At 6/10/20 05:09 AM, CitizenGoose wrote:
So, im an european and the concept of BLM is foreign. My black friends are against it because they say thy have the same rights as white people, if not more(internships, scholarships, etc.).
Anyhow, what i dont get is the following: What IS BLM?
Is it a sort of hashtag/protest/activism thing or a political faction?
Im asking this, since the official BLM DC twitter account said they were about defunding the police, and that seems more like a political faction than anything else.
Black Lives Matter isn’t so much a political faction as it is a movement that protests for serious police reform and end to racial discrimination. Up until recently, BLM was mostly a scattershot group that had similar goals but with different methods and few power players took them seriously, and if anything most companies and politicians either wanted no part of it, or was trying to quash it, which worked for a while, until George Floyd happened.
I find it kind of funny that the BLM movement had spread worldwide, when they really never cared before and doesn’t really affect them as a whole, not to mention there is a degree of hypocrisy involved. Obviously countries like China use the riots to say that America is still a Jim Crow society, while imprisoning and killing millions of ethnic Uighurs and Tibetans, and even among countries that know better has arguably more racist tendencies than we have in the past, such as the scramble for Africa, World War 2 in general, or to a lesser extent, the migrant crisis of a few years ago.
Also, why do people kneel?
It was a tactic used by Colin Kaepernick as a way to protest injustice in a preseason NFL game, and it soon became a trend. Of course, the majority of people didn’t like that and made it out to be against the military, the flag and so forth and turned them into pariahs. It also didn’t help Kap’s case that most networks treated him as a martyr, until they were told to knock it off, and Kap himself praising Fidel Castro, who was the Latin American version of Saddam Hussein, an obvious no-no in many circles.