Lt. Col. Allen West took the Black Lives Matter and its corporate mega-donors to task on Wednesday and said the movement cares little about the issues affecting the black community and is only focused on “advancing the ideological agenda of the progressive, socialist left.”
“We don’t have enough people with the courage, the commitment, the confidence, and the character to do that due diligence and call this organization out,” he told the “Todd Starnes Show” on Wednesday. “I’m going to do that.”
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West said Republicans need to start standing up to the group and refuse to apologize for saying “all lives matter” because if you are more concerned about being called a name, “you’re going to lose your country.”
Andrew Sullivan, the writer for New York, recently wrote about the corporate rush “to adopt every plank of this ideology and display its allegiance publicly. If you do this, and do it emphatically, you can display your virtue to your customers and clients, and you might even be left alone.”
Todd Starnes, the host of the program who has spoken out against the movement in the past, said that the group’s strategy to envelope themselves in this “cloak of racism” was a “brilliant” strategy to gain public support and end all debate.
“This has nothing to do with black lives,” Starnes said. “And everything to do with a Marxist agenda to destroy the country.”
West laid out his argument.
He said BLM seems to pick and choose specific black lives that matter. He said two of the top leaders in the organization admit to being trained Marxists. They don’t speak out on the crime wave in Chicago that kills over 15 people—including children—each weekend, or the ongoing crisis in the black community of families without fathers, he said.
“Those lives don’t matter, so which lives are you talking about?” West asked. He said in 2019, a total of nine unarmed black men were shot by white police officers in the entire country. To put into perspective, 16 people were killed last weekend alone in Chicago.
“We have to challenge this organization and say, ‘What do you really stand for?’” West said.
West, who is running to be the chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, said “shame on my white brothers and sisters” for allowing the group to put them in a defensive position.