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Black Lives Matter: A Privileged Religion

NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio, center, joins his wife Chirlane (right) and the Rev. Al Sharpton (left), in the ritual Painting of 'Black Lives Matter' in front of the Devil's Tower (formerly Trump Tower) on Fifth Avenue (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)

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Mayor Bill de Blasio is permitting Black Lives Matter protesters to continue marching through city streets while canceling all large events through September.

Speaking on CNN Thursday night, de Blasio said the demonstrators’ calls for social justice were too important to stop after more than a month of demonstrations have not led to an outbreak of coronavirus cases.

“This is a historic moment of change. We have to respect that but also say to people the kinds of gatherings we’re used to, the parades, the fairs — we just can’t have that while we’re focusing on health right now,” de Blasio told host Wolf Blitzer.

Observing the rites of the religion of Black Lives Matter is more important than anything else, because it is supreme. All the other city ethnic group gatherings and parades scheduled for this fall are banned, because of this deadly pandemic. But in Bill de Blasio’s New York, politicized black New Yorkers and their non-black allies are supreme. Their interests are more important than slowing down the spread of a pandemic. Not you Italians, with your San Gennaro Day — cancelled! — and not you West Indian Day celebrants; yes, you are black, but you are not politically black, so you don’t count.

For the record, I think the mayor is correct to cancel large events through September 30, in the interest of public health. But also for the record, let’s be clear that in New York City, at least, Black Lives Matter is a supremacist political religion.

I wonder what would happen if the San Gennaro organizers erected a magic circle of Black Lives Matters posters on the boundaries of Little Italy. Would that give them supernatural protection against the NYPD’s attempts to shut them down?

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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