DEMAGOGUERY AND BLACK LIVES MATTER

Senator Joseph McCarthy, an American demagogue
Senator Joseph McCarthy, an American demagogue (from here)

When I searched Wikipedia for the image of a demagogue, Senator Joseph McCarthy picture showed up first. Is McCarthy truly the best example of a demagogue they could come up with? Consider the irony and Wikipedia’s supposed political bent. McCarthy is infamous for being too enthusiastic in his pursuit of Communists.

Let’s consider what Roland C. Warren has to say about Black Lives Matter and their demagoguery.

Black Lives Matter’s real agenda

The movement is at war with black husbands and fathers

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Unless you have been “off the grid” for a while, you have heard a lot in the news about Black Lives Matter. This “movement” has gotten a lot of press and some notable praise from celebrities and politicians, including positive mentions from President Obama. But I suspect that most people, including many who have tweeted #blacklivesmatter, have not visited its website.

I have, and I was a shocked, especially as a black man. You see, Black Lives Matter boasts that it was launched as a response to the deaths of black males, most notably Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. You would expect that when you review its website, it would be chock-full of references to helping black men and boys. But you would be wrong. Dead wrong.

Let me explain.

Prominent on Black Lives Matter’s website is a list of its 12 “Guiding Principles.” These principles serve as a vision statement for what the group hopes to accomplish. So, if Black Lives Matter had the ability to wave a proverbial “magic wand” to create its reality in the black community, these principles would be it. However, if you objectively read these principles, you will quickly notice that most of them have nothing to do with the issues facing the black community and, certainly, not the black men and boys that the group has used as “martyrs” to gain a national voice. Moreover, as you read the principles, you will not find a single reference to black men and boys, except for “trans brothers,” which are men who want to be considered women. (continued here)

What are the Guiding Principles of Black Lives Matter. I pulled them off their website.

http://blacklivesmatter.com/guiding-principles/
GUIDING PRINCIPLES
We Affirm that All Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.  It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.

DIVERSITY
We are committed to acknowledging, respecting and celebrating difference(s) and commonalities.

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
We are committed to collectively, lovingly and courageously working vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension all people. As we forge our path, we intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting.

UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK*
We are unapologetically Black in our positioning. In affirming that Black Lives Matter, we need not qualify our position. To love and desire freedom and justice for ourselves is a necessary prerequisite for wanting the same for others.

GLOBALISM
We see ourselves as part of the global Black family and we are aware of the different ways we are impacted or privileged as Black folk who exist in different parts of the world

BLACK WOMEN
We are committed to building a Black women affirming space free from sexism, misogyny, and male-centeredness.

COLLECTIVE VALUE
We are guided by the fact all Black lives, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status or location

TRANSGENDER AFFIRMING
We are committed to embracing and making space for trans brothers and sisters to participate and lead. We are committed to being self-reflexive and doing the work required to dismantle cis-gender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.

BLACK VILLAGES
We are committed to disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, and especially “our” children to the degree that mothers, parents and children are comfortable.

EMPATHY
We are committed to practicing empathy; we engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.

BLACK FAMILIES
We are committed to making our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We are committed to dismantling the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” that require them to mother in private even as they participate in justice work.

QUEER AFFIRMING
We are committed to fostering a queer-affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking or, rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual unless s/he or they disclose otherwise.

LOVING ENGAGEMENT
We are committed to embodying and practicing justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another.

INTERGENERATONAL
We are committed to fostering an intergenerational and communal network free from ageism. We believe that all people, regardless of age, shows up with capacity to lead and learn.

*Coined by BYP100.

Keep in mind that when you vote Democrat this is what you are voting for.

20 thoughts on “DEMAGOGUERY AND BLACK LIVES MATTER

    1. Heard the same, but I have never much investigated the matter. The whole episode with McCarthy seems regrettable as well as a bit horrible. If we are not careful, we become what we fear.

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  1. These seem like, at best, naive undergraduate bromides. However, Tom, don’t you think it is possible, Tom, that those voting for the Democratic candidate for President (or other Democratic candidates) are making a judgment in each particular race, that they think the Democrat is a superior candidate for the office than the Republican (as oppose to endorsing the Black Lives Matter “Guiding Principles” in whole or in part? While it is probably the case that a significant number of the BLM adherents will vote for Democratic candidates, it doesn’t logically follow that all Democratic voters are buying in to all elements of the BLM credo that you posted. The Guiding Principles don’t mention any particular candidates, or any particular party. It strikes me as a bit of a leap to say that “when you vote Democrat, this is what you are voting for”

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  2. I guess the “so what?” is that you made a statement that is logically defective and did so with the apparent intent of linking a choice of Democratic candidates in upcoming elections with some of the sillier aspects of the BLM statement of principles. In a reality-based world, one might reasonably posit that choices of candidates in an election will have a lot to do with a comparative evaluation of the skills, character, and experience of each of the candidates.

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    1. @novascout

      The article I cited referred to “positive mentions” of Black Lives Matter by President Obama. There is in fact little reason to doubt the movement is associated with the Democratic Party. You don’t think that matters? What am I suppose to do? I don’t control what you think.

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      1. There are elements of Black Lives Matter that all of us no doubt agree with, whether or not we are impressed with what I regard as a fairly juvenile and unrealistic statement of principles that you provided in the post. We all agree, no doubt, that police procedures should be such that the odds of an innocent citizen being killed in traffic stops or similar routine police encounters are around zero. I think the President is making that point also.

        You said that “when you vote Democrat [sic], this is what you are voting for.”, meaning, from context, that if one votes for a Democratic Party candidate, one is endorsing the BLM statement of principles whole hog. I suggested that this might be something of an overstatement, given that in any race, from local, through statewide, to national, there might be situations where a rational voter is choosing a Democratic Party candidate over a Republican because the voter thinks that that particular candidate is superior in terms of character, experience and ability to his/her Republican opponent. It’s just a hunch on my part, but my guess is that if you could isolate every voter who votes for a Democratic candidate in November, shoot him up with truth serum, and ask whether his vote was for the BLM Statement of Principles, he would be completely puzzled by what the hell you were talking about.

        That’s my theory, and I’m sticking to it until you show me evidence to the contrary.

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  3. “Keep in mind that when you vote Democrat this is what you are voting for.”

    You are technically correct in your above statement.

    Black Lives Matter is one of a number of groups, caucuses, activists, factions, etc. which are mantras the Democratic Party Convention affirmed to support and vica versa the Republican Party Convention.

    Way too many groups, or opinions, in my personal opinion, for any voter to agree one hundred percent with. That is why I wrote a post to suggest a voter pick one major issue that is on a party agenda he or she is passionate about and vote to support the candidate that supports his cause.

    We need in my opinion, a leader that can somehow unify all the factions to unite in the best interest of our nation. He or she must understand the issues which is a very challenging task.
    For example, I read the paragraph titled Black Families a number of times and frankly do not understand what is their point.

    There is a fine line between a demagogue and an activist. We really need a Savior in my opinion to help us and our nation.,

    What we really need is a Savior in my opinion to help our nation, in my opinion.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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    1. The paragraph on Black Families is not about Black Families. It is about destroying the family. Note their commitment to “dismantling the patriarchal practice” without ever discussing how men are supposed to be involved in the family.

      Black Lives Matter uses a bunch of communist jargon. They are promoting some kind of social utopia. As Warren says, they are just using the deaths of black men as a vehicle for promoting their own cause.

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      1. I think I understand your explanation.

        However, I frankly cannot comprehend it, or mentally I am not conditioned to want to comprehend it.

        I don’t think it is my age. Rather, I do not believe it to be a wise goal that will benefit black lives to matter.

        Regards and goodwill blogging.

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    1. What is scary is the extent the Democrats in office take sides with criminals. Here in Virginia, our governor, an old friend of Bill, is trying to give felons the right to vote and serve on juries. The Constitution gives him the power to consider one felon at a time and restore his rights. Instead, he signed an executive order and the Virginia Supreme Court said no. So now he is using an auto-pen.

      And list of names he wants to use? That has already been shown to be highly defective. He just wants more Democrat voters for Hillary. For our governor, it is the end that justifies the means.

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  4. I think to know whether a vote for a Democratic candidate for any office is a vote of BLM, as you allege, one would have to know what that candidate thinks about the various elements of the Statement of Principles, Tom. So I guess the way to test for affinity with BLM is to ask a particular candidate for county supervisor, General Assembly, Congress, Senate, President etc., what he or she thinks of each of the various points. My strong suspicion is that if you do that around the country, you’ll find very little overlap between the candidates and the statement of principles, although the degree of overlap might vary from place to place, depending on the demographics and the recent experiences of the individual community in their interactions with law enforcement.

    Let me know what you find out. Until I have that data, I’m hanging in there with my guess that there are a lot of Democratic Party candidates who wouldn’t have much good to say about most of those principles and that, if elected, would serve their terms in office with nary a reference to the document.

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  5. As a Republican of some considerable long standing, I don’t know a lot about the Democratic Party, Tom, and don’t claim to. I’m not even sure where one would look to find what either major Party “thinks” about anything. Even the quadrennial platforms are barely honored even as symbolic matters.

    However, my one and only point remains: I challenge your statement that a vote for a Democratic Party candidate is a vote for this BLM credo document. I don’t think that is any more true than is the idea that if citizens pick a Republican candidate, they are endorsing some of Mr. Trump’s absurdities. These things come down to comparative analysis of opposing candidates, not some over-arching endorsement of some fringe group’s (or, as in the case of Trump, fringe candidate’s) most absurd utterances.

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  6. To the people who say ‘black lives matter.’ No kidding sherlock. As do Asian, Swedes, Mexican, Caucasian…..

    The fire of BLM is stoked by the fuel of the elitists and they who ‘need a cause.’ Oddly though, the results are hostile to their pretended care for life.

    To strut around and say ‘blm’ while causing murder mischief, and mayhem are pretty good indicators that the word ‘matters.’ is subject to interpretation.

    Good reminders here CT in the post, that the roots of blm sink into some nasty dirt.

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