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Monday, March 15, 2021

BLM and the limits of propaganda

Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic is worried that liberals are pushing the Black Lives Matter movement too hard in school.

In a piece titled, "What Happens When a Slogan Becomes the Curriculum," he warned readers of the indoctrination of kindergarteners by BLM.

Friedersdorf wrote, "In Evanston, Illinois, parents are asked to quiz their kids on whiteness and give them approachable examples of 'how whiteness shows up in school or in the community.' In its focus on 'whiteness' and its invitation to readers to challenge racism by interrogating and rejecting it, the worldview of Not My Idea is similar to that of Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility, now a staple of diversity-and-inclusion programs and anti-racism training. Not My Idea is also a jarringly didactic assignment for kindergartners.

"The BLM at School movement is gaining momentum in Democratic strongholds around the country, where millions have felt impelled to respond to the high-profile police killings of Black Americans and the inequities that such incidents expose. Parents and educators in these enclaves are largely united in believing that Black lives matter, and that schools should encourage students of all ages to reject racism and remedy its injustices, much as previous generations of schoolchildren were taught to 'Just Say No to Drugs' and to 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.' "

Therein lies the problem with propaganda. It is limited by a person's self-interest. It's easy for a fellow like Michael Moore to denounce white men. He has made a living off it since his book Stupid White Men debuted in 2001.

Does Moore believe his nonsense? Not when it applies to him. He does not believe he is stupid. In fact, he does not see himself as a white man. He sees himself as Michael Moore, genius millionaire.

What BLM is selling is self-hatred to white people. Good luck with that. It is Hitler trying to sell Nazism to Jews.

Which is why Friedersdorf wrote, "In all such campaigns, a distinction can be drawn between the galvanizing slogan, which by design is popular and difficult to oppose, and the ideological and policy goals of the people promoting it. In other words, people might believe deeply that Black lives matter while disagreeing with Black Lives Matter organizers about specific claims. But for the BLM at School movement, agreeing with the broad slogan implies a particular approach to anti-racist activism—one that draws on academic approaches such as critical race theory and intersectionality; rejects individualism and aspirational color-blindness; and acts in solidarity with projects including decoloniality, anti-capitalism, and queer liberation."

The key words are "rejects individualism."

The propagandist's argument is always the same: we would have a fine society for everyone if only people stopped being individuals.

Friedersdorf is OK with the message and the aim. His only misgiving is that BLM is over-the-top.

He wrote, "As an alumnus of 14 years of Catholic education, I know that a few dogmatic teachers do not reliably yield lifelong believers. And I happen to agree that, on certain basic questions, educators should not be evenhanded. Do the lives of all of their students have value? Yes. Should students be acculturated to participate in civic life to improve the world? Yes. Should they be discriminated against because of their race or religion or gender or disability status? No. The list goes on. But educators should be neutral as to the question 'Should my students embrace the narrative and policy agenda of the Black Lives Matter movement and become activists on its behalf?' "

His piece gave me hope because it pointed out two past failures. The Straight A's kids said no to drugs and recycled. Everyone else went through the motions and in the end we legalized pot and kept building landfills.

50 years ago, when I was 17 and in high school, I thought we would be rid of racism because all the old stupid white men -- Bull Connor and his ilk -- would be dead.

I did not realize at the time that they would be replaced by old black men -- Jim Clyburn and his ilk -- who profit from racial politics.

38 comments:

  1. All they are doing is fomenting NEW RACISTS.

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    1. Amen. That is good for business - keep the inventory of racists at a good level to be profitable to the race hustle industry.

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    2. As Prof. Reynolds has said numerous times, the demand for "racists" to hate on far exceeds the supply. And since it's such a good racket for so many, they have to keep the lies going (to keep easy money flowing into their bank accounts).

      Much of the "demand" actually comes from various ninnies who want to "supply" various "diversity consulting" services; I'm amazed at how many pale-skinned twits there are out there trying to get on this gravy train.

      But I'll say it again - this is all a big scam being pushed by the basically-lily-white quasi-aristocratic class, as a way of pre-empting competition from non-elite whites (due to the largest pool of possible competitors coming from that demographic). They rig the system to prevent competition - and get brownie points to boot.

      This won't end well for all the phonies peddling their lying poison...

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    3. My mixed White/American Indian family experienced racism. My Pop looked hispanic. He risked his assistant manager position to help a black friend out.Who went on to manage a Sears store. The BLM
      Crowd are just another elite effort to keep people of color down. The Klan without the sheets.

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    4. My mixed White/American Indian family experienced racism. My Pop looked hispanic. He risked his assistant manager position to help a black friend out.Who went on to manage a Sears store. The BLM
      Crowd are just another elite effort to keep people of color down. The Klan without the sheets.

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    5. "Hispanic" people were seen as White (because they are) by the overwhelming majority of people in the USA until the government decided to segregate them as White-Hispanic vs White-Non-Hispanic. It's all quite silly.

      My mom's side of the family was German/Belgian/Prussian. My grandma was darker than any "Hispanic" I know and her ancestors were discriminated against for being black. Now we're just another bunch of racist evil Caucasians who supposedly hate everyone.

      It's bizarre and stupid.

      But, when you have mass wave immigration like we've suffered under for half a century you don't get assimilation--you get balkanization.

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  2. I agree Wendy. At 76 I was never a racist and I was surrounded by those who were. I just never understood for the longest time why I could eat at my black friend's house, but he couldn't come to mine. But I find myself getting so pissed off with everyone in the media saying because I am white I must be, so I am finding myself, maybe not slipping into racism, but hatred for those preaching this BS. It would not take me too much for me to go after someone in my face calling me a racist regardless of their skin tone.

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    1. My generation was raised by yours to be colorblind. Being falsely accused of bigotry constantly makes one wonder why he bothers being anything else. It's truly off-putting.

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    2. Those who are obsessed with race are racist. Democrats own it.

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  3. By starting with the ideological germ "white is bad" you will have nothing but racism and trouble. All fools.

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    1. Racism is contained in that very statement and they somehow think it's justified.

      As the old saying goes, "Two wrongs don't make a right." Apparently the current generation of woke, militant NAPAs has failed to learn that lesson. Sad.

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  4. His piece gave me hope because it pointed out two past failures. The Straight A's kids said no to drugs and recycled. Everyone else went through the motions and in the end we legalized pot and kept building landfills.

    As I read the piece, I kept thinking the same thing.

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  5. None of this is about racism. This is just repackaged Marxism. The key words are "rejects individualism." Those aren't key words, they are the only words. All the rest is packaging. All leftist "movements" are communist movements. No leftist movement is about healing, bringing together, unifying. They only want to destroy and will infiltrate, take over and ruin any organization. Its the march through the institutions.

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  6. Isn't favoring one race over another racism?

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    1. It sure is.

      And it undoes all the colorblindness our society has achieved. This is by design.

      1) A Society of Equality puts the grievance industry out of business. This is bad for people like Al Not-So-Sharpton.

      2) A unified and harmonious nation thwarts the left's attempt to divide and conquer. They must pit us against each other based on differing groups so we won't notice what they're doing to screw us.

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  7. Is black racism a result of black studies majors?

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    1. Short answer: yes. Long answer: yeeeeeeeeeeees.

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  9. Never let a solution to a problem stand in the way of a good manipulative political issue.

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    1. Once you've found a way to benefit from a problem you must oppose anyone seeking its solution.

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  10. To be completely honest, while this is a good post by Don, the key takeaway is the Liberals’s Useful Idiots and Fellow Travelers are getting Nervous.

    Too Damn Late for that soyboys and soygirls. You’re going to reap the whirlwind, FIRST.

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  11. "What blm is selling is self-hatred to white people. Good luck with that...."

    Where have you been, Don? (And do they have any more vacancies?)

    There were plenty of self hating soy-boys and latte-girls at all the riots whining how they were so-o-o-o-o horrible as stores got broken into (Oooh, new shoes!) all thanks to decades of college indoctrination.

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  12. BTW my phone is inundated with ads for school curriculum, clothing and Racist Trans Counseling.
    All for a specific sum, of course.

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    1. Be careful what you share online including the ad history.
      Online ads are usually based on your browsing and search history.

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  17. Hitler had both the Brown Shirts and and Black Shirts (SS). The Democrats have both BLM and ANTIFA. Can someone see any correlation here?

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      What WOULD Hitler do.....

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