American journalist P.J. O’Rourke wrote an open letter addressed to President Obama during the 2012 presidential campaign taking him to task for sending the message that America exists in a zero-sum universe where there is only a fixed amount of good stuff available.

“In this zero-sum universe there is only so much happiness. The idea is that if we wipe the smile off the faces of people with prosperous businesses and successful careers, that will make the rest of us grin.”

The Black Lives Matter movement was built upon just this kind of zero-sum fallacy and now co-founder Marissa Jeanae Johnson has come out in a FOX News interview expressing it in a policy statement, declaring that in order for blacks to be equal, whites need to “sacrifice themselves.”

“What it’s gonna take to dismantle white supremacy is white folks actually gotta give up something. You have to actually sacrifice yourself. You have to be willing to give up the things that you currently benefit from.”

Although Johnson was not specific as to what exactly whites should be expected to “give up,”  the presumption of zero-sum reasoning is that reducing the standard of living and happiness of one group automatically creates an increase in the standard of living and happiness of another.

The BLM leader also claimed white American had made the movement necessary because of “horrific” treatment of blacks without addressing the black-on-black crime endemic in Chicago.

“White Americans have created the conditions that require a phrase like “Black Likes Matter.” Do you know how horrific it is to grow up as a child in a world that so hates you? While you’re literally being gunned down in the street, while you’re being rounded up and mass incarcerated and forced into prison slavery?”

Politicians like former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley who attempted to reframe the dialogue between the races by stating that “all lives matter” have been attacked by BLM leaders, and even Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton came under heavy criticism for using the phrase at an AME church in Missouri last year with one twitter comment reading, “All lives matter retort is dismissive of the current fight and the moment. I hope Hillary Clinton rethinks use.”

 

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