Fork In Politics

2017: Episode 6: Black Lives Matter & Its Demands For Segregation

[I had to remove the Martin Luther King speech from the video because Sony put a copyright strike on my channel for having it in the video.  Sorry]

 

From 1772 slaves were not slaves in England and Scotland (Somerset v Stewart (1772) 98 ER 499).  The Slavery Abolition Act 1833 made slavery illegal across the empire.

 

Passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified on December 6, 1865, the 13th amendment abolished slavery in the United States and provides that "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.".

 

But racism and black people being a second class citizen continued in the US until the 1960s.  This obviously shocks many in Europe - in 1955 a black rights movement picked a black lady to challenge inequality through the courts.  Rosa Parks.  An immaculate young lady, she chose to sit in a white only part of the bus.

 

We can see how far things have changed.  Between 2008 and 2016 there was a black president of the US.  Black people still suffer in the US and there is clearly still racism throughout the US, though nothing compared with what it was just a few short decades ago.

 

Essentially when people think of the Black Rights Movement they think of Miss Parks or they think of Martin Luther King and his "I had a dream" made during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963.  I extract some of it here[1]:

 

"In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. ... Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children. ..

 

But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. ...

 

The marvellous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

 

We cannot walk alone.

 

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

 

We cannot turn back. ...

 

We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: "For Whites Only." ...

 

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

 

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

 

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

 

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.

 

I have a dream today!

 

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

 

I have a dream today!

 

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

 

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

 

And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:

 

My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,

From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

 

And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

 

Free at last! Free at last!

                Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

 

So what was the speech about?  It was about equality and Black & White, all religions, all peoples becoming free at last. Together.

 

What have we got?

 

We have Black Lives Matters deciding that they need segregation.  They have decided that they need Black people to be segregated in society and locked away from society in a little bubble where they pick and choose who can enter the bubble " nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but [not] by the content of their character."

 

I honestly never ever thought I would see the day in which people in this world (well, the developed part) would go on main-stream TV and call for people to be segregated based solely upon the colour of their skin and the content of their character to mean nothing.

 

But sadly, that is what is now in vogue in the US.

 

Graduation: Blacks only, no whites allowed: Harvard University is now segregating people based upon the colour of their skin at graduations[2].

 

Blacks Only Memorial Day Celebrations: Yes, Black Lives Matters wants segregation for its memorial day celebrations where people are admitted based upon (and only based upon) the colour of their skin - the content of their character is irrelevant[3].  When challenged over how racist this is and how it goes contrary to how right thinking members of society think, Lisa Durden, a political commentator had the response "Oh boo hoo" in what is one of the most racist commentaries I have ever seem[4][5].

 

Blacks Only Housing: The University of California has announced that its housing will be allocated based upon the colour of your skin, the content of your character be damned.  Only your skin colour matters[6].

 

BLM days out - journalists are attacked not on the content of their media output but based upon whether they were black or not[7].

 

We live in an era when we are just simply doing absurd things.  For most people, society is a mix of people.  Britain welcomed people from the Caribbean in the 194s and 1950s to help re-build.  We welcomed people from India (especially the Sikh community) for the same.  Indeed, look at the Notting hill Carnival - a celebration of Caribbean culture.  When the London and Manchester Islamic murders happened the Sikh Community did some amazing things.  I remember particularly when the Islamic murder happened in Manchester - we had an event in Albert Square where everyone came together (because Islam was involved we all have to Unite, if no Islam then it is a free for all violence fest).  The Sikh community set up tables and gave out food and drink.  I believe they did the same in St Anne's Square where the memorial was temporarily set up.  Sikh taxi drivers had all offered free rides whilst Uber ramped up its prices - when the bomb went off.

 

I think we in Britain have a great history of ensuring that people that have come here are welcomed.  There are obviously those that do not.  The fact that people get so very angry about certain communities refusing to integrate shows this.  Whilst I did not support the presentation of UKIP's Integration Agenda Policy Platform[8], I support the underlying intention of trying to ensure people integrate and become part of the community.

 

I am disgusted by BLM demanding that they get segregation.  Segregating people based upon their skin colour is vile.  Segregation can only lead to hatred and no society should base itself upon hatred.  Blacks Only and No Whites are signs that should be illegal.

 

Resources:

 

[1] Full martin Luther King "I had a dream" speech

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm

 

[2] Independent 11 May 2017 " Harvard University will hold first ever black only graduation ceremony"

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/harvard-university-black-only-graduation-ceremony-graduates-may-2017-ivy-league-a7730686.html

 

[3] The Blaze 30 May 2017 " ‘Black Lives Matter’ chapter throws blacks-only Memorial Day party"

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/05/30/black-lives-matter-chapter-throws-blacks-only-memorial-day-party/

 

[4] Fox News Facebook 7 June 2017

https://www.facebook.com/FoxNews/videos/10155497478876336/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE

 

[5] Fox News Article 6 June 2017 " 'Hostile, Separatist and Crazy': Tucker Battles Supporter of 'Blacks-Only' Memorial Day Party"

http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/06/06/black-lives-matter-black-only-memorial-day-picnic-tucker-carlson-lisa-durden

 

[6] Fox News 6 September 2016 " Calif. university latest to establish black-priority housing"

 

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/09/06/calif-university-latest-to-establish-black-only-housing.html

 

[7] Politico 23 August 2016 " ‘You’re Asian, Right? Why Are You Even Here?’

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/08/milwaukee-protests-asian-american-black-lives-matter-214184

 

[8] UKIP's Integration Agenda Policy 24 April 2017

http://www.ukip.org/ukip_s_new_integration_policy_platform

 

 

 

 

 

 

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