David Duke: Huge mistake characterizing Black Lives Matter as racist

07131601David Duke is making a huge, fundamental error lumping all Blacks together who say or chant "Black lives matter," as if they all believe the same thing regarding all White people.

Okay, this is important and I want to be very, very clear about it. Please read all of it. It's not very long. (This is the video I want to discuss.)

There are Black racists. However, there are millions of non-racist Blacks who say "Black lives matter." Those non-racist Blacks are members of the Black Lives Matter Movement simply by stating that Black lives matter. The Movement is not top-down. There are Black people who have organized around the expression, but they don't have a lock on the Movement nor have racists co-opted it and taken it over. Most importantly, those non-racist Black members of the Black Lives Matter Movement have completely understandable and reasonable grievances that have not been properly addressed, not even close. Read this: http://kuow.org/post/ive-been-stopped-8-times-seattle-police-not-because-im-bad-driver

I have posted about David Duke a few times not to defend his every current position or view but only to say that everyone deserves an opportunity to grow and change and renounce former positions, etc., not be treated as if he or she hasn't done that. It's like when Malcolm X converted from being a member of Wallace Fard's Nation of Islam (Fard was a Black racist) to the broader Sunni Islam and denounced racism. I don't know Muhammad Ali's full story on it, but there's this: http://uproxx.com/smokingsection/muhammad-ali-malcolm-x-fallout/ (and this link to Malcolm in that short article https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRC5jN5I-wU .)

David Duke has openly stated that he no longer believes as he once did. He says racism is evil. He has stood up for Palestinians against the racism of right-wing Zionism. That said, it is important to state where and when and concerning what David remains over-the-top. This video is a prime example of David being over-the-top.

I'm not saying he is completely unjustified in sounding the alarm against Black racists. I'm saying that he's being reckless in:
1) failing to point out the millions of non-racist Blacks who are Black Lives Matter Movement supporters
2) failing to state that all Whites should be extremely careful not to lump non-racist Blacks in with the racist Blacks and
3) failing to say that Whites ought not to assume that if Whites become a minority in the US that all Black and other non-Whites will turn around and allow Whites to be treated as Blacks were treated by those Whites who were racists, often brutally so and worse.

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