12 Jun 2020
The rapid spread of protests across the West under the Black Lives Matter banner left political steam from Baltimore to Berlin. People in positions of authority go out of their way to show that they are tackling endemic racism and, in the commercial sphere, do not find themselves on the wrong side of the debate and do not risk storms and boycotts on Twitter. In a world where nothing is exempt from moral judgment, to be in the trend is to join radical political movements.
This is what Black Lives Matter is. Don’t take my word for it. Take theirs. The wordform that appears on most online posts related to the group’s riffs on “the radical black tradition” which counts the Black Panther Movement and Malcolm X among its past contributors. BLM fortunately identifies itself as a neo-Marxist movement. with various left-wing goals, including funding the police (an evolution of Panther’s position from public open-carry to control the police), to the dismantling of capitalism and the patriarchal system, disrupting the structure of the nuclear family prescribed by the West, seeking remedies from slavery to redistribute wealth and through various branching appeals, to raise funds to free black prisoners awaiting trial. The idea of taking control of the distribution of capital, dismantling the cadres of society, and neutralizing and undermining law enforcement is not only Marxist, but anarchic.
Desperate to quell a loud clamor, celebrities and businesses line up to approve. Airbnb has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars, an ironic move for a company that leverages real estate through occasional rentals, pushing up rental prices and gentrifying neighborhoods, impacting neighborhoods. affordable leases in city centers.
Nike, which has been criticized for using sweatshops to make unaffordable “ambitious” shoes for the poorest in society, is now fighting for racial equality. Amazon has banned police from using its facial recognition software to fight crime, but is happy to push for more privacy.
British tea makers, whose business was built on the backs of slavery and operate on models of neo-colonial plantations where tea is grown and plucked through agrarian labor in the developing world to be shipped for production, packaging and profits in the West surged on the hashtag #Solidaritea. Post-truth absurdity is where we are at. Yet as companies commercially confuse the Black Lives Matter slogan with the Black Lives Matter movement, momentum is building for an organization with little scrutiny or accountability, which is able to engage millions of people and encourage intentionally or not, an outpouring of vandalism, looting and violence across the west.
With huge sums of money pouring in – BLM had already received over $ 100 million from the Open Society Foundations, Ford Foundation, and Borealis Philanthropy, among others – and many goals written straight from the Communist notebook, there is surely place to worry. Black Lives Matter is a somewhat amorphous and decentralized movement, allowing international chapters to settle under their banner. Not having a structure, figurehead or centralized financial control means there is absolutely no accountability. No one to call for an end to violence, while providing a moral shield behind which perpetrators can feel emboldened.
But decentralization does not mean disorganization. Even with a captive, locked-down audience filled with frustration, igniting a series of side protests across the West still requires highly skilled choreography. The kind of operation that requires thousands of avatars to flood social media platforms with calls to action, which can simultaneously target and penetrate entire demographics in various countries. This just isn’t possible for a group of well-meaning activists, however romantic they may be to a cause you wish you were. This can be achieved using sensitive intelligence equipment of a very high standard, of the kind that Deep State operatives have access to.
Throughout history, civil rights movements have been either aided and encouraged or exploited by foreign communist actors, from the American civil rights movement to apartheid in South Africa. By sowing discord in the countries, the socialist militants hoped to maintain fertile grounds for the socio-political fertility. It is entirely possible that a state-backed cyber war from Russia and China will want to exploit and exacerbate the growing discontent while the West is still reeling from the pandemic.
A once small American movement that has seen explosions of activity after individual cases of perceived police brutality has grown into the largest protest movement in Europe and is polarizing societies everywhere it goes. Unlike the predecessors who often fell on the swords of their figureheads, this movement remains impervious to the responsibility of a leader, for there are many of them. What we do know of the few founding members is that many are linked to radical left organizations.
An FBI report released in 2017 found that attacks on police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Dallas, Texas were influenced by the Black Lives Matter movement, with 28% of those using lethal force against victims. police motivated by hatred of the police. An unclassified FBI study following the 2016 Dallas cop killings that killed 5 officers by gunshot reported that departments and individual officers were increasingly making the decision to stop proactive police amid attacks. concerns that anti-police mistrust fueled in part by movements like Black Lives Matter had become the “new normal”.