The Black Lives Matter organization based in Philadelphia created a public event on Facebook for a gathering they were hosting which they marketed as an "open meeting." As many know, the supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement are very diverse. There are many different backgrounds represented as allies of the cause, which has grown significantly since its inception. This includes white people. A simple internet search will turn up many pictures of white people protesting right alongside black people.

However, for the Philly chapter of BLM, their meetings and events are strictly "black spaces" according to their Facebook event announcement. When pressed via Twitter, the official account of Black Lives Matter Philly explained that anyone is free to support the movement from a distance; however, their meetings are only for black people. They even cited Malcom X, the human's rights activist who advocated for segregation.

The fact that any group would channel the roughest times for civil rights within the United States to illustrate modern-day times is completely ridiculous. For one thing, the current climate in the U.S. is nothing like it was in the 1960s. If anything, the hostility comes from so-called social justice warriors who are fighting for political correctness. Even more troubling is the fact that the group has absolutely no qualms about letting the Twitter world know that black people need their own gatherings that exclude any other race of people.

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Angelina Newsom is an OpsLens Contributor and U.S. Army Veteran.

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