When the Black Lives Matter movement originally gained momentum, it represented an opportunity for us to lessen division and finally alleviate racism within society. Although we’ve come a long way over the past few decades, racism remains surprisingly prevalent, and it’s important that we discuss this topic so we can progress as a society.
Although the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has shed light on how much racism still exists, it has also created a lot of division within society and fuelled racism in many ways. The media has been quick to cover BLM and use it to paint black people as violent, mostly due to non-peaceful protests and because people often wrongfully blame the victims in police brutality cases.
It’s not just creating division between races, but within races as well. If you take issue with some of the statements made by Black Lives Matter activists, does that make you anti-black rights? If you didn’t vote for the Democrats, does that mean you’re anti-equality? The answer should be no, yet many people don’t see it that way.
Don’t get me wrong — I’m a strong advocate for equality and am happy to see people supporting one another and discussing the importance of abolishing racism. What concerns me is the anger that’s stemming from people who are not acting from a place of love and peace and are instead building up walls and increasing separatism.
By calling one another names and demanding for more rights than another race or punishing others because they belong to the same race as those who oppressed their ancestors, we will get nowhere. Yes, it’s important to recognize how the past has shaped the present, but it’s also important to move forward and focus on creating a brighter future. If we want a better future, we need to better ourselves, and making snap judgements or inspiring hatred and violence will not help us get there any quicker.
I recently watched a video that’s quickly gaining popularity called “WTF? Black Lives Matter Has A List of Demands for White People!” created by Red Pill Black. The video addresses a recent article published in LEO Weekly written by Black Lives Matter leader Chanelle Helm. Although the article was likely created with good intentions aimed at improving black lives, it ultimately made some fairly radical suggestions.
For example, Helm wrote, “White people, if you’re inheriting property you intend to sell upon acceptance, give it to a black or brown family. You’re bound to make that money in some other white privileged way.”
The article continues on to address white people and ask that they essentially place black and brown lives above the lives of others. The very definition of racism is to place one race above another because it’s viewed as being superior; how is this any different? We cannot abolish racism by perpetuating this continual thought process of “because I belong to this race, I deserve this,” or “since I’m a member of this race, I’m better than you.”
You can watch the original video below:
Why Are We Focusing on Division?
The BLM movement has certainly aided society by showing us how much racism still exists, but it’s clearly coming from many different groups of people. Yes, white privilege still exists, but that doesn’t mean that everyone should hate white people as a result. Similarly, while the BLM movement has certainly provoked violence, that doesn’t mean that black people are violent.
Why do we give so much power to race, skin colour, and nationality in the first place? Whether you’re black, white, Asian, etc., at the end of the day you’re simply human. For example, my name is Kalee and I am Canadian. Sure, I am grateful for having grown up in Canada, but that doesn’t make me superior/inferior to people who live elsewhere in the world. I’m also white, and I recognize that I’ve benefited from white privilege before, but that’s not what defines me. Underneath it all, I’m just a soul living out my human experience, similar to every other soul on this planet, regardless of their race.
Diversity is beautiful, and we should appreciate these differences and harness them to improve society, not create separatism. Perhaps this obsession with identifying with our races actually represents a deeper desire to explore who we truly are. Instead of focusing on our outer identities, perhaps we need to start reflecting on who we are as individuals, going beyond the physical plane and looking inward for a change.
Perhaps part of the reason the BLM movement is so tied up in violence is because it was partially funded by George Soros, a member of the elite who has profited off of funding separatism and violence numerous times in the past.
Kassandra Frederique, Policy Manager at the Drug Policy Alliance founded by Soros, works directly with Opal Tometi, who runs the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and is the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter. According to those same tax filings, Soros donated $100,000 to Black Alliance for Just Immigration in 2011.
The #BlackLivesMatters groups Soros donated to actually attacked Bernie Sanders and supported Hillary Clinton. This isn’t surprising, as Soros is good friends with the Clintons, taking on a senior role in the “Ready for Hillary” group and donating more than $15 million since 2013 to pro-Clinton groups and Super PACs.
Soros has also funded specific BLM protests. According to the most recent tax filings of OSF, Soros donated at least $33 million to support the activists in Ferguson in one year alone. According to the Washington Post, these donations ultimately resulted in a nationwide movement, social media campaigns and more protestors, and it stirred crime in Missouri. Other Soros-funded groups were instructed to create “academic research and editorials to disseminate to the news media to keep the story alive.”
You can read more about George Soros in our CE article here.
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To be clear, CE stands by the fact that black lives matter, because all lives matter. Race is only reflective of our outer shells; it does not in any way depict who you truly are. Although race and nationality play a role in shaping our realities and perceptions, they certainly don’t separate us, especially at a soul level.
Ultimately, we are all the same underneath these bodies, and our outer reality shouldn’t shape our perceptions of one another. It’s totally fine to support the BLM movement, but it’s also important to remember that everyone deserves equal rights. We need to remember that it’s equality that we’re striving for, not superiority.
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