“Those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.”
-John F. Kennedy
By: Mark Glennon*
Many older Chicagoans still take pride that their votes were critical in JFK’s thin margin of victory for the presidency in 1960. Sadly, his words about the tiger have been forgotten. That’s no accident as the city struggles for its life.
It’s not just the most obvious application of JFK’s warning that makes it so timely today, which is the folly of trying to placate a mob by actions like Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s removal of the Columbus statue from Chicago’s Grant Park.
It’s the context in which JFK said it that is more important. His warning was about the risk of embracing Marxism.
That same Marxism, including all the most vile elements of Marxism – violent revolution, antisemitism and authoritarian suppression of dissent – has capitalized on the biggest social movement of the day, Black Lives Matter. Marxism is the ideological frame of the BLM organization at the center of the movement.
Yes, Black Lives Matter is also just a phrase intended only to represent a call for racial justice. But an outstanding, recent column in Newsweek is the latest to explain the why that use of the phrase is so dangerously misguided, contributing to the flood of contributions going to the BLM organization:
[BLM] is perceived to be about one cause while fiercely committed to another. Having achieved confounding levels of deception by generating a moniker that is undoubtedly true, Black Lives Matter is now at the top of the cultural food chain, uninhibited by moral and political constraints…. Its self-appointed defenders in the media, universities, corporations and entertainment industry genuinely believe that ending police brutality and building a racially just and equitable society is all it seeks. But take a deep dive into BLM’s website, and the organization’s true objectives are plain for all to see.
For those still unconvinced that BLM is indeed a violent, Marxist organization, read the rest of that article, which goes far beyond what BLM says in its own website and includes BLM’s long history with antisemitism. The tiger will never be calmed because its goal is not what is commonly said — eliminating systemic racism. BLM’s goal is eliminating the system. All of it.
BLM Chicago has regularly affirmed the same violent radicalism, though it’s never mentioned in the Illinois press. We’ve documented some of it before, but there’s much more.
Read the words of BLM Chicago founder Aislinn Pulley:
Chicago, a Democratic stronghold, should correct any illusion that the Democratic Party, as one half of the bi-party ruling system, will produce any significant livable alternatives for Black people. In fact, the opposite is true…. “[W]e must end policing as we know it, which necessitates the upending of capitalism.”
She goes on to mention Fred Hampton sympathetically, who BLM Chicago routinely refers to as “Chairman,” his title when he led the Black Panthers. BLM Chicago recently retweeted Hampton’s words, “we not gon fight capitalism with black capitalism, we gon fight it with socialism… we’re going to fight their reactions when all us people get together and have an international proletariat revolution!”
“When did these institutions–the army, the police, this country — become something worth keeping?” asked BLM Chicago on Twitter.
If you are still among the deceived and hoping BLM will turn its attention to, let’s say, black-on-black murders in Chicago, BLM Chicago already answered directly:
“Shut the fuck up with this right wing bullshit.”
Lightfoot should be blamed not only for trying to ride the tiger’s back but for feeding it for so long, and she is hardly alone. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, calling federal law enforcement agents “storm troopers” is only the latest to incite racial division. The list of the guilty in politics, schools and the national press is too long to document.
Meanwhile, this weekend, major league baseball started its season by going all-in on Black Lives Matter.
That’s like making an 0 and 40 pitcher your starter which, roughly, is Marxism’s record running nations. Every one ended in oppression and poverty. Baseball, too, has foolishly fed the tiger.
As for Lightfoot’s move to calm the tiger by removing the Columbus statue, it won’t work — not for Lightfoot or any officeholder who thinks the tiger can be sated. The tiger has already turned even on its biggest apologists – Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, Minneapolis Mayor Frey and New York’s Bill De Blasio.
Chicago was financially doomed even before the pandemic and the riots. Now, mobs routinely roam its streets, even downtown. Some are peaceful and some are not. Some are just large groups of teens intent on violence. The police are at a loss for how to stop any of them or the routine of black-on-black murders. Its government has lost control of the city and it’s difficult to imagine any scenario for turning Chicago around.
And the tiger is still hungry.
*Mark Glennon is founder of Wirepoints.
Read more about the violence in Chicago and BLM:
- Dear Black Lives Matter Supporters, Chicago’s Latest Riot is on You
- Mayor Lightfoot doesn’t get it. A broke Chicago can’t ‘eliminate inequalities’ or ‘expand opportunities.’
- UPDATED: Public Forums and the First Amendment: Can Streets be Painted with Black Lives Matter Messaging?
- On This Independence Day, Commit Never to Kneel Before the Looming Tyranny
- Where’s the Omelet? Black Lives Matter Chicago Answers George Orwell’s Question