Civil Rights Icon Andrew Young Speaks To College Students, Calls Out Black Lives Matter

Andrew Young told college students that Black Lives Matter was on the wrong path.(Twitter/@alabamaFTBL)

Andrew Young told college students that Black Lives Matter was on the wrong path.(Twitter/@alabamaFTBL)

Andrew Young Calls Out Black Lives Matter

Atlanta, GA – Even civil rights icons don’t support Black Lives Matter. Andrew Young recently spoke to a group of college students about the harm that their so-called civil rights movement is causing.

According to International Business Times, Mr. Young spoke to players from the University of Washington and the University of Alabama, on Tuesday.  The college players were in town for the Peach Bowl, scheduled for Saturday, December 31, 2016.  He spoke at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and told the college students that members of Black Lives Matter “were wrong to react with anger and emotion to social injustices.”  Mr. Young is a former Georgia Congressman, mayor of Atlanta, and ambassador to the United Nations.  He was also close friends with Martin Luther King, Jr.

In his speech, Mr. Young predicted the demise of Black Lives Matter if it didn’t change course politically.  He said “These young people got angry and not thoughtful, and that’s dangerous. It’s not being militant, it’s being stupid. Dr. King used to say in order to be free, you’ve got to overcome the love of wealth and the fear of death. If people can’t buy you out or scare you out, then you can be free. But losing your temper, for me, is probably the worst sin.”  He used football as an analogy, stating that if players get emotional in games, and do something stupid, then they might get a 15 yard penalty, and lose the game.

He also told the players that they might look to the past in order to make progress in the future.  Mr. Young said that they were successful with the civil rights movement in the 1960’s because they had a long time to think through the problem.  He said that he was nine-years-old in 1941 when he first saw Thurgood Marshall argue a case in Louisiana.  Thurgood Marshall was the first black U.S. Supreme Court Justice and served from 1967 – 1991.  Mr. Young said that it was 1961 before he joined forces with Martin Luther King.  He said  “There was 20 years of preparation leading to what we did. So all of the ideas had been thought out, there had been case law, and we knew specifically what to do.”

This isn’t the first time that Mr. Young has addressed the problems with Black Lives Matter in speeches.  He also said that anger does not help matters when dealing with sick people, that anger is contagious, and that if someone gives in to anger they end up behaving as badly as the perpetrators.  This is one of the first times that Mr. Young has addressed the problems with Black Lives Matter with a group of people who are too young to know the struggles that the true civil rights movement encountered.  Other black activists and leaders from the 1960’s have also criticized the Black Lives Matter movement for the same reasons, but others, especially Rev. Al Sharpton, have defended them.

Mr. Young’s perspective is based on experience.  He lived it, more so than any Black Lives Matter member today. He truly knew what social injustice was. There are right ways and wrong ways to work for change, as Mr. Young noted, especially where anger rules.  The Black Lives Matter movement is based on anger and hate, and that won’t promote positive change.

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