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To America, Black Lives Only Sometimes Matter

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US politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pose as dedicated to racial equality and fighting racism - yet she regularly finds herself in support of US military aggression abroad which exclusively targets nations populated by black, brown, and Asian people.

If Black Lives Matter -- They Must Always Matter, Everywhere, All the Time
If Black Lives Matter -- They Must Always Matter, Everywhere, All the Time
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There is no doubt that colonialism and racism sit at the root of America's domestic problems. The push to dominate others abroad is directly linked to the belief that those who are different at home should also be dominated.

There are still Americans alive today that remember segregation laws that denied black Americans their basic rights and dignity. Before that, there was outright slavery.

Even today, racism is still institutionalized. It also permeates American culture, laying just beneath a superficial layer of tolerance and equality.

This is not just about white people who remain racist against blacks and other minorities - a product of America's terminally ill culture - it is also about fundamental racism that still very much sits at the heart of American foreign and domestic policy - against not only blacks, but virtually every race on the planet from Africans to Asians to even Slavs.

The US is a nation that encourages its people to hate entire groups of people abroad to help justify otherwise unjust wars. Arabs, Chinese people, Russians - are all vilified with bigotry and hatred sanctioned by mainstream American culture. It isn't hard to see why in a nation like this, hatred for other groups is easily justified in the minds of racists and the unjust.

Not Just Police in America - Racism is a Key Feature of US Foreign Policy

It was under US President Barack Obama that the US decimated the North African nation of Libya, deposing Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi - a champion of African dignity and progress and the champion of tens of thousands of blacks from all over Africa who travelled to Libya to find work and a better life - work and a better life Gaddafi provided them until he was brutally murdered and his government replaced by heavily armed, racist terrorists backed by the US and its European allies.

US-backed militants in Libya would hunt down Libya's black population, killing them, torturing them, and even enslaving them in open air slave markets - a spectacle one might have believed was unthinkable in the 21st century - but something made possible by America, its foreign policy, and its deeply rooted racism and sense of supremacy - despite having a "black" president at the time.
President Obama is hardly the only one to blame - he simply picked up where others left off - and his successor, US President Donald Trump is simply next in line to carry forward systemic US injustice worldwide. The fact that President Obama was black made no difference and simply helps illustrate how while superficial milestones are waved in America's face - the fundamental rot of injustice, racism, and supremacist thinking persists.

When a nation is able to justify denying one group of people their dignity, worth, and rights as human beings it is a slippery slope that easily leads to other groups likewise being stripped of their humanity and abused.

If Black Lives Matter - They Must Always Matter, Everywhere, All the Time

Any case of police brutality is tragic and needs to be addressed -a problem in its own right. If officers killed George Flyod because he was black, it represents an additional problem that must also be addressed.

If Americans genuinely believe black lives matter - then they need to commit to fighting injustice against them, and all other victims of American racism and supremacy. If they speak up only when it is popular and "trending" it's as good as not speaking up at all.

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Brian Joseph Thomas Berletic (A.K.A. Tony Cartalucci) is a Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer.  Tony is a American industrial designer living in Bangkok, Thailand since he left the United States Marine Corps and the US altogether in 2004.

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