I'm sick and tired of white liberals, progressives and moderates using Martin Luther King jr. and other prominent activists as a tool to whitewash history and demonize protests, riots, and social movements centered on equitable redistribution of power. It's a tool of colonialism intended to pull attention away from the violence inherent to the occupying forces and the structures of colonial capitalism.
"Urban riots must now be recognized as durable social phenomena. They may be deplored, but they are there and should be understood. Urban riots are a special form of violence. They are not insurrections. The rioters are not seeking to seize territory or to attain control of institutions. They are mainly intended to shock the white community. They are a distorted form of social protest. The looting which is their principal feature serves many functions. It enables the most enraged and deprived Negro to take hold of consumer goods with the ease the white man does by using his purse. Often the Negro does not even want what he takes; he wants the experience of taking. But most of all, alienated from society and knowing that this society cherishes property above people, he is shocking it by abusing property rights." - MLK jr. touching on looting and riots. Like seriously, fuck news pundits and politicians who are so quick to condemn activists
it's a twisted poisoned paternalism thats encapsulated by authoritarianism: "oh yes, we are oppressing you, but you have to resist the ways we want you too, otherwise, how will we take you seriously and offer up solutions?" This happens often even within leftist spheres when indigenous and other POC stand up against injustice, we are told constantly how we should behave, how we should act, what tools of resistance we are allowed to use. It's this condescending notion of "well, yes that's all well and good sorry you are being systemically and individually oppressed... but the tactics youre using aren't helpful. See, you have to be calm and collected and push for reform otherwise no one will listen."
This shit happens continuously.
Just like the satyrical idea of having an "official protest zone". Get a ticket so you can protest the government in specially allocated zones, yay!
(and nobody will give a damn because protests will not be televised anywhere)
@rick_777 exactly, the idea that you need permitting and official documentation in order to stand up against the systems that approve or disprove your request in the first place is backwards as fuck. I often see people using that as a rationalization for police brutality against protesters "Well... they didn't have a permit.. so really, it's their fault."
@rick_777 do you know if theres a place where this is translated? I only speak english and some of my native tongue
gimme a few minutes and I'll translate.
@rick_777 I really appreciate that, is it possible to venmo or something you a couple bucks for that?
@Bashabez5 My ko-fi is in my profile
ATTENTION, ATTENTION... we sincerely beg the protesters against exploitation, poverty and the established order to conclude your last lap and allow the protest for christian family and the XVIII annual march in defense of martian amphibians... and remember: For your protests, marches and sit ins, always ask for FLOPEZ! Placards and banners. FLOPEZ! Best quality of materials, revolutionary designs, TASTE LIKE DEMOCRACY!
Two lone guys in the circuit:
"Man, Alex, what are you doing here?"
"Well, you see, kid, I came with the antiabortionists, but I switched to the anarchists, they are much more fun to be with, to be honest..."
"Hey, save me a spot! Because this one against parking tickets is hell! And there's not even women!"
"Oof! What a long march, isn't it?"
"Of course! This one is 40 laps, a real pain in the ass. They're more exhausting, but if you manage it, you get on TV the next day! And starting from 30 laps you get free gifts! Beach balls and stuff!"
Two conflicting marches:
"Hey guys! The anti-abolitionists are sneaking in! Go get them!"
"Quick! The maoist-leninists of the seventh day noticed!"
Water tank (squirting the fighting crowds): "So beautiful! Like in the old days... sniff!"
Cop (knitting comfortably in a chair) "So, Puma 57, what was that trick you did to close the cross stitch? Because I'm making more drapes for the tank..."
(End of translation)
@rick_777 Yo. This is by far my favorite political cartoon. Thank you for allowing me to understand and taking the effort. I sent you ko-fi as a thank you. I'm gonna put photoshop it to english to share with non-spanish speakers
@Bashabez5 Wow, I never thought you'd find it that funny. Thanks!
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