Chanelle Helms, the “co-founder and co-organizer of Black Lives Matter Louisville” posted a Facebook message in August 2017 that caused a firestorm of controversy, after it was subsequently reprinted in several publications across the U.S. In the posting, she mused about several things that needed to happen, in her opinion, in order for the black community in the United States to be satisfied with their lot in life. When you see the list, you’ll quickly recognize why it gained so much publicity – negative or otherwise.
However, it was when she was interviewed by Tucker Carlson on Fox News recently, that I realized that, rather than just write this as a provocateur or instigator for change; rather than be apologetic or embarrassed about the attention this list gained, she was in fact even more militant on the air. When the list was labelled “racist” by Tucker Carlson, she even went on to state that this was not possible – because black people can’t be racist.
You be the judge whether that’s factually the case or not, once you get a look at the list of demands below.
1. White people: if you don’t have any descendants, will your property to a back or brown family. Preferably one that lives in generational poverty.
Yeah, NO. I would be one of those “white people” who has no children, and I think that’s the stupidest thttps://www.clickondetroit.com/news/black-unemployment-rate-no-longer-at-record-low-trump-toutedhing I’ve ever heard. Perhaps because I come at it from a Canadian perspective, but I worked my butt off for everything I had. I worked my way through college with very few student loans. (That’s not “white privilege” – I have Aboriginal first cousins that were able to attend college completely free-of-charge. And good for the, I say, if that was available for them).
As ridiculous as it may sounds, the whole idea of white reparations to black people is becoming increasingly common-place. Perhaps this is their idea of a stop-gap measure to make up for motivational issues in the black community? Click On Detroit states that the black unemployment rate nationally was 7.7% as reported today (February 2, 2018) – yet the black participation rate in the work force was 62.8% – meaning 37.2% of blacks are not actively participating in the workforce.
That initially made no sense to me, until I read these definitions of the terms, from Business Insider:
The labor force participation rate is the ratio of Americans counted in the labor force to the total civilian noninstitutional adult population. In other words, the number of adults working out of the total adult population.The unemployment rate is the ratio of those without a job who are counted in the labor force (i.e., unemployed and searching for work) to the total labor force. In other words, the total number of adults not working but looking for a job, out of the total number working.
They don’t even stop to think about the backgrounds of these white people. For example, my paternal greatgrandfather was Danish, and came to settle in North America on the Canadian Prairies to forge a new life for himself and his family. He didn’t come from a land of slave owners, nor work or live in a nation that had any background of slave ownership – nor did he probably know too many black people in his entire life. Yet, because he’s simply white, he’s gotta pay up? How idiotic.
As one young man so eloquently stated it:
I as a white man, who had no slaves owes YOU nothing, who were not slaves”.
2. White people, if you’re inheriting property you intend to sell upon acceptance, give it to a black or brown family. You’re bound to make that money in some other white privileged way.
How outrageous yet again. Especially when one considers that, according to data supplied by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, in the State of Alabama, there are 331,000 black people below the poverty line. There are 373,000 white people in the same state below the poverty line – over 42,000 more whites than black people. Where’s the white privilege there? And by the way, poor means poor. The same standard is applied to both – if one only has two dimes in his pocket, the colour of his skin is completely irrelevant to the coins. Let’s look at a few more:
In Arizona, 373,400 whites vs. 77,600 blacks are poor.
In California, 1,438,000 whites vs. 496,000 blacks are poor.
In Florida, 1,004,500 whites vs. 603,800 blacks are poor.
In Kentucky, 497,300 whites vs. 86,200 blacks are poor.
In New York, 875,600 whites vs. 461,200 blacks are poor.
And before you accuse me cherry-picking the worse states in the Union (and sadly, I wasn’t), across the United States as a whole there were 17,494,800 whites vs. 8,719,100 blacks that were considered “poor” by definition.
Now, I can hear you already – “but the percentages of white vs. black are very different”. Yes, that may be – but the 17 million white poor don’t consider themselves any more fortunate because they are a smaller percentage of their population than their black neighbours that are poor – there are still twice as many white people as black people in the bread line in your city. In my opinion, that’s not white privilege, no matter how you try to slice it down.
3. If you are a developer or realty owner of multi-family housing, build a sustainable complex in a black or brown blighted neighbourhood and let black and brown people live in it for free.
Oh yes, because that makes sense. Why should anyone get housing for FREE in this country or in America? Why on earth do they deserve that versus the white population, of which there are twice as many poor people?
To be perfectly blunt, name one real estate developer, white or black, that would let his buildings look like this. And that’s another point – why is there an assumption that black people can’t be real estate developers?
This headline made me shake my head, from a website called Black Economic Development.com: “IF YOU’RE A BLACK BUSINESS OWNER WHO WANTS TO SUCCEED, LEAVE THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CONSUMER BEHIND”. Apparently “systemic racism” isn’t just a white thing (and it never was).
4. White people, if you can afford to downsize, give up the home you own to a black or brown family. Preferably a family from generational poverty.
Who the hell in today’s economy can afford to downsize and just “give” their bigger home away to some other random family? Does this chick actually have a clue how people get homes? Is there some mystical belief that white people just get their houses handed to them by the banks, while black people can’t be home owners unless they get one for free from a white guy? I’m sure a lot of successful black business owners, university professors, etc. could afford to do the same thing, if at all – yet they are not asked to do so? Hmmmmm why wouldn’t that be expected of “your own kind”?
5. White people, if any of the people you intend to leave your property to are racists assholes, change the will, and will your property to a black or brown family. Preferably a family from generational poverty.
And what measuring stick do you exactly use to determine whether the black or brown family are not racist assholes? Oh, they can’t be, you say? Blacks and browns get along just fine across America? Get your head out of your very large and very victimized rear-end. Racism is rampant in America amongst all races.
25 years ago, after the Rodney King beating in Los Angeles, black people burned down many Korean businesses in South Central Los Angeles. How exactly do you define that, if not “systemic racism”? Koreans didn’t beat Rodney King – they had nothing to do with that story at all. So explain then why they were so viciously targeted: the L.A. Times reports that the “LA riots left 63 people dead, another 2,000 people injured and roughly $1 billion in property damage across the city.”
6. White people, re-budget your monthly so you can donate to black funds for land purchasing.
I can’t personally re-budget my monthly, and if I did, I wouldn’t give to anyone who so constantly vilifies my race and then pretends it’s not racism. I personally never had issues with black people until Black Lives Matter comes along. Now I see those who are leading this group to be completely mentally retarded. Yes, you read that right – some of the stupidest things I’ve ever read are coming out of black peoples’ mouths today. Even if I had the money, I wouldn’t be giving to any group that thinks they have the right to demand it from me. How ridiculous.
Get Oprah Winfrey, Beyond, Jay-Z, Tyler Perry and a host of other black artists to pay their fair share into the black community. They all live in the whitest neighbourhoods possible – and you have the gall to try to pin all this on white pepole? Tell Beyonce to put her money where her mouth is – they all mouth “black lives matter”, and then they escape to their mansions and away from the black riff raff that they can’t possibly live near. And why is that young black woman turning into a middle aged white lady?
7. White people, especially white women (because this is yaw specialty — Nosey Jenny and Meddling Kathy), get a racist fired. Yaw know what the fuck they be saying. You are complicit when you ignore them. Get your boss fired cause they racist too.
This is going to go very badly. You are first of all insinuating that black women at work are irresponsible and assuming that their bosses are racist. Wouldn’t that actually indicate that the black employee is the one that is racist?
And when it was Black Lives Matter itself that was discriminatory and didn’t allow other races to attend one of their events? And a black university professor went on national television to defend this racist blacks-only event? Hopefully she didn’t have any white employees under her – that would have been awkward.
8. Backing up No. 7, this should be easy but all those sheetless Klan, Nazi’s and Other lil’ dick-white men will all be returning to work. Get they ass fired. Call the police even: they look suspicious.
What is she talking about? The protest that took place in Charlottesville, VA. And her first mistake was in assuming those knuckle-dragging skinheads HAVE jobs? LOL.
And what should we then do about the black men that burned down city after city after city across America with their protests? Like in Ferguson, Missouri, where such refined, upstanding young men showed, with acts of bravery and chivalry, that they had been raised in decent, God-fearing….(mmmfffhfh). Sorry, I had to keep from throwing up in my mouth a little.
If you want to see racism everywhere, it will be everywhere. If you want to assume you have supremacy – white or black – you will assume the other race is inferior. Black or white. Racism exists on both sides of the fence. Martin Luther King would be so ashamed.
9. OK, backing up No. 8, if any white person at your work, or as you enter in spaces and you overhear a white person praising the actions from yesterday, first, get a pic. Get their name and more info. Hell, find out where they work — Get Them Fired. But certainly address them, and, if you need to, you got hands: use them.
Wow, so now this dumb witch is encouraging black people to beat up on white people at work, over a conversation they may or may not have said. She of course would include speaking out against protests like in Ferguson, MO. Racism is ok, apparently, as long as their racism. Some black people call that fighting back against white people who had nothing to do with their injustices “a correction”. Here’s the thing, dumbass – if you want to take on the white community for things they didn’t do and aren’t responsible for, and you are really retarded enough to attack them over it, just remember that you represent 13% of the nation. If you want a race war, you’ll be wiped off the face of the earth. That would be incredibly stupid and naive to encourage. No one wants that. But no white person is going to put up with eing attacked just because they are white – again, they didn’t own slaves, and you weren’t ever a slave. Get a grip.
10. Commit to two things: Fighting white supremacy where and how you can (this doesn’t mean taking up knitting unless you’re making scarves for black and brown kids in need), and funding black and brown people and their work.
Oh good – that would be a good first start for black people to fund black people for a change. Since you assume that whites are all white supremacists, best not to endanger yourself by coming to us with these financial matters. Who knows, we could just go unhinged at any moment (I’m speaking tongue in cheek). People should not be reduced to their skin color – it reduces them and causes distrust. You help no one when you make stupid statements that enflame the hatred – you are the guilty ones causing the harm to the black community. White people aren’t going to just take abuse at will from blacks, nor should the opposite ever be tolerated as well. What an animalistic belief – cats can’t be friends with dogs. People are, I think, a bit above that fray. Maybe you should try that for awhile. Rather than be a victim, better yourself. It’s what everyone else has to do, regardless of race.