It’s easy to get swept up in the euphoria of Black Lives Matter, the protests, the outrage and the constant reminder in the mainstream media that this movement represents the voices of black people, but does it?
I love the above quote by American author Rachel Hawthorne. It is a deep understanding of how we can be easily deceived as human beings if we do not employ good common sense and engage our natural inquisitive instincts.
On the 1st August, 2020 hundreds of people took to the streets of Brixton and marched to commemorate Afrikan Emancipation Day and called for financial reparations. (Metro, Emma Brazell, 2 August, 2020: Hundreds march through Brixton to mark Afrikan Emancipation Day)
Interestingly enough, the protestors were made up of Black Lives Matter and environmental activists Extinction Rebellion.
On the 30th August, hundreds of people turned out to walk along Bayswater Road from Notting Hill tube station, towards Hyde Park. It was referred to as the Million People March to raise awareness of systemic racism in the UK. One of the organisers, author Anthony Spencer, said “This is a fight that can be won by laws” (ITV News, 30 August, 2020: Million People March: Hundreds of demonstrators take part in anti-racism rally)
Corporate agents or genuine activists?
Let me let you in on a little secret that is not widely taught. It can be argued that the origins of modern corporations goes back to the Dutch East India Company and the East India Company. The latter was established in 1600 and was granted exclusive royal trade rights by Queen Elizabeth I. These were the companies that exploited African and Asian resources by slavery and brutal military occupation. Modern Western capitalism was built and sustained along these exploitative methods. So when I read and hear that Black Lives Matter accepts funding from major corporations such as the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Foundation funded by billionaire George Soros and other financial donors with close links to Western foreign policy think tanks, I have to question the protestors behind them. (Tribune, Les Taha, June 20, 2020: The Black Lives Matter Movement is the Enemy of African Americans)
When I read that the founders of Extinction Rebellion, one of the groups that attended the march to commemorate Afrikan Emancipation Day, have deep corporate ties, I have to question the motives of the protesters behind them. (Global Research, Julian Rose, September 20, 2019: “Extinction Rebellion”, “Green New Deal” and the “Rebranding of Global Capitalism”)
I have always told readers that if you want to peel back the layers of propaganda and find out what is really happening in this world follow the money, and big money seems to be the main catalyst and architects of the protest movements we witness on our TV screens. Is this the reason why the corporate controlled mainstream media has a cosy relationship with these movements? That certainly appears to be the case.
Grassroots revolution without corporate ties
What the world really needs is a grassroots global movement that has no financial ties to corporations and values human life above profit and greed. This sounds very simple don’t you think? Yet sometimes the simplest things can be the hardest to attain.
Imagine community groups that are funded by the community members directly and independent of corporate and government finances? In my view groups such as this would be accountable and more democratic.
Groups like this can challenge the official narrative of the mainstream media and more importantly, they can challenge the narrative of corporate funded activist groups who claim to speak on behalf of all of us.
Genuine racial equality cannot be brought or paid for.
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