From: nytimes.com, by Yamiche Alcindor, on Aug 1, 2016, see the article HERE.
This article and its subject require that I intersperse my commentary into the original text to be sure that my comments remain within the context of the article’s statements. My added statements will be colored (that’s appropriate) and italicized to separate them from the original text. Garnet92.
More than 60 organizations associated with the Black Lives Matter movement have released a series of demands on Monday, including for reparations.
As we’ve come to expect from these anarchists, they don’t ask, or suggest, they DEMAND.
The list of six platform demands is aimed at furthering their goals as the presidential campaign heads into the homestretch.
Though you may want to click through to see the full details of their six demands, I’ll list them here in summary:
- We demand an end to the named and unnamed wars on Black people – including the criminalization, incarceration, and killing of our people.
- We demand reparations for harms inflicted on Black people: from colonialism to slavery through food & housing redlining, mass incarceration, & surveillance.
- We demand investments in the education, health, and safety of Black people, instead of investments in the criminalization, caging, and harming of Black people.
- We demand economic justice for all and a reconstruction of the economy to ensure Black communities have collective ownership, not merely access.
- We demand a world where those most impacted in our communities control the laws, institutions, and policies that are meant to serve us.
- We demand full and independent Black political power and Black self-determination in all areas of society.
The release of the six demands comes a few days before the second anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., which set off months of protests and led to a national conversation about police killings of blacks.
If you click through to the Times description of Michael Brown’s shooting, here’s what you’ll see: “Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed on Aug. 9, 2014, by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in Ferguson, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis.” There’s a little more, but there is no mention of Brown’s struggle to take the officer’s gun, nor is there any mention of the 6’4″ 292 lbs. bull-rushing the officer which is when the fatal shot was fired. If you want more factual detail about Michael Brown’s shooting, here’s a description of Ten Key Facts the Grand Jury Discovered by CBS News.
As part of the effort, the groups are demanding, among other things, reparations for what they say are past and continuing harms to African-Americans, an end to the death penalty, legislation to acknowledge the effects of slavery, as well as investments in education initiatives, mental health services and jobs programs.
If you believe that YOU are responsible for slavery and the ills of inner-city blacks today, then be my guest – give them whatever you feel is appropriate, but if you believe (as I do) that I am not responsible for out-of-wedlock babies, serial abortions, massive black-on-black crime and such, then you’ll stand against awarding this “free money” that the black anarchists think that they can extort from whites as reparations. Just look at the evil and dastardly things that have been visited on the black community by you and I – at least we’re the ones that they want to pay for it.
- Reparations for the systemic denial of access to high quality educational opportunities in the form of full and free access for all Black people(including undocumented and currently and formerly incarcerated people) to lifetime education including: free access and open admissions to public community colleges and universities, technical education (technology, trade and agricultural), educational support programs, retroactive forgiveness of student loans, and support for lifetime learning programs.
- Reparations for the continued divestment from, discrimination toward and exploitation of our communities in the form of a guaranteed minimum livable income for all Black people, with clearly articulated corporate regulations.
- Reparations for the wealth extracted from our communities through environmental racism, slavery, food apartheid, housing discrimination and racialized capitalism in the form of corporate and government reparations focused on healing ongoing physical and mental trauma, and ensuring our access and control of food sources, housing and land.
- Reparations for the cultural and educational exploitation, erasure, and extraction of our communities in the form of mandated public school curriculums that critically examine the political, economic, and social impacts of colonialism and slavery, and funding to support, build, preserve, and restore cultural assets and sacred sites to ensure the recognition and honoring of our collective struggles and triumphs.
- Legislation at the federal and state level that requires the United States to acknowledge the lasting impacts of slavery, establish and execute a plan to address those impacts. This includes the immediate passage of H.R.40, the “Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act” or subsequent versions which call for reparations remedies.
I could write a few thousand words on just these six demands for reparations, but I’ll save that for another time. Just read them carefully and reflect on what they’re blaming on us – you and I – without taking any responsibility for any of their own problems. Those six demands are almost too ludicrous to discuss.
“We wanted to intervene in this current political moment where there is all this amazing and inspiring work that is resisting state violence and corporate power,” said M. Adams, co-executive director of Freedom Inc., a nonprofit group based in Madison, Wis., which focuses on violence within and against low-income communities of color.
The list comes right after the Republicans and Democrats held their respective national conventions, and as the general election fight is heating up, with the two nominees, Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton, now crisscrossing the nation campaigning. But the coalition will not be endorsing any presidential candidate.
Marbre Stahly-Butts, who is part of the leadership team of the Movement for Black Lives Policy Table, which worked on the demands, said: “On both sides of aisle, the candidates have really failed to address the demands and the concerns of our people. So this was less about this specific political moment and this election, and more about how do we actually start to plant and cultivate the seeds of transformation of this country that go beyond individual candidates.”
Ahhh, the language of the anarchists – “transforming” the country. If you really want to know what this is all about, it’s power. The Black Lives Matter movement is trying to gain more political power. They do so by convincing blacks that whites are against any form of success for blacks in order to keep them in the fold. Once they are able to unite all blacks under the BLM banner, they’ll have the political clout to affect elections. They’ll also have the support of whites suffering from “white guilt” and together, they can be a formidable force.
The groups worked on creating the demands for a year before making their demands known on Monday. They now plan to start local campaigns aimed at pushing for changes in law enforcement and community programs in cities across the country.
One thing to remember, this new BLM movement isn’t like the civil rights movement of the fifties, they’re not looking for equality – they’ve really already got equality. They’re after superiority. And if there’s any question about how blacks would govern, just look at Barack Obama and how he flaunted our laws and the Constitution and sided with criminals and against police. And how he has shown a predisposition to coddling illegal aliens and even importing Muslims from Somalia and Syria against the wishes of the communities into which he secretly deposits them.
“We seek radical transformation, not reactionary reform,” Michaela Brown, communications director of Baltimore Bloc, another participating group, said in a statement. “As the 2016 election continues, this platform provides us with a way to intervene with an agenda that resists state and corporate power, an opportunity to implement policies that truly value the safety and humanity of black lives, and an overall means to hold elected leaders accountable.”
That’s true, they (apparently) do seek radical transformation. Abolish the death penalty, cease surveilling suspicious individuals, reduce incarceration of black people, retroactive forgiveness of all student loans, free college and trade school education for blacks, mandated investment in black communities and a guaranteed livable minimum income for blacks. That’s not a bad start for the new, improved United Socialist States of America.
We’d better keep a wary eye on these ne’er do wells or we’ll lose our Constitutional Republic.