Iran and the Black Lives Matter Movement
When New York Senator Schumer came out in opposition to the Iran Nuclear Agreement, he brought the mission of Black Lives Matter Movement front and center. What if an African American is killed in Iran instead of Ferguson, does his life also matter? The grief for African-American parents in either situation will be the same, so we must ask: “Should our black youth fight in Iran”?
As a former Marine, I realize President Obama is correct on the Iran Nuclear Agreement. Without a diplomatic solution, we'll be forced into another war in the Middle East. I question if Senator Schumer has considered, or cares about how many minorities and poor whites will die. He didn't care when voting to invade Iraq, sending hundreds of young Americans to die, while never questioning the known lies about WMD's, the weapons of mass destruction.
The Senator confessed that his concern is Israel. Back in 2010, Senator Schumer explained to a Jewish radio audience, he views himself as chosen by God to be Israel’s guardian in the Senate, even though the United States Senate’s oath of office doesn't mention Israel. Senator Schumer feels he’s chosen by God to serve the State of Israel in the United States Senate. With that said, I understand Senator’s interest; he’s a Jew and his goal should be to protect the Jewish people.
However, if African-American youth die for Zionism, and an apartheid system protected by heavy nuclear weapon’s arsenal, then I have problems. That’s why I’m calling out the leaders of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Since the Vietnam War, thousands of blacks like Eric Gardner, Freddy Gray, and Sandra Bland have died in Americans’ wars against people of color. The same war that is waged against them, is waged against people of color here in America. Jim Crow and Neo-Colonialism are the same; their goal is to have people of color be submissive.
Malcolm X taught us years ago that our struggles can’t be just civil rights. Our struggle is human rights, and should be presented as such to the United Nations, so we can show that worldwide attacks on people of color are the same for all people of color. Hundreds of black youths are killed in Brazil daily, Dominican born blacks are force to leave their homes and move to Haiti, while the Israeli apartheid of Gaza destroys homes and livelihoods of the Palestinian people.
The Iranian people just like the Vietnamese, Chinese and Cubans before them, chose human rights over submission. We must choose human rights and stand up for others’ rights. Doing so will place us in front of the world community, and expose our struggle for human rights in America. The Iran Nuclear Agreement is a human rights issue and we need to stand up for it. The Black Lives Matter Movement and Anti-War Americans must join forces to confront the war hawks of Congress. Senator Schumer must be shown that his district consists of more than the members of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee).
Robert J Butts
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