The Intolerance of Black Lives Matter | Calvin Robinson
Where the Black Lives Matter argument falls down is their intolerant approach to dissent. The number of times over the past week people, both black and white, have told me, I just “don’t get it”, because although I am a BAME, I do not subscribe to their way of thinking. Much like when Labour MP Florence Eshalomi told Priti Patel she “doesn’t understand” and then went on to mock Ms Patel after a vulnerable moment of sharing some terrible racist experiences from her past.
The left with their promise to unlock our potential has long claimed ownership of black and ethnic minority peoples. But now, in their victimhood mentality, it seems they also think they own our experiences, too. The left has a monopoly on racist discrimination. Well they should, they’re best at it.
This ‘us vs them’ campaign we see on social media is one of emotional manipulation. The idea is outrageous, in that staying silent puts you on the side of the enemy, the supposed racist, and that only by sharing their propaganda can you prove yourself an anti-racist.
I too, have experienced racism. I’m not going to go into all the hurtful experiences here, because the left will only use my vulnerability against me. Almost as if it’s a competition, this week I’ve heard that other people have had it worse because I’m younger than them, or because I wasn’t raised in London. That may be so, but these arguments are used to dismiss my personal experiences as either invalid or irrelevant. It’s an ugly one-upmanship that is harmful to the cause. Just as you can never be woke enough for the Social Justice Warrior crowd, it seems you can never be quite black enough for Black Lives Matter.
I’ve never claimed my story is the worst. I’m sure many people have experienced worse than I have. But that doesn’t write-off my past. I’m entitled to my story, too. I know racism, I’ve seen it first hand, and right now we’re seeing it on a very public scale. Black fists are being held high to display the traditional “black power”, which is very reminiscent of the extremist views of the National of Islam during the civil rights struggles in mid twentieth-century America. Why do we not frown upon this as we would a “white power” salute? We’re seeing white people being paraded around in chains, kissing the feet of black people, wearing t-shirts saying “sorry”, the whole thing is ridiculous.
This whole movement is an embarrassment. Black Lives Matter isn’t helping race relations; it’s making matters worse. The UK is one of the least racism countries in the entire world, how about we recognise some of the success in that and work on progressing a little more. There’s no need for toppling statues, urinating on war memorials or punching policemen in the face. Violent riots are a great way to cause tension where there was very little to begin with. A genuine anti-racist movement may well be needed in the not too distant future, to put out the flames caused by Black Lives Matter.
Photo by Vinny Anderson on Flickr.