#slavery

Erasing history in the classroom

So the San Francisco school district is changing the names of schools after people who exhibited racist tendencies.

Including Abraham Lincoln.

This comment above was what the school district had to say about Lincoln . And these nut jobs are teaching kids.

We guess helping to free them from slavery wasn’t enough.

Watch this type of nonsense accelerate under a Biden administration.

10 questions VP Pence should ask Senator Harris

Charlie Kirk outlines 10 questions VP Mike Pence should ask Senator Kamala Harris.

The truth hurts

What a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!

How ironic that the papers that practice social justice the hardest have the most troubled pasts.

The Guardian was founded by a slave owner. The NY Times founding editor wrote an editorial which supported the right of slave owners to recover escaped slaves according to Prager University.

#CancelNYT ?

Are we witnessing sporting suicide?

People used to be able to watch sports in order to be able escape financial stress, relationship pressure, horrible bosses or politics for a couple of hours. Now politics comes as standard and is being actively shoved straight in paying customers’ faces.

The NBA has just announced it will paint “Black Lives Matter” on the courtside.

Retired NFL defensive end Marcellus Wiley explained why he thought it is a bad idea for the NBA to do it based on the divisive manifesto of BLM.

This follows on from the NFL’s pandering to identity politics and promotion of segregation by introducing a “black national anthem” before Week 1 games.

As one astute reader posted this with respect to the NFL post we wrote today,

If this causes a loss of attendance will the excuse be that those missing were therefore racist? And how does that help pay the bills? What will be the steps taken to address shortfalls in revenue ? Presumably reductions in salaries and jobs to those whose livelihood depends on the attendance?

This is a very emotive issue and no one is denying that it is not an important one but enforcing dictats onto paying customers is never a good idea – asking for help to change is better than demanding change and alienating a section of society who for the most part were already onside -you cannot force their cooperation – you will just make reasonable people unreasonable.

We think the NBA and NFL are making extremely poor decisions. As corporations they have that right but since when has treating customers with contempt been a good strategy?? Gillette anyone?

We wrote a piece on the divisive nature of sports being ruined by political activism a few weeks back.

If we were advising the Redskins response to Nike

Nike has stopped selling Washington Redskins gear and won’t resume sales until the NFL team changes its name.

Nike, alongside FedEx and PepsiCo have been put under pressure by activist investors. We can absolutely guarantee that the ultimate customers of money managers – individuals – want decent and sustainable returns, not woke virtue signaling.

Given investment houses often preach about the importance of accurate numbers, due diligence and shareholder returns, why not accept that over 90% of Native Americans have no issue with the name? Have Native Americans come out on mass demanding the name change?

The thing is that the majority demanding the change haven’t bothered to consult the very people who don’t appear to be bothered by it. Another typical woke liberal talking point to post to social media feeds to make themselves feel morally superior despite the fact that the majority don’t represent the very people they claim to.

What woeful governance practices to cave in to activists, who often don’t meet the very guidelines they demand of others.

Perhaps the Washington Redskins should return serve on Nike and demand that using a name from Greek mythology is cultural appropriation and not inclusive of the trans community. It should also request Nike stop making products that use cotton because of its links to slavery.

Furthermore, the use of synthetic materials that rely on the fossil fuels industry must be banned to show its commitment to combatting climate change.

The Redskins management should also demand that Nike force any staff member, executive, supplier, contractor or sports figure they sponsor not use Mercedes for its former links to slavery.

The cancel culture must apply across the board.

#PushBack. The corporate world has no place lecturing anyone on morals.

Aspirational society as viewed through the rose-tinted goggles of Antifa

This is a video of conservative news network OAN reporter Jack Posobiec, who went to Lincoln Park in DC to film an elderly black tour guide trying to protect the Emancipation Memorial statue and educate the assembled Antifa and BLM protestors on its history, including the fact that it was paid for by freed slaves before they sought to tear it down. Both men were shut down and assaulted. The protestors then bullied the guide for “protecting a white supremacist.

The 25-yo white male in a black helmet and pink-tinted goggles – identified as Jason Robert Charter – proceeded to take joy in harassing Posobiec for minutes as he was ejected from the area, no doubt feeling emboldened by safety in numbers. One imagines how this weakling would have acted if the tables were turned. Posobiec was as compliant as he could be after being assaulted, presumably expecting to be set upon. Apart from the vile abuse thrown at him, Charter issued the threat of the mob taking photos of the journalist’s licence plate, presumably to finish off what was started.

No matter how “alt-right” these terrorists wish to think OAN or Prosobiec to be, they had no interest in learning about history, no willingness to accept an alternative point of view other than their own without screaming “Nazi.” If only these lunatics took a look in the mirror and realised the true fascists they condemn were staring right back at them.

In closing, Charter’s rose-tinted goggles make for a perfect irony in allowing us to view the world he believes we aspire to. Not in a million years.

However, the less law-abiding citizens push back against this type of bullying and cancel culture which is finding its way into more corporate boardrooms, the more emboldened these uneducated thugs become. Not on our watch.

F-1 driver Ricciardo proves Hamilton’s hypocrisy

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6x World F-1 champion Lewis Hamilton has decided shaming his fellow drivers for not speaking up is a thing. Hamilton wrote on Instagram,

I see those of you who are staying silent, some of you the biggest of stars yet you stay silent in the midst of injustice. Not a sign from anybody in my industry which of course is a white-dominated sport.

Australian F-1 driver Daniel Ricciardo folded to the pressure noting,

I’ve certainly learned a lot the last few weeks…I’ve been reading, I’ve been watching and it’s opened my eyes. I’ve learnt that just because you might not consider yourself a racist or a person of conflict, that’s not enough. You have to speak up, you have to educate yourself and others around you because what I understood is, being silent is part of the problem…I felt a bit… I don’t know if it’s guilty or just like, ‘How can I be so naïve to everything that’s been going on?’. And it’s not only the last few weeks, but it’s been months, it’s been years. It is good that finally more of the world is getting exposed to it and people are behind it. Also, understanding that it’s okay to speak up, you’re not going to be judged, you’re not going to be criticised, and I think because of the volume of everyone getting involved, and all races getting involved, that’s been really powerful.”

Hey Daniel, you hit the nail right on the head. If you don’t speak up, you get judged and criticized by a hypocrite who collects a £40million annual paycheck from a company that has a history of slavery that has invested in him since he was 13 which happens to provide a superior racecar so a highly talented driver who happens to be a person of colour can obliterate his rivals in a “white-dominated sport.” 

Here’s a dare to the left on cancel culture

If left wing politicians are so determined to pull down statues to appease the mob, we think they run with that as an election campaign promise listing all the bronze icons that are in play and put it to the people. If the majority are happy to make the change at the very least their voices will be heard.

Of course they won’t because these liberal politicians love to tell everyone else they know what’s good for them. You know, just like the master stroke of idly sitting by watching CHAZ develop.

If the left wing politicians really believed their own vision of utopia is universal the wave of virtue signaling white liberals should make such such an election policy a formality at the ballot box.

The most spectacular own goal in history

We can’t think of a bigger own goal. The Guardian newspaper is no stranger to woke causes and pushing all the left wing social causes. Slavery is a definite no-no.

So we wonder how the BLM cheerleading rag can explain away its history. The paper’s founder, John Edward Taylor used profits from a cotton plantation that used slaves to establish the paper in 1821.

In 1844, the paper is claimed to have demanded its cotton workers be forced back into work to fund it.

As the US Civil War wager the Manchester Guardian sided with the southern Confederates against President Lincoln, the liberator of slaves.

The only noble thing to do would be to shut the newspaper down in line with the beliefs of all of its journalists. A petition is already up and running. You can sign here.

Naturally, the left will overlook this troubling history. If The Guardian wants to support BLM, tearing down statues and all the other pet causes of the left it should practice what it preaches.

Self-imposed slavery on the sporting field?

We couldn’t help but notice the kneeling across global sporting codes over the weekend. In Australia, players of the AFL and NRL codes all took the knee. No one stood.

The football leagues across Europe did the same thing.

Have we just witnessed acts of modern day slavery?

No, we are not trying to draw an equivalence to those that suffered at the hands of real slavery more than a century ago. Let’s be absolutely clear.

However it is not hard to see capitulating to the mob by surrendering constitutional rights out of a fear of exercising them as a reflection of the bleak dystopian future that is rapidly approaching.

We can be absolutely sure that failure to publicly submit to causes like BLM will lead to vilification and worse. Best to fall in line (literally) to avoid being attacked and face the inevitable backlash from the verbally violent apparatchiks on Twitter.

Is it fair to assume that every player believed in the cause of kneeling for BLM? Or were some pressured to do so? Did they feel their contracts might come under threat for non compliance?

Worry they might. LA Galaxy star Aleksandar Katai was recently sacked for something his wife tweeted about BLM without his knowledge. Career over. Shouldn’t the incendiary tweets of a spouse live and die there? Should companies have the power to sack us for the free speech exercised by our own husbands or wives in their own time?

Do employers have rights to enforce behaviors of employees completely unrelated to their jobs especially if not bound by legal contracts?

Did woke sponsors threaten to withdraw support if they didn’t make the virtue signaling gesture? Or did the same sponsors fear secondary boycotts and demand players got on message? Will players and officials kneel at every match from now on?

Are police officers – who attend every sporting match for player and fan security – so in need of being vilified each game for things the overwhelming majority haven’t committed?

Let’s not forget the long list of disgraceful crimes committed by many sports celebrities including rape, murders, shootings, animal cruelty, prostitution rings, assault, robbery, illegal gun possession, DUI and resisting arrest to name a few. Are these the types of role models the sports bodies think should lecture the rest of us?

We don’t doubt that most players believe in the lives of black (and all) people but was there any resistance in the locker room beforehand? Did they fear an Israel Folau style social media lynch mob which might drag their own family members in the line of fire for failing to fall to their knees?

The NFL in America marks the next step for the rest of the world’s sporting codes.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made a woefully cringeworthy and cowardly apology for ignoring the cause started by Colin Kaepernick, who will now get to name his price. Watch Goodell make him a race liaison for the NFL. Forget that Kaepernick was an average quarterback when he played. Just sign him ahead of far better players in order to avoid censure. A multi-year lucrative multi-million dollar participation trophy awaits.

Goodell said the NFL condemns systemic racism. Really? Who knew? Why would the NFL have to publicly announce the bleeding obvious? c.70% of NFL players are handsomely rewarded African Americans. Hardly a league guilty of oppressing minorities.

Goodell promised to spend $250 million over 10 years to combat systemic racism. Put that $25m yearly stipend against the $8bn in annual revenue, that is a token 0.31% of that. So it’s hardly a sum relative to the self loathing video made. Still it makes for good headlines. Will the NFL subsidize Kaep out of that sum?

Will fans be subject to a ditching of the flag and an end to the national anthem at the game? Will it be replaced by a minute’s silence where law abiding, open minded and tolerant citizens of all races are required to watch propaganda on police brutality broadcast on big screens to martial music before kick-off?

What is worse is that Goodell skipped over the fact that his fans more than likely already condemned police brutality well before his forced confession reminiscent of an ISIS hostage video.

Is Goodell’s memory so short? Don’t fans just want to unwind from the stresses of family, work and politics by watching their team play a great game?

The NFL might feel encouraged that it’s viewership may have made a tepid recovery from the lows of 2017 but it shouldn’t test the loyalty of fans this way. They don’t pay good money to be lectured over things they already repudiate.

The Australian Wallabies rugby union team is another franchise which succumbed to pandering to identity politics over serving the needs of paying customers. Self-inflicted wound. It will take decades to recover, if ever.

The AFL and NRL should watch their step too. Overplay politics at games where fans go to escape it and they might find they walk away leaving them where they are now – cardboard cutouts in the stands and canned crowds. Don’t mistake any bump in ratings as anything other than a short term COVID19 induced boredom escaping aberration.

To think if the players hadn’t submitted to bondage in the first place, they would have no need to get on their knees of their own volition and beg their ultimate paymasters for mercy.