a reply to: SuspiciousTom
We're all tired and on the brink. The entire lower class is tired and on the brink. I'm damn near suicidal I'm so tired and on the brink. I have
sympathy and I have empathy, but I'm not going to work with a group that may kill me and drag me through the street if I show up at one of their
protests and at most admonish my death with nothing but lip service after the fact while refusing to take any responsibility for it.
I'm fully willing to listen, if and when they learn how to protest and start policing their own and are willing to listen in return.
People show up and riot, murder and target people of white skin for execution. BLM says, we um, said we wanted peaceful marches so they aren't BLM
please ignore that they're flying our banner and screaming our mantra. Well so far BLM has when it comes to peace been nothing but talk. (Well not
completely true, the Free Hugs guy is, if he considers himself part of BLM and BLM recognizes him as such a true example of a peace marcher.)
Then you ask me to listen.
I say sure, but first could you um... organize a bit better and make a truly concerted effort to protest peacefully. There's several examples of how
to do so successfully. I mean please show me that you care enough about my help you'll at least attempt to make sure I'm safe if I come to listen or
If you're not sure how, well, I offer the bullhorn example for one, I mention generals leaders pushing the peace message, making peace a rallying cry
is good too, have several people that intermix with your message also the message of peace to remind everyone. I mean there's quite a bit. I learned
a good chunk of how to peacefully protest from a great man. Martin Luther King Jr. one of my greatest heroes.
I will not respond to violence or people threatening my death. Many people at BLM protests do just that, and a brief message of admonishment by
someone after the damage is done is not enough for me.
Being a peaceful protest takes a lot more than saying ones group stands for peaceful protesting. You need to actually work and fight for it.
I do not accept the "Oh well BLM is a loose organization of concerned individuals" as an excuse. Getting things done requires work, organization and
effort, and if you're not willing to work to keep your protests safe and civil, I'm certainly not going to come and back you.
I'm frustrated. I'm not mad at you either. I want to help, really I do, but I cannot work with BLM til they are willing to show they're willing to
make a real effort to clean up their act.
There's a right way to do things. True peace marching. Making a concerted effort before, during and after to loudly and with conviction demand peace
from each other and quickly admonish any and every protester that chooses violence over peace. To accept responsibility and apologize if and when
things get out of hand. Especially to those harmed, and should the worse happen, their family.
And the wrong way.
Anything goes as long as we pay lip service towards peace before and after the damage is done, and ask people to be understanding when things get out
If you're protesting violence by police against innocent people due to skin color, how is excusing it and asking for understanding when the same is
done by rioters claiming your cause supposed to accomplish that?
Now I'm willing to recognize these are rare events. I understand that. But perception is important, framing is important, how you represent yourself
is important. When asking people for help you need to be able to sell your cause present it in a light they can understand and feel comfortable with.
BLM has failed at this on multiple levels. These are legitimate concerns, BLM refuses to acknowledge them, insists on making excuses, or deny any
responsibility, and stubbornly insists on continuing to do everything the same way then complaining when it gets the same results.
People do not respond positively to threats and violence it affects people on a primal level that's hard to overcome. By not loudly and decisively
admonishing and working to eliminate such behavior from their protests, thus enabling it and showing no real concern for it, the movement allows those
threats and violence to become the forefront of the movement.
Ahhh I think I figured out how best to explain it, violence and threats are loud, easily noticeable and make great headlines. If you want to counter
the damage done by such things the screams for and push for peace must be that much louder. So loud the media is forced to acknowledge it.
Peace must always be the strongest rallying cry of any peace movement.