Black Lives Matter

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“We practice empathy. We engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.

We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work. (1)

We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable. (2)

We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise). (3)

We cultivate an intergenerational and communal network free from ageism. We believe that all people, regardless of age, show up with the capacity to lead and learn.

We embody and practice justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another.”

https://blacklivesmatter.com/what-we-believe/

(1) Marxist feminism is a philosophical variant of feminism that incorporates and extends Marxist theory. Marxist feminism analyses the ways in which women are exploited through capitalism and the individual ownership of private property. According to Marxist feminists, women’s liberation can only be achieved by dismantling the capitalist systems in which they contend much of women’s labour is uncompensated. Marxist feminists extend traditional Marxist analysis by applying it to unpaid domestic labour and sex relations.

 (2) Marxists argue that the nuclear family performs ideological functions for Capitalism – the family acts as a unit of consumption and teaches passive acceptance of hierarchy. It is also the institution through which the wealthy pass down their private property to their children, thus reproducing class inequality.

(3) “It is important to remember that the revolutionary riots at Stonewall in 1969 were spearheaded by many LGBTQ people of color, and that none of the progress made for the acceptance and equality of LGBTQ people over the past 51 years would be possible if not for the action and courage of those protestors,” GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis said.

According to the Black Male Achievement Funders organisation:

More than 50 organizations have already registered their support, but one, in particular, stands out. The Ford Foundation added their voice to the growing chorus of supporters, in the strongest possible terms.

 “That’s why now is the time to stand by and amplify movements rooted in love, compassion, and dignity for all people. Now is the time to call for an end to state violence directed at communities of color. And now is the time to advocate for investment in public services—including but not limited to police reform—together with education, health, and employment in communities and for people that have historically had less opportunity and access to all those things.”

 Ford is also planning on studying and underwriting what it calls a “new and dynamic form of social justice leadership and infrastructure,” by investing in the Black-Led Movement Fund, (BLMF) a pooled donor fund designed to support the work of the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), and led by Borealis Philanthropy.

http://bmafunders.org/who-is-funding-black-lives-matter/

This seems strange that an organisation that is opposed to racism would accept funding from an organisation that was founded by a notorious racist like Henry Ford. Ford’s anti-Semitism is a matter of record. He was the recipient of the Grand Cross of the German Eagle which was an award bestowed on Ford by Nazi Germany.

In Germany, Ford’s anti-Semitic articles from The Dearborn Independent were issued in four volumes, cumulatively titled The International Jew, the World’s Foremost Problem published by Theodor Fritsch, founder of several anti-Semitic parties and a member of the Reichstag. In a letter written in 1924, Heinrich Himmler described Ford as “one of our most valuable, important, and witty fighters”. Ford is the only American mentioned favourably in Mein Kampf, although he is only mentioned twice: Adolf Hitler wrote, “only a single great man, Ford, [who], to [the Jews’] fury, still maintains full independence … [from] the controlling masters of the producers in a nation of one hundred and twenty millions.” Speaking in 1931 to a Detroit News reporter, Hitler said he regarded Ford as his “inspiration”, explaining his reason for keeping Ford’s life-size portrait next to his desk. Steven Watts wrote that Hitler “revered” Ford, proclaiming that “I shall do my best to put his theories into practice in Germany”, and modelling the Volkswagen, the people’s car, on the Model T. Max Wallace has stated “History records that … Adolf Hitler was an ardent Anti-Semite before he ever read Ford’s The International Jew.” Under Ford, the newspaper also reprinted the anti-Semitic fabricated text The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Ford#The_Dearborn_Independent_and_antisemitism

This is even stranger with BLM demonstrators calling for the removal of statues to key historical figures who were involved in racial exploitation.

According to Borealis Philanthropy, a left-wing philanthropic intermediary:

Black Lives Matter is a fiscally sponsored project of International Development Exchange (IDEX).

https://borealisphilanthropy.org/grantee/black-lives-matter/

(IDEX is now called Thousand Currents and has on its leadership team a number of activists from various groups that deal with such areas as Feminism, the Environment, Social Justice, Palestine Solidarity, Racism, Sexism, Sexual and Reproductive Rights amongst others.)

https://thousandcurrents.org/about/

Crticism

Black Lives Matter has come in for criticism from a number of Black and Ethnic Minority groups. Some examples:

Wilson Lee, co-founder of the Boston chapter of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance — one of the country’s oldest Asian American civil rights organizations — complained that the commentary from the Asian American Commission expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement is “divisive and inflammatory” because it suggests Asians benefit from “white privilege” and are racist against Black people.

Lee said also it promotes violence by invoking the controversial civil rights-era Black Panther Party.

  “I’m saddened when an organization funded by my tax dollars says there is hatred in the Asian American community for Blacks,” Lee said Monday. “In the past there have been misunderstandings between the Asian and Black communities, but a blanket statement like that doesn’t help the situation. It’s putting gasoline on the fire.”

Asian Americans have been marching with demonstrators in Boston and elsewhere in the country calling for an end to police brutality against Black people, he added.

https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2020/06/09/asian-american-commission-black-lives-matter

 

Candace Owens is an American conservative commentator and political activist, she is also an African American. She recently commented on her Instagram account:

OH MY GOD!! BLACK LIVES MATTER FUNDING GOES DIRECTLY TO WHITE DEMOCRATS AND THEIR VARIOUS INITIATIVES TO GET DEMOCRATS INTO OFFICE. This is CRAZY. It was ALL a scam! I am honestly shocked by how evil this all is. They are using Breonna Taylor’s face and George Floyd’s death to funnel MILLIONS to support Joe Biden’s campaign. This is DESPICABLE. I knew it was all suspicious. The rioting and looting and chaos was meant to make white people feel guilty enough and black people feel angry enough to donate MILLIONS. Well ladies and gentlemen, here is where all of your millions are going. TO THE WEALTHY WHITE DEMOCRATIC ESTABLISHMENT.

Breonna and George Floyd died so that Joe Biden could have more funds to go up against Trump in this upcoming election. The celebrities were effectively pressured into getting their fans to pony up to the Joe Biden’s election.
Black Americans have always been used as slaved to earn wealth for white Democrats.
This is absolutely sickening. If you are Black person and you ever vote Democrat again after seeing this video, please know that you are not a serious person in this world.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CBRm91SFuMZ/

A black police officer, Jay Stalien, was quoted in 2016 by the BBC:

Black Lives do not matter to most black people…Only the lives that are taken at the hands of cops or white people, matter.”

I couldn’t help but wonder if it had been me, a black man, a black cop, on TV, assassinated, laying on the ground dead…would my friends and family still think black lives mattered? Would my life have mattered?”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-36777582

In 2016 African American Law Professor Carol Swain appeared on CNN and stated:

I believe that it’s been a very destructive force in America, and I urge all of your viewers to go to that website and look at what they’re really about. It’s a Marxist organization all about black liberation. It’s not really addressing the real problems affecting African-Americans and so it’s problematic, it’s misleading black people, it needs to go.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/09/politics/carol-swain-black-lives-matter-smerconish/index.html

Jewish groups previously supportive of BLM have not only criticized BLM’s attitude towards Israel, but some have removed all support.

Israeli News Paper Haaretz reported:

Boston’s Jewish Community Relations Council, had harsher words — saying they would be disassociating themselves with any group aligned with Black Lives Matter from now on.

 “We cannot and will not align ourselves with organizations that falsely and maliciously assert that Israel is committing ‘genocide,’” a statement from the group read. “We reject participation in any coalition that seeks to isolate and demonize Israel singularly amongst the nations of the world.”

For some Jews of color, particularly African American Jews, who had embraced the popular movement, the language of the new platform was especially troubling.

 “It broke my heart,” said Stacey Aviva Flint, a student at Chicago’s Spertus Institute who is African American and Jewish and writes on parallels between black and Jewish nationalist movements.

“I understand what Zionism was about when it first started. You had a group of people who were seeking self determination. And self determination was also something that African Americans desperately needed and wanted,” said Flint.

“[In past months], I really thought, ‘a movement is starting, I want to support this, as African Americans are being targeted by the police,’” Flint said.

“This dashed my hopes.”

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/jewish-allies-condemn-black-lives-matters-apartheid-platform-1.5421194

African American author Charles Love and activist wrote in an article titled

False Prophets

If you really want to help black America, don’t look to Black Lives Matter.

Black Lives Matter was started in 2013 to shed light on mistreatment of and brutality against blacks by police, but it has become a radical leftist organization. The “Herstory” section of its website, for example, reads: “Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.” This proclamation is demonstrably untrue: there is no evidence that anyone—including the police and white supremacists—is killing black people in a targeted campaign, nor are the numbers of such deaths significant compared with the number of blacks killed by other blacks. But beyond BLM’s inflammatory and false rhetoric, there are important reasons to avoid the group.

“Defund the police” is the new rallying cry of the “woke,” and BLM is the leader of this dangerous push. Defunding police would make the neighborhoods that activists profess to care about less safe. Neighborhoods with higher than average crime tend to have many black residents, and police offer the only defense from criminals. Defunding the police puts a disproportionately dangerous burden on the elderly and vulnerable in these neighborhoods—and on business owners, who would not be able to rely on police protection against the destruction of their stores or other places of business. Those promoting the defund-the-police idea either live in low-crime areas, can afford private security, or are radically misinformed about the nature of crime in the United States.

https://www.city-journal.org/black-lives-matter

The Black Lives Matter movement is trying to convince African Americans that they are oppressed, despite evidence to the contrary, according to black activist Nestride Yumga.

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/national/black-lives-matter-tries-to-tell-african-americans-they-are-oppressed/video/8cd79117fcc88d54713b39b9f930ad4c

Another African American academic also criticizes BLM:

I, like other centre-right social scientists, including Heather MacDonald, began empirically to investigate the #BLM movement over the past few years. To an overwhelming extent, I found that the movement’s core claims were wildly exaggerated or simply false.

 American law-enforcement officers actually kill very few people of any kind on an annual basis, and black people are not overrepresented among police shooting victims once a basic adjustment for group crime rates is made. Many or most of the shooting victims lionised by Black Lives Matter were not heroes, but rather street criminals killed during violent scuffles with police. And, finally, the police pull-back cheered by BLM and its allies has produced a ‘Ferguson Effect’ that caused US murders to jump by more than 1,500 in a single year.

He also states:

Rather than examples of near-murder, of black men being gunned down with no provocation or reason, many are revealed to be tragic but mundane incidents where criminals were killed while struggling with the police. We now know that ‘the gentle giant’ Michael Brown, most often pictured in a high-school graduation gown, was a linebacker-sized legal adult who committed a brutal strong-arm robbery just before being shot while apparently fighting with a uniformed police officer for his gun.

 Similarly, the Alton Sterling case, perhaps the defining BLM matter to take place in the American South, turned out to involve a career criminal and convicted paedophile who was shot while carrying a loaded gun. Police were called to the scene specifically to respond to a report that Sterling was threatening another minority man with his gun.

https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/02/04/why-black-lives-matter-has-been-bad-for-black-people/

Jason Damian Hill, Jamaican-American professor writes:

against the heroic commitment of the entire police force in this country, and given the enormous contribution that police officers—black, white, and Hispanic—are making every day by going into black and Hispanic communities overrun by murderous street gangs and protecting the lives of innocent residents living in these tragic neighborhoods, we need to keep things in perspective here. Police officers, when all is said and done, overworked as they are, underpaid as they are, and given the poor public image that they suffer, are doing a good job of trying to protect black lives in the inner cities of this country, where thugs and hooligans think neighborhoods are either extensions of their living rooms, or their own private fiefdoms where they can do as they please.

Professor hill also writes:

The leaders of Black Lives Matter have written a profoundly anti-Israel (and anti-American) manifesto in which they accuse Israel of “genocide” and “apartheid.” The manifesto endorses the “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions” (BDS) movement and takes the view that the United States justifies and advances the global war on terror via its alliances with Israel. This, according to Black Lives Matter, makes the U.S. complicit in a supposedly genocidal massacre of the Palestinian people.

 As a staunch defender of Israel on moral grounds, I categorically condemn the moral ineptitude of the Black Lives Matter movement on this point. If there is a victim in the Middle East, it is the beleaguered state of Israel. The Jewish state is the only technologically advanced and democratic country in a region of illiberal, primitive, and human-rights-abusing nations that treat women worse than cattle and don’t know the meaning of religious reciprocity. Since its founding, Israel has fought marauders in the likes of the Jordanians, the Egyptians, and the Syrians. These parties have invaded Israel, threatened her right to exist, and tried to eliminate her and Jewry itself from the region. Israel’s enemies among the Palestinians have sought to do the same with the help of terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Palestinian Authority.

https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/jason-hill/black-lives-matter-problem/

In 2017 Sapna Rampersaud, in an article for The National Review, wrote:

The Black Lives Matter movement (BLM), whose mission is to affirm “Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression,” has a flawed ideology of reparatory racial exclusion that is clearly illustrated in Lisa Durden’s interview on Fox News.

 Earlier this month, Durden, a professor of media and effective speech at a New Jersey community college, made a televised appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight, where she defended BLM’s decision to preclude people who do not identify as black from attending a Memorial Day celebration organized by the movement. Carlson began the interview by reading an excerpt from a statement disseminated by BLM regarding the controversy:

 Being intentional about being around Black People is an act of resistance. This is an exclusively Black Space so if you do not identify as Black and want to come because you love Black People, please respect the space and do not come.

“I’m confused by that,” the host followed up, “because I thought the whole point of Black Lives Matter . . . would be to speak out against singling people out on the basis of their race and punishing them for that, because you can’t control what your race is, and yet they seem to be doing that. Explain that to me.”

 “What I say to that is boo hoo hoo,” Durden shot back. “You white people are angry because you couldn’t use your white-privilege card to get invited to the Black Lives Matter’s all-black Memorial Day celebration.”

 While BLM tries to raise awareness of the segregation and racial exclusion that blacks have faced throughout history, Durden’s comment suggests that the movement is now trying to enforce the same exclusion on whites. The Memorial Day event may have excluded people of other races in order to collectivize blacks and give them a “voice,” but this voice is a racist, rather than reasonable, one.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2017/07/black-lives-matter-racial-exclusion-lisa-durden-tucker-carlson/

African American reporter Jenice Armstrong levelled a criticism of BLM for its practice of excluding white people from its meetings. She writes:

BLM Philly isn’t the least bit shy about its closed-door policy. Its Facebook page clearly states that the next meeting, on April 15, will be a “black only space.”

I find this shocking and appalling, especially considering how many nonblack faces I see participating in Black Lives Matter demonstrations here and nationwide. As a person who grew up seeing images of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. protesting arm-in-arm with whites and others during the civil rights movement, the blacks-only policy feels wrong. It’s exclusionary. The optics are bad. It feels as if African Americans are self-segregating and doing to whites what has historically been done to us.

Besides, how can the BLM movement be expected to grow and catch on nationally if it limits itself? African Americans represent just 14 percent of the U.S. population, and are virtually invisible in many parts of the country.

https://www.inquirer.com/philly/columnists/jenice_armstrong/Black-Lives-Matter-blacks-only-meeting-policy-rankles-.html

 

 

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