The mainstream liberal media has tried their best to depict America’s crisis as a struggle for racial equality — it is not. The unrest that surged through our cities after the death of George Floyd was more predicated on socialist dogma than racial justice. Listening to the “protestors” or reading Antifa and Black Lives Matter’s agendas demonstrate this. It is not a race war; it is about economics and class.
In early August, downtown Chicago descended into anarchy. Countless nights of lawlessness, rioting, and looting led to shootings, battery against police, and several arrests. Ariel Atkins, a Black Lives Matter organizer, said, “I don’t care if somebody decides to loot a Gucci or a Macy’s or a Nike because that makes sure that that person eats. That makes sure that that person has clothes … That’s reparations. That is reparations. Anything they want to take, take it because these businesses have insurance. They’re going to get their money back. My people aren’t getting anything.”
This statement sounds like class warfare to me, not racial justice (or even social justice for that matter). There are plenty of other examples depicting frightful destruction in other cities like New York City and Portland.
And, if you need more confirmation that America is indeed on the verge of a massive class war, take a look at the Democratic Party’s platform. It includes class warfare rhetoric and chock-full-of socialist policies that would make Karl Marx warm and fuzzy.
How long has this been festering?
Today, it was the George Floyd protests (2020). The Ferguson unrest happened in 2014. But the answer goes back to 1970 when the Ohio National Guard opened fire on student protesters at Kent State University, a predominantly white college. Four students were killed in less than a minute of gunfire, nine were wounded, including one permanently paralyzed student. The outrage resulted in a national walkout of 4 million students and the closing of more than 450 campuses. Five days after the shooting, 100,000 protestors rallied in Washington, D.C., psyched up to end racism within the political establishment.
Ten days after the Kent State shootings were the Jackson State shootings. The police killed two black students (one high school senior and the other a father of an 18-month old baby) and wounded 12 others. There was no outcry by the community and no mobilization to protest the shootings.
The media immediately focused on the racial aspect, turning the conversation toward discrimination and police gunning down black Americans. The liberal media narrative was pretty straightforward: we are in a black-against-white racism war. Or would you call this a white-against-black racism war?
Back to present day, and we’re disputing whether or not the police themselves are a minority, also discriminated against based on their color—blue. (Yes, they are.)
But the racial agenda distracts society from the larger issue that the targets of police overreaction are based less on skin color and more on being poor. Being poor is synonymous with being a criminal. Ironically, this misperception is real, even among the poor. And that’s how the status quo wants it.
According to the 2019 U.S. Census Report, 34 million people live in poverty. Imagine if 34 million people banded together in an organized effort to pursue economic equality! That would be huge! And that’s why the wealthiest one percent must keep the poor distracted with emotional issues like racism, abortion, gun control…
Worse, certain left-wing politicians conspire to keep the poor just as they are.
I’m not saying protests like the ones we saw in Ferguson aren’t justified—they are. But with each of these shootings/chokehold deaths/stand-your-ground atrocities, police are seen as the enemy, gunning for black Americans. Anger rises. Riots ensue. The media assign blame.
What will it take to mobilize 34 million (in peaceful protest) to excite actual change, oust crooked politicians, boycott exploitative businesses, and pass legislation that promotes economic equality and opportunity?