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Black Lives Matter activist meets America’s far-right – and others with different views

When the statue of slave trader Edward Colston was pulled down in Bristol this summer, a photo of activist Jen Reid making the black power salute on top of the plinth went viral. (Subscribe:

But there are plenty who don’t agree with her message in the UK and beyond.

Rival protests have even led to violence on the streets.

Jen Reid has been meeting critics of the movement in England and talked to a member of the American far-right group, the Proud Boys.
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    No matter what side you are on or how you see things, the first step to make things better is communication. I personally disagree with both sides here as I find them both somehow extreme but again I’m so glad people are discussing thing in a “civilized”way with out shouting at each other and calling each other names.

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    She will always believe what she wants.

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    Benjamin Goodacre

    All lives matter…. even white ones.

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    History is in a different time and different context. Why don't you talk about the Middle East and African slave trade which was very entrenched . Do you really think slavery started with the British taking slaves to the USA

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    For anyone you know in the USA!

    On the two choices we face on November 3. If either offends you, I'm sorry, I can handle it, because its not about me. It's about the most dramatic crossroads we have faced in a century. Thanks for your indulgence.
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    Now on to Mr. Trump:
    So, you say you just don’t like him.
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    -Do you dislike that he directed the brokering of the first meaningful Mideast peace deal in decades?
    -Do you dislike that he made cruelty to animals a felony? Or don’t you care?
    -Do you dislike that he earmarked billions to stop the opioid crisis?
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    -Does it bother you that we’re now energy independent and the largest producer of energy in the world?
    -Do you dislike him because he started to build a wall to keep criminals and drugs from coming into our country and because he respects, honors and defends our country’s borders?
    -Do you dislike him because he just slashed the price for prescription drugs (In some cases by 50%) which is driving Big Pharma nuts?
    -Do you dislike that he met with the leader of North Korea, averted war with that country and brought a halt to their aggressive missile testing? Was that wrong?
    -Do you dislike that he signed a law ending the gag-order on pharmacists that prevented them from sharing money-saving options on prescriptions?
    -Do you dislike that he signed the Save Our Seas Act which funds millions per year to clean tons of plastic and garbage from the ocean? Does that bother you?
    -Do you dislike that he signed a bill for airports to provide breast-feeding stations for nursing moms?
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    -Does it irk you that he loves America, and puts Americans first? Is that the problem?
    -Do you dislike that he made a gay man the ambassador to Germany and then asked him to clean up national security, declassifying as much of it as possible for transparency?
    -Do you dislike that he works for free, donating his salary to a different charity each quarter?
    -Do you dislike that his economic policies have produced the lowest Black unemployment rate ever?
    -Do you dislike that he listened to Senator Tim Scott and created opportunity zones to help minorities?
    -Do you dislike that he passed prison reform, which gives people a second chance and has made quite a huge difference for minorities in particular?
    -Do you dislike that he produced the lowest Hispanic unemployment rate ever?
    -Do you dislike that he passed VA reforms to benefit the very people who served our country and defended our freedom?
    -Do you dislike that he got rid of the job-killing NAFTA trade deal, got tough on trade with China and negotiated new trade deals with Mexico, Canada and other countries that benefit American workers?
    -Do you dislike that he loves our flag and embraces a policy of unabashed, non-apologetic patriotism? Do you have a problem with that?
    -Do you dislike that he calls out the media and attempts to correct them when they are wrong?
    -Do you dislike that he’s bringing troops home and ending America’s longest war? Do you want the war to continue?
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    This list is hardly a complete list of what President Trump has accomplished in four years.
    There’s actually more — a lot more.
    But hopefully, you get the idea.
    Nobody is asking you to love President Trump. Nobody is asking you to be his best friend. In fact, you don’t even have to like him. But just take a moment to give this some mature thought and you’ll find that you’d be less than fair and honest if you did not recognize all that he’s accomplished for America — often against overwhelming odds and with powerful special interests aligned against him.
    So, try to put aside emotionalism and arbitrary and capricious preferences for now, avoid the temptation to demonize the president and focus on who’s really effective; who has the vision, stamina and determination to do the job; who gets things done and who’s going to continue to solve our problems.
    This isn't a High School most popular student election or even the Outstanding Civics Class student. Vote Republicans!

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    More race-baiting propaganda from the Marxists at ch4.

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    If all life's matter black life's have got to matter to so black life's matter 👍

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    Jesus Christ what a sheep 😂

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    RAQUAAHWA TheCodedtestament

    George Soros paid agents both sides.

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    Black Lives Matter, All Cops are B*stards

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    She is a stubborn mule! Africa must be a utopian continent???

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    The far right want to tar all BLM and ANTIFA supporters as anarchists, but it's just a convenient way of dismissing a legitimate argument and rightful protest. And they'd rather ignore the fact that far right gangs have themselves looted and started fires.

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    War is coming prepare The weapon

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    No matter which side your on, you have to recognise what the problems are. Whats the issue and why are people angry? If you keep denying theres problems, then theres no mutual understanding to solve the problems that puts people at odds with each other.

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    28/10/20-BBC News..a black man on cycle stopped by Met Police and patted down on the accusation that he smelled of cannabis…👨‍💻😣😣👨‍✈️👩‍✈️…white privilege…
    The racial profiling and creating anomosity by the police with public in SN postcode is rampant under the leadership of Robert Buckland…and Justin Tomlinson.

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    We need to be careful measuring the UK against the debacle in the US, its a completely different senario. I am 100% a beliver in equal rights, whether your black, white, asian, male, female I could not care less. I grew up in a poor community where race was never an issue, but religion unfortunately was. I think this generalisation to say all black ppl are discriminated against is untrue and polarizes us yet further. I want a fair society for everyone regardless of background. Why should it be 10 times harder for someone who grows up in a poor community to succeed, compared with someone with a privlaged background. These are for me the real questions. That said if the movement forces our society to address the issue of inequality for all as a by product I wish it all the best of success.

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    When they're a far-left Marxist they're called an "activist". Your bias is showing, Channel 4.

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    She's an idiot. Honestly, I'm all for BLM as a mindset, but doing things like toppling statues lawlessly and striking the Black Power pose is extremely divisive.

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    Give them a lick of black paint…😂🤣

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    Ch4 ‘forgot’ to mention that BLM is a Marxist organisation whose anarchical objectives include defunding the police.

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    Here in America, Black Lives Matter in not about African Americans. BLM was founded by Communists and its all about establishing Marxism in USA. BLM uses the name to subvert their Marxist beliefs. That's why most BLM members are white. I wonder if UK is the same.

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