If you are white you are definitely not allowed to speak out against the Black Lives Matter movement or any other racially divisive black group or message unless you want to be labeled a racist or find yourself the focus of a firestorm of verbal attacks on social media. It’s part of the “white guilt” agenda that aims at inhibiting free speech.
One man found this out recently when he alleges death threats were leveled against him on a “Boycott Beyonce” Facebook page he set up following her recent Super Bowl half-time performance. The Facebook page indicates that the boycott against Beyonce is for “disrespecting law enforcement officers in blue in her new 'Formation' video.” The community page currently has 26,136 likes.
However, what makes it different this time is that the man who is being threatened for speaking out against Beyonce’s message isn’t a white man. Patrick D. Hampton is an African American male who describes himself as a “brown man” not a black man. Hampton is a father of four, husband and works with inner city youth in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
“I had one guy send a message that was local, that said we have all these shooting in Chattanooga, why haven’t you been shot yet? This guy looks like he was in a gang,” says Hampton.
Hampton says he recently filed a police report following the threat.
Hampton believes that the message Beyonce’s sent during her performance exhibited Black Lives Matter and Black Panthers’ imagery. He feels that her message does nothing but divide the country and take America back to 1965.
Hampton says he took a stand because he wants people to know “you don’t have to be part of a movement because it’s popular.”
“I know historically what the Black Panthers stood for, and the reason they were shut down by the FBI was because they were having shootouts with police,” Hampton said.
Hampton believes that there are better ways to work through racial issues then how it was done at the halftime performance.
“I believe there are racial tensions in the community. The way to approach it is with forgiveness. We have to learn to forgive each other. We have to learn to unify, and not only seek equality, we have to seek equity and unity in the community,” said Hampton.
Hampton’s critics on Twitter disagree with his “forgiveness” approach. One critic left Hampton a “special message” for the “allegedly Black Christian pro-cop Conservative” complete with an attached Instagram message.
Special message for Patrick D. Hampton, the allegedly Black Christian pro-cop Conservative… https://t.co/errowFqkns— P. Murray (@pmurraymusic) February 17, 2016
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Other critics labeled him a “sell out brotha” for his opinion.
So a sell out Brotha name Patrick d Hampton created a boycott Beyonce Facebook page ... This fool needs a reality check— Lela Victoria (@LelaV89) February 11, 2016
Another critic’s comment that Hampton posted on his Facebook page was so vile and racially derogatory that I can’t list it here.
There are other people, however, who want to carry Hampton’s message forward.
A “white liberal hip-hop Canadian filmmaker, Patrick J. Hampton,” heard about Hampton and approached him about making a documentary that illustrates how polar opposites can find mutual respect for one another. They both share the same first and last name but other than that their lives are not similar. Yet they can put aside their differences and show respect for each other as human beings. They have started a crowdfunding account to raise funds for the project.
Hampton has recently started another crowdfunding campaign under his new “All Lives Matter Foundation” title. The foundation, according to the GoFundMe page, is seeking $10,000 for “start-up funds to promote love, unity, forgiveness, racial reconciliation and law enforcement education.” The funds will also be used to secure a 501(c)3 status, create a website and blog, develop branding and a marketing strategy.
“It’s Time for Americans to fight back. For too long we have allowed #BlackLivesMatter to organize and raise money to continue to create a false narrative, divide America and disrespect police officers,” Hampton writes.
The crowdfunding page also displays a very unifying video created by the Radiance Foundation in which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. can be heard saying that “Men will recognize that out of one blood God made all men to dwell upon the face of the earth…and that we should be “dissatisfied until that day when nobody will shout white power, when nobody will shout black power” but “everybody will talk about God’s power and human power.”
I long for that day.
What a refreshing message from a young man who believes that #AllLivesMatter and that standing up for the beliefs espoused by Dr. King’s call for unity is what truly matters.
Feature Image: AP Photo/Matt Slocum
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