“When you’re waging unconventional warfare (and it‘s only unconventional to those on whom the war is being waged, and this war is being waged on the American Public), what you do is you put your operatives in that in-between space (i.e. Social Media / Twitter). If you have a democracy, or what little remains of it, and you want to have a system of governance based on facts and rule of law, it’s essential that you have access to the facts in order to have informed consent – in order to know who to vote for, what to embraces, that sort of thing. So what this group did, this syndicate, is they focused an enormous amount of attention focusing on media. If you focus on advancing a narrative through dominance in the media, pop culture, politics, think tanks, and education, then you can induce people to embrace a narrative that they themselves can’t really see that they’re embracing because it’s the screen, the sort of frame from which they now perceive their world. So, you’ll notice how we seamlessly segwayed between a Cold War fighting against ‘people who hate our values,’ to a ‘War on Terror’ fighting against ‘people who hate our values.’" Jeff Gates

 

This morning I awoke (like everyone else) to a flurry of News. Yet another killing of a Black Man at the hands of the police.

Unfortunately, this kind of thing is hardly new in the United States. In a country founded on 500 years of slavery and racism, the wrongful killing of Black People has been a fact of American existence, for a very long time.

The reaction however, has changed dramatically in the last few years. For centuries in this country (as a general rule), the deaths of Black People at the hands of the police would rarely even elicit a mention in the local news, but recently and suddenly – these incidents have literally become industry.

Overnight, the “social media” response to this event was overwhelming. Before the sun was even up, the “troops” were mobilized, the standard hashtag for every one of these shootings was instantly forced to trend (#AltonSterling), various organized protests were already underway, as well as the calls for the police chief, mayor, etc., to immediately step down. Law enforcement is already rightfully concerned protest will turn into ‘uprising’ as it has so many times before.

What has so dramatically changed in literally just a few years? Black people have always been outraged over these incidents, and have always ‘protested,’ and it has rarely amounted to anything at all. Now, like clockwork, after every one of these events a ‘virtual’ army marches on Social Media, and ‘protests’ designed to turn into riot are scheduled and executed with tactical precision. You can be sure, there will be concerted effort to turn this killing into reason for yet another series of violent protest across this country.

What has changed, is that the “#BlackLivesMatter issue, has been coopted and repurposed as yet another motivational meme for destabilizing this country. Anyone who has been paying attention at all has surely noticed that these days (regardless of the protest cause), at some point almost all ‘modern’ protests morph into organized ‘uprising’ and destabilization of the city they are protesting in.

Look at the evolution of ‘protest’ and violence over the last several years, compared to decades before.

1980s

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2010s

  • 2010 – Springfest riot, April 10, 200 police disperse crowd of 8000 using tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and bean bag rounds, near the campus of James Madison University; dozens injured. 30–35 arrested; Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • 2010 – Santa Cruz May Day riot, May 1, 250 rampage through downtown Santa Cruz attacking 18 businesses, causing an estimated $100,000 in damages. 1 arrested. Santa Cruz, California
  • 2010 – BART verdict riot, July 8, in response to verdict in BART Police shooting of Oscar Grant. About 100 businesses were damaged and 78 people were arrested. Oakland, California
  • 2010 – Oakland protest riot, Nov. 5, Police made more than 150 arrests as a crowd broke windows and knocked down fences, protesting sentence of former BART officer in shooting of Oscar Grant on New Years Day 2009; see BART Police shooting of Oscar Grant. Oakland, California
  • 2011 – Pennsylvania State University, Joe Paterno riot. Students riot in protest of the decision of the Board of Trustees to fire head football coach Joe Paterno. State College, Pennsylvania
  • 2011 – Occupy Wall Street (Brooklyn Bridge protests). Demonstrators blocked the bridge and more than 700 people were arrested. Brooklyn, New York
  • 2011 – Occupy Wall Street Oakland protests riots. October. Protesters shattered windows, set fires, and plastered buildings with graffiti. Riot police fired heavy amounts of tear gas on the protesters.
  • 2012 – NATO 2012 Chicago Summit, May. Conflict between riot police. Dozens of demonstrators clubbed and arrested.
  • 2012 – Anaheim police shooting and protests, July 28. Violence erupted after multiple shootings in the neighborhood by police that included unarmed Manuel Diaz. 24 people were arrested
  • 2014 – Ferguson, Missouri, August 10. Protests turned into violent riots and unrest after the death of teenager Michael Brown, who was shot by a Ferguson police officer.
  • 2014 – New York, New York, and Berkeley, California – After prosecutors and a grand jury refused to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner, many people protested against it in New York City and other cities, some of them causing unrest.
  • 2015 – Baltimore, Maryland – After days of peaceful protests, rioting and looting began on Monday, April 27, 2015 following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.
  • 2016 – Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, January–February 2015. 1 killed and several dozen arrested. Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon
  • 2016 - Locals attack police after the Shooting of Abdullahi Omar Mohamed.
  • 2016 – 2016 Donald Trump Chicago rally protest, March 11. Five people arrested and two police officers injured during a demonstration at the UIC Pavilion.
  • 2016 - Democracy Spring rally in April. March to Washington D.C. and sit-ins lea to arrests.
  • 2016 - Donald Trump rally in Costa Mesa, California. April 29. 20 Arrested as crowd turns violent outside Trump Rally.

Those behind the repurposing of these incidents aren’t interested in the actual causes that people get upset about. The only things they care about is that people get riled up over an issue (any issue), that the issue can be used to mobilize people to ‘protest,’ and that those ‘protests’ can be used to launch destabilization operations.

As is always the case, you’ll get to see it for yourself. The authorities in Baton Rouge have already turned this investigation over to Federal Civil Rights investigators, in effort to stem the coming ‘outrage.’ It won’t make any difference. The State Authorities and the family of Alton Sterling are unified in pleading with people to remain peaceful. It won’t make any difference. Those who intend to use this incident to foment violence don’t care about these pleas at all, and will methodically try to turn this incident into another #Ferguson or #Baltimore level ‘uprising’ with the singular intent of weakening / destabilizing another American city. The wrongful killing of Black People in this country is always a tragedy. The fact that Black people are used and victimized like this, after already being victimized, makes it this new methodology of victimization – that much more revolting.