What anti-racism really means and how to talk about it

Alan

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Shouldn't be surprised. BLM co-founders have openly admited they're Marxists with links to domestic terrorists

Eric Mann, who mentored Cullors for over a decade in community organizing, was a member of radical-left militant groups: Students for a Democratic Society and the Weather Underground, which bombed government buildings and police stations in the 1960s and 1970s.In a newly resurfaced video from 2015, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors reveals that she and her fellow BLM founders are “trained Marxists.”

In the video, Cullors is interviewed by Jared Ball of the Real News Network and discusses the direction of the BLM movement.“The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers,” she said. “We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think that what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk.”

In previous interviews in 2018, while promoting her then-new book titled, “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir,” Cullors describes her introduction to and affinity for Marxist ideology.

In an interview with Democracy Now!, Cullors describes how she became a trained organizer with the Labor/Community Strategy Center, calling it her “first political home” and the center’s director, Eric Mann, her personal mentor.



Eric Mann being a domestic commie terrorist naturally....

Mann, an avowed communist revolutionary, was the New England coordinator for Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in 1968. The following year, a more radical wing splintered from the SDS, led by Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, calling for violent “direct action” over civil disobedience.

The splintered faction became known as the Weather Underground, with the stated goal of overthrowing the U.S. government. As a result, the FBI classified the organization as a domestic terrorist group in 1969. Mann led a group of fellow Weathermen who launched their own violent direct action at the Harvard University Center for International Affairs.
 

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When even the political leader of the major left-wing party in the UK thinks BLM is a crock of shite. Smart political move by Starmer, of course. A bit more in tune with the 'beating heart' of the UK than the Corbyn the Commie ever was. Of course being a lawyer he makes some good spin changing from the BLM "movement" to the BLM "moment".


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When even the political leader of the major left-wing party in the UK thinks BLM is a crock of shite. Smart political move by Starmer, of course. A bit more in tune with the 'beating heart' of the UK than the Corbyn the Commie ever was. Of course being a lawyer he makes some good spin changing from the BLM "movement" to the BLM "moment".

The Tories have significantly "defunded" UK police over the years, so they at least have that in common with BLM. :p
 

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When even the political leader of the major left-wing party in the UK thinks BLM is a crock of shite. Smart political move by Starmer, of course. A bit more in tune with the 'beating heart' of the UK than the Corbyn the Commie ever was. Of course being a lawyer he makes some good spin changing from the BLM "movement" to the BLM "moment".


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Naturally. Why defund the police in the UK when they are doing such a good job for BLM harassing and threatening people for thought crimes?
 

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The Tories have significantly "defunded" UK police over the years, so they at least have that in common with BLM. :p
Whoever came up with the term 'defunded' needs to be taken to task. I agree that cops are expected to do way more than they are trained to do, so it's more like some roles need to be farmed out. Don't make it about money. If anything, they're probably underfunded and overworked.
 

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Whoever came up with the term 'defunded' needs to be taken to task. I agree that cops are expected to do way more than they are trained to do, so it's more like some roles need to be farmed out. Don't make it about money. If anything, they're probably underfunded and overworked.
In the UK the police force are doing what is expected of them. Which is push wokeness while being soft on actual physical crimes...



In the last few weeks, around 140 police officers have been injured in this country; 27 in just one night last week in Brixton. A day later, the force’s LGBT+ network could be found tweeting their support for asexual people. Perhaps the thugs who assaulted their colleagues in Brixton would have been mollified had they known how supportive the constabulary is of the asexuals in their midst? Or perhaps – and I simply put the possibility out there – such efforts by all branches of the British police do not in fact show how much the police have got with the beat, but just makes things harder for the policemen and women on the actual beat?

When you cast your mind back across recent months what are your most distinctive memories of the British constabulary? Dancing for public likes in TikTok videos? Skateboarding down major London thoroughfares closed down by climate extremists? Officers “taking the knee” before Black Lives Matter activists shortly before some of those same officers had to flee from the protesters...
 

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Now for something a little different. Self flagellating Scots.....

 

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Naturally. Why defund the police in the UK when they are doing such a good job for BLM harassing and threatening people for thought crimes?
Oh no wonder he did a volte-face... *shocked face*. Who knew BLM had little support outside of metropolitan leftie cities? Also the way the electoral system works, there are far more seats in suburban and rural England than there are in metropolitan cities and university towns so...

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Oh no wonder he did a volte-face... *shocked face*. Who knew BLM had little support outside of metropolitan leftie cities? Also the way the electoral system works, there are far more seats in suburban and rural England than there are in metropolitan cities and university towns so...

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The UK is interesting; I note Sky News cut an ex policeman short while he was recounting the stats that show how few black people were killed by police. Also university admissions show that POC are over represented (on a demographic basis) in UK universities. The narrative is changing maybe?
 

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Racial division is being sown in the name of anti-racism

Dear fellow citizens,

In the wake of the horrifying and brutal killing of George Floyd, many in the UK expressed heartfelt solidarity; widespread protests showed a genuine commitment to opposing racism. Since then, however, activists, corporations and institutions seem to have seized the opportunity to exploit Floyd’s death to promote an ideological agenda that threatens to undermine British race relations.

The power of this ideology lies in the fear it inspires in those who would otherwise speak out, whatever their ethnicity. But speak out we must. We must oppose and expose the racial division being sown in the name of anti-racism.

The consequences of this toxic, racialised agenda are counter-productive and serious. We are all being divided by tactics and narratives many of us know to be untrue:

  • By splitting society into black lives or white lives, racial identity is being used to define who we all are and how we should fight injustice, as opposed to building a united movement to improve life for everyone.

  • Those who favour the identity-based politics of grievance and academic critical race theory are redefining racism. The achievements of civil rights movements in the past – that effected positive material impacts on the lives of ethnic minorities and increased equal treatment – are now being denied and undermined by those who claim racism is on the rise.

  • Demands that millions of people accept uncritically a prescriptive ‘white privilege’ agenda or be dubbed ignorant, racist or in denial is creating new tensions.

  • Under soulless acronyms such as BAME and POC, all ethnic minorities are robbed of individual agency, and assumed to be victims of injustice.

  • Free speech is being eroded by a McCarthyite culture of conformity in which to question the new dogma means to risk one’s livelihood and reputation.

  • Calls for the wholesale destruction of historical statues, symbols and works of art are fuelling an unhealthy war against the past and stirring up culture wars in the present.

  • An obsessive focus on the impact of colonialism threatens to turn history into a morality tale, rather than a complex, three-dimensional understanding of the past.

  • The common conflation of the issue of race in the US with the UK (in relation to criminal justice, for example) is unhelpful as it makes it difficult to discuss our specific historical circumstances and the contemporary challenges we face.
We are committed to supporting open-minded, fact-based investigation into the roots of our many social problems but reject simplistic explanations that reduce all injustice to racial factors.

We are dismayed at the moral cowardice of political and cultural institutions that refuse to speak out in defence of tolerant citizens who are being targeted as though their skin colour is synonymous with ‘unconscious’ bigotry.

We oppose the notion of collective guilt, and support the goals of those who have struggled to ensure that individuals are judged by the content of the character and not the colour of their skin.

We reject the proposition that the UK is inherently racist in 2020, with racial prejudice embedded into our educational, cultural and legal institutions. We salute the struggles of earlier generations of civil rights activists and the progress they made in defeating racist discrimination and attitudes.

We want a genuine movement to fight for equality of treatment. Where racism exists, it should be unapologetically challenged. We oppose those ideologues who seek to irrevocably damage our society by hijacking this important cause. We also oppose the opportunistic far right groups who are already exploiting this new climate of fear and disunity.

We will not be divided – by reactionary racists or culture warriors – who refuse to see us as individuals beyond our skin colour.

We call on people to share their insights and experiences (@DontDivideUsNow on Twitter and Instagram) and join us in challenging these regressive trends.

www.dontdivideus.com

email team@dontdivideus.com
 

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Interesting Opinion Piece

Why Black Lives Don't Matter to 'Black Lives Matter' | Opinion
LEO TERRELL , AUTHOR, COMMENTATOR AND CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY
ON 7/3/20 AT 8:30 AM EDT

In reality, Black Lives Matter is comprised of modern day-charlatans who learned the profitable way to protest from the Al Sharptons of the world. Style over substance. Chaos over real change.


Is BLM setting up urban outreach and mentoring? No.

Is BLM demanding better schools and safe community activities? No.

Is BLM paying for the funerals of these Black babies killed by violence? No.

Has BLM set up a GoFundMe or made donations to any of the destroyed—minority-owned—businesses in Minneapolis? Of course not.

To make it even worse, the Democratic Party is literally taking a pandering knee to them. What has Nancy Pelosi done for African-Americans? What has Joe Biden done? Nothing. In fact, the president they love to hate, Donald Trump, has done more in three years for Black Americans and police reform than Joe Biden has done in decades. With one recent executive order, President Trump accomplished more for police reform than the Obama/Biden administration did over all of its eight years in office.

Many do not like what I have to say. But enough is enough. I am being consistent in my beliefs by recognizing those who are actually helping, and those who are hurting the cause. It's not always the answer you want, but it's important to support those actually making a difference.

 
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