trust that they will be given a forum where they can be free to write without harassment and you violated that trust, a trust you may never get back. If my letter was so vile to you, then why did you publish it? Or you could have written an editorial praising BLM without specifically mentioning my letter. But to eviscerate my letter in such a manner was wrong, plain and simple.
With that being said, he did say I could write a rebuttal. To be clear, I proudly stand behind every word I wrote. When I wrote that I mourned the loss of all lives, I meant all lives, from George Floyd to David Dorn, the retired black St. Louis Police Captain who was murdered by a black BLM rioter (if they burn, loot and murder, they are rioters, not protesters) while protecting his friend's business from looters. Yes, all lives, all races.
Secondly, all it takes is a "quick internet search" because BLM does not try to hide who they are--an anti-white, anti-Western Marxist organization seeking total destruction of traditional Western civilization. The quotes I used clearly proved my point. Let's see, "We are trained Marxists". No doubt as to she what she means with that statement. According to my American Heritage Dictionary, a Marxist is "One who believes in or follows the ideas of Marx and Engels, a militant Communist".
Honestly, there are not that many dots to connect. Marxism is a common theme throughout their website. One of the leading fundraisers for BLM is a radical communist terrorist who was convicted in 1985 and sentenced to 58 years in prison, until Clinton commuted her sentence on his last day in office, much to the outrage of law enforcement officers around the country. BLM is friendly with Venezuelan dictator Maduro, whose socialist policies have brought economic collapse and untold misery, poverty and starvation to millions of people there. BLM is NOT about black lives; George Floyd and others are just excuses to riot and overthrow the U.S. government and destroy law and order in America.
Last Friday I attended a meeting where 2 gentleman spoke about the dangers of socialism/communism. One is an economics professor who defected from Russia and the other is a medical doctor who lived 8 years in Venezuela under Chavez before escaping to the U.S.. To hear what they experienced first hand and how it parallels what is currently happening here was absolutely chilling. The class warfare rhetoric, the destruction of history, the call for economic "social justice", defunding local police departments and replacing them with centralized National Police, racial struggles to create division, destroying religion, the list is endless. No, what is happening is not a simple civil rights movement, but a Marxist revolution.
Concerning the nuclear family, BLM clearly states that they strive to "disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement...". I stand by what wrote. And if BLM really cared about black lives, why in God's name would they destroy the one institution that can lift the black individual out of poverty? According to the U.S. Census, being raised in a married family reduced a child's probability of living in poverty by about 82%.
When you take the father out of the picture, the statistics are sobering. 85% of the youth who are in prison grew up in a fatherless home. Children are 2x as likely to drop out of school, 2x as likely to commit suicide and 279x (not a typo) more likely to deal drugs or carry firearms.
Why would you promote such an agenda? It goes right along with the anarchist's goal of destroying Western culture. The family is the bedrock of a civilized society and if you destroy the family, you have no civilization. The family is where children learn morals, religion and values.
Besides an intact family, capitalism is the economic system that offers the best hope to achieve financial success. I've reread their views on capitalism and nowhere does it mention capitalism that "destroys air and water". What BLM wants to completely dismantle is the American economic, political and social system and rebuild it from scratch--according to Marxist principles.
Anti law and order? Have you listened to the anti-police rhetoric spewing from these mobs: Pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon. Just recently 2 cops were shot in cold blood in LA County and the mob kept shouting "I hope you f#@&g die" and then blocked the ramp to the hospital so they couldn't get help. In Portland, 3 federal officers are permanently blinded by the rioters trying to burn down the Federal Courthouse. Cities like Minneapolis voted to disband the police department due to pressure from BLM activists. Other cities have slashed their police budgets. How many more examples do you want?
As for transgenderism, they are not about "tolerance". They want to delegitimize heteronormativity, the belief that heterosexuality is the norm. Pretty much fits with dismantling the nuclear family.
Finally, abortion. No, Travis, the figure is more like 70% support some restrictions on abortion. And I repeat what I wrote earlier. The abortion industry targets the black community and to this day does not hide behind their eugenics roots. Planned Parenthood still gives out the yearly "Margaret Sanger Award" to the person responsible for killing the most unborn children.
Are there people who truly want to improve black lives? Of course and they should be applauded. But if they are trying to use BLM as the means to achieve that goal, then they are ignorant of BLM's true motives.
By the way, I do not have cable, so I do not listen to Fox News, etc. And if Fox News "lies", why did you quote them later in your article? You can't talk out of both sides of your mouth and expect to be believed.
As soon as Travis said he would allow me to write this rebuttal, he said "of which I will refute". So, have at it, Travis. Since this back and forth has to end sometime, this is the last article I will write. I believe I have stated my case as best as possible. I encourage people to do their own research. As for other people writing letters with conservative views, I doubt anyone will put themselves through the treatment I just received. And that's too bad.
[Dear Dr. Pam, Thank you for the reasoned and civilized response in our discussion last Thursday in our office. I asked you if we could vehemently disagree and still remain friends and you said, “Yes.” Thank you for that. That is my only response. ~Travis]
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