It is Black Student Movement week (BSM), and specifically, BSM Pride Day.
On the front of all the BSM shirts you see around there are the letters “B” (in black to represent “the people”), “S” (in red to represent blood), and an “M” (in green to represent the earth). The imagery evoked is undeniably pagan.
There is also a slogan on the front: “Freedom Through Revolution.” If I don’t miss my mark, that sounds an awful lot like Marxist rhetoric.
On the back there is a quote: “No force on Earth can stop the forward march of a determined, conscious, organized, vigilant and united movement.” Below that is the picture of a black-power fist. These are, to me, thinly veiled threats.
Now, I talked with some nice people at the BSM table in the pit. I talked with B’anca Glenn, the BSM president, and Claudia Parker, the treasurer. I also discussed relevant issues with other members of the BSM. And, I am not saying that they are all Marxist pagans, but they are all race-centric. That is simply a fact. Their mission statement dedicates them to “black values.” The president admitted so proudly.
The BSM, when I talked to them, claimed to be an “inclusive” and “progressive” organization. I explained how I saw that the use of the black fist and the expression of such violent terms such as “revolution” as a sign of silly refusal to accept the reality that is modern America, not sign-posts of outreach.
During the discussion I said I would attend a meeting of the BSM and discuss these things further with them. We shall see what comes of that next week.