The Watcher’s Council
Every week on Monday morning, the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum with short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture or daily living. This week’s question: What Do You Think Of The ‘Black Lives Matter’ Protesters ?
Don Surber: They are paid well. The chants need some work.
The Independent Sentinel: I am not impressed.
When I went to the spring Left Forum conference, a conference for the far, far left, three #BlackLivesMatter people sat next to me in the lobby. The woman in the group turned to me and literally hissed at me – I have no idea why.
One wore a t-shirt that said ‘f… the police’. They were all drunk or stoned – I can’t be sure which.
A worker for MORE, the Soros group, went over to them to apologize for not paying them promptly. They cursed at him, warned him it better not happen again or he’d see what they could do. They said they weren’t making enough as it was and were making a lot of sacrifices.
The person from MORE groveled and promised it wouldn’t happen again.
One was particularly scary – he had gang tats. Someone went up to him and asked for his autograph.
I guess he was important.
The Right Planet: What do I think Of the “Black Lives Matter” protesters? I think George Soros who has bankrolled the “Black Lives Matter” movement, and others like it, to the tune of $33 million. Like they say, follow the money.
Via the Washington Times:
Mr. Soros spurred the Ferguson protest movement through years of funding and mobilizing groups across the U.S., according to interviews with key players and financial records reviewed by The Washington Times.
In all, Mr. Soros gave at least $33 million in one year to support already-established groups that emboldened the grass-roots, on-the-ground activists in Ferguson, according to the most recent tax filings of his nonprofit Open Society Foundations.
“Black Lives Matters” was founded by three women, who then found themselves being showered with funding by radical leftists like George Soros. Interestingly, the movement has gone international; which means there’s a bigger agenda at play here, and folks like Soros are at the center of it all.
This is classic Marxism, if you ask me: divide the people, create appearance of popular support, neutralize the opposition, precipitate mob violence, and create the semblance of “revolution.” It’s the old Marxist tactic of creating constant tensions, struggles and conflicts between opposing forces (i.e. dialectics) in order to move things toward a predetermined outcome–more than likely some big government solution. And it’s the usual suspects–i.e., mainstream media, public education (esp. universities), and the federal government–who are agitating for the movement and actively promoting it. The fact of the matter is that not all black people agree (see here and here and here and here and here and here and here and hereand here). Huh. Imagine that! But you’ll never hear any contrary views concerning racial agitation if the only place you get your information is from academia, mainstream media and the government.
Bookworm Room: The BLM protesters have an agenda, but it’s not one that has anything to do with black lives. If they really cared, they’d be screaming most loudly in the deadly black ghettos in Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, and other Democrat-run enclaves in which blacks killing blacks has become a competitive sport, with everyone the loser. Their goal, quite simply, is the accretion of power and they are using a tried-and-true playbook to do so.
Watching the BLM protesters at work, I am reminded of Shelby Steele’s White Guilt, which makes for illuminating reading. Steele, a black man, was part of the 1960s Civil Rights movement and was there, on the ground, in an Iowa University president’s office when he saw white guilt kick in, rendering the guilty party completely helpless, anxious only for the faint hope of redemption that acceding to extremist demands could provide:
I know two things about Dr. McCabe that help explain his transformation before our eyes into a modern college president: he was a man of considerable integrity, and he did not deny or minimize the injustice of racism. He had personally contributed money to Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference when this was not typical of college presidents. Thus, on some level—and in a way that may have caught him by surprise—he would have known that behind our outrageous behavior was a far greater American outrage.
And in this intransigent piece of knowledge was the very essence of what I have called white guilt. Dr. McCabe simply came to a place where his own knowledge of American racism—knowledge his personal integrity prevented him from denying—opened a vacuum of moralauthority within him. He was not suddenly stricken with pangs of guilt over American racism. He simply found himself without the moral authority to reprimand us for our disruptive behavior. He knew that we had a point, that our behavior was in some way connected to centuries of indisputable injustice. So he was trumped by his knowledge of this, not by his remorse over it, though he may have felt such remorse. Our outrage at racism simply had far greater moral authority than his outrage over our breach of decorum. And had he actually risen to challenge us, I was prepared to say that we would worry about our behavior when he and the college started worrying about the racism we encountered everywhere, including on his campus.
And this is when I first really saw white guilt in action. Now I know it to be something very specific: the vacuum of moral authority that comes from simply knowing that one’s race is associated with racism. Whites (and American institutions) must acknowledge historical racism to show themselves redeemed of it, but once they acknowledge it, they lose moral authority over everything having to do with race, equality, social justice, poverty, and so on. They step into a void of vulnerability. The authority they lose transfers to the “victims” of historical racism and becomes their great power in society. This is why white guilt is quite literally the same thing as black power.
(Steele, Shelby, White Guilt [KindleLocations 370-374]. HarperCollins; emphasis mine.)
Since Bernie Sander’s obeisance to the BLM protesters shows that, on the Left, white guilt is still a powerful motivator — despite the absence of any reason for that guilt, which distinguishes the present era from the Jim Crow era about which Steele writes — the next question is “What will the BLM protesters do with this power when they get it?” My assumption, without doing any research, is that they will use it to further the hardcore Leftist Progressive agenda including, ironical enough, unending support for Planned Parenthood, an organization that makes the womb the most dangerous place in the world for an American black child.
Puma By Design: The ‘Black Lives Matter’ protestors are political operatives looking for an opportunity and payday not for just any Black life but their own.
While I do not agree with everything, R.L. Stephens II of Orchestrated Pulse’s article, Dear #BlackLivesMatter: We Don’t Need Black Leadership breaks down the objective behind the Black Lives Matter leadership, for example the likes of Tia Oso, national coordinator for the Black Alliance for Just Immigration in Phoenix, Marissa Janae Johnson, Black Lives Matter, Seattle and agent provocateur, TFA alumni/indoctrinator, DeRay McKesson.
You can’t build real mass political power that way, but building effective power is not their point. Make no mistake, this Bernie Sanders hoopla is ultimately about campaign jobs and foundation funding, not emancipation for the masses. These interruptions will create career opportunities for a few activists and political operatives…
If you recall, a few weeks back Oso interrupted former Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont during a forum at the NetRoots Nation Conference.
Two weeks ago, Sanders hired Symone Sanders, a Black American as his press secretary.
On that same day, Johnson and another woman took the stage interrupting Sanders stump in Seattle forcing the senator to cancel the campaign appearance.
No, these interruptions are purely strategic and selfish.
A quote from Oso, “It is under the guise of keeping America safe, that Black communities are preyed upon.” Yet while Oso decries violence and discrimination against transgender people (whatever that is) and Blacks killed by law enforcement regardless of the circumstances surrounding the shootings, Oso and her ilk remain loudly silent on Black on Black crime.
In every instance where Black Lives Matter ideologues and comrades converged upon cities to create chaos and wreak havoc, the citizens of those towns, those who joined the movement, businesses and the local economies were left worse off.
Blaming it on a right-wing narrative, Black Lives Matter will not go near Black on Black crime. That alone should shame them into changing their name and their game, of which they are failing miserably but they will not. Instead, they will spend the next year interrupting, stealing the stage and making a scene.
If they are lucky, some loon will join the movement and martyr his or herself.
Their Caucasian slave masters will demand it and they will comply right on through the November 2016 election season.
Well, there you have it.
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