Is The Slogan “Black Lives Matter” Racist Itself? By Richard Miller
Looking at the US situation from London, I must say that it was not been established that the killing of George Floyd was a “racist” act. A killing, yes, horrible, yes, but would the cop who was trained by a foreign military to use the knee on the neck technique, use this technique on a White, Asian, or Latino? Surely, he would. Since it is likely to be non-discriminatory, clearly the protester had all of their racial rampage stuff pre-cooked and ready to go. So, let us look more closely now at the very slogan, “Black Lives Matter’:
“Czech President Milos Zeman on Tuesday (June 30) described the "Black Lives Matter" slogan as racist, 11 days after the European Parliament strongly backed the BLM campaign and urged EU countries to embrace its aims. Speaking at the US embassy in Prague to mark US Independence Day on July 4, Zeman compared the BLM leadership to the ever-watchful eyes of "Big Brother" keeping tabs on citizens' behaviour. Zeman targeted the "Black Lives Matter" campaign that has spread around the globe since George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man, was killed in US police custody a month ago. "I say that the slogan 'Black Lives Matter' is a racist slogan because all lives matter," Zeman said in a speech provided by his spokesman. The BLM movement says black lives have been valued far less than the lives of others. Zeman, a pro-Russian and pro-Chinese left-winger, slammed what he called attacks on the independence of citizens, faith and nations. Addressing the US ambassador in English, Zeman denounced "the riots on the streets, the burning of the cars, destroying of statues in both countries". In the Czech Republic, an EU country, protesters painted the words "He was a racist" and "Black Lives Matter" on a statue of British World War II leader Winston Churchill. The BLM movement has been regarded as largely peaceful. Protesters have targeted statues in the United States and Europe that depict historical figures who owned slaves or were colonisers. The 75-year-old Zeman, who is serving his second five-year term until 2023, blamed "stupid fellows who declare themselves value leaders, or even opinion leaders". "We need free thinking, we need common sense," he said. "I do not need any new Big Brother," he said, using a term from George Orwell's classic dystopian novel 1984 to claim the BLM was foisting its opinions on others. Adopted by 493 to 104 votes, the European Parliament on June 19 declared that "Black Lives Matter" and denounced racism and white supremacism in all its forms. The symbolic resolution rebuked US President Donald Trump for his "inflammatory rhetoric" and for threatening to deploy the army against protesters. It also urged EU countries to denounce "the disproportionate use of force and racist tendencies in law enforcement".
Then we have Vlad the lad saying these truly shocking things:
“Russian President Vladimir Putin has mocked the decision by U.S. officials to fly a rainbow pride flag over the embassy in Moscow, saying it “tells you something about the people who work there.” During a televised video conference on Friday, Putin was told that the American embassy had hung a rainbow flag on its facade for the first time to celebrate Pride Month in June. “Who works in this building?” Putin asked the speaker, Sen. Alexei Pushkov, who responded, “Americans.” “Let them celebrate. It tells you a certain something about the people who work there,” Putin added with a smile. That same day, Putin signed amendments to the Russian Constitution backed by a national vote that includes a clause defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. “It’s no big deal though,” the president said Friday. “We have spoken about this many times, and our position is clear,” adding that Russia does not discriminate against people on the basis of sexual orientation. “Yes, we passed a law banning the propaganda of homosexuality among minors. So what? Let people grow up, become adults and then decide their own destinies,” he said. He said, “Those who attack us on this basis are just trying to break down an open door.” During the period of debate over amending the Constitution, Putin said he would not let the role of mother and father be subverted into “parent number 1” and “parent number 2.” In early June, President Donald Trump banned American embassies from displaying Pride flags, but several embassies flew them anyway, including the U.S. Embassy to Italy in Rome. On June 25, U.S. Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan said in a video on Twitter that “our embassy is displaying the rainbow flag in solidarity” with gays while wishing Russians a “happy Pride.” The U.S. Embassy to Moscow published a statement saying, “June is Pride Month and we celebrate that everyone deserves to live a life free from hatred, prejudice and persecution.” “As Ambassador Sullivan has said, ‘LGBTI rights are human rights. And human rights are universal. It’s as simple as that,’” the statement concluded. The British embassy in Moscow also flew a rainbow flag. Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church denounced the LGBT flag as disrespectful of Russians’ values.”
As I see it, there is a good chance that many eastern European countries may survive the coming collapse of the West, and certainly Russia, if the US neocons/Dumocrats are defeated in their plot for a three-way war with Russia and China.