Black Lives Matter movement should go into 'actual black communities,' DePaul University philosophy professor says
Black Lives Matter proponents need to put their feet on the ground in their own communities, an author and philosophy professor, who recently took to Twitter to decry the "systematic absence of law and order" in the federal government's response to gang violence, said during a recent interview.
"The Black Lives matter movement needs to take its ethically questionable body into actual black communities and hold these gang bangers accountable," Jason Hill, author of the soon-to-be-released "We Have Overcome: An Immigrant's Letter to the American People", told Chicago City Wire. "It needs to face them head on and tell them that black-on-black crime and genocide of black bodies by black men is not acceptable. It needs to make a truce with Blue Lives and re-integrate law enforcement back into the black communities and re-establish trust with the folks there."
That was the gist of his op-ed piece, "My 'Black Lives Matter' Problem," which published last month in Commentary Magazine, Hill said during his Chicago City Wire interview.
"And yes, Mr. President, if you read this article, our local government could care less about brown and black bodies and will do nothing to stop the carnage," he said. "You can. Send in the troops."
Hill is a philosophy professor at DePaul University in Chicago. His book, which is published by Bombardier Books, is set for release this summer. His previous work includes, "Becoming a Cosmopolitan: What it Means to be a Human Being in the New Millennium," "Beyond Blood Identities: Post Humanity in the 21st Century" and "Civil Disobedience and the Politics of Identity: When We Should Not Get Along."
Hill's comment about police brutality, "There's a systematic absence of law and order that's running amok in this country," recently was featured on Fox News' Twitter page.
"I am referring to the absence of a consistent and universal federal response to gang violence that is plaguing several American cities, including Chicago, Baltimore, St. Louis, Detroit and New Orleans, to name a few," Hill told the Chicago City Wire. "Gang membership is allowed to proliferate at an unprecedented rate and law enforcement remains incapable or unwilling because of an absence of a well-integrated and comprehensive local and federal policy regarding gang violence."
The perpetrators of that gang violence are to blame, Hill said.
"They have free will and they have of their own volition, I believe, decided to wantonly kill and maim other human beings. Period," he said. "But these individuals suffer from a lack of proper socialization. They are outside the historical process in a way and outside the pantheon of human civilization. If they have been socialized and choose to pursue career criminality in America, it cannot be the fault of society if that is what people are inclined to believe. It cannot be hopelessness or abject despair that forces people into a life of criminality. There is an impulsive urge to destroy goodness and civility for the sake of pure destruction that has yet to be explored. Lots of people live in abject poverty and face a crisis in meaning and do not turn to crime. These men are counterfeit deviants who are nihilists at heart. They are out to who destroy anything of value because they have no capacity to value anything."
Military intervention would not exacerbate the situation, Hill said.
"No, not at all," he said. "Military intervention would allow us to detain and round up these gang members and diffuse them once and for all. We know where they are. They wear identifying insignia. They operate in the open. Aside from making gang membership illegal, military intervention would act as a deterrent."
Military intervention also would uphold the rule of law, Hill said.
"Let’s be clear," he said. "I regard such gangs as terrorist cell groups, and they should be treated as domestic terrorists. The military would deal with them as they would any terrorist organization. The details of this are a matter for military intelligence. That’s mere minutiae. The fundamental principle is that such individuals have evicted themselves from the realm of rights. They need to be dealt with as harshly as they treat innocent human beings. They are national security threats and need to be removed from civil society by any means necessary."
Federal troops would address any concerns about accountability and abuse of power, Hill said.
"Federal troops have several oversight agencies and checks and balances built within their operational systems," he said. "We live in a transparent constitutional republic with a free press. Abuses of power are perhaps likely to occur, I admit. But such abuses, if regulated and remedied, are far worth the cost than the systemic abuses that are unleashed against our cities by thuggery, hooliganism and uncivilized persons who need to be removed from society."