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Even the least prescient could have predicted (given today's political climate) that the unjustified killing of a black man by a white police officer would immediately be 1) attributed to racism rather than any one of a whole host of plausible faults; 2) used in support of allegations that racism is not just to be found among some cops here or there, but that it permeates the culture of our country's police departments; 3) used as a club with which to beat conservative politicians over the head; and 4) used to foment protests and rioting.
Even the most prescient, however, would have been unlikely to predict the sheer scale of the backlash that followed the death of George Floyd — a backlash that 1) has been marked by widespread calls to abolish police departments in favor of "rapid response social workers"; 2) has seen Seattle rioters rebel against the authority of the United States government by establishing an "autonomous commune"; 3) has been the occasion of illegal Black Lives Matter protests in Australia; and 4) has sparked riots across Europe. (Yes, you read that right. Black Lives Matter riots in Europe.)
Among the most serious disturbances were those that took place in London, where the first weekend in June saw 35 police officers injured while attempting to keep "protesters" under control. In Bristol, a statue of Edward Colston (a prominent politician of the late 17th and early 18th centuries) was toppled and thrown into the River Avon. "Activists" unwittingly revealed the real heart of the matter when they, as part of their orgy of aggression, painted the words "was a racist" onto the base of a statue of Winston Churchill.
Authentic justice is not at issue. Rather, a man can play a key role in destroying the "institutional injustice" of Nazi Germany and still be counted among history's villains if he championed an empire ruled by men (who happened to be white) who put an end to "systematic injustices" (perpetrated by men who happened not to be white) such as "suttee" (ritual burning to death of widows on their husbands' cremation fires) and "thuggee" (ritual murder of travelers by members of a Hindu cult as part of their devotion to the goddess, Kali).
Events in England were, however, just the tip of the iceberg.
In Paris, riot police were called out to protect the United States embassy from a crowd of several thousand that had gathered in defiance of a government ban aimed at preventing the spread of the Wuhan virus.
German leftists took to the streets claiming their country has seen a dramatic upsurge in racism — the "proof" of which seems limited to the facts that there are some Germans who are truly racist, that many Germans are staunchly opposed to the Muslim "migrants" terrorizing and trashing their cities, and that many simply want Germany to remain German.
And Italian "activists" used their protests as an opportunity to tar the country's immigration laws, according to which a person born in Italian territory to parents who are not citizens does not receive birthright citizenship but automatically becomes eligible for citizenship on his 18th birthday if he has lived in Italy his entire life — a policy that applies to the children of white Americans as much as to those of Africans, Asians and Arabs.
"Racism," of course, is now so broadly defined that anyone wishing to maintain the cultural and ethnic heritage and identity of the people of a particular country or who believes in the values of national borders is nonsensically accused of holding nonsensical beliefs about racial supremacy.
As has by now become typical, leaders in part of eastern Europe also responded vigorously to threatened disorder, keeping tight control over poorly supported protests in Hungary and Poland. Britain's politicians also responded with admirable firmness.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson proclaimed that those perpetrating the vandalism would be found and brought to justice.
Nigel Farage, the driving force behind Brexit, not only pointed out that Black Lives Matter is "a far-left, Marxist organization that wants to abolish the police and dismantle capitalism" but compared it to the Taliban.
Sir Desmond Swayne, a member of Parliament who has held numerous high administrative offices, mocked the protests by suggesting that remaining traces of the ancient Romans' occupation of England be demolished.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the House of Commons (who is also a Catholic devoted to the Tridentine Mass), went him one better by suggesting that Stonehenge, which may have been used for human sacrifice, should be pulled down as well.
There has also been a positive response from leading elements of Europe's private sector. Notably, professional sports leagues, not only in conservative Hungary but also in left-leaning Germany, are taking steps to prevent athletes from using games as a venue for political statements.
France's interior minister, Christophe Castaner, initially seemed to give in to protesters' demands but faced a massive backlash from the country's police forces, who held demonstrations in which they threw their handcuffs on the ground (as a symbol of refusal to perform their duties until the government assured them of its support) and held signs saying "No police, no peace."
Castaner then affirmed that officers accused of racism would be presumed innocent and that such accusations would need to be proven with verifiable evidence concerning an officer's actions.
Overall, however, Black Lives Matter's worldwide protests are an unexpected and, as far as they go, disturbing explosion of an old, black-powder arsenal that is being played up by the leftist press as an earth-shaking, nuclear blast.
With more than 65 million people living in France, fewer than 30,000 took part in any of the protests that occurred in numerous major cities. Ten thousand people joined protests occurring in the Berlin metro area, an area with a population exceeding 6 million. And this is when Wuhan virus measures are leaving people with plenty of extra time on their hands.
As in our country, it seems that European leftist actions following the death of George Floyd are serving mainly to unmask the agenda of those who perpetrate them and to alienate ordinary people.