aside Dear Republicans, The “Black Lives Matter” Movement Is Not A Hate Group

BLM PHOTO JONATHAN BACHMAN/REUTERS

It seems that those supporting White nationalists / racists have been working overtime to create a bogeyman as a counter to all the hate groups associated with the right. There has been a real concerted effort to tag the Black Lives Movement as a hate group. Again, no matter how hard they work at this and how many times, their pundits make this claim, it does not make it true.

Here is the rest of the story…

On August 18, 2017, Economist published the following commentary, “The misplaced arguments against Black Lives Matter.”

“ON AUGUST 15th Donald Trump repeated his belief that “both sides” were to blame for the violence on August 12th at a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that left one woman dead. David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, thanked him for “condemn[ing] the leftist terrorists in BLM,” referring to the Black Lives Matter movement. David Clarke, the sheriff of Milwaukee County and a supporter of Mr Trump, has also called Black Lives Matter “purveyors of hate”, and urged the Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC), to include it among the hate groups it monitors. Many on the right share this belief. It is mistaken.”

Police killings by race.

“To be sure, some protestors who claim affiliation with BLM have said hateful things. A group outside the Minnesota State Fair chanted, “Pigs in a blanket; fry ‘em like bacon”. The previous night a sheriff’s deputy had been shot in Houston, for which some BLM opponents blame the movement—without evidence. Some have blamed BLM for the fatal car crash in Charlottesville last weekend, saying it happened because BLM supporters were throwing bricks at the car. The movement may have begun with honorable intentions, one argument runs, but it has been “hijacked by a group that hates white people and looks to burn down cities and towns”. And some seem to object to the name, hearing in the phrase “Black lives matter” the implication that other lives do not.”

“That argument is easily dismissed. Affirming one thing does not negate all else. Donating money to support, say, cancer research does not make one a cheerleader for tuberculosis. Someone who says that black lives matter does not imply that other lives do not—they are simply reminding people that for most of American history black lives have been valued less than white ones. The days of slavery and de jure segregation have mercifully passed, but black Americans remain poorer, less healthy and more likely to be killed by police than whites. You can agree or disagree with BLM’s platform, but nothing in it promotes hatred of any race or group.”

Image result for photo of richard cohen od SPLCRichard Cohen, who heads the SPLC, defines hate groups as “those that vilify entire groups of people based on immutable characteristics such as race or ethnicity”. BLM does not fit the bill: it welcomes white supporters, has condemned violence and addresses structural racial inequities. Jacob Levy, a political philosopher, argues that BLM is “one of the most significant political mobilizations in defense of freedom” in decades. Its supporters oppose police brutality, mass incarceration, America’s drug war, police militarization and civil-forfeiture abuses. All of those are causes that liberals, libertarians and conservatives—anyone who fears unchecked state power—ought to cheer.

14 comments

  1. Wow, those stormtroopers look absolutely goofy, what’s with the backpack? This looks like a scene out of Star Wars, where the Princess repels them with the Force.

    No, i do not think BLM movement is a terrorist organization, and to call them a hate group is simply absurd disinfo propaganda.

    However there were isolated instances where BLM initiated violence in a protest march or demonstration. But you cannot attribute the actions of a few to a whole group. Violent behavior is not condoned in the Black Lives Movement, even tho the Alt-R would like us to think so.

    • Dear Horty,

      The right wing media has been trying for months to pit the BLM against police which is not what BLM is all about. They just want fair treatment when dealing with law enforcement. It is the creation of fake news.

      Thanks a million times over for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • You are most welcome!! As always … yes, I know!! BLM is real, important and has a purpose. The thing is to make them look bad and justify what the corrupt policemen do. Reminds me of the Black Panthers …
        Hugs!! ❤

  2. Do those “storm troopers” in black think they have enough protection to escape any damage the young woman can afflict with, with,,, now where did her weapon go? Is this a joke because it sure looks like one. —- Suzanne

    • Dear Suzanne,

      You have the picture. The photo was taken to portray how militarized the police look in comparison to a few peaceful protesters.

      Thanks a million times over for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

  3. Gronda, thanks for your post. The BLM mission is to say our lives and rights matter. The White Supremacists mission is to say no they don’t. And, they throw in Jews, Muslims, LGBT, etc. into the mix of rights and lives not mattering. To say these groups are similar is bigotry in its own right.

    I strongly suggest that violence not be used as a response to the hate and violence of the White Supremacists as it plays into the hands of the far right media and the man in the White House. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      The BLM IS SIMPLY VYING FOR ATTENTION TO HIGHLIGHT WRONGS BEING DONE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES.

      AS FOR ANTIFA, Their was a Dallas Group (from the left) which specifically made sure antifa was not present at a recent rally.

      As per a 8/22/17 Independent report, “A well known leftist Noam Chomsky has criticized the anti-fascist movement and argued its actions are wrong in principle and it is a “major gift to the right”.

      “The eminent intellectual, who is described as the father of modern linguistics, argued the movement was self-destructive and constituted a tiny faction on the periphery of the left.”

      “As for Antifa, it’s a minuscule fringe of the Left, just as its predecessors were,” the linguist and political philosopher told the Washington Examiner. “It’s a major gift to the right, including the militant right, who are exuberant.”

      “What they do is often wrong in principle – like blocking talks – and [the movement] is generally self-destructive,” the 88-year-old told the conservative paper.

      “He added: “When confrontation shifts to the arena of violence, it’s the toughest and most brutal who win – and we know who that is. That’s quite apart from the opportunity costs – the loss of the opportunity for education, organizing, and serious and constructive activism.”

      The US House democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi has publicly condemned the violence by this “antifa.”

      But mark my words,the whole story has yet to be told.

      Hugs, Gronda

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