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Fri Jun 12, 2020, 06:07 PM

Help me out here, as a white ally, am I reading too much into this?

BLM in London has announced that they will be cancelling a planned march in Hyde Park on Saturday because of fears that after far right nasty nazi fuckers have made clear they are going to try and take ‘back their streets’ and have threatened violence on our lovely Generation Z righteous children, it is too risky to go ahead. BLM does not want to risk violent clashes – I am sure both for the protection of protesters, but also because they know that any violence will be couched in look at the ‘black thugs’ narrative in what is mostly a right wing media landscape in the UK. So far, so good.

Now this is the thing that confuses. BLM has made it clear they will not march but other groups are going to anyway. A group called Anti-Fascists who support BLM (Corbynistas coming out of Momentum) are still going to be on the streets. Why? How are they being allies to the BLM movement if they are not following the wishes of BLM? I appreciate that any anti-fascist would want to get out there and biff a fascist on the nose, but, surely, BLM know what it is they want to achieve, and if you decide to march anyway when they have said people should not show up, it just proves one of the many reasons why BLM is so important, because even when they shout black lives matter, seemingly black voices do not... These groups say they are allies to BLM, but are they? Surely, real allies would take their lead from the movement – not ignore it as soon as they asked to behave in a way they do not want to, to take a seat, to have their back. Or am I wrong in how I am seeing this? Is it that people are taking to the streets in support of the movement when the movement needs to shield their own? It seems the former rather than the latter to me. I think tomorrow the streets of London are going to see the far left and the far right clash. It will not be pretty, and I know that BLM are going to get the blame. Which makes me very very cross - but friends, am I reading too much into this?

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