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Category: Black Lives Matter

Oct 19 2020

What Happens if You Don’t Support Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter was never about winning people over voluntarily through rational arguments. BLM is about using the threat of violence or ostracization to intimidate the weak into genuflecting before it.

Some threats from militant moonbats are highly credible; damage caused by their “mostly peaceful protests” has resulted in $2 billion worth of insurance claims. Other threats are harder to take seriously, but just as illustrative of the mentality regular Americans are up against:

On a tip from DEMOCRACY DIES IN DARKNESS.

Oct 19 2020

Are the Protests Mostly Peaceful?

Are the Black Lives Matter/Antifa riots mostly peaceful like gaslighting liberals tell us? It may be a stupid question, but PragerU provides an intelligent answer:

Michelle Obama and the liberal elite she personifies are in the process of overturning our system of government so as to consolidate unchallenged power. As Reagan said, freedom is never more than a generation away from extinction. This may be the generation.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Oct 17 2020

If You Hate America for Being “Racist,” Buy Vaseline

Radical left, race-baiting propaganda passed off as commercial advertising has pushed the envelope all the way over the edge. It would be difficult to grind moonbat ideology into customers’ faces more obnoxiously than this Vaseline commercial:

Have we really reached the point that alienating any customers who don’t believe that America should be burned down by Marxist Black Lives Matter terrorists for being “racist” is a sound commercial strategy?

On a tip from Deb N.

Oct 15 2020

Amazon Cancels Shelby Steele, Suppresses Michael Brown Truth

As the recent Biden bombshell makes obvious, Big Tech has gone full Soviet Union to choke off information that undermines Democrat power or the liberal narrative. The other day, Jason Riley asked, “Will Amazon suppress the true Michael Brown story?”

[A new] film, titled “What Killed Michael Brown?,” is written and narrated by the noted race scholar Shelby Steele and directed by his son, Eli Steele.

As the film documents, the politically correct narrative regarding Michael Brown turns reality on its head.

“It was almost absolute,” Mr. Steele said. “The language—he was ‘executed,’ he was ‘assassinated,’ ‘hands up, don’t shoot’—it was a stunning example of poetic truth, of the lies that a society can entertain in pursuit of power.” Despite ample forensic evidence, the grand-jury reports and the multiple Justice Department investigations clearing the police officer of any wrongdoing, “there are blacks today, right now in Ferguson, as I point out in the film, who still truly believe that Michael Brown was killed out of racial animus,” he said. “In a microcosm, that’s where race relations are today. The truth has no chance. It’s smothered by the politics of victimization.”

It was from this lie that the violent Black Lives Matter movement was born.

Steele offers constructive hope as an alternative to pernicious moonbattery.

One of the film’s strong suits is showcasing the words and deeds of everyday community leaders in places like Ferguson, St. Louis and Chicago. These people are far more focused on black self-development than on badgering whites or blaming society for problems in poor black communities.

The emphasis is on personal responsibility, which is anathema to liberals.

Jason Riley, Shelby Steele, and Eli Steele are all black. But they are the wrong kind of black. To paraphrase Joe Biden, if you don’t let leftists exploit you, you ain’t the right kind of black.

Riley raised the tragic possibility that Amazon, which was scheduled to stream the movie, would deep-six it instead.

Sure enough:

In an email, Amazon informed the Steeles that their film is “not eligible for publishing” because it “doesn’t meet Prime Video’s content quality expectations.” Amazon went on to say it “will not be accepting resubmission of this title and this decision may not be appealed.”

Those familiar with some of the crap Amazon Prime excretes as original content will be surprised to learn that it has quality standards.

On their website—whatkilledmichaelbrown.com—the Steeles offer other options for people looking to watch their documentary.

I’ll watch it for myself and see whether this has anything to do with “content quality.” Given Shelby Steele’s impressive background in documentary work (he won an Emmy for Seven Days in Bensonhurst), I will be surprised if the film isn’t excellent.

Considering how suffocatingly repressive Big Tech censorship of countermoonbattery is now, imagine what it will be like when Silicon Valley gets its girl Kamala Harris into the White House. Big Tech and Big Government will merge, re-creating the Information Age repression seen in communist China.

On a tip from Varla.

Oct 12 2020

High-End Stores Looted on Ongoing Basis

George Floyd’s likely fentanyl overdose served as a pretext for lawlessness that has become the new normal in localities run by leftists. In New York City, tony stores are targeted on a regular basis by those greedy for what Black Lives Matter activists call “reparations.”

From the New York Post:

Bands of shoplifters are terrorizing Soho’s high-end boutiques, lifting hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of designer merchandise, and in some cases, threatening security guards to keep quiet — or be labeled racist, The Post has learned.

The disturbing pattern began in late May during the riots that rocked the city in the wake of the George Floyd police custody death. High-end Celine was looted of $1.5 million in merchandise then, and the blatant thievery continues “every week” in ritzy stores such as Prada, Moncler, Dior and Balenciaga, one plugged-in local said.

The police have been largely defunded and sidelined by Bill de Blasio. Not that everyone has the guts to call the police anyway. That could get you branded as a “racist.”

“If they [store personnel] stop them and say anything in the store before they’ve left the building then it often gets turned into a racial accusation,” the source said.

“Racists” are targeted by social media campaigns. Their businesses might be firebombed in the name of racial justice. Yelp is happy to help out with this.

NYPD Sgt. Joseph Imperatrice, founder of Blue Lives Matter NYC, told The Post that investigators are aware that “mobs of young, transient groups” have “bulldozed through aisles grabbing as much as their arms can hold.”

The era of Black Lives Matter is a golden age for criminals.

In the latest incident, thieves twice plundered Moncler on Prince Street — which sells down jackets for nearly $2,000…

In the first incident, two individuals grabbed nearly two dozen down jackets… A few hours later, at 6 p.m., thieves snatched “more than $50,000” in merchandise and sped off in a white Jaguar and a black Audi…

According to the MSM’s narrative, these people are impoverished as a result of systemic racism.

In the near future, all stores will resemble ghetto liquor stores, with the goods secured behind bulletproof glass. A society that reveres criminals like George Floyd, Jacob Blake, et al can expect no better.

On a tip from Sean C.

Oct 12 2020

Florida Street to Be Named After Hoodlum

A healthy society memorializes great people. A society sick with moonbattery does the opposite:

Trayvon Martin’s name will be added to section of an avenue that leads to a high school he attended in Miami.

Martin had been suspended from this school for the third time when he was shot in self-defense by a neighborhood watch captain whose head he had been bashing against the sidewalk.

Since Martin was black and George Zimmerman is what the media disparagingly calls a “white Hispanic,” Martin is regarded as a hero by the liberal establishment, despite his apparent involvement in illicit drugs, vandalism, and burglary — not to mention his attempted murder of Zimmerman. Martin’s timely death gave birth to the term “Black Lives Matter,” which became the motto of looters, arsonists, vandals, and liberals throughout the country.

The portion of the county-owned road will be called “Trayvon Martin Avenue.” Officials say the new signs should be ready within a few weeks.

A society that names roads after people like Trayvon Martin deserves to be dominated by thugs.

On a tip from WDS.

Oct 09 2020

Yelp Facilitates Cancelation of “Racist” Businesses

In a truly totalitarian society, repression is not imposed exclusively or even primarily by the government, because not even Big Government can be everywhere. To achieve the absolute absence of freedom, even relatively minor institutions must participate in imposing the official ideology and in punishing anyone accused of straying from it. For example, Yelp advances Cultural Marxism not only by discriminating in favor of preferred identity groups, but by facilitating the cancelation of accused thought criminals.

From the San Francisco company’s Official Blog:

At Yelp, we … have a zero tolerance policy to racism.

That is Orwellianese for “We are aggressively racist.”

Over the summer, Yelp rolled out a number of initiatives to help users find and support Black-owned businesses. We partnered with My Black Receipt on the launch of a Black-owned business attribute and joined the 15 Percent Pledge to further amplify Black-owned businesses.

A good racist (I mean “antiracist”) not only confers special favors on the privileged (I mean the “oppressed”), but also punishes the disfavored.

While searches for Black-owned businesses surged on Yelp, so did the volume of reviews warning users of racist behavior at businesses. Today, in response to this, we will now place a distinct Consumer Alert on business pages to caution people about businesses that may be associated with overtly racist actions.

Have a grudge against a business? Suspect the owners or maybe just someone who works there of supporting Trump or having some other nonapproved point of view? Yelp is eager to help you cancel them.

Yelp will place a new Business Accused of Racist Behavior Alert on their Yelp page to inform users…

Woke companies are the next best thing to the Stasi.

Lest there be any doubt what is driving this,

The new Business Accused of Racist Behavior Alert is an extension of our Public Attention Alert that we introduced in response to a rise in social activism surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement.

Rioting works, if you want cultural leverage — so long as the establishment is sympathetic to your cause.

If Black Lives Matter/Antifa militants firebomb businesses Yelp has designated as “racist,” that will serve as an example to others to be very sure no one can accuse them of political incorrectness. That’s the kind of country we live in now.

Seriously, this is not from the Babylon Bee.

On tips from Steven S, Bluto, and Henry B.

Oct 08 2020

Michelle Obama Gaslighting Fail

Someone thoughtfully provided background to Michelle Obama’s outlandish gaslighting about Black Lives Matter violence. Watch fast before Big Tech gets this much-needed context down the memory hole once and for all:

The statement “a = a” is now racist and therefore forbidden. Only condescending lies told by anti-American liberal elitists like Michelle Obama are to be permitted in utopia.

On tips from KirklesWorth and Kate P.

Oct 08 2020

Black Lives Matter Riot in Suburban Wauwatosa

The epidemic of leftist rioting is no longer just an urban problem. The mob demands that police be prosecuted for shooting blacks, regardless of the circumstances. When Officer Joseph Mensah was not prosecuted for shooting Alvin Cole, who had opened fire on the police, it had a pretext to riot, even in the Milwaukee suburb Wauwatosa (pop. 48,000).

The Blaze reports:

Wauwatosa police warned local residents to “shelter in their homes, lock their doors, and move away from windows.” Police fired tear gas outside homes in an effort to disperse the crowd.

Pandering to the brownshirts proved to be not only contemptible but useless:

[A] resident attempted to reason with the mob that ruined his yard by telling them that there are many locals who are Democrats that support Black Lives Matter. The man told protesters, “Do you have any idea how many Democrats, how many MPS teachers, union members, other people that support you live on this street?”

Progressives made their bed and are welcome to sleep in it. The problem is, patriots have to sleep in it too.

The BLM mob smashed store windows. A Speedway gas station convenience store was looted.

Black Lives Matter militants consider looting to be “reparation.” Their sociopathic behavior is justified by the ideology of our ruling class.

One man is heard screaming at the protesters, “Tear up the white folks’ s**t!” Even a business with a large Black Lives Matter sign was not spared from being damaged.

The savages made a point of demonstrating that they have no fear of authorities, having become accustomed to local Democrat officials effectively taking their side:

Vandals spray-painted Black Lives Matter on a S.W.A.T. BearCat and a bank.

Officer Joseph Mensah is black, by the way. But we all knew the “racist police” narrative was BS anyway.

Political pressure to prosecute police officers for defending themselves must be intense. The effect on public safety is obvious. Consequently, areas governed by Democrats are to be avoided whenever possible for the sake of personal safety.

If the Harris/Biden ticket prevails, the whole country will fall under Democrat rule. At least 13 Biden staffers have donated money to bail out rioters so they can carry on with their violent activities. De facto presidential candidate Harris has raised money for this cause. She has praised rioters as “the heroes of our time” and says the riots need to continue regardless of who wins the election.

Rioting is a form of political terror. It is America’s future under Democrat rule. Already, the suburbs are not safe. Soon, nowhere will be safe.

Suburbia under leftism.

On a tip from Rapinhoe.

Oct 07 2020

McCloskeys Indicted for Defending Home From Mob

Imagine being ruled by the vicious mobs that have been rioting at will for months. In some parts of the country, we already are — St Louis, for example:

A St. Louis grand jury on Tuesday handed down indictments against Mark and Patricia McCloskey, charged in July with brandishing weapons at protesters outside the couple’s Portland Place mansion.

The McCloskeys stood on their own yard holding firearms to ward off Black Lives Matter maniacs who had apparently just torn down a gate to invade their private community. If the McCloskeys had not taken a courageous stand, their home may have been vandalized or even burned to the ground.

Hilariously, they are charged with placing the riotous brownshirts who invaded their property in fear of injury.

Gasps Mark McCloskey,

“We didn’t fire a shot. People were violently protesting in front of our house and screaming death threats and threats of rape and threats of arson. Nobody gets charged but we get charged.”

Actually,

Nine protesters were charged with trespassing over the incident, but local officials refused to prosecute them.

But Soros-backed St Louis circuit attorney Kim Gardner wasn’t slow to prosecute the McCloskeys for defending their home and exercising a fundamental right enshrined in the Second Amendment.

Democrat authorities openly side with the mob against law-abiding citizens. Defending yourself will not be permitted.

It isn’t just right versus left. It is civilization versus savagery, good versus evil.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Oct 05 2020

Black Lives Matter Ties to Communism, Terrorism

Considering the violent tactics and demented rhetoric associated with Black Lives Matter, it should surprise no one that its founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opel Tometi are associated with more conventional communists and terrorists.

Most are familiar with Cullors’ self-description as a trained Marxist. But there’s more:

Tometi and Garza are involved with a German revolutionary organization called Rosa Luxembourg Stiftung, which was established by former East German communist leaders to build a new wave of international socialist revolutions.

Patrisse Cullors was mentored by Maoist communist Eric Mann of the infamous Weathermen terrorists and the League of Revolutionary Struggle. All three confounders are connected with the socialist organization Liberation Road. Other connections link them with the Chinese communist government and the terror-prone Palestinian revolutionary movement.

This video from Choose Freedom offers an overview:

True enough, when cowards, fools, and moonbats kneel to Black Lives Matter, they are kneeling to communism and terrorism. Our country is under attack by unadulterated evil.

Hat tip: Liberty Daily.

Oct 04 2020

You’re Not Safe With Them

At this point, you can get a more accurate idea of what’s going on out there and of the threats facing the country by watching campaign ads than you can from watching the complicit “mainstream” news media:

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Oct 01 2020

Associated Press: Do Not Call Riots “Riots”

In our time, widespread rioting to advance political objectives is a tactic used exclusively by leftists. Decent people hate rioters. Therefore, the word riot must be struck from the Newspeak Dictionary per the Associated Press.

The Blaze reports:

The Associated Press Stylebook tweeted an admonishment to stop using the word “riot” to describe political protests and instead use the milder “unrest” to avoid stigmatizing protesters. …

“Focusing on rioting and property destruction rather than underlying grievance has been used in the past to stigmatize broad swaths of people protesting against lynching, police brutality or for racial justice, going back to the urban uprisings of the 1960s,” the AP Stylebook explained.

Moonbats all read from the same set of talking points. As we were recently gaslit by Harvard lecturer Joan Donovan, Black Lives Matter and Antifa brownshirts burning down your neighborhood are the equivalent of Martin Luther King rallies. The countless crimes committed don’t matter, because the end justifies the means.

The end is racial justice. In the case of Black Lives Matter, this means a Marxist society controlled by a black ruling class. In the case of Antifa, it just means hurting people and breaking things.

AP may have a point here:

“Revolt and uprising both suggest a broader political dimension or civil upheavals, a sustained period of protests or unrest against powerful groups or governing systems.”

Since the objective entails destroying the American system and way of life, maybe the word “riot” understates how malevolent the riots really are. Acknowledging that the riots constitute a revolt — i.e., an attempted revolution — opens the door to appropriately punishing the funders and organizers of the riots for sedition or even treason. Aiders and abettors like Kamala Harris might also face consequences.

But where do you stop? If you are going to press sedition charges against everyone who has aided and abetted the devastating riots, that could mean imprisoning the entire liberal establishment — including the propagandists running Associated Press.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

Oct 01 2020

Harvard’s Joan Donovan Demonstrates Extreme Gaslighting

Undergraduate tuition and fees at taxpayer-subsidized Harvard come to well over $50,000. For the money, students receive instruction from the likes of Joan Donovan, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy. Among her qualifications to teach graduate level classes, we know from her profile picture that Joan Donovan is a cool person, because she poses wearing a leather jacket. Those who can’t come up with the money or who can’t get accepted to Harvard due to race quotas can receive education from Donovan for free by reading an essay she published at MIT Technology Review. It begins like this:

When Kyle Rittenhouse shot and murdered protesters in Kenosha…

Stop right there. We saw the video. It is highly unlikely that Rittenhouse murdered anyone. He fired on rioters from whom he had tried to escape. To call him a murderer and his sociopathic assailants “protesters” grotesquely distorts what happened.

From there the piece plunges headlong into a sophomoric alternate reality.

George Floyd was murdered, according to Donovan’s overwrought and irresponsible rhetoric. In reality, he probably died of a fentanyl overdose. The implication that he was deliberately killed by police in front of any number of witnesses is absurd.

The shooting of Michael Brown, which even Eric Holder’s ultra-left Justice Department had to admit was justifiable self-defense, is likewise characterized as “merciless and vicious” behavior by the police.

The violence Black Lives Matter and Antifa hooligans have inflicted throughout the country is astoundingly blamed on those who tell the public about it, thereby encouraging “white vigilantes [to] feel justified in menacing and physically attacking racial justice protesters.”

She castigates Fox News and One America for reporting on the Black Lives Matter violence, surreally accusing them of “flipping the script to suggest that Black protesters—demonstrating because they fear police violence—are themselves a threat to white people.” The capitalization of “Black” versus “white” is repeated throughout, to underscore who deserves respect and who does not.

We are asked to believe that the leftist rioters who have caused $2 billion in property damage, who have destroyed countless businesses, and have killed dozens of people are the victims.

The villains of the story are people like Andy Ngo, who risks his life to bring back video of what the liberal establishment media would prefer we didn’t see. Antifa brownshirts have attempted to silence Ngo with physical attacks, even causing a brain injury. Donavan denounces Ngo’s courageous journalism as “riot porn.”

Then she denounces Mark and Patricia McCloskey for taking a “bizarre stand” by not passively allowing a violent mob to burn their house down and for being “the product of riot porn.”

The entire piece consists of malevolent and obvious lies, like the gaslighting on CNN but targeted at an even more gullible audience. For example,

Several cities and towns have become treacherous terrain, where militias, MAGA groups, and conspiracists are carrying out their civil war fantasies by attacking Black Lives Matter protesters as police look on. The optics are reminiscent of the Freedom Rides in the 1960s, when police turned away as local white vigilantes attacked civil rights advocates.

That’s what Harvard charges the big bucks for. It trains students to believe lies so outlandish and repugnant that no normal person could swallow them. Choking down these lies is the price of admission to the liberal elite.

On a tip from Varla. Hat tip: Campus Reform.

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