outside agitators

The idea that MLK was ‘nice’ to white supremacists is also just historical revisionism 

He was sent death threats. The FBI considered him dangerous. People assaulted and murdered many of his followers. White America thought he was too confrontational and not appeasing enough to the sensibilities of whites. He was considered disruptive and an “outside agitator.” He was not a beloved man. He was hated and despised.

His protests came with the risk of being brutalized or killed by police or vigilantes. He decried the white moderate for caring more about order than justice. He refused to condemn riots, ‘the language of the unheard,’ because of how violent America was to Black people. Despite their differences, Malcolm X offered him protection and self-defense. Even though he was committed to nonviolent resistance, which meant breaking the law, disrupting traffic and yes - willingly opening yourself to being brutalized, he was more complicated than you give him credit.

The United States hated him and for his troubles he was killed.

He was not the caricature of nonviolence you think he was. Read a fucking book.



Click the link and read the whole thread. While the Civil Rights Movemnt brought with it many advances, one of its most unfortunate legacies is the way history is re-written so that our leaders are used to silence & guilt those who want to fight racism and refuse to prioritize the feelings of racists.

Happy Martin Luther King Day, please use this day to reflect and educate your self. 

Reject revisionist history when it comes to the horrors of racism and the battles that were held to oppose it.

We were in a battle then, and we are in a battle now.

the more angry and organised a violent protest is, the more certain the media and politicians are that they must be ‘outside agitators’ - and I feel like the roots of this are not so much in fear of these spectral ‘outsiders’ as the firm belief that “ordinary” people don’t ever get angry and organise themselves - it’s unsupportable historically, but i really think they believe that it must be outsiders because it can’t be ordinary everyday folks - because to be ordinary, to them, is to be docile and malleable, capable of being whipped up by agitators, sure - but incapable of coming up with it yourself. You can feel it in the patronising way they talk to us.

I’m not saying that there has never been an instance of people coming from outside to cause trouble at a protest - but I am saying that when that’s the immediate, instinctual explanation that people arrive at in the absence of any evidence, it’s about discounting, diminishing and dismissing the agency of ‘ordinary’ people. It’s saying that whatever you’re experiencing, nomatter how bad it is, it could never make you angry enough to get organised and start hitting back. They can keep thinking that - we know it’s bullshit.

I’m working my way through Berlet and Lyons’ “Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort” (which is a really eye-opening book that I would strongly recommend) and there’s one interesting theme I keep noticing pop up. From Thomas Jefferson blaming Native attacks on the British, to Reconstruction-era Southerners blaming black unrest on radical Republican trouble-makers, to Henry Ford blaming black attempts at union organizing on Jewish manipulation, one constant motif in American racial politics is “treat[ing] people of color as passive beings manipulated from the outside” in service of “a classic conspiracist image: the plot by a power-hungry elite, controlling a primitive, violent horde, to dominate freedom-loving people.”

Think about how widespread that narrative is. Civil rights organizers are incited by communist “outside agitators.” “Race-hustlers” like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson traveling around and fomenting racial tension. Or, more recently, George Soros funding Black Lives Matter protests.

The narrative is everywhere, and it perfectly encapsulates some of the most critical features of right-wing populism: 1.) a conspiracism that “assigns tiny cabals of evildoers a superhuman power to control events,” 2.) a racial interpretation of producerist populism, wherein a middle class of white Americans is assaulted from different forces from both above and below, 3.) the employment of demonization and scapegoating, wherein “the hostility and grievances [regarding racial tensions] of an angry, frustrated group [white America] are directed away from the real causes of a social problem [white supremacy] onto a target group demonized as malevolent wrongdoers [those people of color involved in unrest ‘below’ and those pulling the strings ‘above’].”

i remember one time i googled “outside agitator” and the search put a result where MLK condemned the term in Letter from a Birmingham Jail right next to a result where Governor George Wallace was explicitly invoking the term to say that all unrest in Alabama was the fault of “outsiders”

They need a little history. Martin Luther King was an outside agitator. Malcolm X was an agitator. Jesus Christ was an agitator. You can’t keep a problem like police brutality a local thing. The world is watching Baltimore now.

Larry Holmes, Peoples Power Assembly Movement, responds to Baltimore officials’ attacks on “outside agitators” in protests for killer cop victim Freddie Grey 


Modern governments, which have long studied methods of social control, no longer view peace as the default social condition, interrupted only by outside agitators. Now they understand that the natural condition of the world (the world they created, I should editorialize) is conflict: rebellion to their rule is inevitable and continuous. Statecraft has become the art of managing conflict, permanently. As long as rebels continue to carry olive branches and a naive view of the struggle, the state knows that it is safe. But the same governments whose representatives hold polite talks with or rudely dismiss conscientious hunger strikers also constantly spy on the resistance and train agents in counterinsurgency-warfare techniques drawn from wars of extermination waged to subdue rebellious colonies from Ireland to Algeria. The state is prepared to use those methods against us.
—  How Nonviolence Protects the State by Peter Gelderloos

damn im so torn. mirio is like the rock lee of bnha. night eye is correct that mirio would of been perfect…. but FUCKING Midoriya! I love this kid and to see him clench his fist and get agitated by outside opinions even though he’s worked so hard to get here…… my feels.

Midoriya, you better get that stamp!

England Boyfriend Headcanons

-He will surprise you. Never underestimate him. He is never what he seems on the surface and has many layers.

-At the beginning of the relationship, he’d be a typical English gentleman who enjoys sipping on tea and spending quiet afternoons working on his cross-stitch or reading a novel in his armchair. However, once he’s settled in a relationship, his rebellious streak (which he tries fairly hard to keep hidden) will start to emerge…

-He has a whole secondary wardrobe filled with tight leader, ripped skinny jeans, band shirts, fishnets, studs and chains. He will be quite flustered when you first discover this, insisting that it’s just from his troublesome teen years and he’s “just hanging on to it for sentimental reasons…”

-He wears that stuff when he goes to loud concerts (and always returns home with a hoarse voice from screaming all night long).

-He smokes when agitated. Always outside, and not very often, but he keeps a pack in his back pocket at all times (don’t smoke, kiddies. It’s a nasty habit). You could convince him to use one of those newfangled vapour sticks, though.

-He is incredibly gentle and soft-spoken with his significant other – a 180 in comparison to how he is with his (few) friends (loud, obnoxious, and a more than a little bit argumentative).

-He loves babies. Human babies and baby animals. He will gush. (he 100% wants kids in the future). He is surprisingly wonderful with children. He is very patient with them. 

-Fights with him are usually loud and passionate.

-He’s not often the first to apologize, he’s too stubborn, but as soon as you do (assuming you do) he will crumble in his willpower and beg for your forgiveness. He’s usually torn up inside after any argument.

-When he’s upset about something, he will let you know about it before you need to ask. He’s excellent at communicating these things.

-If you share a bed with him, he prefers to sleep on his own side; however, he will reach over and play with your hair or trail his hand on your skin in silly little patterns, often drawing simple pictures of spelling out cheesy phrases.

-He’s a passionate kisser once he gets going.

-He is a fan of PDA. He likes showing the world that he has you. He never really considered himself date-able, so it gives him great pleasure to show you off to the world and brag about you to anyone who will listen. He will list your accomplishments to strangers when he’s feeling particularly happy.

-He loves to hold your hand and murmur sweet nothings into your ears when you’re out and about. For example, while you are standing in line at the mall to pay for something, he’ll come up behind you and quietly tell you how lovely you are.

-He’s not the best at cuddling (he’s a one-armed cuddler), but he does enjoy when you snuggle up into him while watching a movie.

-He will make an excellent impression on your family when he meets them for the first time. However, once they get to know him, half will continue to love him and the rest will get into heated debates at the dinner table and end the evening with fierce glares.

-He will pretend not to remember every single specific date, insisting that he only has room in his mind for ‘important ones’ like birthdays and anniversaries; but, if you were to snoop through his day planner, you’d see little notes marked very neatly in pencil cataloguing every little thing that he found significant (holding hands, he brought you somewhere that you really enjoyed – ideas for future dates, when he discovered your favourite colour, your favourite flower, when he first noticed how beautiful your eyes were, the first time he made you laugh, etc.)

Another year, another Black History Month, and another round of idiots talking about tired ol’ black ladies, and “what happened to peaceful protest?!” like they got hit on the head by the stupid racist stick and forgot how brutally beaten, viciously and vitriolically attacked, lynched, shot, and set on fire those peaceful protesters (‘scuse me, “outside agitators”) were. You want to bring the systemic, infrastructural racist, classist, misogynist, sexist, heterosexist, white supremacist, ageist, ableist (etc…) bullshit to an end? Then stop lying to yourself and, more importantly, to our kids, our adversaries, and anyone else who wasn’t there, or doesn’t have those images of police dogs and fires hoses, Bull Connor, burned out churches, and little black girls walking against the waves on a sea of pure white hot hatred burned into their memories. Stop the denial and quit the mythology of how easy–or even “peaceful”–non-violent protest was or is. It takes staring into the face of your own death at the hands of an entire machine constructed for the sole purpose of crushing dissent–hell, it doesn’t even care about you individually enough to identify you as anything but “obstacle to hegemony.” Ms. Parks was pissed the hell off. She was pissed and she spent years of her life preparing and training for the day when she could finally say “NO!” to the machine that was crushing, destroying, devouring her entire heritage, her community, her lovers, friends, family, and even her enemies–to say “NO!” and have it be heard beyond the impotent whimpers of a broken, beaten, bloodied body in the middle of the night, just before being hanged, or set aflame, or thrown from a bridge into a rushing river below. THAT is what I want us to teach, whether you are white or black or of an ethnicity, nationality, or cultural identity for which this almost intrinsically American violence seems like maybe just a setup for an Oscar-winning (or ignoring) performance. Let us, together, collectively, and unflinchingly, stare our terrible and terrorizing history in the face; let’s those of us with cultural privilege, however it maybe defined, see our visages in the reflection of those horrors; let’s witness and teach and never candycoat or obfuscate the violence of our past and, MOST IMPORTANTLY RIGHT NOW, recognize our past’s connection to the present extreme violence inherent in a machine of anti-dissent, racism, classism, misogyny, sexism, heterosexism, white supremacy, ageism, ableism, and so many other culturally constructed modes of spewing hatred and perpetrating violence against any person not exactly like “me.”

As a student at the University of Chicago, Bernie Sanders was active in both the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). In 1962, he was arrested for protesting segregation in public schools in Chicago; the police came to call him an outside agitator, as he went around putting up flyers around the city detailing police brutality against African-americans.

Translation: Local black people in Selma are being stirred up by outside agitators who only want money. This would all go away if the media would just stop covering it!

Modern Counterpart: Local black people in Ferguson are being stirred up by outside agitators who only want money. This would all go away if the media would just stop covering it!

anyway so i was questioning and offering the videos and debriefs i posted yesterday to one of the organizers of the vigil, on facebook yesterday (rather constructively i thought). i suggested that it might be a good idea to do a youth caucus (because the narrative the police/media/politicos were running criminalizes youth power) and in the wake of their negotiation with the police explained that the marches in the street *that defied the law* had been peaceful except for police brutality. 

now this is all over the news….. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/16/south-la-activist-anarchist-groups_n_3604951.html