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Whose lives matter in the USA

Anna Genova


On the crest of the coronavirus, the Black Lives Matter movement (in Russian: “Black lives matter”), which opposes violence against the black population, has taken over America. In different cities of the country, some line up with a march against police arbitrariness, chanting the name of the deceased George Floyd, others trash shops and supermarkets, overthrow monuments, and others curse the rebels from the stands. Members of the Russian-speaking community of the United States were witnesses and at the same time hostages of this situation. We asked them to comment on what was happening.

“You don't care about black”

“In America, we have a little“ Battleship Potemkin ”performed by Eisenstein, a little quarantine, a little child’s disease of radicalism throughout the spectrum, a little spoiling, as well as cosmic rays, magnetic storms and sunspots , ” commented one professor and writer from USA.

I looked at photos and videos from the scene, and more than a month and a half of quarantine seclusion seemed an insignificant episode compared to the nightmare that was happening in the city where I lived for more than 10 years.

- It's pure politics - called me a familiar art dealer Greg of New - York . - What is happening now is a well-organized action. “The idiots they use,” I call the participants in the peaceful protest. Among them, leftists, antifa, anarchists - all the mob that lay at the bottom and realized that it was time to raise their heads. 4 months left before the election! If this happened 1 - 2 years ago, then no one would have paid such close attention to this situation.

Greg is a Republican, like most successful Russians in the United States. Recognizing Trump's certain mistakes, he will still vote for him as a bulwark of at least some stability.

- Unemployment plus sitting at home because of the coronavirus, plus escalating the press and social networks before the election ... And on the basis of all this, the push is the senseless murder of a black policeman filmed in a video. And then various forces use protests and pogroms, as they feel comfortable and as long as they need it. As before the previous elections, there is a sharp polarization of society, - said popular blogger Tatyana L.

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Disrespect for the black population is just the tip of the iceberg. The real problem is the huge ghettos where even the police try not to go. People are born, live and die in the ghetto, unable to get out of there. Greg gave an example that in the Memorial Day (Memorial has a Day) - US national holiday dedicated to the memory of soldiers who died in all wars - 49 and 10 people killed were wounded in one of the most "running" the ghetto of Chicago, until the white demonstrators in the center of chanted slogans in support of “black lives”.

Here is one of the most honest videos published in recent days on Facebook.

- Blacks are killing each other! If you want to help them, go to the black ghettos, but don’t stand here! In fact, you will never go to the black ghetto, because you do not care about us! You don't give a damn about black, stop hypocritical! And no one oppresses me, I'm a free person, ”a black girl shouts at him at a white participant in a BLM rally in Chicago.

The state of Illinois is considered one of the “blue”, democratic states of the United States. However, instead of supporting the black population, the problem of segregation is constantly aggravated, because they do not provide any real assistance to national minorities - yes, they are paid an allowance, but they do not try to increase school subsidies or remove children from dysfunctional families - no one wants to go there.

“Where is she, freedom?”

“ When dismantling the monuments, do not touch the pedestals. They can still come in handy , ” said the Polish philosopher and wit Stanislav Jerzy Lets, and protesters follow his advice. Monuments to Christopher Columbus in Virginia and Minnesota have already been demolished, and in Boston - beheaded. Monument at the New York Columbus Circle day and night guards a police outfit. The list of demolished and desecrated monuments is constantly growing.

Demolished by activists monument to Thomas Jefferson in Portland. The inscription on the pedestal: "slave owner." Photo: Demolished by activists monument to Thomas Jefferson in Portland. The inscription on the pedestal: "slave owner." Photo:

Another news that struck many: the famous American film Gone With the Wind (1939) was removed from the HBO Max broadcast grid. The film may still please moviegoers, but with a note about the presence of “controversial topics,” writes The Wall Street Journal. An interesting detail - the performer of the role of the black servant Hattie McDaniel became the first black woman to receive an Oscar.

The radical organization Color of Change ("Color of Changes") said that the police series " make heroes out of cops that violate our rights ." Meanwhile, the police are one of the most popular heroes among the inhabitants. In addition to the closure of the famous series "Cops", even the children's cartoon "Paw Patrol", which tells about a team of dogs that help residents of the town, is at risk. The team has a police shepherd Chase, due to which the creators of the series criticized the propaganda for the promotion of "good cops."

- We remember very well how in the days of the USSR they destroyed films with objectionable actors, banned music because it was not close to the people, is it really all repeated today on another continent? We went to a free country, but where is freedom? - the friend’s father shrugs his hands, who moved to America in the distant 1980s.

Well, and the music news: the famous Metropolitan Opera announced on the net that it will now hire far more African-American musicians. It's no secret that Met, like any worthy collective, conducts only blind auditions, so shocked musicians began to ask how this rule would be consistent with such a statement. It remains only to sympathize with the PR agent of the theater, because it is difficult to give an intelligible answer to these questions.

Discount police

Calls to strip the police (Defund police) became a unifying slogan of protesters and at the same time a political tool for Donald Trump, who accused his opponents of being soft-willed, promising to send the military to disperse the republic of CHAZ ("Capitol Hill Autonomous Region"), created by protesters in downtown Seattle, and other riots.

My friend Pavel from New Haven (Connecticut) lives in a well-maintained area and works for a large IT company.

“ I have practically no acquaintances among black Americans, but I, in my own limited experience with the police, understand that she does not favor them.” Therefore, I consider their complaints against the police justified. Pogroms and theft, of course, do not add love and trust. But they are connected with each other: rich and satisfied people are unlikely to go to rob stores. For some reason, the “black” regions of America are much poorer, which means education is worse and more crime, and the police are more afraid of them, ”he says .

Despite the fact that many Russian Americans agree that local police often mistreat African Americans undeservedly, and in general the image of the American macho policeman is popular in the United States, most do not agree with either a reduction in the number of police personnel or a weakening of it. When street riots began in New York, this also affected private entrepreneurs - and then the imposing-looking members of the Russian-speaking biker club Bratva took to the streets of Brighton Beach and the surrounding area. Volunteers began patrolling the streets on motorbikes, armed with stun guns and batons. So far, no criminal cases have been recorded in this area.

"We demand police accountability." Photo: BruceEmmerling /

Stubborn numbers

Монмутский университет (Monmouth University) провёл опрос, согласно которому 76 % американцев (включая 71 % белых американцев) назвали расизм и дискриминацию «большой проблемой» в Соединённых Штатах. Это скачок сразу на 26 % по сравнению с 2015 годом. В ходе опроса 57 % американцев заявили, что гнев демонстрантов полностью оправдан, а еще 21 % назвали его «отчасти оправданным».

Тем временем статистические данные Remington показывают, что меры Трампа по отношению к протестующим одобряет чуть более половины населения – 52% (с каждым днём эта цифра падает), в то время как 31 % обвиняют в беспорядках левых, а 24 % обвиняют самих протестующих. 80 % всех опрошенных доверяют полиции, в то время как 46 % чернокожих респондентов не доверяют охранникам правопорядка.

Расслоение в школах

А вот требование активистов уволнять журналистов и учителей за неполиткорректность претворяется в жизнь гораздо быстрее, чем все остальные. На днях случился скандал с преподавателем Калифорнийского университета UCLA Гордоном Кляйном, передразнившим одного из афроамериканских студентов, когда тот спросил, не ожидается ли каких-то послаблений на экзамене в связи с ситуацией в Миннеаполисе. «Подскажите мне, как я могу узнать, если все занятия веду в Zoom, кто из моих студентов точно афроамериканец, какое послабление мне давать людям смешанных кровей и в какой пропорции?», – поинтересовался преподаватель. Антагонисты здорового юмора собрали уже почти 20 тысяч подписей за то, чтобы лишить преподавателя работы, к счастью, у профессора появилось ещё больше сторонников.

«Расовый вопрос» в колледжах обходят стороной.

– В приличном либеральном обществе об этом говорить не полагается, потому что в любом случае афроамериканцы – жертвы и только жертвы. Но это не так, на что справедливо указывал Барак Обама, – заметил в личном разговоре русскоязычный профессор-политолог.

Ситуация в школах от штата к штату разная, но далеко не везде государственные школы дают надежду на светлое будущее, а хорошие частные школы невероятно дороги.

Моя знакомая художница преподаёт искусство в чикагской публичной школе. Анна поделилась своим опытом столкновения с «системным расизмом» в штате Иллинойс:

– Система образования в Штатах устроена так, что государственные школы в основном финансируются из налогов на недвижимость того района, к которому принадлежит школа. Среди чёрных владельцев недвижимости гораздо меньше, чем среди белых, потому что ещё лет 60 назад, когда простые белые американцы обзаводились домами в пригородах, у чёрных такой возможности не было. Расизм был ещё узаконен, и им просто не продавали дома и не давали ссуду в банках. Сейчас по закону так делать нельзя. Но! 60 лет – это два-три поколения, за которые белые семьи свою недвижимость перепродали, поменяли на лучшую, передали по наследству детям и внукам и т. д. Недвижимость выросла в цене. Всё это время черные семьи жили в арендованных квартирах или домах, им нечего было передать детям и внукам. А самим детям уже гораздо труднее купить дом или квартиру, так как цены на недвижимость растут, а зарплаты – нет.

Возвращаюсь к нашим школам. Из-за этого расслоения на богатые белые и бедные чёрные районы государственные школы в них получают разное финансирование. Если в школе Нью-Триер в городе Виннетка (северный пригород Чикаго) есть два олимпийского размера бассейна, концертный зал, своя автослесарная мастерская, столярные мастерские, студии для работы по керамике и так далее, то в школе Харлан на 97 улице Чикаго, где я работала, ничего этого нет. В Нью-Триер приезжают представители крупнейших колледжей Америки, здесь они ищут подающих надежды студентов. В Харлан же приезжают представители армии и объясняют детям, что армия – это их единственный шанс получить образование. Вот и идут богатые белые ребята в Лигу плюща (объединение наиболее престижных университетов США – ред.) и получают высокооплачиваемые работы, а бедные чёрные, получившие слабое образование, потому что школе хватало финансов только на основные дисциплины, идут в армию или на низкооплачиваемые работы.

Недавно в некоторых районах Нью-Йорка начала действовать экспериментальная программа, согласно которой дети отправляются в среднюю школу по лотерее. Таким образом, каждый ребёнок может попасть в хорошую школу вне зависимости от результатов окончания начальной школы. Но тут возникает отдельная тема – права детей азиатского происхождения. Им и их семьям, наоборот, обидно, что появилась такая уравниловка, ведь, чтобы попасть в лучшие школы страны, они учились с двойным усердием. И на тебе – лотерея!

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Keep Calm and Carry On

«Мой папа изменил мир», – сказала дочь погибшего Джорджа Флойда, сидя на плечах бывшего баскетболиста, друга ее отца Стивена Джексона, благодаря которому трагедия получила столь широкий резонанс. И это действительно так. Правда, в какую сторону изменится этот мир, сейчас непонятно.

Британский лозунг Keep Calm and Carry On («Сохраняй спокойствие и продолжай действовать!») появился в 1939 году. Королевская почта вывесила его буквально в каждом почтовом отделении, чтобы поднимать дух работников в тяжёлые времена, когда почту приходилось разносить по разрушенным улицам. Будем надеяться, что американцы, к какой бы национальности или расе, культуре или религии ни относились, обретут свои ориентиры, несмотря ни на что.

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Regions of the World with American Wars

"The loud little handful will shout for war. The pulpit will warily and cautiously protest at first…The great mass of the nation will rub its sleepy eyes, and will try to make out why there should be a war, and they will say earnestly and indignantly: ‘It is unjust and dishonorable and there is no need for war.' Then the few will shout even louder…Before long you will see a curious thing: anti-war speakers will be stoned from the platform, and free speech will be strangled by hordes of furious men who still agree with the speakers but dare not admit it...Next, statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception."

--Mark Twain