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Thursday, 27 August 2015

27 August 2015. Have a Care With Black Lives Matter™… It’s the Latest Liberal/Radical Meme of the Month

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I wrote the following on FB:

I oppose Black Lives Matter™ because it takes away from the main point … POLICE BRUTALITY. I know many cops and it concerns them just as much as it concerns anyone else. BLM is theatrical and isn’t serious. YES, it does offend me, and my criticism is from a LEFT perspective… it’s a bourgeois attempt (all too successful) to drive a wedge between people.

ALL LIVES MATTER… OR NO LIVES MATTER.

I’ve found that “liberals”, “progressives”, and “radicals” have adopted Black Lives Matter™ as their mascot movement of the month. If you’re critical of this set of narcissistic asshats, why, they get all huffy… “How dare you! Black Lives DO Matter! You’re just WRONG!” No… I can disagree with the zeitgeist, especially, when it’s wrongheaded and divisive. Jimmy Carter lost to Ronald Reagan in 1980 because the Repugs successfully painted him out as a lickspittle servant and the Stepin Fetchit of the Affirmative Action crowd. That wasn’t so, but truth doesn’t matter in politics as much as perception does! By kowtowing to and sucking up to this fringe group, Democrats and the Left paint themselves out as mindless enablers of racialist con artists and arsonists. NO… a thousand times NO… I’m NOT saying that there’s no problem. I’m saying that if we want to cure the problem, we have to go beyond the surface and grapple with deep realities. Black Lives Matter™ doesn’t do that. It engages in empty and verbose “protest” such as what we saw in Seattle. We need a national discussion, not on “Black Lives Matter”, but on “Why is there so much police violence towards the powerless?” I have friends in the police who have things to say about that… indeed, their comments (which aren’t just knee-jerk rightwing nonsense) are much more germane to the discussion than empty-headed protestors stomping on and burning American flags (which does no good except to inflame those we might’ve reached). Not all cops are monsters. If you think otherwise, you’re my opponent, and I’ll see you on the other side of the barricades. Do things like this concern me? OF COURSE, THEY DO! However, that doesn’t mean that I must buy into the juvenile, superficial, and divisive narrative that Black Lives Matter™ purveys. Apparently, that upsets many people… so be it. I’ve stated my position clearly. If you want to call me names or consider me the lesser for it, so be it. I can do nothing about you and your reactions. However, I’m going to be “honest to God”… that’s all that matters in the end.

No, I do not like Black Lives Matter

I will not give them my vote

You can even call me a goat

No, I will NOT kiss their bum

And I will not beat their drum

I will speak the Truth as I see it, Sam I Am…

BMD

Monday, 24 August 2015

24 August 2015. Black IS Beautiful

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I think that Black Lives Matter© is a bunch of pro-Hillary narcissistic asshats. I oppose racism (or hatred directed against anyone of any sort) without reserve. These two statements are NOT contradictory. I can hate racism and I can hate anti-racist statements made by groups that are only doing so for ephemeral and self-serving political purposes, both at the same time. It’s clear that Bernie was the candidate most open to any sort of person (not just blacks). Ergo, the narcissistic exhibition in Seattle was an unnecessary, juvenile, and intrinsically false political stunt on the part of the pro-Hilly crowd. That’s what I believe, any road. Throw stones, if you will, I don’t give a good goddamn… I’m going to speak my mind out, freely and clearly. That’s that…

BMD

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Post-Maidan Ukraine: Whites Only Pools and Segregated Transportation

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Although Western media touted the Maidan revolution as a step toward “democratic” values, the new Ukraine may have succeeded in looking eerily like the USA prior to the Civil Rights Movement… it’s facing systemic issues with racism. Last month, Asi, a 23-year-old refugee from Sierra Leone, boarded a bus with her 8-month-old son in Užgorod. After living in the Ukraine for six months, says she’d experienced racism on almost a daily basis. However, upon boarding the bus, a violent outcry from the other passengers confronted her. They shouted, “She’s not like us! Tie her to the fence together with the kid!” Violently forced off by the passengers, Asi was left standing on the street as the bus driver called the police. The police handcuffed the young mother and inexplicably carried her away. This story, which made the headlines of a number of Ukrainian newspapers last month, is only one example of several in a recent wave of racism to hit the post-Maidan Ukraine. Many black individuals, be they residents or visitors, have described varying degrees of racist treatment, some subtle, some preposterously blunt.

Zhan Beleniuk, a professional wrestler who lives in Ukraine, spoke to the Observer about his experiences with everyday prejudice. A stranger asked Zhan, “Are you Mike Tyson?” The man seemed shocked when Zhan told him “No”. Other instances have been more alarmingly discriminatory. Sergei Ratushnyak, former mayor of Užgorod and Rada Peoples Deputy, reportedly turned minorities away from an aqua-park he owned, saying, “We only let in Užgorod residents; we only let in white people”. According to the Observer, Ratushnyak also justified his actions by blaming the “syphilitic and tuberculosis-ridden Gypsyhood of the area and of the whole world”. He said, “During last year we had a 14-fold increase in AIDS cases in town. I demand compensation for all my expenses on buying and building [the pool complex in case ‘Gypsies’ are allowed into the aqua-park by the authorities]”.

The racism also extends to Islamophobia. In June, a mob attacked Jordanian exchange students in  Kharkov. Four were rushed to the emergency room with head injuries and knife wounds. Two dogs were stabbed to death because they belonged to “enemies”. Perhaps, the most frightening part of this rise in racial hatred is the inability… or unwillingness… of local authorities to do anything about it. Authorities never disciplined the individuals responsible for the abuse faced by Asi on the bus in Užgorod. Rather than address the Kharkov mob appropriately, Valentin Nalivaychenko, then-head of the SBU, blamed the incident on… who else… Russia, saying on the TV-show Shuster-Live, “Local gangs might have been provoked and inspired by foreign special services, to put it bluntly… by the Russians”. Whilst many maintain hope that Kiev will right its wrongs, that’s seemingly becoming less and less likely. Zhan told the Observer, “More than a year has passed, and not a single change”.

12 August 2015

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150812/1025645054.html

Friday, 26 June 2015

26 June 2015. The Victims of the Charleston Terakt Were Laid to Rest Today… We Bow to Their Families

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Firstly, we bow to the families affected by the terakt… can we share your grief? Secondly, we must face the rancorous and corrosive racism that caused this enormity. However, that’s not the task of today. Today’s labour is to bury the dead and comfort the survivors, as best one can.

I chose the last image to portray love purposefully. Love isn’t weak… it isn’t passive… it isn’t submissive. Love is strong… love is active… love resists! I’m thinking of an incident some years ago in Moscow… Colonel Yevgeni Chernyshov, the Chief of the Moscow Fire Brigade, went out with the “brothers” to a fire, even though he didn’t have to. After rescuing five people, he went upstairs to rescue more people, but the ceiling collapsed on him, killing him on the spot (he received a state funeral). That’s what love is… love sacrifices… love fights… love cares to the point that we no longer think of ourselves. Love hews to the truth and opposes falsehood wherever it appears or whosoever speaks it. Love is a burning desire to see things put right… not in a notional hereafter, but in the present. Love is powerful… it’s not weak in any sense of the word…

Love can defeat racism… but shall we let it?

BMD

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