And yet when the Black Power Ranger shouts Black Power! Everyone applauses #doublestandatrds
@ThorOdinnson, the historical context of each of those slogans is totally different.
@Hamilton Porter, does that make it less of a double standard?
@Your Waifu, yes, but only when one considers the contexts of those slogans. If one is simply looking at those slogans in a vacuum then I would agree that it is unfair for everyone to "applaud the black power ranger" and not the white one. But those slogans do not exist in vacuums and they have different connotations that go along with them.
@Hamilton Porter, youre right. For example, black power is a term that was coined by violent protesters during the civil rights movement.
@Your Waifu, what is it that they were violently protesting? And where do you draw the moral equivalence between that and white supremacy?
Edit: are to were
@Hamilton Porter, I'm not saying there's an equivalence, I'm simply saying that the term was popularized by people who were willing to kill for their goals in a time where that did more harm than good. My point is that while they may be bad for different reasons, both terms are still bad.
@Your Waifu, unless you're making an argument for absolute pacifism, I don't think a movement can be judged only on whether or not it was violent. If that is the case then there is no such thing as a just war. People who have fought and killed for causes you may agree with would be unjustified in their actions. I think our disagreement lies in our understanding of "black power." So what do you understand that term to mean?
@Hamilton Porter, and why not argue for pacifism? After all, peaceful protests are what finally earned black people civil rights. We even have a holiday celebrating that fact. Martin Luther King Jr Day. You might have heard of it.
And my understanding of Black Power as a term is that Malcolm X used it to argue that black people should be the ones on top, and that the only way to get the rights they deserve is violence. he was clearly wrong. And consider in addition that part of the stereotype of Black people at the time that was used as justification for their treatment is that they were violent. I'd say acting in accordance with toxic stereotypes isn't a good way to overturn those stereotypes.
Also, are you seriously condoning a group injuring or killing people to get what they want outside of wars?
@Your Waifu, I completely agree with the sentiment of pursuing pacifism. I may be wrong, but Malcolm X didn't believe blacks "should be on top" but rather that they should be separate, have their own land, and not be dependent whites, as he put it. However, he was not the only black power supporter. There were others and not all of them supported the use of violence.I personally fall more in line with MLK's views. I am not condoning a group injuring or killing to get what they want. I don't dismiss it as a last resort option however, and I don't think you do either given your qualifier of "outside of wars."
@Hamilton Porter, I don't particularly like violence at all, and I don't particularly like wars, because I think the vast majority of wars could have been avoided if people were willing to simply listen to each other instead, the big exceptions being the world wars. And considering the situation in question was solved without violence, I would say the violence perpetrated by his followers was in no way necessary or justified. Therefore, the term "black power", which he used to preach about how that violence should be perpetrated, is also not necessary or justified. Especially considering the civil rights movement is over, and people have civil rights now. The conditions are no longer what they were back then, after all, so why should a phrase promoting violence for the sake of civil rights from back then be okay in a time where civil rights are had by all in the country?
I am annoyed every time this gets posted because they have the wrong colors on the wrong rangers
@Not A Wolf, billy and Jason are the right ones
“White Power.” - Betty White