Worth a watch …

Much of this I was completely unaware of and I wonder how many current Americans are up to speed on their history on this score?

Opened my eyes more than a bit, I can tell you!

Ark.


14 thoughts on “Worth a watch …

  1. I don’t know whether he has his facts right. But it mostly rings true.

    These days, many people deny that they are racist because they are basing their discrimination on patterns of criminality. But, as the video documents, a lot of the criminality arises from past discrimination. American society is still deeply racist.

    When Bill Clinton was president (1993-2000), I don’t recall hearing people accusing him of being communist or marxist. But those were the labels used for Obama (2009-2016). When they said that Obama was communist, they apparently were using it as a way of saying that he was black.

    And the racists — most of them are “fine Christian folk”. In America, Christianity has become a religion of racism.

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    1. Well, you’re American, I’m not, so you’ll be in a much better position to know.
      For me, the video rang true as well.
      And I suppose it wouldn’t be that dificult to fact check.

      I imagine that, Back in the Day, pretty much all of the US was Christian and I wouldn’t be surprised if the bible was used to justify racism just like it was used in South Africa.
      Democracy is a fine idea, providing you’re ”One of Us”.

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  2. I have long advocated for a kind of Lemon test for any legislation that causes legal discrimination on prohibited grounds. Rather than try to impose equity results – and then blaming ‘systemic discrimination’ for inequity between groups based on these prohibited grounds – I have long advocated for equal treatment. If legislation had to go through a kind of Lemon test first, then we could identify which legislation requires what actually constitutes ‘systemic’ discrimination.

    But hang on… there are lots and lots of groups that benefit TREMEDOUSLY by discriminatory legislation and so ‘systemic’ equality is the last thing wanted. Just look at religious privilege in the public domain… privilege by legislation. ‘Systemic’ discrimination can be found all over the place… including racial discrimination – a prohibited discrimination.

    The fix to all ‘systemic’ discriminatory legislation has to start at the source of all legislation. And that means a Constitutional amendment that can test each and every piece of legislation for the kind of bias and discrimination talked about in this video. You cannot dismantle any ‘systemic’ discrimination from the back end and work your way into the murkiness of historical grievances without correcting the legislation that caused it. And you can’t change this legislation unless it’s found to be illegal. To make discrimination illegal requires a Constitutional establishment clause that elevates equality as a fundamental legal right. So that establishment clause has to be at the front end so that every bit of ‘systemic’ discrimination can be legally challenged and changed. Equity results for groups will not do this job but is absolutely guaranteed to implement further discrimination on prohibited grounds. This approach – common in material for BLM and other activist movements today – is doomed to failure and further civil unrest.

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    1. As Henry David Thoreau opined: Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!

      The entire law can be summed up thus:

      “Live an’ let live – Fairly take an’ fairly give.
      Eight words ye Wiccan Rede fulfill – An’ it harm none, Do what ye will.”

      Or as a major tech giant once implored in it’s code of conduct:

      “Don’t be evil.”

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  3. it has always been a sore point here. I’ve seen it first hand, subtle, but there.
    We were slowly getting used to integration, and then Trump gave the Klan and the skinheads permission to exist openly. And from there all the doors were opened.

    And the subtlety is the worst. You can’t prove what you can’t see, even if your gut is screaming ‘racist racist”….

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  4. The more I learn about black history and their experiences now, the more angry I become. I’ve been reading Reni Eddo-Lodge’s ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race’ which is also most illuminating about how black people have been/are being treated in the UK. Black women are 5x more likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth than white women (2011 census) . Black babies have a 121 per cent increased risk for stillbirth and a 50 per cent increased risk for neonatal death (i.e. dying within 28 days after birth) compared to white babies. These stats are horrifying. These discrepancies carry on through education, through life chances, through policing……..
    Now to watch Part 2. Thank you for this Ark.

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    1. Much of this stuff has been an eye opener for me and I’m betting most people are blithely unaware of what really happened around the globe to black and indigenous people.
      This is why when I read people having a dig at BLM and expecially when such digs are from people such as Pastor David Robertson – my heckles rise like you won’t believe.

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      1. BLM is not an answer to racial bias but a promoter of it. Yup, we’re going to reduce racism by making EVERYTHING about race. Yeah, that makes sense because it’s so darned reasonable. I believe this is the way because I’m not using any faith-based belief here at all. In fact, I can’t see any problems with this approach. It looks good.

        Is this REALLY a solution? If it is, then it’s no different a faith-based belief than any reality-denying religious wingnuttery… even if one presumes support for such a belief makes one a good</i. person, a moral. Well, news flash: it doesn’t. Of course you’re not going to reduce racism by making everything about race and your case is not strengthened by accept ONLY information that SEEMS to support the general idea. If this were the case, creationism would be all the rage, Christianity would be the one true religion, and ‘good’ and ‘moral’ people would only come from this group. Substituting the names of religious belief with BLM doesn’t change a thing.

        BLM is a political movement to enshrine race as the primary and eternal divider of rights, freedoms, opportunities, and access. One law for blacks to systemically favor this ‘victimized’ racial category, and the rest… well whatever. BLM as a political philosophy that is proudly and admittedly Marxist promotes race to be the primary concern and sees the problems of inequity as a power structure social problem, a social and societal structure against which blacks are doomed to suffer… but in only one direction. (You don’t hear supporters clamoring for the NFL and NBA to draft more players by quota who are white or asian or latinos). We’re ONLY concerned with blacks, you see. Quotas in all areas of the public AND private square are to favor blacks alone because blacks alone need systemic racialized favoritism. Look at this story over here and over there where these people who are black get a raw deal or mistreated or are subject to racism. You are to believe this narrative OR be called a racist, playing the same role as the blasphemer, as the apostate, and you will be called and treated as a person of low moral character for doing so. You are denying racism exists if you do not toe the BLM dogma and you are a terrible person for doing so. That certain sub groups of blacks – I’m looking at you, Caribbean blacks – do much better across all statistical measures than whites and nearly as well as asians is to be ignored because, hey, blacks by the nature of their skin color are subject to systemic racism, structural racism, donchaknow… and so facts about reality contrary to the ideology are verboten. Caribbean blacks don’t fit the narrative, you see, and actually demonstrate that the systemic and structural aspects that can only be addressed by wholesale racism that favors blacks alone is a lie.

        But since when did recognizing the fatal flaw of a belief system – a belief that is demonstrably NOT TRUE – ever convince a person to stop believing? That requires a bit more intellectual courage.

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        1. It certainly isn’t a one size fits all solution of that I am well aware. Much of it is political and attention grabbing and it is not going to cure racism either.
          That is a different topic altogether.
          But what is does do through forcing attention on the issue of racism is educate people about some of the history and injustice that black people and other indigenous peoples were subject to.
          I would venture that most white people are likely not aware of so much of this history.

          And things like this may be the nudge that causes ( further) attitudes to change, even if this be ever so slightly. Every avalanche is supposed to begins with a single snowflake.

          Obviously, there is much self-interest at stake and often the business maxim is firmly in play – see a need and satisfy it.
          Of course there is the other side of this, namely; If no need exists, create one.

          When viable less demonstrative/aggressive options are not forthcoming, people get pissed off.

          I’ll admit, hearing someone like Lewis Hamilton use his position as a platform to make speeches after a grand prix has made me squirm a bit, and yes, I’m aware there is a degree of hypocrisy there as well.
          But he feels it is the right thing to do and he is currently in a position to do something. Good for him.

          Maybe it is all part of our natural progression/evolution as a species? Who knows?
          However, if you are part of the group that has been the target of such prejudice and brutality for hundreds of years maybe you might be inclined to want that change to happen a bit faster?

          You probably know I lived through 15 years of apartheid before democracy arrived and it isn’t ”sorted” 25 years down the line.
          I look at it as a work in progress.
          I never suffered any form of prejudice or abuse solely because of the colour of my skin.,

          I hope I never will.

          .

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