I’m afraid further dialogue with our conservative friend is going to be difficult, if not impossible.
I have made appeals to facts, evidence, reason and decency. So far it has been utterly futile. I’m not surprised, as I understand the nature of the authoritarian personality. Their brains are wired differently from most people’s brains. Their fight-or-flight mechanism of the amygdala is more easily activated, and their emotional response to other people and different views is generated there.
Our friend Darrell asserts:
“But BLM, the organization, only wants to foster hate and division...Black Lives Matter (the organization) is not about black lives. They could not care less about the dozens of black people killed every single week...The bottom line is that this not about black lives mattering. It is about furthering a Marxist, godless agenda... Thuggish people...espouse violence and have very little to do with denouncing actual racism.”
Reader/Commenter Rain concurs:
"BLM and Antifa don't care about blacks as human beings."
“That is absolutely the case, Rain....Marx would be proud, as these useful idiots are following his play book exactly. They seemingly want to remove a phantom "authoritarian government" so that they can put in place their own "progressive" authoritarian government which one dares not deviate from for fears far greater than just what the current cancel culture does. Again, this is evil.”
Politifact quoted Russell Berman, a professor at Stanford University and a senior fellow at its conservative Hoover Institution who has written critically about Marxism.
From: PolitiFact: Is Black Lives Matter a Marxist movement?
“Black Lives Matter’s “emphatic support for gender identity politics sets it apart from historical Marxism,” and the goals listed on its website “do not appear to be expressly anti-capitalist, which would arguably be a Marxist identifier,” (Professor) Berman added.”
As admitted by Berman, “support for gender identity politics” isn’t Marxism
So is this belief stated at BLM Marxism?
“To love and desire freedom and justice for ourselves is a prerequisite for wanting the same for others.”
I’ll answer. No. In fact, it is 100% American values.
Contrast this statement of beliefs with birther Trump’s long term friend, ally, confidant and advisor Roger Stone, flashing the hand signal for white power.
Former Republican political strategist and Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson says this about the GOP. "This is an authoritarian personality cult."
How can we reach these people? Their hearts are hardened and minds are closed by Right wing authoritarian ideology and its pernicious taint of white supremacy and racism.
I try to take a compassionate viewpoint, and understand this way of thinking is rooted in resentment, misunderstanding, and fear.
Nobody is born a racist. Racism, like an authoritarian mindset, is largely cultivated by nurture, rather than nature.
We have a racist president running a campaign dedicated to agitating more resentment, misunderstanding, and fear. Hate is being fueled as a weapon of division and leverage for power, as the president sends legions of unwelcomed militarized federal law enforcement, and possibly private Blackwater mercenaries, to quell property damage and vandals.
Remember the Right's howls of "States' rights!"? Forget it. It's OK If You Are Republican. IOKIYAR may as well be the only law of the land.
Never mind all the "collateral" casualties. Countless peaceful protesters have been clubbed and gassed by these heavy-handed proto-police state actions.
Millions of white Americans are buying into it. Our friend Darnell is even regurgitating Trump’s MAGA rhetoric, and even Nixon’s “moral majority” slogan. Does he even know Trump has NEVER had a majority of votes or support from Americans?
Does he understand he is regurgitating the words of the nation’s two most criminal, racist, and dishonest presidents?
Nonetheless, I gave it one more shot.
This is what I wrote to Darrell:
Here is what I know.
I know this will not be published or addressed.
I know you prefer not to tolerate reasoned dissent.
I know you can't refute facts and evidence, but there is something that takes your authoritarian personalities to a dark new low.
"But BLM and Antifa don't care about blacks as human beings."
Is this really how both of you think? Really? I hope not.
I'm horrified. This is exactly how hatred and racism are amplified.
How is this remark NOT demonizing AND dehumanizing of real human beings in the worst possible way? This is Nazi level hate. How is this remark NOT evil?
I would appeal to basic decency, a sense of shame, humanity, and conscience of someone uttering this.
But authoritarians...have no use for those qualities. They have surrendered their souls to a monstrous cruel ideology.
And it fits right in with the hateful words of Republican and "good Catholic" Rep. Yoho. In his sick and hateful mind, I'm sure AOC "doesn't care for people as human beings" either. And I'm sorry to say I wouldn't be the least bit surprised you share that sickness of soul.
This sure as hell isn't the message of Christ. Hypocrites. Yes. I mean it. Your hearts are darkened with anger and fear, and you believe the very worst of people you don’t like.
Trump has really brought out the inner fascist in conservatives.
God help us from all this white nationalist racism.
Have you seen the picture of the gloating criminal Roger Stone, flashing the white power hand signal with a group of racist Proud Boys?
Are these your kind of people? Are you a "Proud Boy" too? It is abundantly clear you would never accuse those racists of the same hateful qualities you want us to think BLM has.
And there's a word for that extreme bias. It is racism, and it is real.
You never did tell us what you think “real racism” is. Maybe it’s time for a look in the mirror.
Maybe an honest examination of your words will give you a clue. I understand self-examination is not a conservative value. I know conservative beliefs are never questioned.
It doesn’t take a saint to know some beliefs are horribly wrong.
Yet so many angry and hateful Republicans and conservative Christians call themselves “virtuous”, "patriots" or "racial realists".
Which is why there is one more thing that I know.
There’s one thing they will never understand.
Racism isn't racism to racists.
I sincerely hope I am wrong, and you regret embracing the hateful racist words.
I hope you find a conscience, so I can say you are not racists and fake CINO, Christian-In-Name-Only, hypocrites.
But that is something I may never know.
I really don’t have much more to say to Darrell. It is entirely up to him to examine his conscience and beliefs.
It is sad that we cannot hold much hope for this from the right-wing authoritarian personalities.
What I can do is continue to expose, question, challenge, disprove, and condemn their cruel, angry, hateful and false beliefs.
This is not just my responsibility to humanity, truth, and decency. It is nothing less than my patriotic duty to our country.