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Black Lives Matter Has Potential Ties to Venezuelan Strongman Nicolás Maduro

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Mamela Fiallo Flor of the Panam Post highlighted how certain Black Lives Matter activists have ties to Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro.

Black Lives Matter is allegedly protesting against police brutality that is solely directed against African Americans.

Fiallo Flor did note, however, that there is some hypocrisy with BLM supporting Maduro.

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Regardless of where one stands on Maduro’s regime, it’s undeniable that his government violently suppresses protests.

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The uproar from George Floyd’s death has attracted a wide spectrum of protesters, who are generally ignorant of the activists’ connections.

The founders of the movement — Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza y Opal Tometi —have openly demonstrated their ties to socialist movements and even Maduro himself.

Back in 2011, Cullors gave her first presentation at Left Forum, the largest annual conference of the international Left. It brands itself as “The Place for People with Radical Ideas.”

The extent which Black Lives Matter founders are involved with Venezuela was put on display with Tometi’s personal visit to supervise the vote recount in the parliamentary elections in 2015.

Fiallo Flor called attention to the fact that the Organization of American States (OAS) and the European Union did not send representatives to the elections because of the concerns of potential electoral fraud. Nonetheless, Maduro turned to other international organizations such as Black Lives Matter as a way to legitimize his regime by overseeing the country’s already questionable elections.

Due to the Venezuelan opposition winning national assembly elections in 2015, Black Lives Matter published a manifesto titled “Black Lives Matter in Solidarity with Venezuelan People.”

In this publication, the activists described the Venezuelan opposition as “counterrevolutionary”, language which Cuba’s communist regime employs to discredit opposition towards it.

“We offer this expression of our unwavering solidarity with the progressive and revolutionary Venezuelan people as they reflectregroup and rectify to defend the Bolivarian Revolution,” the BLM founders noted.

Maduro received an award at the People of African Descent Leadership Summit back in 2015, where Tometi was one of the panelists involved at this event.

Black Lives Matter’s positioning with Venezuela reflects its anti-American nature.

It’s one thing to remain prudent about trying to stoke up tensions with countries abroad, but it’s another to blindly support foreign regimes that don’t necessarily reflect a country’s best interests.

From a bigger picture perspective, geopolitical opponents of the U.S. will exploit racial tensions within the country for their own gain. The U.S. will need to get its economic affairs in order if it wants to remain safe from foreign interference.

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Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation

Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”

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Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.

Under The Background Check Expansion Act,  gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House

“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.

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According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.

Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms. 

Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.

Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race. 

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