Having just read a reversal of view via posters on social media now claiming all lives matter is wrong as they now understand what black lives matter is all about, prompted an interesting reply.
I will apologise for the length of response, my sole concern was their law-breaking in regards to the lockdown. Most of us have isolated and been apart from our loved ones (Myself near 4 months), to help the NHS, my family, the scientists and others fight this killer virus.
That was all undone via the BLM marches. It is a valid message but just entirely the wrong time to campaign this way. Who knows how many more lives will be lost because of what they did? and to their own people who are most vulnerable? I question they had any right to put MY life at risk.
Statue removal is entirely a pointless option it is just symbolic and basically vandalism not much else, it won't remove the history that has happened already. Why remove the proof anyway? The hysteria that surrounds this campaign allows the ultra-PC and Marxists to gain ground, I expect more opposition to BLM not less and worse, but it will be covert. The very thing BLM says contributes to racism ('White silence' etc).
They will duly respond by calling us all racists and it will lose effectiveness. Those who live day by day and just getting on with their lives and avoiding marches, focus group plugs etc (And OK basic human rights issue elsewhere), will pay lip-service to BLM and carry on taking no active part in it. The ridiculousness and hypocrisy of people suddenly coming out with BLACK LIVES MATTER when hitherto and the last 2 generations they said nothing is simple testimony it is the bored and COVID isolated who are fuelling all this and it remains to be seen if that will continue once COVID is addressed.
The behaviour of our media was and is appalling, you have to thank whatever God you serve for the net alternative. I doubt there was a journalist amongst the lot of them and the omission of detail was sheer and deliberate bias and cowardice in most part as was the government and police standing back whilst they undid months of isolation we have all gone through.
Many of us are staggered at the sudden face and image of media who appear to all be BAME people now, black issues cover by black people, Asian issues covered by Asians, Jamaicans covering the Windrush debacle, and even polish presenters covering European ones etc. It was so pre-determined and obvious as the whole point of this inclusion is lost, a massive exercise in tokenism. You get the feeling media desperately went out trying to hire that image when previously they were represented as per their actual representation in the community. (Which is 1 in 11/12 in my area), the BBC went to 1 in 3 overnight and even some news reports without a white face anywhere. White people became a minority overnight?
I don't believe racism will be affected because many will feel they have made our lives worse by their actions, will that engender empathy? I never believed in the multicultural community as a viable proposition, that is the pat 'mantra', (Along with community and inclusion), they always trot out by rote. There is as much lip-service and Hypocricy within the law as is elsewhere, they don't understand it is less a law more a request since you cannot enforce equality it has to be a mutual acceptance thing. Short of being seen slamming a door in the face that is the most of it you can address
There are multi-cultures obviously but they are APART from the rest of us and legally enabled to be that way, which suggests the interpretation of equality means different things to different people anyway who can express choices that mean something quite different to including you. Ergo you cannot choose to ignore others who ignore you, actually, you can, that's the crap that is equality law. Trumped by human rights. There seems a conundrum as to why others should not do likewise and then it is racist so to do.
Then we enter the dodgy world of preference and choice, my own deaf area has gone down the Sewanee already following that route. It created segregated areas by race, and communication mode, and by choice. If hearing can do it, why can't we? Inclusion is going to be very difficult for them to undertake or to ask of others because it is conditional not voluntary and like other areas, and with different languages, social structures, and religious views too. Inclusion has never been enabled by law because people see that as coercion, and oppositional to choice. Is a collective of segregated and go it alone areas a community? Not from how I would see it. I don't want to be included in what they do, I have my own thing going on.
I see people erstwhile who never lived with or mixed with the BAME community coming out with 'we are all equal' and, 'I have black friends..' Most simply don't, this is part of the lip-service approach, they assume having said that they can get less pressure to change, and to be seen as supportive, and then get on with ignoring the BLM thing altogether, after all there are 100s of UK minorities who all want inclusion aren't there? and we can't do anything we only have one life and 24hrs in a day. Being a total hypocrite is the new norm.
Some minorities are more than happy doing their own thing and co-existing (Deaf included), and apart from passing us in the street with a nod or complete indifference that is your multicultural society but it isn't inclusion and are we just patronising each other by respecting the difference? the jury is inevitably still out and either way, we aren't integrating or including them in OUR lives.
How do you address it? E.G. If I have a social circle that has no BAME people in it, how are they going to force others to include who are in effect, total strangers? Is it not going to look pathetic we all roam around the area looking for BAME friends to justify the fact we are not some sort of racist? Racism is identified as deliberately denigrating the BAME community. They are not doing that, so is that racism? Not by definition.
I don't agree with BLM people using the term 'White', that suggests reverse racism, from what I saw of the marches there were white people with them. It probably is their biggest blunder. Most a few teenagers and well-meaning who felt like a day out joining in, because the usual cause celebs are thin on the ground since COVID, but it is not going to do a thing for inclusion or equality. I just feel embarrassed they are all kneeling on the ground as well, pure theatre. (Or as one UK politician said an example stolen from a TV serial), albeit various empires have used the same position to suggest obeyance or subservience. They do it in churches too.
Marching is easy, and they have yet to prove most of us are racist, failing to join a march is hardly that proof. I don't know if I am racist or not, I don't really mix with BAME areas it just never happened. Am I going to make effort now? Only in as much as my lifestyle isn't impacted on, but mostly I think no, I am not going to seek them out. I will probably carry on as I am. As I can see the BLM movement has no answer to that.