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Soulvine: Black Lives Matter sabotaging progress

Betty Pleasant on how Black Lives Matter protests are setting back progress on opening lines of communication

Black Lives Matter derails important Garcetti meeting; victims, survivors hijacked

REPUDIATE THESE PEOPLE! — Well, Melina Abdullah and her name-calling, foul-mouthed band of activist wannabes came out of their shells the other evening and enraged a large number of Black Angelenos, when she and her Black Lives Matter followers hijacked the meeting convened by Mayor Eric Garcetti and his Black constituents for a town hall discussion of the myriad of problems troubling many of us in this city. I was born and raised in this city and no mayor in my lifetime has ever assented to, let alone proposed such a meeting.

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As you know, I have never been a fan of Garcetti, but I feel I must publicly acknowledge that the thwarted town hall meeting he arranged was exactly what we followers of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense wanted when we fought for the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1960. We didn’t have any Black people in high places and the White politicians wouldn’t listen to what we had to say about our condition in this city, state, and country. If they had been willing to discuss our problems, we wouldn’t have had to march on Washington and Fannie Lou Hamer and them wouldn’t have had to organize the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party so Black folks’ needs could be heard by somebody.

Goals and aspirations being sabotaged

And yes, there was a bit of violence associated with the Black Panther Party, but it was, nonetheless, the most influential Black movement in the country and was supported by most Black people — except “bougie” Negroes who thought they were White. And why were the Black Panthers so popular among Black people? Because they had a broad 10-point agenda. Black Lives Matter is concerned about nothing but the killing of Black people by White cops, whereas police brutality was only one of 10 issues which earned the Panthers‘ attention. Some the other issues they fought for included full employment, better housing, better education, effective health care, the murder of Black people (yeah, some of that was going on then), the affirmation that we, Blacks, are a freed people and must be treated as such.

The Panthers did nothing to sabotage Black people’s goals and aspirations, but that’s all Black Lives Matter does. Before they hijacked the town hall meeting with the mayor, their only other actions were, on several occasions, to clog the South L.A. bound freeways during rush hour making it difficult for tired Black people to get home from work. If Black lives matter so much to them, why didn’t they get on the Ventura Freeway and the 18 Freeway and keep all those tired White people from getting home from work?

Black Lives Matter violates sanctuary

But no, they show up at Garcetti’s meeting with the people and proceed to disrespect the ministers, violate the sanctuary, curse and call long-time community activists “house n—ers!!” Can you believe that?! And what was really a pitiful a sight after BLM hijacked the meeting was Anya Slaughter, mother of the unarmed 19-year-old Kendrec McDade, who was killed by Pasadena police three years ago, weeping outside the church. She said she had come to the meeting to get information on victim’s and survivor’s rights. But, thanks to Black Lives Matter, she got nothing. Between tears, the mother said: “This is not right. I didn’t expect it to end like this.

There is a lot of rancor in the community over this. Several ministers and community groups are disassociating themselves from BLM and I’m getting a lot of telephone calls from people who are questioning where these Black Lives Matter people live, being as how no one has ever seen them anywhere in the community before. They’re calling Abdullah, who is a professor and chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, “the nutty professor.” They are also calling her something else, which I don’t want to hear again, so cut it out! (You’re as bad as she is!!)

Garcetti: “Black lives matter in a unique way”

Everybody’s talking about what BLM said that night, but I’d rather relate the little bit that Garcetti managed to say before BLM turned the meeting out: “I hate this back-and-forth we hear nationally, where people say Black lives matter and politicians say all lives matter. Black lives matter in a unique way, and you and I see eye-to-eye on this. If you just try to say all lives matter, you write people out of history. You write slavery out of history. You write oppression and violence out of history. You write racism and lynching out of history.”

Betty Pleasant is a contributing writer and columnist for the Compton Herald. She was formerly a reporter at the Los Angeles Sentinel and a columnist at the Los Angeles Wave.

  • Knute's Niche October 31, 2015

    Black Lives Matter; Take Pride In Parenting; End Our National Epidemic of Child Abuse and Neglect; End Community Violence, Police Fear & Educator’s Frustrations

    During a February 2014 on-air discussion about “Gangsta Culture” with Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett (Google search discussion), Bill O’Reilly intelligently and compassionately talks about America’s expanding and shameful National Epidemic of Child Abuse & Neglect, aka Poverty, that for decades has deprived countless children from experiencing and enjoying a safe, fairly happy American kid childhood.

    Besides O’Reilly and Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, how many Americans are addressing this topic that is at the core of most all the issues and social problems many Americans of African descent are today experiencing?

    Speaking At The Eulogy For The Honorable Reverend Clementa Pinckney, President Barack Obama said:

    “Perhaps it causes us to examine what we’re doing to cause some of our children to hate.” (Applause.)

    Video Excerpt from Obama Remarks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T_GwYI7MnQ

    With all due respect to my American neighbors supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, I believe your cause would better serve all Americans if your organization were to honestly, openly and compassionately address our National Epidemic of Child Abuse and Neglect, aka Poverty that for decades has deprived untold numbers of depressed children from experiencing and enjoying a safe, fairly happy American kid childhood.

    I strongly suggest members of the Black Lives Matter target communities that have embraced The Street Culture Baltimore Mom of The Year Toya Graham desperately struggles to keep her son from embracing.

    In his 2015 Grammy award winning Rap Performance titled “I”, Kendrick Lamar writes, “I’ve been dealing with depression ever since an adolescent.”

    During a January 20, 2011 LAWeekly interview (Google search) Kendrick, born in 1987, the same year songwriter Suzanne Vega wrote a song about child abuse and *VICTIM DENIAL* that was nominated for a Grammy award, he told the interviewer:

    “Lamar’s parents moved from Chicago to Compton in 1984 with all of $500 in their pockets. “My mom’s one of 13 [THIRTEEN] siblings, and they all got SIX kids, and till I was 13 everybody was in Compton,” he says.”

    “I’m 6 years old, seein’ my uncles playing with shotguns, sellin’ dope in front of the apartment. My moms and pops never said nothing, ’cause they were young and living wild, too. I got about 15 stories like ‘Average Joe.'”

    It seems evident to me Kendrick identified the source of his depression, the roots of poverty, the child abuse/maltreatment that prevented him, his brothers, sisters, cousins, neighborhood friends, elementary and JHS classmates from enjoying a fairly happy, safe Average Joe and Josie American kid childhood.

    Seems the adults responsible for raising the children in Kendrick’s immediate and extended family placed obstacles in their children’s way, causing their kids to deal with challenges and stresses young minds are not prepared to deal with….nor should they or any other children be exposed to and have to deal with.

    It seems evident to me these PARENTAL INTRODUCED obstacles and challenges cause some developing children’s minds to become tormented and go haywire, not knowing OR NOT CARING ABOUT right from wrong…because as they mature, young victims of child abuse realize their parents introduced them to a life of pain and struggle, totally unlike the mostly safe, happy life the media showed them many American kids were enjoying. RESENTMENT

    I cannot speak for anyone else, but if I was raised in Kendrick’s family I would most likely be silently peeved at my parents for being immature irresponsible “living wild” adults who deprived me of a safe, happy childhood.

    Though like many victims of child abuse, most likely I would deny my parents harmed me, seeking to blame others for the pain my parents caused to me.

    I wonder how little Kendrick and his classmates reacted when their elementary school teacher introduced the DARE presenter and they learned about the real dangers of drugs and how they harm people, including their parents? *Cognitive Dissonance*

    In a Oct 25, 2012, LAWeekly interview (Google search) Kendrick talks about being a SIX-YEAR-OLD child who was not able to trust and rely on his mom…essentially he speaks about being emotionally abandon by his own mom.

    Growing up during the 60-70s I listened to virtually ALL American music artists of African descent writing beautiful songs admiring, praising, wooing, lamenting, respecting and loving the MATERNAL HALF of our population.

    I am curious to know if members and supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement have wondered why for the past three decades, many popular American music performers of African descent have been characterizing the maternal half of our population as *itches and *hores…essentially less than human creatures or people not worthy of respect?

    Honestly, I have a feeling most BLM supporters don’t have the strength or will to face the truth about who is responsible for filling our prisons with depressed, angry, frustrated, sometimes suicidal teens and young men who were victims of early childhood abuse and neglect at the hands of immature teen girls and women who irresponsibly begin building families before acquiring the skills, PATIENCE and means to properly raise a fairly happy American kid who enjoys Safe Street to travel and play on.

    Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke offers sound advice to all Americans, “Fix the ghetto!”

    I’m with Sheriff Clarke. I believe we also need to re-examine society’s child protection and welfare laws.

    I am hoping when camera technology proves its worth in protecting police officers, as well as identifying officers who require further training or officers who have no business serving the public in a LE capacity, we will use that same technology to protect children by monitoring the common area of homes in which caregivers have established a track record for failing to properly raise, nurture and/or supervise their children.

    Recently I watched a video that saddened me as well as enlightened me when I learned child welfare investigators test the hair of child abuse victims for “ambient” exposure to drugs.

    Holy smokes, the numbers were critical. At the least cameras would expose signs of intoxication in homes identified as requiring extra care to prevent children from being emotionally and or physically harmed.

    If we do not take affirmative action to protect children, “the ghetto” will continue to thrive, fueled by poor parenting, resulting with depressed kids maturing into depressed, sometimes suicidal teens and adults who often vent their angers and frustrations on their peaceful neighbors, instead of the person(s) responsible for introducing them to a life of hardship, pain and struggle.

    This video depicts horrific examples of men who were victims of childhood abuse and neglect, conditioning a young teen to embrace the criminal, anti-social ‘Street Culture’ Baltimore Mom of The Year failed to protect her teen son from…not to mention representing the fear peaceful people living and WORKING in the community experience knowing depressed, angry, unpredictable, sometimes suicidal teens and young adults need to vent their angers and frustrations for being introduced to a life of pain and struggle by irresponsible, “living wild” single moms and/or dads.

    This is a recorded act of criminal child abuse, maltreatment and violence against…”A little girl, catching a cool breeze from an air conditioning unit in the yard, was blindsided by another child about her same age, who had evidently had some practice with fighting fierce. The small victim wasn’t alone, as there were plenty of nearby witnesses, who could have protected her but didn’t because they were too busy recording the brutal beat down and encouraging it.” | Written By Amanda Shea

    What I see in this recorded act of criminal child abuse, is adults conditioning children to embrace the cycle of child abuse, child maltreatment and violence passed down from generation to generation by depressed Americans who are content living in the poverty they are primarily responsible for fueling when irresponsibly birthing children from selfishness, instead of the love between two committed adult partners.


    NY Times May 18, 2015 – Rise in Suicide by Black Children Surprises Researchers

    Quoting the NYT article, “The suicide rate among black children has nearly doubled since the early 1990s, surpassing the rate for white children, a new study has found.”


    Who or what is responsible for traumatizing, abusing, neglecting, maltreating children to the point where depressed young kids believe their lives are not worth living?

    With all due respect to my American neighbors of African descent, the oppression of humans that led to racism and slavery has largely been replaced with a new form of human oppression that impedes and deprives many American children from experiencing and enjoying a safe, fairly happy American kid childhood.


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