Jakob told me to write an opinion piece on BLM and why I think it's a terrorist group so I can "get hundreds of hate mail lol".
I have a hard time seeing why that's necessary but maybe that's because I've been staying away from the mainstream news and getting my news from fine people like the happy football Vernaculis
.and the weird German Kraut and Tea
. Black Lives Matter is a political organization, not a hashtag. They have proven that by their actions, like when they stormed the stage at a political event held by Bernie Sanders
in August 2015 or when they stormed the stage at PRIVATE event held by Milo Yiannopolis
in May 2016. They proved it when they organized to shut down the London City Airport
and when they marched in Minnesota, chanting "Pigs in a blanket/Fry 'em like bacon"
. And I would ask anyone who questions my assertion that they are a terrorist group: Why? Can you name me one good thing that they, as a group, have done? Can you name me one example of them getting together as a group and doing something positive? Whether that was political activism, community improvement, or even showing up to block Westboro Baptist Church protesters at a funeral. Can you point me to one thing that they have done--actually done, not "said", not "claimed", not "asserted online"--even one thing, no matter how small, that they as a group have done--that was good?
Don't get me wrong. I am against police brutality, and I think that ending it would be a great thing to do. I'm sure that there have been plenty of cases where a police officer shot an unarmed black man and planted a weapon or drugs on him. I'm sure that there's plenty of police corruption and corruption between police and other parts of our political system. We need
to demilitarize the American police, we need
to get rid of unfair sentencing practices that disproportionately effect the black community like "three strikes" and the difference in sentence length between crack vs powder cocaine, we need
to de-privatize the prison system, we need
to end the school to prison pipeline. But Black Lives Matter is not a group that I would trust with the task. I wouldn't have hired the Black Panther Party to end segregation, I wouldn't have hired the KKK to reduce crime, and I can't give my support to BLM when it comes to fixing the American judicial system.
The [ur=http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38525549l]incident in Chicago[/url] was the thing that made me decide to go on a rant about it, but this problem has been festering for far longer. "Incident" is a neat little term, it seems to be what everyone is using. It sanitizes what happened: four people, two male, two female, kidnapped a mentally ill man. They held him for days, forcing him to crawl on all fours like a dog, drink out of a toilet bowl, and pushed his head with their feet. They cut off his clothes and part of his scalp. They burned his skin and forced him to repeat their political chants with a knife to his throat. And they live streamed it. They posted it on facebook while they ate. They didn't care that they were brutalizing a man with no capacity to fight back, a man that was not a threat to them in any way, a man they had kidnapped. They didn't care. They thought it was fun. They think that they are good people. And you know what the response from the BBC and the rest of the mainstream media is?
The incident has provoked a strong reaction on Twitter, especially among the alt-right - the fringe group that celebrated US President-elect Trump's election win with Nazi salutes.
They can't even say "these are bad people and the political group they are pushing is bad", they have to say "Nazis are saying mean things on twitter." Well, you know what, I don't care about the alt-right or the Nazis right now. Right now, we have to talk about Black Lives Matter. Right now, we have to talk about a terrorist group. Right now, we have to talk about how it is being minimized and blamed on Nazis when it has nothing to do with them. Because you know what? If we don't, then Nazis will. The alt-right will. They'll talk about how they're being blamed for stuff that has nothing to do with them, how the media is failing us, how the left doesn't care, how they're being marginalized and victimized. And they'll gain supporters because they're right. This isn't about them. I don't want to make it about them and you shouldn't either. The thing we all have to talk about is not the tiny mouse in the corner that may or may not be scaring the elephant, it's the elephant in the room. It's the big huge thing standing in the center of the room, snorting and goring people with its horns. It's the beast that is trampling people, crushing their bones under its feet. That's what we need to talk about.
So let's do that. Let's talk about BLM. This wasn't the first terrorist attack that BLM activists have carried out. In Milwaukee in August 2016, they burned down a gas station with three employees trapped inside.
. During that same event, they pulled white people out of their cars to physically assault them.
In another incident, a man was pulled from his car at a stoplight and beaten because of a Trump sticker on his car
. In July 2016, one or more BLM organizers led a march to where a sniper was waiting to kill police officers
I don't want this to become America's Rotherham. I don't want this to be yet another group that is committing crimes in plain sight because everyone is too scared to address it for fear of being called racist. And what I especially
do not want is for this to become a rallying cry for the far right. I don't want them to gain traction on the back of public outcry over how our governments, our media, and our politicians have failed us. I don't want them to gain support from demographics that make up the majority of the voters but the minority of political elites because the establishment is calling them racist when they talk about the problems they see when they look out the window. I don't want Rome to burn while Nero sits in his palace and thinks about his great plans for the city; I don't want a revolution to erupt while rumors spread the Marie Antoinette has asked why we're not eating cake; I don't want evil to flourish while those who fancy themselves good men are sat silent, either through their incompetence, their ignorance, or their cowardice.
If you want to see this problem stop, you must be willing to call a spade a spade. BLM is a terrorist group. It must be stopped. It must be held accountable. It can not be ignored, it can not be coddled, it can not be dismissed.
I know that I will be called a racist for this, but I don't care about that. I know I will be called alt right, a nazi, probably an Uncle Tom or a porch monkey, but I don't care about that. I care about making sure that neither the racist political elements in the alt right nor the racist political elements in the far left can destroy my country. I care about preventing terrorism. I care about preventing brutality and injustice, whether it's institutional legal injustice, police brutality, or radical ideologues working outside the law. Those are my values. That's what I stand for. And if you can't see it over the anger that I would call out someone who you think is in the wrong demographic for me to criticize, that's not a problem with me, it's a problem with you.