Apparently Black Lives Matter forgot that some people can read. After their support began to show sharp decline, they removed the “What We Believe” page from their website.
This did not say they supported alternate family structure. They wanted to disrupt the nuclear family structure of others. Keep in mind that it is precisely this disruption of the black nuclear family that has driven black men out of their children’s lives into gangs and kept black women barefoot and pregnant — both mired in inner city “plantation” poverty.
Some time ago, the BLM website removed pictures of their founders in communist guerilla garb and substituted Hollywood glamor photos. Removal of what they believe from their website doesn’t mean they have stopped believing it.
Many fact checkers are biased. Some just want a sensational headline to make their “checking” more saleable/clickable. Some lie or misrepresent facts based on their bias. Here is an example.
A Facebook post “Only in LOGAN OHIO does a person get TASED AND ARRESTED for not wearing a freaking MASK…” was found to be false by a fact checker.
The facts are true. This woman was actually arrested for trespass and not for refusing to wear a mask. However, the reason she was “trespassing” was that she was not wearing a mask.
This fits in the same category as “No shirt, no shoes, no service.” Businesses can make rules for admittance and withhold permission for admittance if you don’t follow them. There isn’t much case law on “masking” and whether public officials’ proclamations have the weight of law. But they do issue business licenses and otherwise restrict businesses. So, they may not be able to arrest you for not wearing a mask in a bar, but they can take away the liquor license of bars that do not require patrons to wear masks. Then if you don’t wear a mask, they can have you evicted and/or charged with trespassing.
In this case, the fact checker used correct facts but displayed his bias by using a headline pedantically focusing on the word “arrested” rather than the larger issue of the technical violation of a trespass statute caused by not wearing a mask.
So, the verdict is:
I suspect good parents would not be happy if their children tried to use that type of manipulation against them.
This podcast is a worthwhile use of a half hour of your time. I particularly identify with what the speaker says about Shane and The Magnificent Seven.
For much of my career, I was a corporate trouble shooter brought in to clean up failing operations. I was almost always the last resort because everything the incumbent structure and people attempted had failed or worse, exacerbated the problem. The only reason they were talking to someone like me at all was because failure of the organization was imminent and they were about to lose their job, benefits, social position, etc.
Every interview had some version of the same question. “How can you succeed in fixing these problems when others have failed? What will you do differently?”
My answer was always that I would have to change the corporate culture.
Sometimes they were insulted because they were proud of their corporate culture, had spent a lot of time and money creating their little cocoon and refused to see it as the problem. (I didn’t get those jobs.)
Sometimes, they said that was wonderful and enthusiastically hired me. Then when I started changing the culture, they were shocked and said, “Wait…I didn’t know you meant my culture…I thought you meant that other guy’s culture!”
Often, the president or board of directors hired me because they agreed and wanted the corporate culture changed. However, many incumbents in positions of leadership and power did not embrace change, particularly by an outsider. Some left or were fired. Others crawled back under the bureaucratic baseboards, bided their time or actively tried to subvert the process.
Later, when the disaster was averted, people forgot how bad it had been and what caused it. Some resented the outsider who had accomplished what they could not. As in the movie, Shane, they wanted their “town” fixed but didn’t want to live with the “deplorable” who got his hands dirty fixing it.
They looked at the new culture simplistically without understanding its complex layering of vision, shared values, disciplines, and infrastructure. Some thought naively that it was all about the infrastructure and wanted to chip away at the new culture’s foundations. Others wanted them thrown out completely saying now that it was fixed, anyone could manage it.
That may have been somewhat true if the “anyone” understood the culture and its underpinnings. Unfortunately, the “anyone” all too often was someone with connections from the old culture who had crawled back out from under the baseboards.
This is pretty much what has happened to President Trump. He started changing the politically-correct bureaucratic culture and those whose positions of power and livelihood were affected, hated him and the new culture. That resentment was to be expected from the progressives. But the response of the conservative wing was “Wait…I didn’t know you meant my culture…I thought you meant that other guy’s culture!”
The problem with that wing was the same as for those in any dysfunctional corporate culture. They may not have initially signed up to join the big-government bureaucracy, but over time had been unwittingly bullied, bribed and ultimately corrupted by its weight.
These political cockroaches do not care one bread crumb that Trump’s outlandish new culture is putting their sworn constituents to work by the millions. People who pontificate about racial justice and gender equality completely ignore the justice of the lowest black, Hispanic and female unemployment in recorded history. People who purport to champion labor bemoan Trump’s politically incorrect foreign affairs that is bringing manufacturing jobs back to those same workers. People who get misty-eyed protecting poor people of color shed no tears over the disparate impact of ill-conceived “green” initiatives that take food out of the mouths of those poor and heat out of their homes.
So, that is it.
They represent their own failed culture and selfish interests. They could care less that the gunslinger is putting the town folk first.
They want “Shane” out of their “town.”
Listen to this podcast of Victor Davis Hansen explain it better than I ever could.