Social media platforms like Facebook are now basically troll farms for right-wing lies and propaganda; their aim is obviously to (a) discredit the Black Lives Matter Movement, & (b) show that Black protesters are not exactly protesters, but violent extremists who want to destroy America.
Of course, neither is true, but as we learn as we go along, there is nothing that white supremacists will not do, including committing murder and arson, to maintain and retain white supremacy.
In many cases, the so-called Black anarchists covered up in black gear from head to toe, are not Black people at all, but far-right terrorist white supremacists.
In particular, on Facebook, they are obvious; they use false accounts to create pro-police groups. Through their “back the blue campaign,” this creates a false, illusory effect that has fooled some cops into believing that they are real allies. That they are pro-police, when in fact they are dangerous domestic terrorists.
The truth of the matter is that as police Departments continue to react with incredible violence toward genuine protesters, instead of fixing their departments, white, right-wing terrorists are allowed to commit crimes, sometimes in the presence of police, and walk away.
According to Ryan Devereux of the [Intercept], [a cache of law enforcement materials was recently hacked and posted online under the title “BlueLeaks,” providing an unprecedented look at the communications between state, local, and federal law enforcement in the face of the nationwide protests. In an analysis of nearly 300 documents that reference “Antifa,” The Intercept found repeated instances of Antifa and left-wing protesting activities cast in cartoonishly grim terms alongside more substantive reports of lethal right-wing violence and threats that have received scant mention from top Trump administration officials.]
Even though American Law enforcement agencies knew that the portrayal of Black protesters in a light that depicts them as terrorists were false, those agencies remained silent, even as Donald Trump & William Barr painted a fake & fraudulent narrative.
Law enforcement officers across the country were sharing detailed reports of far-right extremists seeking to attack the protesters and police during the country’s historic demonstrations, a trove of newly leaked documents reveals, according to the same reporting.
They flood Facebook posts that show police beating up genuine BLM protesters with pro-police propaganda; they use the most vitriolic and insidious comments to describe Black protesters and demand that police not only further abuse the protesters but kill them.
On the ground, far-right gun-toting white militias supposedly supporting police, are allowed to roam the streets of cities all across the country. In contrast, the very same police brutalize genuine protesters against police violence.
In case after case, police stand by and watch as heavily armed militia members assault and intimidate unarmed protesters.
It has now become clear that demarcation lines, [to the extent that one existed], between Police and white supremacist groups, have all but disappeared. There is no pretense anymore.
For those reasons, Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old, could cross state lines from Illinois into Wisconsin, where he killed two people and seriously injured one other under the pretext that he was there to protect Wisconsin’s businesses.
Kyle Rittenhouse was not old enough to have the weapon he had, but that did not matter to the police who greeted Rittenhouse and other Militia ‑members, as they handed out bottles of water to them and thanked him for being there.
(Yup, backing the Blue).
The infamous Umbrella man, Branden Michael Wolfe, has been linked to white Supremacy, even though he pretended to be a member of Antifa, a group that is more myth than reality. According to Law enforcement, there is really no Organization know as Antifa; in fact, the group’s name is an acronym for the words Anti-Fascists.
Therefore, it follows that Donald Trump and his lapdog minions like the Florida Drunk Matt Gaetz would demonize this group and label them domestic terrorists.
One Pro-Police website describes Antifa this way. Antifa, short for anti-fascist or Anti-Fascism Action, is a radical far-left-leaning political movement, made up of mostly autonomous groups spread throughout the United States. The movement has ties to anarchism, other radical left groups like By Any Means Necessary, and is known for its militant presence at protests. Some of the better known, loosely organized Antifa groups include Torch Antifa, Antifa Sacramento, and NYC Antifa.
Fas.org summed up Antifa this way.
The U.S. Antifa movement appears to be decentralized, consisting of independent, radical, like-minded groups and individuals. It“s tenets can echo the principles of anarchism, socialism, and communism. Members do not necessarily adhere to just the tenets of these philosophies, however. Among many other things, they may also support environmentalism, indigenous populations’ rights, and gay rights.
Headline after headline blared out the facts police knew that the man breaking store windows and setting fire to stores was actually a white supremacist trying to stoke a race war, but that was not the narrative that Donald Trump and William Barr wanted into the public domain.
According to the Star Tribune, a masked man who was seen in a viral video smashing the windows of a south Minneapolis auto parts store during the George Floyd protests, earning him the moniker “Umbrella Man,” is suspected of ties with a white supremacist group and sought to incite racial tension, police said. A Minneapolis police arson investigator said the act of vandalism at the AutoZone on E. Lake Street helped spark a chain reaction that led to days of looting and rioting. The store was among dozens of buildings across the city that burned to the ground in the days that followed.
“This was the first fire that set off a string of fires and looting throughout the precinct and the rest of the city,” Sgt. Erika Christensen wrote in a search warrant affidavit filed in court this week. “Until the actions of the person, your affiant has been calling ‘Umbrella Man,’ the protests had been relatively peaceful. The actions of this person created an atmosphere of hostility and tension. Your affiant believes that this individual’s sole aim was to incite violence.”
The foregone is only a couple of instances of that gaslighting that Trump, his personal Attorney/Attorney General William Barr, and other right-wing demagogues feed the public about these events.
Given a completely free hand, Donald Trump and William Barr would have police across America hunt down and destroy innocent Black Americans who demonstrate justice and respectability while ignoring the real and present danger white Militias pose to the Republic.
Remarkably the lies and disinformation seeps right into the minds of the throngs of uneducated, low information people who support Donald Trump and hate Black people.
They argue continually that Black black crimes are a far greater threat to Black people than Police killing Black people.
Unfortunately, some ignorant Blacks also fall victim to that narrative because they have been victims of Black on Black crime somehow.
So let us look at the facts, when Black people kill other Blacks, they go to prison. The Jails and prisons are filled with them; they do not get paid vacation.
Blacks kill blacks 90% of the time, according to research data. Whites kill whites 82% of the time as well. What that shows is that people kill who they are around.
When the consequences of slavery and the social construct of Jim crow and government institutionalized racism is considered, it is small wonder that Black people are not walking around stark raving mad.
Yet, what the imbecilic Donald Trump and some of his minions like Rudolph Giuliani would have you believe, is that Black People Killing Black people is our real problem. Still, police murdering our children, our brothers and sisters are quite okay.
People can abuse us and take advantage of us when we are ignorant of what is happening around us.
For those reasons, during slavery, our enslaved forebearers were not allowed to read or be privy to any information.
The Slavers understood that an informed person could not be a slave.
Asked what the greatest threat to the American system was, the racist FBI director J Edgar Hoover who abused every power he was given, replied, ” a unified black race.”
Today, I believe that the Black American population is divided into four groups, (a) an educated group that is working like hell to dig the race out of the morass it’s in, (b) a group that is mentally still enslaved, those we must leave alone, © those who refuse to take up a book or any device to learn about what is happening around them, and finally, (d), the group that only picks up the Bible.
Either way, we are a long way from emancipation as it ought to be, because our people have made a conscious decision to serve their former masters, worship god and ignore their lives on earth, or trust that the very same people who enslaved our fore-parents are now better more enlightened and conscientious people who would not do the same today.
Mike Beckles is a former police Detective corporal, businessman, freelance writer, a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.
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