Amazon’s insane attempt to bury my Black Lives Matter talk


Many Americans believe that Black Lives Matter is a model of social justice. And who can blame them? Most of the media did not tell them the truth: that the BLM organizations were founded and are run by people recruited and trained by true communists to – in their own words – “dismantle the organizing principle of society”.

Even Big Tech helps cover up the truth. I know because Amazon hampered my efforts to shine the spotlight on BLM for a week.

I wrote “BLM: The Making of a New Marxist Revolution” precisely to educate and expose what the media hid from Americans. Encounter Books released it on September 7 – but on September 14, we learned that Amazon had blocked our ads for the book.

It still sells very well: it even ranks # 1 in Amazon’s Black and African American History category, beating “Stamped from the Beginning” by Ibram X. Kendi and “The 1619 Project” by Nikole Hannah- Jones.

Finally, on September 16, Amazon told us it was reconsidering its decision, which a spokesperson told a colleague of mine was “part of a human error that was being rectified. “.

Kudos to Amazon for doing the right thing in the end, but the questions remain: Was the ban the result of an individual disagreeing with the contents of the book? Let’s not forget that Amazon actually banned the to sell of “When Harry Met Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment” by my former colleague Ryan Anderson.

Amazon’s original statement was Orwellian. He said the ad for my book “contains book (s) or content that is not permitted. Content that revolves around controversial or hotly debated social topics is not permitted. Please remove that content from your website. announcement.

This beggar belief, sounding like the tech giant doesn’t want social issues debated. What democratic society can survive without debate?

But destroying American society, that’s exactly the BLM executives goal, as they tell us. My book simply provides them, and their trainers, allies, and funders, the platform that the media and Big Tech have denied them for too long. In this sense, I compliment them for taking them and their words seriously.

For example, I quote Alicia Garza, one of the main founders and leaders of BLM, explaining to leftists in Maine in 2019, “We are talking about changing the way we have organized this country. . . . I believe that we all have work to do to continue to dismantle the organizing principle of this society. “

Regarding the free market system, Garza told a group of international Marxists in 2015: “It is not possible for a world to emerge where black lives matter if it is under capitalism, and it doesn’t exist. It is not possible to abolish capitalism without fighting against national oppression.

Patrisse Cullors, another leader and founder of BLM, is equally outspoken. In 2015, she told an interviewer that she and Garza were “trained Marxists”. And she reiterated her adherence to Marxism in a 2021 video where she also admits that she “doesn’t know if it’s worth talking about communism” – the best-known synonym of Marxism – “because it is wrong. reputation”.

Cullors’ training came from the Los Angeles-based Labor / Community Strategy Center, created by Eric Mann, a former member of the Weather Underground terrorist organization who boasts in his 2011 book “Playbook for Progressives” that his center has ” recruited “Cullors when she was 17. The objective of its center: “Take this country away from the state of white settlers, move this country away from imperialism and have an anti-racist, anti-imperialist and anti-fascist revolution.” “

Garza was trained in the School of Unity and Liberation, another Marxist preparation, founded by Harmony Goldberg, a self-proclaimed follower of the leader of the Italian Communist Party of the early 20th century, Antonio Gramsci, and communist revolutionaries in Cuba, China and Chile. It was during an internship at SOUL that Garza learned that, as she put it, “social movements around the world have used Marx and Lenin as the basis for disrupting these systems which are really having a negative impact on the majority. people “.

Both were already well entrenched in socialist organizations long before the BLM was founded in 2013. The chaos they have caused since, especially in 2020, has resulted in billions of property damage, resulting in the deaths of thousands in homicides. extra and turned our whole life upside down.

Whether this already constitutes “the dismantling of the organizing principle of this society” or Mann’s dreams of revolution, I leave it to the reader to decide – and to debate. Having lived in Cuba, where the government censors information about the ruling Communist Party, I do not recommend that we go this route.

Mike Gonzalez is a senior fellow at the Allison Center for Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation.

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