Black Lives Matter is reviving racist thinking

Black Lives Matter is reviving racist thinking, by Nick Cater.

The contrived message of BLM sits awkwardly in Australia, where slavery has never been legal and imperialism was practiced in its most enlightened form. …

Children are now taught that James Cook was an invader, not the explorer, navigator and cartographer we had previously assumed him to be. The term is used on the ABC without any reference to the facts.

Until recently, Governor Lachlan Macquarie was regarded as a liberal reformer who emancipated convicts, established the first school for Aboriginal children and returned land to Aboriginal control. Now he stands accused of genocide. …

The primitive tribalism of identity politics on a global scale:

Underpinning the new race narrative is the belief that destiny is determined by biology. To be born white gives access to a lifetime of privilege. To be born black is to become a member of an oppressed underclass, constantly beaten down by prejudice in an alien land.

Conceptually, it is a return to the theory that differences between people were determined by biology, not their culture. BLM’s fight on ‘anti-blackness’ portrays all black people as victims, regardless of how successful they might be in life.

It frames itself as part of ‘the global black family’, pushing the significance of skin colour to a whole new level.

BLM’s solution is not personal empowerment, urging black people to discover success through hard work and persistence. Victory will come through a collective, global struggle against violence by the state and the actors it sanctions.

Perhaps those who have ‘taken the knee’ in sporting contests are unaware of BLM’s revolutionary manifesto, which pitches the moment not just against racism, but also against ‘the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure’ which it pledges to disrupt.

Instead, it promotes ‘extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children’. …

The Australian flavor is incredibly weak:

In Australia, the movement has latched hold of Indigenous politics as its raison d’être. The concept of a universal fraternity of blackness that bundles the descendants of Australia’s first inhabitants with the descendants of African slaves is problematic.

The notion that disadvantage is a result of skin colour, rather than low education, remoteness, poor health or welfare dependency, is absurd.

Black lives multiplying: