Black lives matter. A year after the killing of George Floyd it is now clear that the lives, safety and dignity of black men, women, and children all around the world are not what drives the organizers of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. It is hypocrisy that drives their engine.
By Arthur Blok
The world has been fed beautiful fairy tales about BLM’s goals advocated by black opinion leaders such as former first lady Michelle Obama, current vice president of the United States Kamala Harris and of course the noble BLM founders. All receiving a disproportional amount of time on global mainstream media, and all terribly upset with the society that gave them their success.
The BLM website says the group “builds power to bring justice, healing and freedom to black people.” Really? Why, more than a year later, haven’t they mobilized in hotspot neighborhoods all over the USA where blacks are most frequently victimized?
If BLM genuinely cared about African Americans, where are all their protests against black-on-lack gun violence and killings? You do not need to be Sherlock Holmes to find out that annually thousands of African Americans, including many innocent children, have been killed by other blacks in relentless gun violence by – black – gangs a living fruitless and uneducated existence
Both black and white police officers going into these designated areas of crime are facing a war and battlefield environment trying to clean out the gangs. A daily battle that includes risking your life to serve and protect.
It looks like the motivation of BLM is to disgracefully cover up the failings of some African Americans and to blame police and preferably ‘white males’ and the civilization for their problems. They are using a handful of incidents where police might have used too much force as a shameful excuse to tear down our social order nationwide and get kicks out of it.
And they are supported by black, often successful, opinion leaders like Obama or Harris who are all but victims to so-called institutionalized racism they agitate against. Or even subjected to it for that matter.
Michelle, Barack & Kamala
Before discussing Michelle Obama’s nail biting interview this week in which she praised the BLM movement for all the havoc they create, let’s take a moment to analyse her husband’s election: Barack Obama. America’s first black president. Elected in a country where roughly 13 percent of the population is black, and over 75 percent is white.
How institutionalized is racism in the US in that perspective? Obama was elected – and re-elected – by vast majority of white men and women. Making him the first black migrant president of a western state. Something that has never occurred in any other western state.
Back to Michelle, who felt, in all her hypocrisy and played outrage, the need to speak out about BLM just weeks after a Minneapolis jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty in the murder of Floyd last year.
Bystander footage that went viral showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for around nine minutes, ultimately resulting in Floyd’s death. Chauvin – a porn-star and drug-convict – was found guilty of second-degree and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter last month. The killing sparked months of demonstrations across the US and western world last year.
Michelle Obama opened up about the concerns that she has for her two daughters. “Every time they get in a car by themselves, I worry about what assumption is being made by somebody who doesn’t know everything about them,” she said.
“The fact that they are good students and polite girls. But maybe they are playin’ their music a little loud. Maybe somebody sees the back of their head and makes an assumption,” she continued.
Excuse me? Michelle Obama sincerely worries about her two daughters? Two who are protected every step they take by the US Secret Service. Two girls who do not even have to open the doors of their own cars. Exactly that is why Michelle Obama finds it fair that BLM is “takin’ things the streets because they have to.”
Of course Michelle. A poor black woman you are indeed. You only, roughly, made 70 million dollars since your husband’s entered office.
What a charade.
Also Kamala Harris spoke out on many occasions in support of BLM and the violence they use. Simultaneously she shared her anger with the world by the decrease in news coverage of the mayhem BLM protest cause all around the world in the past months.
Harris is super angry with the white-male dominated society. Angry, angry, angry. O yes, and she understand the anger of all the black people . So far, in her role as VP she has done absolutely nothing to help the black community or to build bridges in the divided society she so often uses for her personal agenda.
She is really pathetic.
What about the founders of the BLM movement? What about the questionable investments of BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors who purchased four high-end homes for $3.2 million in the U.S. alone. Including a property in a predominantly white Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles County for $1.4 million.
BLM reportedly brought in $90 million in donations last year, and questions have emerged about if or how Cullors is paid by the organization. She has no other occupation other than being the Executive Director of Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. On paper at least a volunteer position. Why US mainstream media channels have largely ignored this report?
Very interesting investments indeed Patrisse, to say the least.
What the lack of BLM outrage about lost black lives across the border? Where was BLM in March when Houthi militia burnt up to 500 African migrants alive?
The Yemeni militia used force to end a strike by, mainly Ethiopian, migrants who were protesting against cruel treatment, extortion and poor conditions inside the facility, the Geneva-based SAM Organization for Rights and Liberties stated in a report.
Where is the outrage among the heavy hitters of human-rights advocacy or the mainstream liberal commentariat? Where was BLM when all these innocent black workers were killed?
Where was BLM last week when one of the many migrants’ boats carrying sub-Saharan migrants sunk reaching the Canary Islands?
Where was BLM in the past year when almost a thousand black migrants died trying to reach Europe? Where were the European branches of BLM when all this happened? Shredding away the last tears over George Floyd most probably.
Selective global outrage using the sad situation of many black people in the US to fuel anger. Not a message of hope and peace, but fueling anger. Of course, selective outrage is nothing new, but is about time opinion leaders, politicians and even journalists stand up against the BLM hypocrisy and say: ‘Enough is enough’.
Arthur Blok is the Executive editor-in-chief of The Levant News.