Romanians have a say which they use when they want to say that they do not care about something with an air of arrogance – “Ma doare in cur”.
If you translate this using an online translator, you will 100% get nonsense, but that’s because the algorithm does not capture the meaning and nuance behind the words. What you will get is this: “There is pain in my butt”, which is not what the saying is intended to convey.
In order to get the true meaning behind it, you must know either Romanian or someone who speaks Romanian.
As such, language can, at times, be confusing. Although words often have a well-established meaning their meaning can change with the context, or framework around them, or with the tonality of the speaker.
Examples of language that obfuscates are everywhere: in philosophy (try reading Hegel or Heidegger without going more than once over a sentence), in politics (words are often vague to leave room for almost any interpretation that suits the politician and his / her part), in poetry (metaphors are often used to convey hidden messages) and so on.
However, there are plenty of instances when language is quite clear. For example, declaring that one is a Marxist, like the BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors did in 2020, this means that one adheres to the Marxist ideology, i.e. that one sees the world through Marxist thought, politically, economically and theologically.
With what we are dealing here – the nature of Black Lives Matter (the movement and the organisation) – combines both aspects of language: on one hand, because they are Marxists (more specifically, Identity or Race Marxists which is the result of Critical Theory Marxism, Cultural Marxism and certain radical elements of postmodernism), language is double-speak (confusing); on the other hand, because they are Marxists, language is quite clear (divide people into groups using identity to create oppressors and oppressed classes, then agitate the situation to bring about the “revolutionary” change that, in turn, ought to lead to the utopia of equality).
This publication aims to bring proof that BLM is a Marxist organisation and then asks why plenty of successful global corporations are supporting this organisation.
“I BELIEVE IN MARXISM”
What makes me say that BLM is a Marxist organisation? Several things. First, one of their founders (Patrisse Khan-Cullors) acknowledged that “they” (the BLM organisers) are “trained Marxists”.
“We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think that what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk,” Cullors added in the interview with Jared Ball of The Real News Network.
The YouTube video has seen been put on “private” – I wonder why: what do they have to hide?
Even when Cullors attempts to get rid of these “accusations” that she is a Marxist (despite admitting it in the interview above), she states so with a straight face: “I believe in Marxism” – note the use of words: “believe in”. Nobody believes in a philosophy; people believe in religions. This is not a slip of tongue – at least I do not think so – as James Lindsay explained in a 3 hour lecture on the gnostic roots of Marxist thought, Marxism has a strong theological component to it (but to explore this in detail would mean to deviate too much from the main subject of this newsletter – you can listen to the lecture here.)
I also want to point out that when Cullors read a comment that accused her of being a communist, she laughed. Cullors was accused of being an international socialist and laughed. What if Cullors was accused of being a national socialist, in other words, a nazi – she would not laugh. Again and again we see the double standard in treating nazis and communists, both totalitarians, both murdering millions.
Being a Marxist is not an issue – at least in my eyes. If Cullors was a self-declared national socialist, she would be, in my eyes, as free as she is to be a Marxist. Radicals of all sorts existed and will always exist. However, what needs to be pointed out is whether or not the organisation that she co-founded is transparent about its values and aims: if these two aspects – the values and the goals – are hidden, then a red flag needs to be planted for all to be see.
There are other evidence to support the claim that BLM is a Marxist organisation. Here are a few more.
- BLM praised the communist regime in Cuba. The organisation’s sentiments were echoed by the 1619 project founder, Nikole Hannah-Jones, a person who dedicated multiple years of her life to re-write American history from the perspective of race identity (something which even the World Socialist Website doesn’t like).
- The Socialist Alternative (a Left-wing news and opinion website) stated in an article called “Black Lives Matter and Marxism” that “the rise of the BLM movement has tested the limited forces of the left and Marxism in the U.S. Like the Occupy movement, the BLM movement provides socialists an opportunity to interact with fresh and radicalizing forces.”
- The BBC (which often leans towards centre-Left) stated about BLM: “Last month the New York Post reported that Ms Cullors – a self-described Marxist – had bought a $1.4m luxury home in Topanga Canyon, near Malibu, and owned three other homes, including a custom ranch in Georgia.”
- The Spectator ran an article recently entitled “Mansion Marxists” in which it stated: “When I Googled “mansion Marxist” yesterday, what popped up were three news articles about the founder of Black Lives Matter, Patrice Cullors, a homegrown American Marxist.”
- The Heritage Foundation reviewed the book “BLM: A New Marxist Revolution” stating that the BLM founders are “shown to be avowed Marxists who say they want to dismantle our way of life”.
I can continue with the list, but you get the picture. However, there is one final piece of evidence that BLM is Marxist at its core – and not just any kind of Marxist, but Identity or Race Marxist.
On their website, BLM took down a section which was archived, thankfully, that described in detail what they stand for. Below is a paragraph from the archived page. The bolded text is my addition.
“We acknowledge, respect, and celebrate differences and commonalities.
We work vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension, all people.
We intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting.
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 prerequisite for wanting the same for others.
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 people who exist in different parts of the world.
We are guided by the fact that all Black lives matter, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status, or location.
We make space for transgender brothers and sisters to participate and lead.
We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.
We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered.
We practice empathy. We engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.
We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work.
We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.
We foster 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).
We cultivate an intergenerational and communal network free from ageism. We believe that all people, regardless of age, show up with the capacity to lead and learn.
We embody and practice justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another.”
First of all, the word “black” is capitalised to suggest the supremacy (superiority towards claims of power in society) of what BLM regards as an oppressed group based on a single element of one’s identity: race. Indeed, the slogan / name itself is a statement of supremacy: Black Lives Matter, rather than Black Lives Also Matter. Black Lives Matter is a total and final statement. However, if one pointed this out publicly by saying All Lives Matter, hellfire rained upon them.
On Wikipedia, which on many matters concerning Western civilisation and politics is blatantly Left-leaning (according to analysis done by its co-founder, Larry Sanger), we can see the political bias regarding the above statement: “The All Lives Matter slogan is typically associated with conservative views, and a rejection of the ideas supported by proponents of the Black Lives Matter movement”.
Others have pointed out that saying that all lives matter is “hurtful” – because plenty of supporters of BLM are Identity Marxists themselves and, due to the fact that Identity Marxism borrows from the most radical postmodern ideas, including that language is channel of power, they view words as literal weapons. Therefore, we should not be surprised that plenty of people who stated that All Lives Matter, a phrase that anyone who is not a supremacist should agree with, got fired, were threatened, got labelled as racists (against what race is “All Lives Matter” discriminating?) and so on.
Needless to say that academics from across the Western world have backed BLM’s supremacist slogan. Here is Cambridge (UK), from which a professor in June of 2020 stated that “White Lives Don’t Matter” – talk about love and equality. There are other examples, from USA, Canada, Australia and so on. Usually, the statements from these places of learning reads something akin to “we stand united against injustice”.
Academia has flirted with dangerous ideologies for a long time. An interesting article from Brownstone Institute entitled “Why Academia Is Drawn to Fascism” explores this point quite well:
“[…] the fantasy that the rest of humanity should follow them and accept their higher status. The message that lay folk must logically resign themselves to inferiority has been issued in many ways, using many cloaks, and most obnoxiously in this period by the world’s health scientists, epidemiologists, and economists who have ruthlessly exploited the public’s trust in their “expertise” while joining in with the lunatic crowd.”
Standing united for injustice is something I support entirely. Standing united for injustice as defined by Marxists is something I oppose entirely.
In other words: if I see a person – man, woman, black, white etc. – being treated unfairly, I wish to help them not because any of these words (man, woman, black, white, etc. which is what a Marxist with an identity lens would dictate) matter, but because I witness the unfair treatment of a human being.
The identity component which makes BLM an Identity Marxist (Woke) organisation is “race”. You can watch the video below from James Lindsay that explains this in detail or read my report on the history of Identity Marxism.
In essence, Identity Marxists use an element of one’s identity, like race (or gender, or sexual orientation), to construct classes of oppressed and oppressors and then, through the dialectical method borrowed from Hegel (which he took from ancient Greek philosophy, dipped it in gnostic alchemy – this is what Hegel’s philosophical essence is – and then made it into the tool that Marx found it useful to change society with), use it to divide and conquer parts if not all of society, with the ultimate aim of bringing about an utopia of equality (like communism).
Racism is a topic which we need to discuss. We need to talk about it, understand it and point it out. We need to learn about it, especially how it was viewed in the past and why it was viewed that way. However, we cannot aim to get rid of it – racism is just one form of irrational discrimination (there are rational discriminations which we have developed to avoid danger, for example). There are other irrational discriminations (like not liking someone because one doesn’t like their face – stupid right?), but these are part of human nature: we are both great and fallible, good and evil.
Aiming to get rid of these irrational discriminations can result in the mutilation of the person, like the re-education process in communist regimes which aimed to create the “new man”, the “socialist man”, to remodel human psychology in line with Marxist thought.
However, the reality is that human nature is too complex for anyone to go “in there” and play God with it. One cannot go inside man’s psyche and attempt to remove what one deems bad with the precision of surgeon carrying on an operation.
Consider the following examples: a man, racist and sexist, but highly intelligent, produces great works of scientific advancement that cures deadly illnesses that cause suffering to innocent children? Or, what if a woman, racist and hateful, saves a person from a tragedy, say from a fire, because of their race? “I saved that person because he was black, like I am”, would the woman say. How do we judge these actions? The complexity behind these examples suggests that we cannot simply divide people based on how we label their identities in the fashion of political demands of the day!
But given how BLM supporters have been behaving (like that UK professor saying that “White Lives Don’t Matter”) or burning down historical buildings and tearing down statues they deem “racist”, suggests that their intention is not to have an open discussion about racism or about the livelihood of black families in general. Such points are articulate well in the video below.
If you go over the paragraph which I quoted above (the one archived) and try and find BLM’s support for black fathers, as the issue of fatherlessness is deeply affecting black families – there is none. Larry Elder point this fact out as early as 2017, alongside other issues about which BLM does not care. However, Elder, because of his conservative values, was called by the LA Times “the black face of white supremacy”. Just another example of how things go if you point out the lies behind the BLM agenda.
I wanted to see if BLM really cares about its values, or it is just interested in burning down cities for Marxist justice. So I searched on Duck Duck Go “BLM community programmes”: not a single result linked me to a community programme.
I tried on Google too.
Then, I found this article from the Atlantic entitled “What has BLM achieved”. It provides not one example of anything the organisation achieved other than rhetoric and virtue signalling. In fact, and this is where propaganda plays a role in backing these sort of institutions, the author (Adam Serwer) spends the entire essay talking about the history of civil rights movement in USA in an attempt to link BLM with that movement. Not only this, but the article also attempts to argue that America is still in the 19th century – they spent a lot more on the cool graphics than on journalism.
If anyone knows a single community programme that BLM started and is focused on helping black communities in the USA or the UK or wherever they have a chapter, on the ground, with volunteers and so on, please do point it out so I can look into it. In fact, if anyone can find a BLM initiative that deals – pragmatically and with milestones that can be tracked – on any of the issues that black people face in America, I will happily share it. These issues, which are taken from the video below, include:
- The victim mentality
- The decay of the nuclear family: the proliferation of children born and growing up without fathers
- Dependence on liberal / Left-wing politicians
- Black on black crime
So, what are the things that BLM really care about, apart from Marxist dogma? Money and political capital – like all radical socialists.
To achieve this, BLM uses the banners of “social justice”, “equality” and “equity” (which means equality of outcome not equality of opportunity) to cover their true tactics of using propaganda and riots to weaken Western society. This is also explained by Glenn Loury, a professor at Brown University, but let’s quote from the Heritage Foundation’s website to get a flavour of the core believes of BLM:
“Black Lives Matter’s use of the video of George Floyd’s May 25, 2020, death to create the impression that those nine minutes defined America and its supposed systemic racism precipitated months of protests and hundreds of costly riots that stunned the country.
At the center of the mayhem sat the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, the flagship organization. Traffic to its website surged massively as the protests got underway, spiking just seven days after Floyd’s death, when 1.9 million people flooded to the website, according to its 2020 Impact Report. […]
The BLM Global Network Foundation boasted in its 2020 Impact Report, which I quote in my book, that in the second half of 2020, its website was visited by more than 24 million people. “Over the course of 2020, we sent 127,042,508 emails. From these emails, 1,213,992 actions were taken,” the report reads.
The open rate of those astonishing 127 million emails was an unheard-of 63%, whereas 25% is the average for nonprofits.
Unsurprisingly, Black Lives Matter activists were involved in 95% of the 633 incidents that Princeton’s Crisis Monitor identified as riots for which we know the identity of the participants, as I cite in my book.
It was “the costliest civil disorder in U.S. history,” according to the Insurance Information Institute, also quoted in the book.”
To be clear: the murder of George Floyd was a savage act of violence and, I hope, that we all agree with the sentencing of the police officer responsible for it. But what BLM is doing is to use Floyd’s death for political purposes. I condemn the use of suffering for political purposes regardless if this is done by the Left or by the Right: it is disgusting either way. However, this piece focuses on BLM which, in the name of justice for Floyd (despite his parents urging not to riot), delivered the damage summarised below:
One of the buzzwords that BLM activists like is “anti-racism”.
Anti-racism (which means the licence to be racist if you discriminate against the right people), a term popularised by Ibram X. Kendi, is big business and big politics. There are powerful people with an agenda to keep racial tensions as high as possible. Here are a few examples of the “race industry”, as Dr Rakib Ehsan called it.
- In the UK: “No Evidence of Widespread Institutional Racism”
- In the UK: “Dr Tony Sewell Defends Controversial Race Report”
- In the USA: “The Price Tag for Academia’s “Fake Racism”
- In the USA: “Supreme Court to Take Up Challenges to Affirmative Action at Harvard, UNC”
All of the above are examples of how race tensions, a powerful playbook and tool of BLM, is used to gain monetary and political power. A clear example of this is the property empire of BLM co-founder Cullors. The American Spectator did a detailed analysis on this in their recent article “Marxist Mansions”. This is not unusual behaviour – many Marxist leaders, all dictators, were known to be very wealthy because of the abuses of power that they committed in the name of socialist utopia.
Having examined these facts about the nature and goals of Black Lives Matter, we turn to the next two important questions of this analysis: why and how are corporations backing this Marxist organisation which has done nothing but to divide people, spread ideologically-driven violence and hatred and violate the noblest of sentiments: empathy, the desire for justice and the need for unity.
CORPORATE VALUES: ERROR 404
A 2020 report by CNET reads: “These are the major brands donating to the Black Lives Matter movement”. Among the largest names are included: Walmart, Target, Home Depot, EA Games, Ubisoft, H&M, Everlance, Levis, Gap Inc, Nike, Coca-Cola, Lululemon and Peloton.
All of these mammoth companies have gone to Twitter and other social media platforms, like Instagram, to proclaim their allegiance to BLM – the movement or the organisation, that is not clear – with emotional posts, charged with a supposed desire for change and a holly demand for justice.
Do these business know what is the essence of BLM? The very anathema for the values that enabled these companies to develop into the global successes that they are?
The above list is not complete, of course. Builtin reported a list of companies that support BLM in 2021 – it is a longer document than what CNET produced. It includes: IBM, PayPal, Cisco, Microsoft, Reddit, Uber, Comcast, Slack and SoftBank. The same questions apply here: why are these global behemoths supporting a Marxist organisation that is bent over enriching its founders at the expense of racial divide?
Not to mention that Facebook, Google, Twitter and Apple have all expressed their support alongside their greatest concern for “social justice”. The hypocrisy is next level here. These companies are doing a great deal of business with authoritarians like the Chinese Communist Party, some are lobbying against ending forced labour in China and so on – the list of how illiberal these companies are can go on for pages. But they care about black communities.
“The corporate world has been quick to offer its support to the Black Lives Matter movement as tensions continue in the U.S. following the death of George Floyd, but it should go further than changing a hash tag.” – The Lighthouse, Australia
Again, why are these companies supporting a Marxist organisation like BLM and why are some of them working with authoritarian regimes, like the CCP?
Of course, global corporations are not the only ones supporting BLM. Plenty of powerful Western politicians do. Like Canada’s Justin Trudeau, the core of the US Democratic Party and the UK’s Labour Party’s leadership, to mention a few examples. Why the support to an organisation, or a movement, that is pro-Marxism, an ideology that has delivered, when applied in numerous countries over the last 100+ years over 100 million deaths?
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