Flash back to the year 1957. On “September 23, President Eisenhower issued Executive Order 10730, which put the Arkansas National Guard under federal authority.”1 President Dwight D. Eisenhower (“Ike”) ordered the 101st Airborne and guardsmen into the city of Little Rock, AR to insure the desegregation of schools. Ike’s order was done to insure a Supreme Court order under the 1954 Brown v Board of Education decision to desegregate schools. In the case, Brown vs the “Board of Education of Topeka, case in which on May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously (9–0) that racial segregation in public schools violated the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits the states from denying equal protection of the laws to any person within their jurisdictions.2”
Eisenhower has been the Supreme Allied Commander during World War II. Blacks, other minorities and Whites were routinely segregated. Nevertheless, “More than 2.5 million African Americans registered for the draft when World War II began; 1 million served.3” Eisenhower understood that the military experience of the various races working toward a common cause could help facilitate a more just civilian experience. Further, he grasped that America’s international enemies were using the race issue against our nation.
“Our enemies are gloating over this incident and using it everywhere to misrepresent our nation,” said President Eisenhower in a televised address he gave at the White House the day after he enforced his Executive Order 10730. “Mob rule cannot be allowed to override the decisions of the courts.4”
Having witnessed firsthand the most devastating war in human history, general later turned President Eisenhower understood the poison of anti-Semitism, another form of ethnic and religious bigotry. Ike knew too the threat of Communism, having dealt with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) politically and militarily. Ike grasped that socialism was a hollow promise of a better life for the masses that in reality made people poorer, virtual slaves to their Communist Party masters, who lived in relative luxury.
So, who better to order federal troops into Little Rock than Eisenhower, who was easily the most popular Republican political leader of his day?
An article in left-of-center The Atlantic on October 21, 2017 by Julia Ioffe had the title “The History of Russian Involvement in America’s Race Wars,” with the subheading: “From propaganda posters to Facebook ads, 80-plus years of Russian meddling.5”
“Early on in the Cold War, there was a recognition that the U.S. couldn’t lead the world if it was seen as repressing people of color,”6 said Mary Dudziak, a legal historian at Emory University School of Law.
The unrest due to injustice could have spilled over into a greater racial tension, stoked in part by pro-socialist and pro-Communist agitation. Ike’s executive action in Little Rock fended some of that risk off.
‘Great powers’ through the years had routinely sought to infiltrate, spy on or otherwise challenge each other’s societies. Russia unsuccessfully attempted to meddle in the 2016 election cycle, which the Senate Intelligence Committee said that “The Committee has seen no evidence that any votes were changed or that any voting machines were manipulated.7”
President Obama on Oct. 18, 2016 said “But the larger point that I want to emphasize here is that there is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America’s elections, in part because they’re so decentralized and the numbers of votes involved. There’s no evidence that that has happened in the past, or that there are instances in which that will happen this time. And so I’d advise Mr. Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes.8”
That noted, Russia, China, Iran, Britain, India, Australia, Israel, and the U.S. – among other nations – are routinely trying to gain an advantage through intelligence – spying – and infiltration of other societies. That’s how the world has worked generations long before Black Lives Matter (BLM) became a nonprofit group and a slogan.
Not every member of a political party understands or grasps the full meaning and history of a given party – be it a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Green, Communist or whatever. The argument could be made that it is often the minority of a given group’s members that know its history or heritage, much less why it is significant. Which is a reminder of why the quotation below – which has many variations and those who have said similarly – is so relevant to our times.
“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. 9” said Edmund Burke.
“No Justice, No Peace”
Without peace, the vast majority of Americans – as well as people in other lands – cannot properly function. Productivity in war zones or places of high civil unrest is lower than where there is civil order. Safety is just one reason that is so. Another is that investing in a business, housing, or enterprise is riskier when there is the risk that the investment could be lost due to instability. Law and order are thus valuable. “Predictability in law is the key to a prosperous Republic” said attorney Kurt Kelley to MHProNews.
“Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and that when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.10” So said the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. “Law is only a temporary fix for chaos, not the cure. The only cure for chaos is individual responsibility.11”
Without a broad sense of justice there is no true peace. So, like it or not, the “No Justice, No Peace” chant during numbers of different protests isn’t just a clever slogan. It captures a keen bit of reality.
As Noble Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, “Justice without love is not justice. Love without justice is not love.12”
“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” So said Macedonia-born Mother Teresa, who also said that “Peace begins with a smile…13”
That isn’t merely a nice thought or platitude. Rather, her insight was quite pragmatic. Who says? Consider her parallel with this: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.14” – Martin Luther King, Jr. “True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.15” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Part of the challenge of the Black Lives Movement is summed up in the headline. Before addressing that, it is useful to note that the slogan is fine. The chant by some protesters “No Justice, No Peace” is a reasonable summary of what people like Mother Teresa or the Rev. King Jr. proposed and sought to exemplify. Mother Theresa and her order of nuns has served “the poorest of the poor” for decades. “Since its foundation, the order has expanded and now comprises 4,500 nuns actively working in more than 600 missions across 133 countries.16” Complementing that lived example is Dr. King Jr, who is widely credited with leading a largely peaceful effort to obtain greater equality for blacks and other minorities in the U.S. King did so by word and deed.
Which brings the objective to this principle. King didn’t promote revolution or violence. He promoted peaceful change but, was ‘in your face’ about protesting peacefully.
By contrast, Black Lives Matter (BLM) – the nonprofit group whose co-founders have said that “We are trained Marxists” and Antifa connected ‘protestors’ that have on numerous occasions gone beyond protest to video documented:
- involvement in defacing private or publicly owned property.
- have torn down statues that they do not own.
- have looted – stolen – property or goods that does not belong to them.
- have used rocks, bricks, frozen bottles of water, lasers, knives, guns, and other weapons to harm not only law enforcement but also others not connected with the police, state, or federal officials.
Rephrased, there is a need to discern the difference – and it is an important distinction – between Black Lives Matter, the nonprofit group that has been funded in good measure by billionaires through dark money channels, and those who want a more just society for Blacks as well as others of whatever background. One can support the ideal that black and all lives matter, without supporting the nonprofit made up of Marxist leaders supported by uber-wealthy capitalists.
It should be self-evident that the wealthy support the BLM nonprofit because they think it will benefit their interests.
This idea that billionaires are backing BLM – the nonprofit – has not been debunked, likely because the evidence is black and white. Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and George Soros are three among those who have backed the nonprofit group, Black Lives Matter.
MHProNews has made the time-tested principle of “separating the wheat from the chaff” a key to sorting through what is true vs. what false or merely for show or effect. That explains why we source information from across the left-center-right news media divide. As a disclosure for new readers, we are political independents who believe that people of good will are involved in a wide range of parties, including the two major parties. That said, we scrutinize in our reports the claims and perform analysis that makes the distinction between merely saying something that sounds good and how that aligns, or not, with the follow up action.
Put differently, that’s a historic test to see how well words and deed align.
Some may wonder, why has MHProNews raised the topic of Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, and the related sexual scandals? Because sexual trafficking of humans, especially the underaged, is as morally abhorrent as slavery or serfdom.
If someone opposes slavery or the exploitation of children, women, minorities, people of different faiths or other protected groups, then sexual exploitation is a big deal. So, it isn’t just click-bait that has attracted over 500,000 hits on the report linked below so far this month. That and the follow up report found at this link here that ties billionaires to sexual exploitation are arguably as serious issues as racial injustice.
But it shouldn’t be the superficialities that become the focus of the bigger and richer picture, which is a society’s long march through time to achieve what the founders called the effort toward “a more perfect Union.” Civil rights activists in the woman’s suffrage and minority rights movement didn’t decry the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights or later constitutional amendments. Rather, they called for an ever-better application of those principles to make America a better place.
Only through the lens of history can one discern that one group oppressing others has been the story of much of human history around the world. Slavery is part of that story, but not the only part of it. Slavery or serfdom was never merely a racial issue. People often enslaved or dominated their own ethnic groups for centuries. The graphic below makes it clear that slavery has been a global problem.
This Obama era graphic makes it clear that human trafficking, another phrase that includes sex trafficking and trafficking for cheap labor or other purposes is ongoing.
The lack of understanding of these and other issues due to an absence or improper historic lens is serious. Because warped or little understanding of history is leading numbers of people to join purportedly paid professional agitators into doing illegal acts that harm minorities far more than they help.
Antifa, Brownshirts, The Ku Klux Klan and BLM
The Ku Klux Klan or KKK has been described by left-of-center PBS as follows. “The…Ku Klux Klan, was formed in Pulaski, Tennessee, in 1865. Originally founded as a social club for former Confederate soldiers, the Klan evolved into a terrorist organization. It would be responsible for thousands of deaths, and would help to weaken the political power of Southern blacks and Republicans.16”
That same PBS report said: “Across the South, the Klan and other terrorist groups used brutal violence to intimidate Republican voters. In Arkansas, over 2,000 murders were committed in connection with the election. In Georgia, the number of threats and beatings was even higher. And in Louisiana, 1000 blacks were killed as the election neared. In those three states, Democrats won decisive victories at the polls.17” Rephrased, the KKK was aligned with the Democratic Party, not with the Republican Party. The Confederacy was aligned with the Democrats, not with the Republicans. “In the 1868 presidential election, Republican Ulysses S. Grant won the office with the slogan, “Let Us Have Peace.”18
It is a historic fact that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican.
It is a historic fact that the passage of the civil rights and voting acts where done primarily with Republican votes in Congress.
It is former Democrat turned Republican Black Professor Carol Swain who highlighted the history of Jim Crow, the KKK and anti-minority actions as being linked to Democrats, not Republicans.
That isn’t to imply that every Democrat is a racist or that every Republican is purely saintly. But it would be wrong not to clarify an often-confused history of the two major parties. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who promoted voting rights for women and blacks in the 1840s was a Republican.
150 progressives who began by a de rigueur denouncement of President Trump, nevertheless signed onto a letter that called out often left-leaning media outlets for their attempt to silence opposing viewpoints.
Let us quickly note that Democratic voices earlier this week joined at some level with Republicans in a call to break up monopolistic forces that are limiting and harming America in a variety of economic, free speech, political and other ways.
MHProNews Summary and Conclusion
The point of this historic survey is to remind or inform readers that the long march toward justice within America doesn’t happen by violently attacking people or property. That is the polar opposite of what Dr. King Jr and Mother Teresa of Calcutta called for and strived to live.
Peace, justice, and love – which begins with mutual respect of other persons – are at the core of social justice.
MHLivingNews focused on that over 3 years ago in a joint statement with Rev. Donald Tye Jr. following the clash between racially motivated groups in Charlottesville.
Dr. King, Mahatma Gandhi, and others through the years have used and called for peaceful means within their countries to effect change.
Monopolistic forces can be as damaging to a society as force, finance, or other legal constraints.
Our profession as well as others have been harmed by a failure to properly enforce antitrust laws. That has occurred during both Republican and Democratic administrations in recent decades. So, the above should not be construed as some blanket endorsement of Republicans. That would be a misreading of the report, facts, and history. There are needs to reform both major U.S. political parties and the duopoly of the two major parties should arguably be broken up, just as economic monopolies should be broken up.
That said, Democrats have to justly be tied to historic evidence that they were the party of political oppression of minorities.
It is largely Democratic cities where much of the racial injustice protests and damage is occurring. George Floyd died in Democratically run Minneapolis, MN.
As November 3, 2020 elections approach, clear thinkers must recognize that the billionaire class that has helped fund the BLM nonprofit, Antifa, and their often-violent means had one of their leading lights frankly admit that the rich declared class warfare. They are ‘winning,’ said Warren Buffett.
When clear thinkers step back in the light of reports like this one and those linked here, a few things come into focus. In no specific order of importance.
- It is wrong to think that only left or right media sources provides ‘the truth.’
- Not everything is fake news and it requires some effort to separate the wheat from the chaff.
- The uber-billionaire class routinely has significant media investments and influence. Some examples make the point.
- Warren Buffett led Berkshire Hathaway until recently owned dozens of newspapers. His board of directors has included media personalities.
- Bill Gates led Microsoft established what today is the Bing web browser and established the left-of-center MSNBC media brand with left-of-center NBC News.
- Michael Bloomberg owns left-of-center Bloomberg News.
- Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, owns the left-of-center Washington Post.
- The point of the above? For whatever reason, the uber-wealthy have decided to coop much of the left-wing media. They have powerful connections in the Democratic Party. They have grown wealthier during the COVID19 pandemic. While several across the left-right spectrum say that the ’system is rigged,’ that begs the question, who did the rigging? Who profits from that rigging?
No one article or report is going to unpack the twisted web of truth, half-truths and outright lies. This article won’t be enough to make that case. But it is sufficient to establish the point that those Democrats who try to label Republicans as racists are either ignorant, deceivers or both. It is Republicans who helped end slavery, worked toward racial and gender equality. It is this current Republican administration, who is led by a former Democrat turned Republican – Donald J. Trump – that established policies that lifted more minorities and people of the lower and middle classes up than either of his predecessors.
Just as violence hurts minorities and others, so too socialism harms a society. That’s dramatically illustrated by the history of countries like North Korea vs. the far free South Korea, or Venezuela before and after their socialist takeover. When candidates – no matter how charismatic – promise ‘free stuff’ it is a sure proof that they are selling something. “There Ain’t No Such Things As A Free Lunch.” TANSTAAFL means someone always pays.
The economy has been upended, but that is just become more evident. Before the economic shutdown, MHProNews correctly predicted the “heads I win, tales you lose” impact of the COVID19 pandemic. That’s not because we have a crystal ball, rather, it is because we have studied the historic and evidence based trends and understand how the economy has arguably been rigged by people like Buffett, Gates, Soros, Bezos, Bloomberg, Zuckerberg and others.
The progressive voices essentially – albeit perhaps unintentionally – make the point that the far left don’t want debate. They want to silence opposition. They are trying to do so online. They are seeking to do so economically and politically. If they had better arguments, they would make the case in debates. Instead, they are trying to shut down debate. That’s not confidence, that is fear of the truth.
The headline says, a black man dies. It is drug- and crime-ridden cities that are often run by Democrats that have been described as ‘war zones.’ It is those same cities that often give the margin of victory to Democrats in key races. But there are a growing number of minority voices that are challenging the narrative that Democrats have somehow lifted up minorities. That’s simply not true. It is Republicans who liberated black slaves and gave women the right to vote.
This relatively brief survey begs the question, why don’t Republicans do a better job messaging on these issues? Why don’t more Democrats go beyond lip service to break up monopolistic forces?
More on those subjects in the linked reports and in the days ahead. It is just 3 months to the November 3, 2020 election. Get ready, study up, and consider sharing what you learn with others. One of our reports linked above has had over 1.3 million hits in just recent weeks.
Footnotes and references.
- Board of Educationof Topeka, case in which on May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously (9–0) that racial segregation in public schools violated the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits the states from denying equal protection of the laws to any person within their jurisdictions. https://www.britannica.com/event/Brown-v-Board-of-Education-of-Topeka#:~:text=Board%20of%20Education%20of%20Topeka%2C%20case%20in%20which%20on%20May,any%20person%20within%20their%20jurisdictions.
- More than 2.5 million African Americans registered for the draft when World War II began; 1 million served. https://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/what-was-black-americas-double-war/
- “Our enemies are gloating over this incident and using it everywhere to misrepresent our nation,” said Eisenhower, in a televised addresshe gave at the White House the day after he enforced his executive order. “Mob rule cannot be allowed to override the decisions of the courts.4” https://www.history.com/news/little-rock-nine-brown-v-board-eisenhower-101-airborne#:~:text=On%20September%2023%2C%20President%20Eisenhower,as%20Central%20High%20School%20desegregated.
- “Early on in the Cold War, there was a recognition that the U.S. couldn’t lead the world if it was seen as repressing people of color,” says Mary Dudziak, a legal historian at Emory” University School of Law. https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/10/russia-facebook-race/542796/
- “But the larger point that I want to emphasize here is that there is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America’s elections, in part because they’re so decentralized and the numbers of votes involved. There’s no evidence that that has happened in the past, or that there are instances in which that will happen this time.And so I’d advise Mr. Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes.” https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2018/jul/17/sean-hannity/sean-hannity-cites-misleading-obama-quote-coverage/
- “Justice without love is not justice. Love without justice is not love.” Mother Theresa http://quodid.com/quotes/2131/mother-teresa/justice-without-love-is-not-justice-love-without#:~:text=..%22%20%2D%20Quodid-,Justice%20without%20love%20is%20not%20justice,without%20justice%20is%20not%20love.
- “True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.” https://www.nps.gov/mlkm/learn/quotations.htm
- Since its foundation, the order has expanded and now comprises 4,500 nuns actively working in more than 600 missions across 133 countries. https://www.semesteratsea.org/field-programs/missionaries-charity-center-sp18/#:~:text=Since%20its%20foundation%2C%20the%20order,600%20missions%20across%20133%20countries.
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