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Let's Play: KKK vs. BLM!

I’m writing this as a response to a Facebook post thread, instead of going through the usual back and forth that no-one cares about, and where both parties only become more solidified in their views, right or wrong notwithstanding.

It’s a simple message for Sean Hannity and those who have bought into the asinine sentiment that Black Lives Matter is another hate group like the KKK.

I’ll elaborate on why this modality of thinking is pure illogical bullshit, but first, allow me to provide some additional context.

Though it has been canceled, in the wake of the Charlottesville catastrophe it was announced that there would be another white nationalist movement at Texas A&M, led by Richard Spencer. I posted something about going and protesting the neo-nazis on a couple of social media platforms, including one I don’t use much anymore. The lone response had me baffled and bemused.

"And let's not forget! FUCK BLACK LIVES MATTER HATE GROUP ALSO! Get rid of that grease stain on humanity while you are at it!”

It astounded me that one would immediately put BLM in the same category as the KKK. I chose the road of diplomacy in my response, though I was tempted just to eradicate the post as unadulterated white-privilege fear-based rhetoric fueled by the likes of Sean Hannity or Tomi Lahren.

Don’t get me wrong, I think it is just that, but I grew up in the same town as this guy so wanted to find out more. My response:

"And why do you say that? It's obvious that there are still bigots who don't understand that people are still being treated unjustly based on the color of their skin. Is that group responsible for the deaths of many because they deem other races "subhuman?" Or...is it that you can't handle any other race demanding the same rights and treatment that white settlers (who almost killed off the entire indigenous people btw) get, and still get?”

The response that leads to me writing this article? This:

"Now don't get me wrong Jeremy. I think the kkk is a bunch of shit starting racist idiots! And "blm" is the exact same bunch of idiots. Does their cause really have any point? Besides violence? Do some people get treated different based on race? I believe they do. Is that fair? Nope! But this hatred all over the country is not going to fix a damn thing! We have got to come together as a nation to fix these problems. Not burning down your own town because of difference in opinion. I am far from a bigot just an average American who wants the good ole USA back.”

Now, I want to break this down line by line, but I think it’s important that we first establish a groundwork for what both groups have done and what their fundamental world views are. Let's play a game to compare the two organizations. 


Without further adieu, let’s play KKK vs. BLM!

We'll be judging based on 4 categories:

  1. History
  2. Fundamental Ideology
  3. Deaths Initiated 
  4. Effects on Society

Scores will be calculated based on the numbers negative 500 billion to 10.

Alright, starting with history, let's see how each contestant fares. 

Round 1: History

First up, the older white dude, aka the KKK. 

It was founded in 1866 by ex-confederate soldiers in Pulaski, Tennessee.

"Throughout its notorious history, factions of the secret fraternal organization have used acts of terrorism—including murder, lynching, arson, rape, and bombing—to oppose the granting of civil rights to African Americans.”

Taken from: http://www.encyclopedia.com/history/united-states-and-canada/us-history/ku-klux-klan

Score: -500 billion. 

Now let's see what's up with the history of BLM.

Three black women (Alicia GarzaPatrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi) used the hashtag #blacklivesmatter as a response to the killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen in Florida. "It was a response to the anti-Black racism that permeates our society and also, unfortunately, our movements.” http://blacklivesmatter.com/herstory/

The movement didn’t really gain momentum until August 14, when 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.

Score: 10

Well, that was a pretty brutal first round. I'm not sure how the KKK will recover from that one. But, it's still early in the game, so let's see how this all plays out. 

Round 2: Fundamental Ideology

KKK Ideology

You can get the full PDF of the Ideals of the Ku Klux Klan here, but I've summarized below. 

The Character of the Organization (written in 1920)

- It is a white man’s organization, exalting (yes, exalting), the caucasian race and teaching the doctrine of white supremacy. Evidently, they also thought that Christian civilization depended on the preservation of and building up of the white race.

- It’s a gentile organization (that is, not Jewish).

- They are an American organization and only allow native born American citizens (wait, why haven’t I heard of any Native American tribe members being in the KKK?).

They feel that the immigrants who were flooding in at the time were leaving unfavorable circumstances in their home countries (my god how could they!)

{Commentary from the judges} I'm sure glad the white man didn’t cross the pond because of unfavorable circumstances. Also, I’m so glad the white man didn’t come up with something like Manifest Destiny, wherein they believed God was handing them the land, and so raped and murdered and ravaged and then caged the real Natives before them. How bad would it be if the white man then desecrated a small part of the land that it had so generously apportioned to the native people by building an oil pipeline on it? Wow, that would’ve been…oh…oh shit, no, that all happened.

- They believed that the immigrants sought “nefarious ends.”

- It is a protestant organization, that is, membership is “restricted to those who accept the tenets of true Christianity, which is essentially Protestant.

- Big Surprise: They stand for white supremacy! They believe that distinction among the races is not accidental but designed.

- They believe that America must be kept a “WHITE MAN’S COUNTRY.” (Is this where the annoying use of all caps had its birthplace? Leave it up to the bigots to ruin everything.

- The republic was established by and for white men. Wait, what about that one statement we made on July 4 or whatever…"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

- They believed that if blacks (or anyone that wasn’t white) tried to have control of..anything? was an “invasion of our sacred constitutional prerogatives.” It goes on to say “Every effort to wrest from the White Man the control of this country must be resisted.” If you keep reading there are more things that make it feel as though someone is pounding a large hammer inside of your brain.

- Oh, is there something positive here on this next one? “We would not rob the colored population of their rights…”

Okay, what’s coming next…“but we demand that they respect the rights of the White Race in whose country they are permitted to reside.

- The purity of the white blood must be maintained. Crap, Obama you really screwed that one up. It then goes on to list biological and social problems that arise from not maintaining pure white blood, all of which I’m positive is backed by sound research and careful thought.

- “..the highest expression of life is in service and in sacrifice for that which is right” what an interesting way of showing it.

Score: -500 Billion

Ouch!

BLM Ideology

Taken From http://blacklivesmatter.com/guiding-principles/:

"Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.  It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression."

Diversity: We are committed to acknowledging, respecting and celebrating difference(s) and commonalities.

Restorative Justice: We are committed to collectively, lovingly and courageously working vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension all people. As we forge our path, we intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting.

Unapologetically Black: We are unapologetically Black in our positioning. In affirming that Black Lives Matter, we need not qualify our position. To love and desire freedom and justice for ourselves is a necessary prerequisite for wanting the same for others.

Globalism: We see ourselves as part of the global Black family and we are aware of the different ways we are impacted or privileged as Black folk who exist in different parts of the world

Black Women: We are committed to building a Black women affirming space free from sexism, misogyny, and male‐centeredness.

Collective Value: We are guided by the fact all Black lives, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status or location

Transgender Affirming: We are committed to embracing and making space for trans brothers and sisters to participate and lead. We are committed to being self-reflexive and doing the work required to dismantle cis-gender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.

Black Villages: We are committed to disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, and especially “our” children to the degree that mothers, parents and children are comfortable.

Empathy: We are committed to practicing empathy; we engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.

Black Families: We are committed to making our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We are committed to dismantling the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” that require them to mother in private even as they participate in justice work.

Loving Engagement: We are committed to embodying and practicing justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another.

Queer Affirming: We are committed to fostering a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking or, rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual unless s/he or they disclose otherwise.

Intergenerational: We are committed to fostering an intergenerational and communal network free from ageism. We believe that all people, regardless of age, shows up with capacity to lead and learn.

Score: 10

Well, let's just move on to the next category:

Round 3: The Number of Deaths Initiated

Klan: Unknown, but definitely in the thousands. 1 death happened August 12, 2017.

Score: -500 Billion (the judges have noted that this is a waste of time and can they just make a negative ∞ mark. In this case, we'll allow it!)

New Score: -∞

BLM: 0

Score: 10

Round 4: Effects on Society

KKK 

Terror

Murder

Extreme Racism

Rape

Detrimental Ideology

Maligned understanding of biological differences and similarities between races

An extraordinarily arrogant and hyperbolic view of racial supremacist based solely on skin color (this, in and of itself is enough to shatter a half-sane mind)

Voter repression

White mobs, white entitlement, white privilege,

Probably Trump, I dunno

Score: The judge's response: "Fuck this."

BLM

People are more aware of police brutality, especially in cases where officers (or white complected persons like George Zimmerman) are acquitted of murder charges.

For example, Rolling Stone did the following article: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/black-lives-matter-11-racist-police-killings-with-no-justice-served-20141204

Is it perfect? Hell no, and this article points out some things that are causes of concern: http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/29/us/black-lives-matter-blowing-it/index.html

But it also points out some of the benefits to society it has provided. For example: "It has illuminated complex issues like mass incarceration and racial bias in policing for millions of white Americans."

Score: 8

Well, this was a blowout. 

BLM came out with the win at 38. 

The KKK came out somewhere around "500 billion miles below the furthest depths of hell," as one judge, Bob Hillback, put it. 


Do you have strong biases against BLM? Read this article.

Do you believe BLM promotes or supports violence? Read their guiding principles again. Additionally, in case you're brain is harkening to the day when police officers were murdered in Dallas, read this article:

What Black Lives Matter Really Says About Violence

Also, it's worth noting that even Mitt Romney sees through this ridiculous rhetoric, which a FB friend of mine so poignantly pointed out: 

This "Nazis and BLM are the same" crap is despicable. Nazis and the KKK were *founded* on white supremacy. BLM was founded on the belief that cops shoot a disproportionate number of black people. Any attempt to equate the two is an effort to justify white supremacy. If you do that, you support white supremacists. If you support white supremacists, you're a traitor.
Fly your confederate and nazi rags high so everyone knows who you are.
Romney: Bigots and those fighting hate are 'not the same'
Mitt Romney fired back at President Trump for saying “both sides” were responsible for violence at a white supremacist rally over the weekend, claiming that the two clashing groups were more “morally different universes.”“No, not…
THEHILL.COM

 


Now let’s address what was written on good ol’ FB: 

"And let's not forget! FUCK BLACK LIVES MATTER HATE GROUP ALSO! Get rid of that grease stain on humanity while you are at it!"

To compare a group that at its very core is dedicated to ending inequality, violence, sexism, etc with the KKK is beyond foolish. 

"Now don't get me wrong Jeremy. I think the kkk is a bunch of shit starting racist idiots! 

Good. If you thought they were good people I’d be very disappointed. 

And "blm" is the exact same bunch of idiots. 

Now I’m disappointed. No, they are not. Read http://blacklivesmatter.com/guiding-principles/. Have there been instances where some people who associate themselves with (or maybe don’t but society immediately associated them anyway) the movement have not handled things in the best way? Of course, we’re talking about a large number of people here. Remember, this whole movement started as a social protest against the senseless killing of an unarmed black teenager. The KKK BLATANTLY promotes white supremacy, inequality, and violence in the face of it. 

Does their cause really have any point? Besides violence? 

Yes. Read http://blacklivesmatter.com/guiding-principles/

Do some people get treated different based on race? I believe they do. Is that fair? Nope! 

Good, what should we do to remedy the situation?

But this hatred all over the country is not going to fix a damn thing! We have got to come together as a nation to fix these problems. 

Yes, yes we do. But the solution is not immediately condemning an organization that at its core was created to help us see things that are taking place that definitely does not keep us together. Moreover, to immediately condemn said organization with the same verve as condemning the KKK is quite honestly sickening. 

Not burning down your own town because of difference in opinion. 

I assume you’re referring to the BLM activists in France? Yes, that’s not the best way to go about things. But that doesn’t represent the movement as a whole. Does Donald Trump represent every ideal of the Republican Party? I sure as fuck hope not, because if that’s true, then this country has absolutely no hope.

Another thing to consider (in the case of the French incident), it wasn’t over a difference of opinion. It was over the death of an individual. I don’t know about you, but if someone I loved was killed I’d be a bit incensed as well. 

"I am far from a bigot just an average American who wants the good ole USA back.

Sigh. I believe you probably do want what is right for the country. I just ask that you think and do your research before spouting off things that in all honesty sound like they were spoon-fed from a Fox news correspondent. 

Another issue I have is with the sentiment “wants the good ole USA back.” It’s a sentiment similar to “Make America Great Again.” 

So…when was America great? 

Don’t get me wrong, America has done some great things, but equally, if not more important, is to remember how horrendously we’ve gotten things very very wrong. Enslavement, oppression, genocide, among other things. 

Did I forget to mention that as a race, black people have been enslaved, tortured, brutalized, victimized, raped, killed, and segregated for centuries? From 1555 to 1865 people, real people were forced into slavery. And it’s been an uphill battle ever since. 

When there is a resurgence of white supremacy, neo-nazism, etc, the last thing we need to be doing is immediately lumping in other organizations that have been built as a means to resist centuries of oppression and inequality. 

What we can do is try and understand what the true ailments in society are, and do our part, however small, to try and make things right. I say this as much to myself as to anyone.