Why so many BLM ultras are white

The race wars they are stoking won't blight their affluent neighbourhoods.

Patrick West

Topics Politics UK USA

Many people have made the observation that most Black Lives Matter activists aren’t actually black. To judge by television coverage, photographs and YouTube videos, most BLM protesters indeed seem to be white, middle-class students. In a further paradox, it is becoming more evident by the day that many black people and ethnic minorities vehemently oppose BLM.

On Tuesday, the black comedian and actor Terry Crews, known to UK viewers from E4’s cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, warned that Black Lives Matter shouldn’t morph into ‘Black Lives Better’. The devout Christian tweeted: ‘If you are a child of God, you are my brother and sister. I have family of every race, creed and ideology.’ Crews was consequently subject to online denunciation, which is not surprising, as he was essentially saying that all lives mattered – a sentiment that infuriates BLM advocates.

Closer to home, this week also saw the mixed-race former footballer Karl Henry publicly call into question BLM UK. ‘I think the majority of the UK have now had enough of that organisation’, he tweeted. ‘Black people’s lives matter! The divisive #BlackLivesMatter organisation, however, DOES NOT!’

Another British mixed-race former sportsman, Matthew Syed of The Sunday Times, asked of BLM whether ‘toppling another statue’ will ‘help the black person cowering from gangs in a drug-infested neighbourhood, the graduate denied promotion because of unconscious bias, the child growing up without hope in a tower block?’.

While in Britain we have the brave Trevor Phillips, in Australia one of the best-known detractors of woke politics and BLM is the journalist and television presenter Rita Panahi, who this summer has described BLM as ‘anti-police, anti-white, anti-capitalist but also proudly neo-Marxist’.

America’s veteran conservative writer Dinesh D’Souza has said that ‘the left has deployed a paramilitary’ in militant anti-racist protesting. ‘It’s not just Antifa. It’s all the other groups: Refuse Fascism, Black Lives Matter, and on it goes… This is something that Mussolini had, the black shirts… A roving band of thugs that are protected by powerful people in Hollywood [and] the media.’

It’s not only conservative ethnic-minority voices who reject BLM. Last week Africa’s elder stateswoman, the politician and humanitarian Graça Machel, formerly of Mozambique’s freedom movement and widow of Nelson Mandela, criticised BLM’s tactic of pulling down statues of slave-owners. They should remain, to ‘tell generations to come, this is how it started, and this is how it never should continue to be’.

In Britain, Sir Geoff Palmer, Scotland’s first black professor, has campaigned for years for explanatory plaques to accompany statues of slave traders. He believes toppling monuments will only erase the memory of their crimes against humanity: ‘You remove the evidence, you remove the deed.’ Indeed. Many black Americans have this summer come out in defence of the Emancipation Statue in Washington DC, paid for by freed slaves.

This paradox veers into genuine irony. Witness the spectacle of a white man attacking a black man for trying to remove BLM posters from a fence. Observe the white man scream at his uppity, negro inferior.

What’s behind such dissonance between whites who think they know best for blacks, and many blacks who disagree? Why are there black people proposing constructive ways of dealing with the past, but nihilist woke white protesters hellbent on destruction of statues, and capitalism itself, who offer no vision and no future?

It’s because for black people racism is a real-life everyday potential experience. It may not be as bad as times past, and race relations are worse in the US than the UK, but racism remains in black folk memory and its shadow is always there. Hence the real desire to educate and to offer positive solutions that encourage mutual understanding and erase superficial differences. Many black people are also more concerned about the present than the past: in 2018, 2,925 black people were murdered in the United States, 2,600 of that number by other blacks.

For Black Lives Matter – the very name epitomises its philosophy of division – it’s all a bit of a posture and a pastime. Racism rarely affects white liberal twentysomethings. But street protests do afford a feeling of righteousness, an opportunity to virtue-signal, to satiate that young man’s power-lust and feeling of importance – and to alleviate the boredom of lockdown. The white BLM protesters don’t think about the dangerous consequences of their actions or politics because they won’t be affected by them. The race wars that they are stoking won’t blight their affluent all-white neighbourhoods.

Black Lives Matter are dangerous narcissists whose driving force is self-aggrandisement. Let’s hope the tide really is turning against them.

There’s nothing racist about White Jesus

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has called for a review to decide which representations of Jesus should remain in Anglican cathedrals and churches, given that most of them portray Christ as white and north-European looking, whereas he was Middle Eastern.

This literal-mindedness is dubious – and for the church, dangerous. Christ is white in most churches because, before Windrush, so was England. Religious icons are always traditionally portrayed in accordance to the ethnicity and culture of worshippers, with Jesus being black in Sub-Saharan Africa, Filipino in the Philippines and resembling previous depictions of Zeus in Greece.

Most cathedrals were built in the Middle Ages, when most people didn’t even leave their hometown in their lifetimes let alone travel to the Middle East. There was very little comprehension of there being people who weren’t white.

The archbishop’s literal-mindedness sets a perilous precedent. If Jesus should be rendered ‘realistic’, should the Bible be rewritten to make it historically accurate?

I really wouldn’t recommend going down that path. The ‘virgin’ Mary was originally the ‘maid’ Mary, and Lazarus was returned from social ostracism, not brought back from the dead. Such are the legion translation mistakes from the Hebrew to the Greek.

The real reason there aren’t more women on Mock the Week

The female comic Katherine Ryan has attacked the gender tokenism on BBC panel show Mock the Week.

I can explain why the programme has always been dominated by men, despite efforts in recent years to introduce more gender balance. It’s because the format of the programme is competitive, and men are more competitive than women.

It’s also because on average men are funnier than women. As Camille Paglia famously argued, men are given to extremes: there are more men of genius for the same reason most serial killers and lunatics are male.

Comedy is fundamentally about cruelty or the distortion of reality: it appeals to the dark side of humanity found mostly in the male of the species.

Patrick West is a spiked columnist. His latest book, Get Over Yourself: Nietzsche For Our Times, is published by Societas.

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brent mckeon

7th July 2020 at 8:17 am

Did you notice at the end of the video of the whites haressing the Black the Blacks car number plate was carefully recorded, guess the ‘troublesome Black will be further victimised.

jamie murray

4th July 2020 at 6:43 pm

Hello Mor vir- “the good god has been proved wrong due to evil”
I am afraid that assertion is just wrong, is it possible that God [i understand you don’t believe in him but bear with me] has reasons for allowing evil that you and me don’t know about?. The question regarding Gods goodness and the reality of evil is one that Christians throughout history have wrestled with and still do, it’s a very complex and difficult subject but that in itself doesn’t rule out the fact there may be a reason for it.
Are you willing to accept there may be reasons for things you don’t understand? If so then it’s reasonable to believe there’s a reason for evil that we/you don’t fully grasp.
The last time you replied to me ,you copied and pasted all of Romans 1 and highlighted the passage that refers to homosexuality, implying i had hostility to gay people,[nothing could be further from the truth] when the reason i mentioned Romans 1 was the reference it made to all people on earth being fully aware of Gods existence through nature and their own conscience but suppressing it through their own unrighteousness [the bibles terminology] and hatred of God. I believe you were aware of my point but deliberately distorted it.
I love debate and don’t mind people disagreeing with me, in the strongest terms if they want, but please, if you feel you want to reply, i’d appreciate you addressed my actual points made and not strawmen you may set up, Thank you.

jamie murray

4th July 2020 at 6:10 pm

Hi Patrick, the bible already is 100% accurate in it’s history, it’s endlessly being proved right by new archaeological discoveries despite the mockers assertions to the contrary. That’s why it never has to be rewritten, Gods never wrong!

Anjela Kewell

3rd July 2020 at 5:35 pm

The UK had its discussion on slavery 300 years ago and led the world in eradicating it where it could. Unfortunately what is not being taught these ignorant white activists is black slavery is still going on in Africa, the middle East and paricularly in Saudi.

America has its particular problem with slavery and black suppression that UK never, ever had. Aayan Hirshi Ali came from a black family in Africa who beat their children senseless. Whose father left when she was tiny. It is the black culture that we need to address. She made this very clear in her Hoover Institute discussion. She said that black people in the West are privileged because they have opportunities that black people in their own countries do not have. Black people in the West have never known slavery or poverty or suppression because America in particular gives equal opportunity. That the West is the desired destination for many educated black people because of its lack of brutality, violence and inequality.

We must not get caught up with the argument that things can improve for black people when the opportunity is there and when we know a violent and fatherless culture is being brought to our shores. We must stop blaming ourselves and allowing middle class paid activitists and ignorant do gooders to set the narrative. We must stop the media hypocrisy and hysteria.

What we must do is improve life for every western citizen legally working and living here. That means we must address the violent black culture and the acceptance that black men more than any other group, leave their families behind without any form of support. We must stop cultures who think they can bring their problems, way of life and laws from forming separate societies within our own christian society. People either want to live and work in this great country and uphold its values or they do not.

In the end if our commentators keep making excuses and appeasing what we know has been discussed, made laws over, and settled a long time ago; the black community will carry on being violent and their young men discarded by society as they struggle to find their future. Just as equally if we continue along the road of appeasing the other dangerous faction in the West, terrorism and rape will grow. Another cultural habit that needs to be stopped. Governments always follow where citizens lead so we could start with the decent journalists speaking out truthfully and fearlessly about what needs to be done rather than apologising for something that occurred 300 years ago and hasn’t been a real problem in our UK since. Perhaps we should be listening more to our black citizens who understand this more than the spoilt brats of the academic marxists

silly billy

3rd July 2020 at 3:01 pm

There are many white males involved with BLM…. surprise! Women are more likely to be SJWs. Beta males will pretend to identify with their views, in an attempt to get into their pants. I was once a student, and saw plenty of this behaviour. As for the race rows regarding Jesus, humans have a long history of creating gods in their image. The Ethiops say that their gods are flat-nosed and black, while the Thoracians claim that the gods have blue eyes and red hair – Xenophanes. And, in comedy as in life, men tend to take more risk. Neurotransmitters are modulated by hormones, modifying behaviour, and men must take the red pill of testosterone. Very nice, too.

Linda Payne

3rd July 2020 at 1:34 pm

The only people whose lives really matter are those who had the opportunity and the talent to make something of themselves. That pretty much excludes anyone labelled in some way especially if your poor because all that seems to matter now is who you are not what you can or have already done. Once labelled (see Becker for this) everything you try and do is seen in the prism of the label society has placed on you, to them you are not part of anything and must only exist on the fringes of society, it does not matter what colour and creed you are, this is the truth


3rd July 2020 at 12:17 pm

Wow. That clip of the white youth threatening a black guy, in front of his family, is distressing.
If anyone actually sees this and thinks BLM deserve support, they really have to look hard at their value system.

etidretni noinipo

3rd July 2020 at 3:23 pm

It struck me as exemplifying a grittier and gloves-off play on Biden’s “You ain’t black” line. And while I normally abhor violence, I’d love to hear that the black guy came back later with his posse and handed that bully his ass on a silver platter.

Nick Catt

6th July 2020 at 1:52 pm

It really was quite shocking. As much as I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, I’m actually glad it has happened. It shines a very bright light on the true nature of BLM and its adherents.

Harry Goldstein

3rd July 2020 at 12:07 pm

Generally good article, but wrong in one respect. The ‘New Testament’ so-called, wasn’t translated from Hebrew to Greek, it was written in Greek. The Hebrew Bible or T’nakh, known to Christians as the ‘Old Testament’, was indeed written in Hebrew and translated into Greek (the Septuagint), but of course that isn’t where the Jesus stories come from. I wonder what source your ‘correct’, Hebrew version comes from?

nick hunt

3rd July 2020 at 11:55 am

“for black people racism is a real-life everyday potential experience.” You delete the everyday racism experienced by white people, Patrick. Try saying ‘white lives matter’ in public. Also naive is “Black Lives Matter are dangerous narcissists whose driving force is self-aggrandisement”. BLM only protest black deaths, those who died in US slavery long ago and the tiny group of mostly criminal suspects killed by US white cops. They are using these deaths to destabilise democratic society and to force their agenda on us all, using emotional sentiment and guilt whipped up by the colonised media and education system. This is what Marxist insurgents always do. BLM run on and grow leftist violence, ideology and bigotry, and should be called BlackDeathsMatter.

Christopher Tyson

3rd July 2020 at 9:48 am

‘..it is becoming more evident by the day that many black people and ethnic minorities vehemently oppose BLM. ‘ The thing is Patrick, there is a catch 22, I have been writing about what I call the ‘black ideology’ for a long time, if you are black but do not subscribe to this ideology, then you are not ‘properly black’, so you view is inconsequential. BLM have simply brought to popular consciousness an ideology that has been that has been around in its current form for 20 or 30 years.
In the UK we have The Voice newspaper, this paper has been courted by British political leaders for many years, as I write there is a personal message from labour leader Kier Starmer on their site, Boris Johnson has sent them personal messages too, as have previous PM’s such as Cameron and May. Starmer talks un- self-consciously about his meeting with community leaders, and openly buys into the BLM agenda (we have all seen the photo of him proudly taking the knee).
How these ‘community leaders’ are chosen, there accountability or lack of, the absence of democracy, would be consider irrelevant by the intellectually forensic Starmer. I have experienced this personally as a black person trying to explain to a white person in a senior position my objection to their diversity policies, there is bafflement and a lack of interest on their part, no doubt the ‘official blacks’ have already won the day.
A few years ago an exhibition at the Barbican Centre was cancelled after a demonstration by black activists. The art work itself was performed by black artists, but it was the protesters that won. This is another dimension, white liberals react to black militancy, do they find it thrilling on some level? Or are they afraid? Fear is a factor, racial politics in the UK since the 1980’s and the inner city riots has had at its core control and security, co-option of potential trouble makers, and the avoidance of social disturbance above artistic or intellectual integrity.
I’ve commented on the contradictions of the ‘black ideology’, Obama is an icon of the black ideology, as I’ve said before Obama has a Kenyan father and a white mother, the fact that he is black is not an issue (the one drop rule defines him as such in any case), my point has been that he was in a position to challenge the restrictive ideology of what it is to be black. Like other black celebrities, sports stars, and high achieving black people, Obama simply went along with the black ideology. The proponents of the black ideology push black separatism at an ideological level, while co-operating with white people, in the media and academia and in their personal lives, my catchy phrase is that they are ‘literally and metaphorically in bed with white people’.
There is still racism in British society and there is also a determined political racism that we have previously identified as ‘far right’, for whatever reason people with these view today distance themselves from the far right and deny racism or that racism exists or for some, ever did, this is a dangerous rhetoric. Unfortunately the black ideology feeds the far right rhetoric. The black ideology’s lack of focus, its exaggeration of the scale and degree of racism, its blanket generalisations, and its chauvinism and anti-white rhetoric, gives plenty of ammunition to the white racist who thrive on racial divisiveness and antagonism and share the separatist and racial politics of the black ideologues.
Even if the tide turns against BLM as the article hopes, the black ideology remains unchallenged and has deep insistent roots.

Jim Lawrie

3rd July 2020 at 12:53 pm

Tell us where the racism exists and show us the evidence.

Christopher Tyson

3rd July 2020 at 3:37 pm


Dominic Straiton

3rd July 2020 at 9:19 am

Looking at all these BLM white protester its time the black community realised these middle class warriors view them as their pets. A little project to wrap themselves in, to make up for not being able to “help ” build a hospital in Africa, on gap year.

Jim Lawrie

3rd July 2020 at 10:45 am

It always angers me to see young, middle class do-gooders with ne’ery a day’s experience on a building site fly out to Africa to build a classroom – concrete blocks, tin roof, unpainted, no windows – at a flight cost that is greater than the price of the brick shed. Building that CV is paramount.
What infuriates me even more is when they come into working class pubs to collect money for their jaunt like they had the right to it. I always direct them to the fancy wine bars across the river. “But we’re not allowed to collect in there comes the reply. “Well come back here when you are” is how it ends.

nick hunt

3rd July 2020 at 12:03 pm

What also disturbs me is the way in which those do-gooders have been filled and fuelled with a fraudulent vision and burning impulse to build a better future by bigoted and delusional Marxists, who also destroyed the love millions of these youngsters once felt for nation and compatriots, regardless of politics. Say ‘Britain First’ or ‘It’s OK to be white’ now and see who gets you first: the red fascist mob or the rainbow gestapo, formerly known as the thin blue line.

a watson

4th July 2020 at 8:47 am

How they despise the white working class male. Encouraged by the BBC and Labour Party in particular.

Fraser Bailey

3rd July 2020 at 9:02 am

To quote John Snow: ‘I have never seen so many white people in one place’. And Karl Henry is fantastic. He has written the most intelligent words ever written or spoken by any footballer, anywhere.

Iwan Hughes

3rd July 2020 at 11:42 am

Jon Snow’s remark was made about a pro Brexit rally, to suggest a link between Brexit and racism. I think he would probably fail to notice the preponderance of white luvvie students supporting BLM.

Mor Vir

3rd July 2020 at 9:01 am

Shame on this society that it let the religious nutters of BLM loose on the streets, smashing the ‘idols’ and the ‘vanities’ of the public square, shaming the sinful, denouncing universal sinfulness, and that so many were so quickly cowered into submission and compliance, mouthing its silly credal verities, kneeling in public, confessing sins and doing penance in public.

WTF is wrong with the people in this society that they cannot go through a lock down without all having a breakdown and joining a violent, authoritarian penitential cult and humiliating themselves in public? Are they so damaged by 2000 years of Christianity that none of them have any shame in public than to pose their shame in public? Kids were arrested and adults lost their jobs amid that hysteria. FU UK.

jamie murray

4th July 2020 at 6:45 pm

Hello mor vir, i tried replying to one of your posts but i accidentally posted it as normal, it’s up top if of any interest to you?

Philip Humphrey

3rd July 2020 at 8:05 am

I think it’s significant that the writers of the New Testament didn’t consider it worth wasting a single word describing Jesus’s physical appearance, tall or short, dark or pale. There is absolutely nothing in the New Testament on that, it clearly was of no importance whatsoever. And I can’t see that it matters in the slightest that the statues of Jesus and Mary around the world generally resemble the people who made the statues and worship there. After all Jesus is supposed to be a friend and Savior of everyone in the world. He happened to be born in the eastern Mediterranean area at a certain time because that was part of God’s plan to best reach the whole world with His message, but his colour clearly isn’t important. And it’s rather sad that some people who should know better think that it is including a certain Archbishop.

Peter McKenna

13th July 2020 at 5:23 pm

The omission of any physical detail (along with the inclusion of so much material from the Old Testament) suggests a symbolic rather than a historical character.

The typical ancient bio would begin with outward appearance and other personal characteristics of its subject.

Dominic Straiton

3rd July 2020 at 7:22 am

Back when St Augustine converted the Saxons of England it was perfectly normal to incorporate local custom into the Church. Hence Yew trees in church yards and blond white Jesus. Only people who have converted to the intolerant new religion wouldnt know or care about this, including the current Archbishop of Canterbury.

L Strange

3rd July 2020 at 1:21 am

Good stuff. I think you hit each of this topics squarely.

Gordon Te Gopher

3rd July 2020 at 1:12 am

So all of a sudden Christians only want to deal in facts? Belief has gone out the window? This is an interesting development…

nick hunt

3rd July 2020 at 12:11 pm

Athists also need to deal with the fact that they practice a faith. Unless of course they can prove that the divine doesn’t exist. Sneering at those of other faiths certainly can’t do that. But it does make you sound just like that pompous elitist bigot and fanatic Richard Dawkins.

Mor Vir

3rd July 2020 at 12:29 pm

Adults practice a faith unless they can prove that fairies and goblins do not exist. Maybe they are just undetectable by science, who knows?

The ‘all-good’ god has been disproved thousands of times from the evils of the world, but keep pretending otherwise.

silly billy

3rd July 2020 at 3:03 pm

The Church was very quiet during the Covid crisis. However, I don’t imagine it could have exhorted us to Follow the Superstition.

jamie murray

4th July 2020 at 6:21 pm

Hello Gordon, that post made me smile but was still very wrong and built on some faulty assumptions.
As a christian myself, let me assure you that faith isn’t blind faith, it’s a position come to through rigorous study of all the available evidence in the fields of cosmology, biology, human nature, history etc and asking questions like, “how did we get here” “why”, “what’s after death” “why is there death and suffering” and on and on and on. The idea that Christians are somehow intellectually stunted and credulous and all agnostics/atheists are cool, calm, cynical scientific types who rationalise everything and have no a priori convictions that are without definitive proof themselves is, quite frankly, nonsense!

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