For those of you who follow the news, you may have heard about some recent protests. Though many of these were sparked by the death of George Floyd, it became something different in a short period of time. As the world watched in anticipation of social justice, the real masterminds went to work. Timing is everything.
Throughout history nearly every major protest has been successfully hijacked. In some cases it can be done in a subtle way. The government and media has played roles in the past of “creating the narrative” and controlling the protest. When you control the message, you control what the population sees and hears. This diminishes or re-directs the original message. The new message is intended to suit the needs of particular groups.
Other forms of hijacking are far more dangerous and some quite profitable. This latest round of civil unrest has been seized upon by the best vulchers money can buy. All of the pros came out for this one. They knew it was big and the time was now. As with many others, the hijacking was a success.
As I watched the original protests form around the death of George Floyd, I was amazed at how quickly the machine began to churn. As with many brutal deaths in the past, civil unrest and civilian protests generally follow. This was different. The outrage was too large to ignore and the crowd began to solidify. When 50% of the crowd was suburban white people, the media began to follow. This is a sad fact.
Almost instantly the movement was branded as black lives matter. This was originally a concept for the movement, not a brand or a label. That was short lived. The formal business corporation titled Black Lives Matter Global Movement, quickly attached themselves to the cause. I don’t know how much they generated “towards the cause” but this is a fact. Another “company” with a similar name, called Black Lives Matter Foundation accidentally generated over four million dollars within the first week. Employees from companies including Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Dropbox also raised over $4 million for the group. There is a lot of money in social unrest.
Worth mentioning: Susan Rosenberg has served as vice chair of the board of directors for Thousand Currents, an organization that provides fundraising and fiscal sponsorship for the Black Lives Matter Global Movement. She was an active member of revolutionary left-wing movements whose illegal activities included bombing U.S. government buildings and committing armed robberies.
Other attempts to disrupt the message were also quite successful.
One example: Three men with ties to the U.S. military and alleged to be members of an extreme white supremacist group face multiple terrorism conspiracy charges of planning to wreak havoc at protests in Las Vegas over George Floyd’s death. Federal prosecutors say the men belong to the far-right “Boogaloo” movement. The goal is to create civil unrest and provoke heavy military response to civilian disruption.
This allows their agenda to begin. How serious are they? Earlier this month, Steven Carrillo, 32, an active-duty Air Force sergeant connected to the Boogaloo movement was arrested in the May 29 fatal shooting of a federal security officer outside a U.S. courthouse in Oakland, California. He is also charged in the subsequent ambush slaying of a California sheriff’s deputy that also injured four other officers.
These groups are not alone. The mysterious person known as “Umbrella Man” — who smashed the windows of a Minneapolis auto parts store in May during the outset of George Floyd protests — has been identified as a suspected member of the Hell’s Angels who sought to stir violence and racial tensions amid the unrest. The timing was perfect. An arson investigator with the Minneapolis police wrote in the affidavit that the man’s actions on May 27 “created an atmosphere of hostility and tension” that helped inflame what had been relatively peaceful protests up to that point.
The business he vandalized was burned to the ground later the same day along with the city’s 3rd Precinct building.
The news footage simply displayed chaos, looting and arson around a civil rights protest. Of course the general public assumes it is the crazed animals that are demanding the end of police brutality. Another successful hijacking.
At least two people died in the subsequent riots, which eventually spread as far as north Minneapolis and South St. Paul, and caused roughly $500 million in damage.
The concept of outside “provocateurs” is nothing new. In the past it was more common to be associated with law enforcement. As many might recall, incidents such as the NoDAPL movement was infiltrated by law enforcement to provoke a peaceful protest to becoming violent, or at least appear as such. This tactic is commonly used to tarnish the visual perception of the group protesting and in the case of Standing Rock, it was used to authorize the use of force. “Look at the bad people we are protecting you from.”
So remember, the next time you see a protest, do the research to find the true message. It might be worth listening to. Also remember, the next time you are attending a protest, be sure to know the person next to you. Your freedom might depend on it.