29 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-15-20

  1. Black Lives Matter: A Thing of the Left Anchored on a Cop-Hate Strategy

    https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/black-lives-matters-a-thing-of-the-left-anchored-on-a-cop-hate-strategy/

    “Back in 2016 my pal Anne Sorock of Frontier Lab (now the Frontier Center, on whose board I sit) conducted a study of Black Lives Matter activists titled “The Privileged and the Oppressed,” a deep-dive market-research investigation into how BLM was (is) at its essence conduit for what she called “Progressives’ latest narrative.” At the time of its release I wrote about the report in the hopes of alerting conservatives as to what was at stake with this organization, as to its tactics and goals, as to how it was to be a tool for the broader Left, as to what it would vilify as it sought its objective. It all bears repeating.

    As to it being the edge of the Left’s wedge: Anne’s research concluded that BLM was a unique and powerful means — and most definitely not a fleeting opportunity — for a phalanx of causes to achieve political and cultural success. From the report’s introduction:

    Black Lives Matter as a movement represents the hopes and dreams of leftist organizers who shared with us that, until now, they had never felt such a sense of hope and excitement that their goal – as one operative put it, “total social upheaval,” and “systemic change” – could be realized in their lifetime. From veteran agitators like the Weather Underground’s Bill Ayers to a new crop of social-media-wielding female and LGBTQ leaders, Black Lives Matter is encapsulating the hopes and dreams of multiple generations of progressives in a way, they say, no movement has before.

    The three female founders of the movement have made it clear, and the message has seeded itself as far down the chain as the operatives we spoke with, that Black Lives Matter is the vessel through which all progressive causes can flow. LGBTQ, illegal immigration, abortion, and countless other causes are simmering just beneath the public face of the focus on police violence. Even police violence flows neatly, according to Black Lives Matter, into economic violence – wage issues, workers rights . . . The panoply of leftist groups come together under this banner.

    Cop Hate is critical and central to BLM’s strategy, because by vilifying the police, by portraying individual officers and departments in general as racist, despite clear evidence refuting “systemic” charges, it will achieve the objective of harming the principle of the rule of law. That is vital. And when that happens, the Left will strike and strike hard, and in many places, strike with impunity. Also from the report’s introduction:

    Black Lives Matter presents an alternative view of the American story, rooted in Marxism and one that thrives on encouraging division. Many have criticized its avoidance of facts about bias in policing — facts that would directly counter the Black Lives Matter narrative. Nevertheless, it has captured the nation’s attention through its use of social-media and cameras but also by recruiting the young Americans who will fi ll the streets with their presence and engage the public’s interest with their fervor.

    If Black Lives Matter succeeds, it will have reengineered the minds of America to view our system, our history, and our future, through the lens of division and hate. In its dishonest weakening of public trust in the police officer, the representative of law and order and equality before the law, Black Lives Matter weakens the very foundations of our country.

    To counter this advance, marketers of freedom must understand why they are losing mindshare to the left’s Black Lives Matter ideology if they are to effectively counter their messages and rebuild demand for our principles.

    The beauty, if you will, of BLM’s Cop Hate strategy is that it gives protestors actual foes, living and breathing, precincts, fat, juicy targets, as opposed to faceless programs or inert principles:”

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  2. Why Supporting Black Lives Matter Is Anti-Christian And Anti-Life

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/12/why-supporting-black-lives-matter-is-anti-christian-and-anti-life/

    “There’s an important distinction between supporting the Black Lives Matter organization and lovingly supporting black people whose lives matter.”

    “As a Christian pro-life advocate, I often hear the words,“You’re not really Christian unless…” According to thinkers on the left side of the spectrum, what you must support to claim the title “Christian” is extensive. The most common arguments typically boil down to, “You’re not a real Christian unless you solve every social ill known to man.”

    One recent derivative of this assertion is, “You can’t be Christian unless you affirm that black lives matter.” On the surface, it seems obvious that to properly represent a position that states all men are created in the image of God you would, indeed, need to affirmatively declare black lives matter.

    Our Christian faith requires we believe in the intrinsic value of all life. Love for our fellow man is the motivation for promoting life-affirming culture. If our black brothers and sisters feel they’ve been disenfranchised, addressing this carefully is paramount to getting to the truth and healing wounds. Loving and supporting black people’s goal of equity in opportunity is vital for those who hope to see a universal acceptance of the sanctity of all life. As hashtag advocacy goes, #BlackLivesMatter seems self-evident and as nonpartisan as declaring #MeToo if you’re a sexual assault survivor.

    But while BLM the organization declares their movement a “natural phenomenon” and its organization decentralized, the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter was intentionally marketed to a specific cause. As such, we must be cautious to clarify that affirming “black lives matter” is different than supporting Black Lives Matter, the 501 (c)(3), its chapters, and its partners.

    Christians should limit our use of popular hashtags — primarily #BlackLivesMatter and #HandsUpDontShoot — to share messages regarding equality. Hashtag advocacy leads back to the organizations that create the hashtags. In this case, it means directing friends and family to an overt effort to fundamentally remake the world with socialist ideas—ideas that often directly contradict the message of the gospel.”

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  3. You Can Be A Christian, You Can Be A Marxist, But You Can’t Be Both

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/11/you-can-be-christian-you-can-be-marxist-but-you-cant-be-both/

    “Christians are being pressured into repeating the beliefs of a neo-Marxist, collective guilt ideology that’s incompatible with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

    “It’s unclear how many Christians are going along with the current neo-Marxist collective guilt movement out of fear, a misunderstanding of what they’ve signed onto, or an authentic conversion to the cause. What is clear, however, is that you can’t be a Christian and a Marxist at the same time—not without irresolvable contradictions.

    Whereas traditional garden-variety Marxism views history as a struggle between the wealthy and the working class “proletariat,” neo-Marxism cranks up the heat and redefines the fight to incorporate biological sex, race, ethnicity, and a whole gambit of various “identity” badges.

    The grand unifying principle for the Marxists behind the Black Lives Matter movement is that everything—and they mean everything—can be reduced to “oppressors” versus the “oppressed.” If you happen to be a member of one of the “oppressor” groups, then expect to see all sorts of punishments heading your way until the neo-Marxists are satisfied. Except they never are.

    Too many Christians are falling into a trap of expressing solidarity with an ideology that is completely antithetical to the teachings of Jesus. Right now, they need our prayers. Then, they need to wake up.

    Collective Guilt Is Not Biblical
    Whether the sins were committed yesterday, last week, or 400 years ago, all Caucasians are now told to bear the guilt for the sins committed by all other Caucasians; if they remain silent, Caucasians are accused of “violence.”

    This is the opposite of Christianity as it is revealed in the Bible.

    Christianity states you are accountable to God alone for your sins and inequities. You must go to Jesus to atone for the sins that result from your reality as a flawed human being. As for my brother, it is up to him to reconcile his sin with God or any specific individuals that he directly slights, attacks, or transgresses.

    While the Old Testament tells of entire peoples or nations found guilty and castigated, they are punished by God, on His direct orders, or through His power, not by the whims of other individual men or women. Scripture does not instruct believers to thrust their guilt, sins, or suffering on to others.

    When we read of “group solidarity” in the Old Testament it is important to remember it is always entirely voluntary and covenantal in nature. When God freed the Israelites from Egypt and then gave him His law, he didn’t force it upon them.

    The concept of collective guilt is explicitly rejected in Ezekiel 18:20:

    The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them.”

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  4. Womp, womp, womp…..

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/06/bad-news-poll-for-defund-the-police-radicals-only-privileged-white-leftists-support-it/

    “Bad News Poll For ‘Defund the Police’ Radicals: Mostly Privileged White Leftists Support It

    “Self-described liberals support defunding the police by a 13-point margin …. Black Americans oppose it by a 20-point margin””

    “If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by the whiplash movement from Wuhan coronavirus confinement and isolation to instant, rampant riots, arson, looting, and murder in the nation’s biggest cities, you’re not alone, but do take heart. The radical leftist proposal to “defund the police” is reportedly supported by only, as HuffPo puts it, “self-described liberals.”

    Interestingly, not only do Democrats and “Democratic leaners oppose it by a 4-percentage point margin,” but “Black Americans oppose it by a 20-point margin.”

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  5. The people who live in the areas that most need police are those most against the defund movement, for obvious reasons. They would have to live it.

    But rich, white, guilt ridden liberal Karens sure do love the idea. From the safety of their gated communities, of course.

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  6. At least some are skipping the kool aid they offer.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2020/06/14/civil-rights-attorney-leo-terrell-explains-why-he-stopped-drinking-the-democratic-koolaid-n2570610

    “This is why I stopped drinking the Democrat Kool-Aid. I can’t take this hypocrisy anymore. It’s ridiculous,” he explained during a Friday night segment on “Hannity.”

    “Richard Russell from the South was against integration. He was opposed to anti-lynching bills. That’s what bothers me about this whole thing, that Democrats, just because of the D in their name, they could be a racist,” Terrell explained. “That statement by Joe Biden is so offensive and then you have Spike Lee out there and say, ‘It’s okay.’ That’s offensive. If any Republican said the same thing they would be in trouble, big trouble.”

    “Joe Biden gave us the crime bill in 1994. President Trump gave us the First Step,” he said. “The bottom line is this: I don’t need the Democrats to insult me or try to placate me with African garb, Nancy Pelosi. Pass some laws. Pass some reforms. Show me something other than some kind of condescending act just because you’re a Democrat. That doesn’t follow anymore.”

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  7. Sorry folks, there’s only 2 choices. Get over it, you’re nothing special.

    https://hotair.com/archives/karen-townsend/2020/06/14/story-trumps-administration-rolled-back-transgender-protection-malarkey/

    “About That Story That Trump’s Administration “Rolled Back” Transgender Protection… Malarkey”

    “The media is doing a fine job of pushing the narrative that the Trump administration has “rolled back” Obama era transgender protections, specifically in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). There is a very important piece of information missing in the headlines and wailing from the left, though.”

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    “As noted by sister publication Twitchy, National Review explained that “the final rule brings federal policy into compliance with court rulings.” It wasn’t rolling back anything. The final rule puts it all into order.

    So, when the story came out this week that the HHS announced its final rule on the subject, the fact that it isn’t really a “rollback” of anything because the Obama rule was never in effect wasn’t a part of any conversations. The press and Democrats simply embraced the narrative that it is the evil Trump administration (they are transphobic, you know) undoing the great Obama and his administration’s work. And, the cherry on top of this phony story? The Trump administration announced the final rule on the 4th anniversary of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Florida.

    Chuck Schumer sprang into action to sound the alarm on Twitter. It’s all so cruel, you see.”

    “Critics say now discrimination will be allowed due to religious objections or in coverage denial of hormone therapy, for example, while supporters say it clears up the confusion.

    Critics of the final rule say the change would make it easier for doctors and hospitals, citing religious or other reasons, to discriminate against and reduce access to care for transgender people or to deny abortions. They say the change would also allow health-insurance companies to deny coverage of certain procedures, such as hormone therapies or hysterectomies, to people who identify as transgender.

    “It clears up the mass confusion unleashed by Obama’s redefinition of sex discrimination,” said Roger Severino, Director of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights. “Sex is a biological reality critically important in the practice of medicine and science, which are substantially funded by HHS.”

    The party of science continues to deny that there are only two sexes in human biology – male and female. The LGBTQ community demands that the government and society, in general, accept transgender people for whatever they want to identify as. Ok. But, in order for a transgender woman to become female in physical appearance, surgery must be performed and hormone treatment must occur. Removing male genitalia and softening physical features in order to appear female is necessary. It is frankly insulting for transgender women to demand to be recognized as just as female as biological females when it is just not so. Female athletes, for example, are waking up and standing up to the absurd policies that are allowing transgender women to compete in sports against biological women.

    People can call themselves whatever they want, as far as I’m concerned. It doesn’t change science, though, and it would be nice if the press was honest about reporting on policy decisions.”

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    The press be honest about anything to do with Trump?

    Not. Gonna. Happen.

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  8. Abolitionist Monuments Defaced By ‘Anti-Racism’ Rioters Is What Teaching Fake History Gets America

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/12/lincoln-monuments-defaced-by-anti-racism-rioters-is-what-teaching-fake-history-gets-america/

    “How many more monuments and minds have to get smashed before people who genuinely love their country gain the courage to start fighting effectively for her restoration before it’s too late?”

    “The imagery couldn’t be more direct. Across the nation, rioting and unrest that has killed black Americans and destroyed black neighborhoods has included the defacement of historic monuments, including those to abolitionists.

    The last wave of monument destruction, in 2017, largely focused on Confederates and slave holders, erasing all the accomplishments of figures such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson with a scarlet S, for slave-holder. This time, the ignorance has descended even further.

    The rioters are now tearing down and defacing memorials wantonly, apparently assuming that if someone is being celebrated that person is “probably a racist,” as the image below says.”

    “This prejudiced ignorance appears to be widespread, and unchecked by local authorities. Several of the defaced monuments are of abolitionists, including the Great Emancipator Abraham Lincoln, as Tristan Justice reported Thursday.

    “[I]n Boston, demonstrators also vandalized a monument to the 54th Massachusetts regiment, the second all-black volunteer regiment of the Union Army,” Justice writes. “… Add to the growing list of civil rights freedom fighters defaced by social justice protestors a Minnesota memorial to three black men who were lynched in 1920 following false rape accusations from a white woman.”

    These mob actions are not the result of accidental ignorance, but of cultivated prejudice. One month ago, I collected just a few pieces of evidence pointing in this direction:

    A 2019 poll found… that “more than 80 percent of Americans ages 39 and younger could not say what rights the First Amendment protects, and three-quarters or more couldn’t name any authors of The Federalist Papers.” Another 2019 poll found “just 57 percent of millennials believe the Declaration of Independence ‘better guarantees freedom and equality’ than the Communist Manifesto.” A 2016 Federalist article notes, “40 percent of recent grads were unaware that Congress has the right to declare war and 10 percent think Judge Judy is on the Supreme Court.”

    In February, I presented more such evidence:

    Today, 4 in 10 Americans who are younger than 39 disagree that the United States “has a history we should be proud of,” according to a 2019 poll by FLAG/YouGov. The poll also found that half of all Americans agree the United States is a sexist and racist country, including two-thirds of millennials. Millennials showed the lowest level of agreement with the statement, “I’m proud to be an American.” Thirty-eight percent of “younger Americans do not agree that ‘America has a history that we should be proud of,’” according to the poll. 2019’s annual poll from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation found that 37 percent of millennials think the United States is “among the most unequal societies in the world.”

    The anti-American group of recent graduates is not a fringe element. It is a substantial and ominously growing group of voting-age adults.”

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  9. Don’t Clean Up the Left’s Mess

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/06/15/dont_clean_up_the_lefts_mess_143442.html

    “Leave it exactly as you found it.

    This is a message every parent knows. When your children throw a tantrum and wreck their rooms by tossing books, games and clothes everywhere (but oddly enough not their PlayStation or Xbox), you don’t sanction their immature behavior by picking up after them. It’s their mess and they need to live with it until they recognize the error of their ways. If you want to speed up enlightenment, take away the video game system and make its return contingent on results.

    If the grown-ups in America took the same approach to the spoiled brats who have hijacked our major cities, we might well see a rapid learning curve as the mayhem sown by looters and rioters were left to fester and rot as a visible consequence of lawlessness.

    Of course, this could only occur if adults were standing up for themselves and their culture instead of kneeling in obeisance to the extremist mob. Rather than talking about consequences, Democrat mayors and governors are rushing to sweep the riots under the rug, pretending they never happened or branding them as “peaceful protests.”

    It should go without saying that the looting and rioting we witnessed recently was not justified by the death of George Floyd. Nowhere in the legal code does it say that one unlawful act can provide an excuse for other unlawful acts. Anyone who picked up a brick and chucked it through a window, anyone who torched a police car, anyone who stole a big-screen TV — anyone who engaged in lawless behavior because George Floyd died a wrongful death is a criminal, not a hero. Their behavior cannot be sanctioned, nor should it be covered up.

    In fact, it should be memorialized — at least temporarily — like the chalk outline of a dead body on the sidewalk after a murder. If radicals want to destroy Western civilization, let their responsibility be emblazoned on every damaged building, in every burned-out car, in every closed business, in every toppled monument to the past, which they neither understand nor deserve.

    Leave all the monuments defaced so that everyone can see once and for all what these revolutionaries value and what they hate. Keep the ugly scrawl of “Yall not tired yet?” on the Lincoln Memorial — a sacred monument built to honor the president who freed the slaves. Keep the childish orange spray paint on the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the spiritual inspiration for Martin Luther King Jr.’s truly peaceful protests to ensure civil rights for all Americans.

    Let the cartoonish piggy face and the BLM logo remain forever on the Kościuszko Monument at Lafayette Park opposite the White House to remind everyone that the protesters are mindless and malicious. Gen. Tadeusz Kościuszko had volunteered to fight for America’s independence in the Revolutionary War and played a crucial role in securing our nation’s liberty. Moreover, this Polish hero fought for the African slaves whom the Constitution had forgotten and willed that his American assets be used to purchase the freedom of black slaves. Though the will was disputed and never executed on behalf of those whom it was intended to assist, Thomas Jefferson was no doubt correct when he declared that Kościuszko was “as pure a son of liberty as I have ever known.”

    As we enter a new Dark Age, let the library in Santa Monica, Calif., remain a monument to fear and illogic as patrons are greeted with the fascist motto “Save a Life, Kill a Cop.” But make the left live up to its book of rules. Let’s go ahead and defund the police in every city where the mob has taken control — not because it’s a good idea but because it’s the only way for the spoiled brats to learn just how important police are. Hell, the police ought to be quitting in droves after what they have been subjected to in recent weeks. That will give the weak-kneed mayors and revolutionary city councils just what they deserve — chaos. How long will it take before the black and brown — and yes, white — residents of those cities demand a return to normalcy? Maybe we will find out in Seattle, where a seven-block zone has been ceded to the anarchists.”

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  10. There is systematic racism in America. In the Democrat party……

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jun/12/of-course-there-is-systemic-racism-in-america-and-/

    “These past couple of weeks have been some of the saddest I’ve seen in my lifetime as an African-American. It began with the tragic, needless, death of George Floyd, but then quickly escalated into some of the most vicious, violent rioting our country has seen in decades.

    The Democratic Party, true to form, never lets a crisis go to waste. It has seized on what should be a time of healing and instead made the conversation more divisive by lecturing us all about how systemic racism is supposedly rampant in the United States. The great irony here is that yes, there’s plenty of systemic racism in our country; it’s all wrapped up in the history of the Democratic Party.

    The rot goes deep, back to the post-Civil War era. Former slaves and their children were forced for decades to endure the cruel, wretched Jim Crow laws that kept them from advancing in the South. And who was all too happy to keep those laws in place? The Democrats.

    The Republican Party had planks in its party platforms addressing the rights of African-Americans in the early 20th century. The Democrats, meanwhile, used the KKK as their stormtroopers, lynching and terrorizing blacks in the South beginning just after the Civil War and continued this practice for a century.

    As early as 1888, the Republican platform included a plank affirming the “sovereign right of every lawful citizen, rich or poor, native or foreign born, white or black, to cast one free ballot in public elections, and to have that ballot duly counted.”

    In 1892, the Republican platform specifically condemned the “inhuman outrages perpetrated upon American citizens for political reasons in certain Southern States of the Union.” The Democrats, those paragons of virtue, refused to include anti-lynching planks or planks addressing racial rights in their platform for all of the early 20th century.

    This was the era of Woodrow Wilson, a Democratic president who modern Democrats like to conveniently forget re-segregated different federal government agencies during his presidency. There was also a little racist movie called “Birth of a Nation.” Wilson loved it so much he thought it would be a great idea to screen it at the White House and viewed the film multiple times.

    A few years later, Wilson’s fellow Democrat and President Franklin Roosevelt was forward-thinking and progressive enough to express his distaste for Asian immigrants, and said that immigrants in general had brought “congestion and racial prejudices to our large cities.” He would later deny entry into the U.S. to Jews who fled from Nazi-controlled Europe during Hitler’s purges. Years earlier, while on the Harvard Board of Overseers, Roosevelt helped impose a limit on the number of Jewish students allowed admittance to the university.

    And of course, Roosevelt forced some 175,000 Japanese-Americans into camps throughout the desert Southwest during World War II, trampling all over their constitutional rights just because they looked different.

    One of Roosevelt’s staunchest supporters was U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, who was nominated to the high court in 1937 by Roosevelt. FDR’s pal Justice Black was also, for what it’s worth, a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

    During the 1950s and the beginning of the Civil Rights era, Virginia Democratic Sen. Harry Byrd was so vehemently against the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision that he took the time to write a “Southern Manifesto” that opposed desegregation in American schools.

    The latter half of the 20th century brought plenty more of its share of racist Democratic politicians.”

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  11. AJ: Just an observation that I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere. Mumsee and my history includes retirement from the Army after serving a 3-year tour at the US Military Academy at West Point. I noticed an interesting phenomena. Our quarters were situated between the Cadet Barracks and the Exchange (department store – for anyone reading this without a military background). The cadets traversed this route while off-duty to get their supplies. The military is an integrated community, but I noticed that by-and-large, the cadets self-segregated by race and gender. There seems to be an inherent human tendency to be more at-ease with people that share your traits. The emphasis that the BLM is pushing (total integration) goes against our basic human tendencies.

    And, culturally, at most dinner parties or family gatherings, the men tend to congregate in one area while the women gather together in another location,.

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  12. Of course systemic change is necessary. The last 40 years have been a disaster both economically and socially and the system needs to change. If BLM is a tool to advance that change then so be it. There’s a bit confusion over the term Defund the Police — it does not mean Abolish the Police. Instead it advances the claim that we should redirect the vast majority of the police budget to more effective means of social order — public health, after school programs, affordable housing etc, For example Portugal legalized all drugs and redirected police budgets into treating drug addiction as a mental and public health issue. They went from one of the highest levels of drug addiction in the OECD to one of the lowest and crime dropped. In the long run, they saved money by defunding the police and redirecting the spending into public health. And their society become safer Its a win-win.

    Individual guilt is the wrong approach but institutional guilt is very real. But even then the focus on guilt, white privilege and racism ignores the larger underlying issue for an old school Marxist — power and the class system. Much of the racial problems in the Anglo world would be mitigated if they developed a more Nordic style economy.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/14/white-privilege-is-a-lazy-distraction-leaving-racism-and-power-untouched?fbclid=IwAR2Paa_YMx6tMUKMbOQitrKaPxokaFdDhqsOZSZ8pkdOdlbOPJPNaypRxJk

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  13. Michael, is BLM pushing “total integration”? I don’t see any evidence they are. If they were, for just one example, they wouldn’t be so strongly opposed to saying “all lives matter.”

    BTW, for 14 years I attended a church that was very, very integrated in every way I could think of. Racially it was: at the time I left Chicago it was 60 percent black, with most of the rest being white but a handful Hispanic and a few Asians. We had several people from other countries, all classes of people. We had a good number of people in their nineties all the way down to a busy nursery, with no age group underrepresented. We had quite a few mixed-race families (interracial couples and interracial adoptions). A lot of singles and a lot of married people, with widows as well.

    Sunday morning if you looked, you would notice that one side of the sanctuary was very slightly more than its share of white people and one side very slightly more than its share of black people. (I usually sat on the black side to balance it a little bit.) It wasn’t stark, but it was present. But what I noticed was this: black people and white people loved and trusted each other, hugged and even kissed each other, sometimes married each other, and talked with one another very freely. When one black friend visited me in Nashville (where my church was mostly white), I introduced her as my Chicago mama. A few years later she had to have a leg amputated, and a middle-aged-to-older black man called this middle-aged white woman to tell the news. When I visited Chicago and stayed with this friend a few days, another friend (a black woman) came over one evening to visit with us, and this man cooked supper so we could visit in the living room. While I lived in Chicago, I once had Thanksgiving dinner with this friend and four generations of her family, maybe 30 people in all, and I was the only pale one. But I was very welcome, and was included in conversations naturally and comfortably. (I already knew all five of her daughters and most of her grandchildren, and I met her father and her brothers that day.)

    Church dinners were held in the church basement at tables that held 8-10 people. In my 14 years of attendance, every few months out of curiosity I would look around the room. And not once in those 14 years–not one single time–did I see a table that didn’t have both black and white people at it, unless the table wasn’t full. (In other words, one table might contain only three people who had come when other tables were all full and they were one family and all white. But if the table contained more than one household, without exception it also had more than one race.)

    The truth is that for the world, Babel is still in effect. For the church, Pentecost has brought us out of Babel. And we don’t always live it, but with the Holy Spirit, we can. I’ve experienced it, and it is beautiful.

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  14. Interesting comment on forming cliques, however, there can be a certain amount of chicken-egg debate. Do the cadets group by race because of race or because of culture in which one element of culture is racial distinction and separation.

    In my experience, children group together at a very young age by mutual interests but gradually by cultural differences — a category which includes class, ethnicity, sports, immigration, religion etc. By middle school — academic and non-academic status also plays a role. Often, class is more important than race. Working class white and Caribbean kids often form friendship groups especially since they are from the same neighbourhood or public housing estates (“surveys” in local parlance). Sub Saharan immigrant kids are often told by parents not to hang out with Caribbean kids — they aspire to become middle class Canadians and find the Caribbean kids “low” class, so recent immigrants from Africa often have white friends or if they are Muslim will have Muslim friends although Arab parents tend to discourage black friendships. Muslim kids usually hang together but at the same time there is a split between the non-Arab and Arab groups and modern and conservative families. Frequently Muslim kids with well educated parents and of moderate religious inclinations will hang out with middle class white kids. Its not cut and dry rather based on a convergence of factors. Gender makes a difference as they age as boys tend to have more culturally similar friends (except in the case of sports) whereas girls tend to be more diverse in their friendships.

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  15. Cliques: The Big Folk and the Little Folk (as they called one another) were on friendly terms, minding their own affairs in their own ways, but both rightly regarding themselves as necessary parts of the Bree-folk. Nowhere else in the world was this peculiar (but excellent) arrangement to be found. The Fellowship of the Ring, Tolkien

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  16. For the record, it’s done for any honorably discharged vet upon their death. But George Floyd is not a veteran.

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  17. Cheryl; Mumsee and I have experienced multi-racial church. While working in Torino, Italy, we attended the International Church. This church consisted primarily of white ex-pats working in Torino and refugees from Africa. Consequently, the church was truly a mix of ‘haves and have-nots’. The ex-pats had significant income by virtue of working in Europe while the African refugees and very little after fleeing Africa. We all got along quite well despite the disparity.

    Mumsee did not accompany me to Vancouver, Canada while I worked there. But again, i attended a very diverse church; majority Anglo, but it had significant percentages of Black and Asian attendees. Again, everyone got along well with quite a bit of inter-racial mixing.

    What it comes down to is having a common set of beliefs and standards upon which relationships/friendships can be built. From what I’ve seen, America has lost this commonality. Our commonality has been replaced by class guilt, class envy, and victimhood. Because of this, I, personally, fear that we won’t be able to ‘put the genie back in the bottle’.

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  18. Mumsee — I think the protesters are trying to humanize the police but the police seem to be resisting. A young man gets down one knee to implore the police to reciprocate his desire to be friends. Instead the police open their line, men wearing gas masks and no ID grab him and carry him behind the line where he is arrested — for what? The police have continually shown an unwillingness to become human in the neighbourhoods they patrol. Every layer of uniform, weaponry and “protection” removes them further from human contact. Interestingly as police are being told to stand down and not engage protesters, the violence has decline, and so has media attention unfortunately.

    As the outside force in the neighbourhood representing the force of the state its incumbent upon the police to humanize themselves in front of the citizens they swore to protect. In neighbourhoods where over policing is common, police will be seen walking, cycling, on horseback and in cars yet seldom is informal contact made. The police must make the first step and if they are unwilling they shouldn’t be police and the police department needs to be reorganized or if you will defunded.

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  19. Its interesting that race is not defining cultural category that defines friendships or social circles in Europe and Canada. Religion, intelligence, sports and class play a role along with race. The question then has to be made why does race have a more dominant role in defining friendships and social circles in the US? And does this question have a part in the larger question of why is the US more violent than other western developed nations. Even in the Anglosphere, the US is far more violent than the other English speaking developed countries.

    I have neither the time nor the inclination to discuss US history — but maybe race based plantation style slavery is the difference between the US and the rest of the west. And until the US confronts this past, the violence and the racism will continue. Its the one feature of US history which is dramatically different than Canada, Australia and NZ.

    AJ — is the presentation of a flag exclusive to veterans or is it done in other circumstances?

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  20. AJ, as far as I know, flags are not given to people other than veterans, though I don’t know any reason they culdn’t be. (The flag is an American symbol, not a military symbol). But I think that referring to him as “a common criminal” is completely glossing over what made him newsworthy. To the best of my knowledge it isn’t even accurate. He has been claimed as a brother in Christ. Whatever crimes he may or may not have committed in his life, what put him in the news was that he was brutally murdered. That is the relevant issue here.

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  21. I have never been fearful of the police in the USA, though perhaps because I have known many in law enforcement. Fellow church members, my son, brother in law, involved community members, sports team coaches, etc. On the other hand, I was fearful of the police in both Greece and Italy, not because I was doing any criminal activity, but because of the way they carried themselves, like they were a better class of person. Weird.

    It is said that whites given a choice of trusting a black man or white, will gravitate toward the white. May be true for some but having known a lot of good solid citizens of both races, I am more alarmed by clothing choices and smokes and alcohol than by color.

    If, by humanizing, they are expecting the police to mimic them in their allegiance to the cause, it is important for the police to stand down on that. We do not tell others what to believe unless it endangers lives. I am afraid a lot of people are showing allegiance to BLM without knowing for which it stands. It clearly does not stand for all blacks. But if by humanizing, they mean realizing the police are people too, with families that love them, they are on the right track.

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  22. I don’t remember much about the police in Europe except in airports and train stations where they don’t mess around and are well armed. Outside of this, I hardly recall the police. In Poland where I spent a lot of time they were fairly docile content to pick on the drunks. In all the place I’ve been only the Italian police left a negative impression. In North American, however, the police are far more present. North American has a far greater police presence especially in the cities; is it really necessary?

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  23. After I wrote the above, I was curious about police per capita — interestingly, the southern European countries; Italy, Spain and Greece rank slightly higher than the US while the Nordic countries and Canada rank below. Makes sense given my and mumsee’s impressions.

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  24. I got yelled at by the police in Italy. One came to our apartment to see if we had illegals harboring there as I share a last name with my husband.

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