By Margaret Kimberley
The nationwide protests have forced the Black
quisling class to reveal themselves as agents of the
racial and economic status quo.
“Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was
among the worst.”
June 05, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" - The aftermath of
George Floyd’s murder at the hands of Minneapolis,
Minnesota police has created a national political
crisis. The revulsion caused by this latest killing
caught on camera spawned protests in Minneapolis and all
over the country. Black people are the angriest, knowing
they are at risk of the same treatment and because most
police killings rarely result in convictions.
But the mass actions present a problem for the
rulers. Anger boiled beneath the surface after years of
the race to the bottom austerity regime, the worsening
economic collapse in the wake of the COVID-19
quarantine, and another Democratic presidential primary
rigged by that party’s donor class to defeat the
prospect of even minimalist reforms.
While black people led the way, they were joined by
many white people too. They are also angry about Floyd’s
death and are primed to rise up against the injustices
that are expanding and becoming more deeply entrenched
against them as well. While COVID-19 created a health
crisis it also left millions unemployed with nothing but
meager benefits and a one-time payment of $1,200.
“White people are also angry
about Floyd’s death and are primed to rise
up against the injustices.”
When these groups began a nascent campaign of
solidarity, the system rose up against them in an effort
to delegitimize them all. The story of Floyd’s cruel
death began to take a back seat in the corporate media.
Suddenly the propagandists who pose as journalists
became concerned about the presence of white people in
the protests. Who were they? Where were they from? What
did they want? Were they “antifa” or anarchists or white
They were quickly joined by the political class of
black misleaders who did the bidding of their patrons by
dismissing the acts of rebellion. St. Paul, Minnesota
mayor Melvin Carter fired the first shot when he
declared that every arrested protester was not from his
state. But in fact the opposite was true, and 85% of
. Carter sheepishly responded that he
had received bad information. The obvious and easily
proven inaccuracy makes that assertion highly unlikely.
He and others began using very dangerous talking
points. They claimed to grieve for Mr. Floyd and
expressed a desire to see justice done while also saying
that white protesters were using the demonstrations for
nefarious ends. They even evoked the “outside agitator”
trope from the bad old days of Jim Crow segregation.
They pleaded for peaceful protest or no protest at all
and some of them told outright lies.
“They evoked the ‘outside agitator’ trope
from the bad old days of Jim Crow.”
Atlanta mayor Keisha
was among the worst. She accused
protesters of disgracing her city, George Floyd’s memory
and Martin Luther King’s legacy all in one fell swoop.
She told them, “Go home.” According to Madame Mayor
every protester was snatching liquor, setting fires and
pulling knives on the police. The rebellion was
dismissed as criminality and despite any claims of
concern for George Floyd, she proclaimed every
participant a scoundrel.
For good measure she added, “If you want change in
America, go and register to vote!,” as if that act has
magical qualities to make bad things disappear. Voting
usually produces nothing more than mediocre sell outs
like Keisha Lance Bottoms. It certainly won’t end police
The heights of the most shameful lies were reserved
, former New Orleans mayor and
President of the National Urban League, and Susan
, former National Security Adviser. In
separate interviews they both accused the Russian
government of instigating discontent. “If it is white
supremacists, if it is Russians, if it is other foreign
actors who’ve tried to exploit the pain and exploit
legitimate protests, then this is a new level in our
country, and they should be arrested and prosecuted as
well,” said the overly dramatic Morial. Rice said the
protests were, “Right out of the Russian playbook.”
“Rice and Morial accused the Russian
government of instigating discontent.”
It is hard to believe that either of them really
believes anything they said. They are opportunists and
cynics and they are joined at the hip with the
Democrats’ donor class. These black quislings obey
everyone except their own people. Their con game is to
give a pretense of black empowerment while doing the
bidding of others. If that means repeating disproven
propaganda, then so be it.
The underlings and their patrons are afraid. They
know that if young black and white people find common
cause they may march for other reasons too. They may
lead general strikes, demand an end to war or try to
resurrect the Occupy movement. It is better to cast
aspersions now instead of risking needed change that
would undermine their positions.
That is why they eagerly establish curfews and say
nothing about the police violence against protesters.
There are no white supremacists in these actions, and
they invoke the dreaded words to stoke fear and
confusion. The spontaneous rebellions are but a first
step in establishing real grass roots organizing that
must focus on police violence, political corruption and
a system which puts black people most at risk of dying
in a pandemic, being arrested for little or nothing, or
earning a starvation wage if any wage at all.
The Black Alliance for Peace campaign, “No
Compromise, No Retreat” shows the way. The BAP
will expose the likes of Keisha Lance
Bottoms. Demanding that they demilitarize the police and
investigate all police killings will bring about
important organizational work. Their days of using their
positions to undermine the popular will end only when a
strong organizing apparatus forces them out.
“These black quislings obey everyone
except their own people.”
All eyes must be focused on them, and less so on
Donald Trump. There is no antifa organization, it is
instead a political idea of how to fight fascism. His
mutterings about it being a terrorist group should be
ignored. His ravings about “vicious dogs” and “ominous
weapons” at the White House trigger panic but black
mayors and their friends who seek to divert attention
from their own corruption pose far bigger problems.
The misleaders assisted in foisting Joe
upon Democratic Party voters. While
Trump did his usual routine of ginning up his followers
with political red meat, Biden appeared in a black
church and spoke of police stopping imaginary knife
wielding attackers by aiming to shoot for the legs. This
deranged and dangerous nonsense is the result of high
level treachery amongst the black political class and is
as dangerous as any Trumpian nonsense.
The joint disparagement of grass roots protest by the
misleaders and corporate media prove that it has the
potential to bring real change. That is why they become
more shrill by the day and it is why the people must act
in opposition to them all.
Kimberley’s Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR,
and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a
frequently updated blog as well at patreon.com/margaretkimberley
and she regularly posts on Twitter @freedomrideblog. Ms.
Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via
e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgendaReport.com. -
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