July 13, 2020
MY CORNER by Boyd Cathey
What is Black Lives Matter? Its History, Goals, and Operation
How many times, maybe at church (if yours is holding services) or at work or among relatives, have you been confronted by someone, usually a Millennial, who defends “Black Lives Matter” [BLM]? How often are you asked why you don’t support that movement—that somehow because you disagree in any way you don’t believe in the eminently American value of “equality”?
There are some neighborhoods in nearby Raleigh, North Carolina, where nicely-printed “Black Lives Matter” sign have sprouted up. And if you don’t place a sign in your yard, the neighbors wonder and begin to talk…. Perhaps you’re a “racist” because you fail to “toe the line,” the newly-imposed, unquestionable dogma on racism and white guilt and responsibility of white people for everything that may be wrong with this nation.
There is a marked difference between, on the one hand, supporting constitutional rights before the law, equal justice for even the most helpless, and providing American citizens with opportunities based on their aptitudes and abilities, and, on the other hand, an insane assault on every tradition and basic principle on which our republic was founded in the name of some amorphous and ill-defined revolutionary goals. Yet, in the media and among most political leaders there is a fudging and mixing of the template of “black lives” (like all citizens’ lives) matter and the specific movement that goes by that name. And it is extremely difficult to see this situation in any other way than intentional, for specific political purposes, serving the interests of the elites who seek to assert full control over the United States by using the BLM moniker.
What was once considered a loosely-organized, fringe, extremist Marxist-dominated group has now become mainstream…and the Democratic Party and many in the Republican Party have proceeded to embrace it and impose its proposals on the American citizenry. From Republican US Senator Mike Braun (Indiana), who endorsed BLM openly, to almost the totality of Democrats and the entirety of the media, the movement has become the new “civil rights” movement of the decade, untouchable, above serious criticism, a narrative imposed on us all from above, and enforced by street mobs below, with our supposed defenders in public office either succumbing to its demands or embracing its revolutionary hysteria.
I have selected several items which I hope will provide some insight on the Black Lives Matter movement, its origins, its praxis, and its goals. I believe these may be useful when you come across that poorly educated (AKA, college “educated”) Millennial or brain-dead social justice warrior…not that argumentation will make a difference or convince them; public school and college education have already infected and perverted their thinking. But just occasionally offering facts might have a difference.
First, from the Wikipedia, a bit of history, basically straightforward:
…In 2013, the movement began with the use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin in February 2012. The movement became nationally recognized for street demonstrations following the 2014 deaths of two African Americans: Michael Brown—resulting in protests and unrest in Ferguson, a city near St. Louis—and Eric Garner in New York City. Since the Ferguson protests, participants in the movement have demonstrated against the deaths of numerous other African Americans by police actions and/or while in police custody. In the summer of 2015, Black Lives Matter activists became involved in the 2016 United States presidential election. The originators of the hashtag and call to action, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, expanded their project into a national network of over 30 local chapters between 2014 and 2016. The overall Black Lives Matter movement is a decentralized network and has no formal hierarchy….
BLM claims inspiration from the civil rights movement, the Black Power movement, the 1980s Black feminist movement, pan-Africanism, the Anti-Apartheid Movement, hip hop, LGBTQ social movements, and Occupy Wall Street….
In the summer of 2013, after George Zimmerman's acquittal for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the movement began with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. The movement was co-founded by three black community organizers: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi. Garza, Cullors and Tometi met through "Black Organizing for Leadership & Dignity" (BOLD), a national organization that trains community organizers. They began to question how they were going to respond to what they saw as the devaluation of black lives after Zimmerman's acquittal. Garza wrote a Facebook post titled "A Love Note to Black People" in which she said: "Our Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter". Cullors replied: "#BlackLivesMatter". Mounting attention on social media around this hashtag led to the creation of BLM….
…Black Lives Matter has organized thousands of protests and demonstrations. Expanding beyond street protests, BLM has expanded to activism on American college campuses….
Black Lives Matter incorporates those traditionally on the margins of black freedom movements. The Black Lives Matter Global Network's website states that Black Lives Matter is "a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes". Embracing intersectionality, "Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum." All three founders of the Black Lives Matter movement are women, and Garza and Cullors identify as queer. Additionally, Elle Hearns, one of the founding organizers of the global network, is a transgender woman. The founders believe that their backgrounds have paved the way for Black Lives Matter to be an intersectional movement. Several hashtags such as #BlackWomenMatter, #BlackGirlsMatter, #BlackQueerLivesMatter, and #BlackTransLivesMatter have surfaced on the BLM website and throughout social media networks. Marcia Chatelain, associate professor of history at Georgetown University, has praised BLM for allowing "young, queer women [to] play a central role" in the movement.…
…Alicia Garza described the network as an online platform that existed to provide activists with a shared set of principles and goals. Local Black Lives Matter chapters are asked to commit to the organization's list of guiding principles but operate without a central structure or hierarchy. Alicia Garza has commented that the Network was not interested in "policing who is and who is not part of the movement”….
The loose structure of Black Lives Matter has contributed to confusion in the press and among activists, as actions or statements from chapters or individuals are sometimes attributed to "Black Lives Matter" as a whole. Matt Pearce, writing for the Los Angeles Times, commented that "the words could be serving as a political rallying cry or referring to the activist organization. Or it could be the fuzzily applied label used to describe a wide range of protests and conversations focused on racial inequality."
…According to the Black Lives Matter website, there are thirteen guiding principles that should apply to those who choose to become involved under the Black Lives Matter banner, among them Diversity, Globalism, Empathy, Restorative justice and Intergenerationality.
Concurrently, a broader movement involving several other organizations and activists emerged under the banner of "Black Lives Matter" as well. For example, BLM is a member organization of the Movement for Black Lives established to respond to sustained and increasingly visible violence against black communities in the U.S. and globally by police. In 2015 Johnetta Elzie, DeRay Mckesson, Brittany Packnett, and Samuel Sinyangwe, initiated Campaign Zero, aimed at promoting policy reforms to end police brutality. The campaign released a ten-point plan for reforms to policing, with recommendations including: ending broken windows policing, increasing community oversight of police departments, and creating stricter guidelines for the use of force.... Politico reported in 2015 that the Democracy Alliance, a gathering of Democratic-Party donors, planned to meet with leaders of several groups who were endorsing the Black Lives Matter movement, including the Black Youth Project 100, the Black Civic Engagement Fund, the Center for Popular Democracy, Color of Change and the Advancement Project.
In 2016, Black Lives Matter and a coalition of 60 organizations affiliated with BLM called for decarceration in the United States, reparations for slavery in the United States, an end to mass surveillance, investment in public education not incarceration, and community control of the police: empowering residents in communities of color to hire and fire police officers and issue subpoenas, decide disciplinary consequences and exercise control over city funding of police.
Black Lives Matter originally used various social media platforms—including hashtag activism—to reach thousands of people rapidly. Since then, Black Lives Matters has embraced a diversity of tactics….
BLM generally engages in direct action tactics that make people uncomfortable enough that they must address the issue. BLM has been known to build power through protest and rallies. BLM has also staged die-ins and held one during the 2015 Twin Cities Marathon….
According to a study from the Bureau of Justice Statistics from 2002 to 2011, among those who had contact with the police, "blacks (2.8%) were more likely than whites (1.0%) and Hispanics (1.4%) to perceive the threat or use of nonfatal force was excessive."
In 2019, police officers shot and killed 1,001 people. About half of those killed were white, and one quarter were black. According to the The Washington Post, "The rate at which black Americans are killed by police is more than twice as high as the rate for white Americans.” However, author Heather Mac Donald argues:
“That share of black victims is less than what the black crime rate would predict since police shootings are a function of how often officers encounter armed and violent suspects. In 2018, the latest year for which such data have been published, African-Americans made up 53% of known homicide offenders in the U.S. and commit about 60% of robberies, though they are 13% of the population.”
In 2019, the police fatally shot 14 unarmed blacks and 25 unarmed whites.
Next, four additional articles which offer a more investigative view of Black Lives Matter, its operation, and its activities:
Marxists, Islamists and Radicals Behind the BLM Movement Hijack America – While Others Sheepishly Comply
By Published June 28, 2020 at 11:27am
that recent riots in the US in many Democrat-led cities around the country are hardly spontaneous. They are coordinated. The groups behind these riots are linked to communists, Islamic groups and the Democrat party.
A major problem is that many US politicians, the mainstream media and companies are complying and supporting this hijacking.
…We now know the following groups are involved with this movement:
1. US Based Islamist groups
In LA rioters and then came back later in the night to burn it down. In Minnesota, the were both sharing Intel with rioters. Of course, Ilhan Omar is a devout Islamist with in the Middle East. We know for example that Ilhan Omar’s father was a top propaganda official of the genocidal Barre Regime in Somalia – then he changed his name and entered the US illegally.
2. Marxists Both Domestic and Foreign
We know that China is doing all it can to stoke the fires in the US (much like the Democrats and MSM proclaimed Russia did in the 2016 election). China has an initiative to rule the media and today’s media is certainly tied to China in ideology and reporting. from a former CIA Operations Officer Charles “Sam” Faddis who penned a post where he outlines China’s efforts to rule the media in the US today. Below are pieces from his :
We are now weeks into what amounts to a nationwide insurrection. Monuments have been defaced, statues toppled, and the commercial centers of our . Yet, throughout, most of our mass media has characterized violence and lawlessness on an unprecedented scale as “peaceful protests.” The scope of the destruction has been concealed. The demands of the anarchists and Marxists rampaging across America seemingly systematically mischaracterized simply as demands for justice and reform.
What’s going on? How, in a nation rooted in the rule of law and respect for the democratic process, have we reached a point where violence and lawlessness are not only condoned but championed? Why are the guardians of the First Amendment seemingly in league with groups dedicated to destroying the existing social order?
Some of the explanation no doubt lies in the fact that much of what passes for our mainstream media is simply so blind in its hate for Donald Trump that it will support anyone and anything that seems to oppose him. There are other factors at work, however, and some of what is transpiring may, in fact, be due to a decidedly anti-American agenda and the desire of a particular foreign actor not only to damage this great nation but to promote its own particular ideology.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) uses propaganda and influence operations as a means of projecting its power and weakening its enemies. Chief amongst the targets for these kinds of operations is the United States. These operations are not run on some kind of ad hoc basis. They are coordinated and directed at a national level by the CCP’s
The CCP’s United Front system mobilizes the party’s “friends” to strike the party’s enemies. The system has existed for a long time, but it has been greatly energized and expanded in recent years by Xi Jinping. It operates inside foreign political parties, diaspora communities, colleges and corporations, all with the goal of promoting the party’s interests. The include undermining social cohesion, exacerbating racial tension, and influencing politics.
We also know there are connections between leaders of the like Opal Tometi with communist dictator Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.
3. Domestic Terrorists
Across the country we have seen numerous incidents of domestic terrorists tearing the big cities apart from groups like Antifa. In as was expected. The same in where Antifa set a church on fire and attacked the people’s house – the White House. In set a police car on fire and chased the police away.
4. Democrats and their media lackeys
The worst part of these riots is that the Democrats and their MSM are in sync with and behind the riots. Labeling the rioters as protesters or even “peaceful protesters,” for example. In is involved and was arrested in the protests. Democrat Speaker , she only attacked President Trump. Democrat Presidential candidate . At Least have donated to a radical group supporting violent Minnesota looters and rioters.
The problem with all of this is the reaction from politicians and the mainstream media but also from US companies and other organizations. In an effort to remain supportive of the anti-discriminatory mindset, US companies are doing all they can to prevent being labeled as ‘racists’. One action is to mandate that their employees watch garbage videos created by BLM related groups which are paid for the video.
(One such example is – a horrible Anti-American video promoting a racist USA.)….
In addition, there is pressure on companies to prevent any dissent from false, fraudulent, Anti-American, dishonest, pro-communist messages in the MSM. Many companies, under pressure for leftist-communist groups in turn put pressure on entities like Facebook and Twitter to curtail pro-American conservative thought.
that it will put more sanctions on conservative free speech, like that reported at this site, in an attempt to comply with liberal, Marxist and radical Islamic pressure. (Of course, the liberals at Facebook have no problem with shutting down conservative pro-Trump messages. They’ve been doing it for years.)
It’s clear that the recent riots around the country are not spontaneous. They are coordinated and planned. There is a very high probability these riots are related to the same individuals involved in similar activities over the past year. It is becoming clear, these people are related to US based Islamist Organizations, domestic terrorists and others related to the Democrat Party. These people hate America.
Race Stats for Protesters Finally Come Out, Destroy Leftist Narrative
By Published June 27, 2020 at 11:39am
The headline of the news release from the was a master class in trying to make the headline fit the prevailing narrative: “Recent protest attendees are more racially and ethnically diverse, younger than Americans overall.”
“Large-scale protests and rallies for racial equality have captured public attention and amplified calls for policy reforms in recent weeks,” the Wednesday article began. “Some 6% of U.S. adults say they have attended a protest or rally that focused on issues related to race or racial equality in the last month, and those who have are more likely to be nonwhite and younger than Americans overall, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. They are also more likely to live in an urban area and to identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party.”
Let’s say you stopped reading there. What would be your takeaways on the reading comprehension tests? a) Lots of people attended these protests. b) Those people skewed nonwhite. c) They tended to be urban and .
You’d only get a high-D, however — 67 percent right. As for what you got correct: a) Yes, 6 percent is a high number. c) The crowds were urban and tended to vote for Democrats. As for b) — well, let’s talk about that.
The Pew Research Center’s survey of protest-goers is heavily dependent on what you’re willing to consider “more likely to be nonwhite and younger than Americans overall.” Younger? Yes, definitely. “About four-in-ten (41%) of those who say they recently attended a protest focused on race are younger than 30; among all U.S. adults, 19% are in this age group,” Pew said.
“In turn, those ages 50 and older are underrepresented among the protesters, while those ages 30 to 49 represent a similar share of those who have attended a protest as they do of the adult population overall.” The problem comes out when you look at how many people who attended protests that were supposed to be about black people achieving were actually black.
“Black Americans account for 17% of those who say they attended a protest focused on race or racial equality in the last month, compared with their 11% share of all adults in the survey,” the news release said. “Hispanic Americans account for 22% of recent protest attendees, versus 15% of all adults. The difference is less pronounced but still statistically significant when it comes to the share of protesters who are Asian (8% vs. 5% of the adults surveyed). While 64% of U.S. adults are white, just 46% of those who said they attended a protest focused on race in the last month are white.”
The results a web survey managed by Ipsos of 9,654 respondents between June 4 and June 10. The margin of error was 1.6 percentage points.
So, the difference between the share of adult black respondents and the percentage of black individuals in attendance at the protests in which the movement played a large part and which were perceived to be about black Americans standing up for their rights was just 6 percentage points.
The vast majority of people who were protesting for racial equality, in other words, weren’t black. This wasn’t at all like the skew of Democrats-to-Republicans. “When it comes to political party affiliation, about eight-in-ten (79%) of those who say they participated in a protest or rally focused on race or racial equality in the last month identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party, while just 17% say they are Republican or Republican-leaning,” the news release said. [….]
While many may be frustrated with their treatment by , that’s largely not who was protesting. The demonstrators, according to this survey, were within 5 percentage points of being majority white. But that’s not what the narrative was — and that’s likely not what the narrative will remain. Facts and narrative, however, are two very separate things, no matter how hard the Pew Research Center wants to make them fit.
BLM BUSTED – Disgusting Interview Released…
June 22, 2020
(Gateway Pundit) – Irami Osei-Frampong, a University of Georgia graduate student and teaching assistant recently wrote that some white people may have to die before black communities will be made whole. [Note: His name is spelled Irami Osei-Frimpong on Twitter.] Osei-Frampong made the comments on Facebook and says he’s confused on why his words are so controversial.
WSBTV reported: “A University of Georgia graduate student is getting criticism for comments he wrote on Facebook. The man at the center of the controversy is Irami Osei-Frampong — a philosophy graduate student employed by the university as a teaching assistant. He speaks frequently about race and equality, but some critics believe he crossed the line when he made a post online that stated, “Some white people may have to die for black communities to be made whole.” Another social media post said: “Fighting white people is a skill.” The teaching assistant told Channel 2’s Tony Thomas he’s confused by the backlash. “I’m confused why that is so controversial,” Osei-Frampong said. Osei-Frampong appeared on Cox Media Group radio station WGAU Tuesday morning, insisting he’s not calling for violence, but believes it should remain an option.”
You can't have a multi-racial working class solidarity with a White population whose primary financial commitment is tied to sustaining the racial hierarchy. Getting poor bigots raises just makes them more effective bigots.
This is what happens when you fight for class solidarity but leave Whiteness intact.
Black Lives Matter Leader: ‘If This Country Doesn’t Give Us What We Want, Then We Will Burn Down This System’
By Published June 24, 2020 at 11:26pm
Black Lives Matter greater New York Chair Hawk Newsome issued what many have interpreted as a terroristic threat during his appearance on Fox News Wednesday evening. Mr. Newsome told Fox News host Martha MacCallum that if Black Lives Matter doesn’t get what they want, they will burn the system down.
“If this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it…. I could be speaking figuratively. I could be speaking literally. It’s a matter of interpretation.” said Newsome. Senior legal advisor to Trump’s team Jenna Ellis said in response to Newsome’s remarks, “Newsflash: The United States doesn’t negotiate with violent terrorists.”
We already knew Black Lives Matter are radical neo-Marxists and the co-founder Patrisse Cullors, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter proudly admitted she’s a radical, anti-white Marxist.
Black Lives Matter is seeking to transform America by defunding the police, dismantling capitalism, ‘destroying the patriarchy,’ breaking down the nuclear family unit, emptying prisons, redistributing wealth in the form of reparations among other far left objectives. Black Lives Matter and Antifa rioters have destroyed small businesses, targeted churches and razed buildings to the ground.
Tonight one of the leaders of BLM openly threatened to burn down the system if his people don’t get what they want.
Where is the FBI and DOJ??