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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.

@Bashabez5
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."

@Bashabez5
There was a political cartoon precisely about this, BTW. It's called "manifestódromo" (protestdrome).

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@rick_777 do you know if theres a place where this is translated? I only speak english and some of my native tongue

@rick_777 I really appreciate that, is it possible to venmo or something you a couple bucks for that?

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