I'm not impressed with #BlackLivesMatter, but why should I be? I'm strictly Underground and, I believe that certain things that started "Underground" should remain that way "The revolution will not be televised" (Gil Scott-Heron).
Hullo and welcome
I was thinking about what you've said. struck me that it must be difficult at times to hold a view. not just because the danger of outside anger / aggression, but also there's the potential of the mother of battles in the mind. not necessarily your specific view, but it got me thinking.
What happened to the Black Panthers? It was called Coin-Tel-Pro. That's what happened. That movement was infiltrated, then controlled by the very forces that it was fighting. What happened to Hip Hop Culture when corporations got involved? What happened when they TRIED to monopolize the Punk Movement?
I remember break dance broke out onto the streets. while I didnt jump into it myself, I did enjoy seeing crews pop up outside shopping centers doing their mad thing. and I loved the music which came with it. I agree about certain movements though
I think, in context of the system, The black Panthers were far too dangerous not to be infiltrated and destroyed. might not be fair to imply coin-tell-pro was the only factor in its demise. I read an article some time ago which
suggested MLK jnr also had a number of enemies within.
my first brush with hip-hop was the sugarhill gang. I remember watching a news special about the culture which had been thriving beneath the surface. It was fresh, had attitude, and addressed stuff like police brutality and drugs, morals etc which wasnt present in everyday mainstream culture
might be arguable movies like New Jack city and others of its genre done more harm than good and may tie into your thoughts about corporate band wagon-ing
George Soros donated hundreds of millions to #BlackLivesMatter. Now it's on NBA Tour Buses. Everywhere you look, there's a #BlackLivesMatter poster, sticker, or advertisement. You can't force people to think a certain way. When you do, the passive racist suddenly becomes aggressive. That is basic American Sociology, and you see it happening every day. "Karen" or "Becky" used to be pretty chill before people thought they could force "Change" down their throats.
if you look at the Orange revolution, Arab spring, Tokyo, Ukraine, Russia, Iran etc its easy to see protests have been / can be weaponized. that's to say, its fairly common knowledge dissent can be stirred up by outside entities and let spiral
that's not to say this particular movement is the result of Chino-Russian interference. reality is there are nations which would have no problem stirring up a bit of pay back through funding, activism etc
corporate BLM is one thing, something akin to the WWF (wildlife preservation)
I think corporate ....sponcership that's been going on is something to be looked at. I dunno if we in general should be happy with the blatant band wagoning going on. it's not like the issues at hand are a new thing.
I think it has to be said too, #BLM icould be morphing into something which may not be conducive to its original intents. that's to say destruction of the nuclear family seems a bit odd. an enemy within, of you will
The change comes with a change in mentalities. A difference in how Brothers and Sisters treat each other. A change in how we raise our kids. A change in how we treat our communities. A change in our diet. A change in our eating habits. A change in our collective spending habits.
Does #BlackLivesMatter address any of those issues? Will hundreds of millions of dollars change a racist into a non-racist?
It's not practical or logical to think that you can end racism in America or anywhere else. I learned a long time ago that movements let you down. Follow a leader, and that leader will disappoint you. So I began donating my time and my creative talents to my community. My artistic resume over the last 20 years speaks for itself. Before I take my last breath, I can go into the afterlife knowing that I did MY part... without joining, following, or corporate sponsorship.
I'm not FOR or AGAINST any positive movement. I'm a Brother from Generation X. I roll a bit differently when it comes to "Change" and how to achieve it.
good stuff, man