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As an American, I noted BLM arose out of the CIA culture wars and is an Obama administration psyop. The pun is "Black Lives Matter" is the same as "Bureau of Land Management" which manages public lands in a checkerboard pattern (cf masonic symbolism - black and white). In 2014, you had simultaneously the Bundy ranch standoff with the Bureau of Land Management with the Ferguson Riots (Ferguson is the first city out from the St. Louis Arch, which is the US National Monument to Westward Expansion - the equivalent of the South African voortrekker monument).

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Really measured and interesting article. Thank you.

Do you have a podcast Hugo? Can we follow you elsewhere like Twitter?

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hi Elain, yes I have a YouTube channel and a twitter handle

https://www.youtube.com/@hugo_kruger/streams

https://twitter.com/home

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The Twitter link appears to just go to the regular Twitter home page.

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https://twitter.com/hkrugertjie

sorry for that

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Thank you. Got it now :)

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Just to say, it feels as though the modern movement towards black power as opposed to equality for everyone, and the destruction of various monuments (none of which I have any love for I may add) feels like the damnatio memoriae practised during the Roman Empire to expunge any knowledge of the people who went before. Yet usually what happened was one rule of terrible leaders was replaced by the next lot of terrible leaders.

It also smacks of the 'sins of the fathers' dogma. Rather than take each person on merit, they are judged by what went before, or frequently these days, their racial relationship to what went before. And dare to put your head above the parapet and suggest this movement is actually unfair and that we should all be working together for better lives for all, and we are immediately accused of racism. Professors have to leave their positions. Its a mess.

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Thanks for the thought out opinion. I agree and we got the same response for calling out this behavior in South Africa when I was at University. I think now its actually a bit better and many people see right through the silly accusations of racism.

But it's unfortunately so unnecessary.

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https://www.historians.org/research-and-publications/perspectives-on-history/september-2022/is-history-history-identity-politics-and-teleologies-of-the-present

Wonder if you saw this controversy back in August last year. Sweet attempted to discuss how the revision of history, specific the 1619 project, was ignoring factual history in favour of current in-favour politics. He was mercilessly attacked by fellow academics, both on social media and in academic journals. It makes for an interesting read, and the responses if you go looking for them, are an exercise in censorship culture and a desire to wipe from existence inconvenient history.

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