When Black Lives Matter came up, I felt the way the same way that I feel when I look at the Parkland Students:
They are who we have been waiting for. We have been waiting for those to come and pick up the torch. To show us the way, and we were supposed to assist them.
I know that I wasn’t the only ones who felt this way. I read how the Elders from the Civil Rights Era reached out to the young people of Black Lives Matter. How they wanted to give them guidance on what to do. Where they thought they went wrong. How they could help them build a sustainable infrastructure. That there wasn’t anyone in Ferguson or anywhere else, that didn’t have a public job, and couldn’t be fired if we got out and voted and voted in people who would make decisions positive for the community.
What they were told:
” This isn’t our grandparent’s movement.”
” We like being decentralized.”
” This talk about politics and voting is respectability politics.”
So, it was amusing to watch so many of the ‘ woke’ come for the Parkland kids. The kids who stepped up, and decided to organize by setting up a 501 (c)-3 group to raise money.
So, while they these tools to build an infrastructure,the BLM folks are talking about GoFundMe’s. And, because there was no formal infrastructure, who were people to come to and ask if things were legitimate.
They set themselves up to be played. And, played they were.
From The Root:
The Biggest ‘Black Lives Matter’ Page on Facebook Is a Fake: Report
As Facebook continues to be mired in controversy over the way its user data has been used by outside companies and how its platform has repeatedly been infiltrated by Russian troll farms, a new report indicates that the social network’s largest Black Lives Matter page was not affiliated with BLM at all—and was, in fact, a fake.
Doing its own investigation, CNN found that the page—titled simply “Black Lives Matter”—was a scam with ties to a middle-aged white man in Australia.
The page had almost 700,000 followers on Facebook, which is more than twice the number of followers indicated on the official Black Lives Matter page. In addition, the page was tied to online fundraising campaigns purported to be raising money for Black Lives Matter causes in the United States. Those fundraisers brought in at least $100,000, and CNN reports that at least some of that money was transferred to Australian bank accounts.
So, after setting themselves up to be scammed, was there introspection by the BLM crowd, that maybe they should be doing things differently?
That maybe it’s time to try a new model?
The answer, unfortunately, is no.
No, rethinking that maybe they need to humble themselves and see that they blew the golden opportunity that they were given during 44’s Administration. And, because they blew it, they would have to do grassroots work to rebuild in a different way.
I hope that sooner, rather than later, they understand.
There are many of us out here rooting for them to get it.