System of a Down's John Dolmayan Doubles Down on His Criticism of Black Lives Matter
"I don't think they give two shits about Black lives"
Published Jan 29, 2021Despite System of a Down putting a focus back on their music recently, the band's outspoken drummer John Dolmayan is once again criticizing Black Lives Matter, while at the same time explaining what it's like to be "cancelled."
Dolmayan appeared on the podcast "Cancelled with Rob Rosen and Desma Simon," The PRP points out, where he doubled down on previous criticisms of the Black Lives Matter movement.
"I don't like the Black Lives Matter organization," Dolmayan said. "Many of their founders are flat out communists. And I don't think the Black Lives Matter movement — or organization, not the movement — because I think a lot of people think differently than what the actual movement is about. I don't think they give two shits about Black lives. I think they're a democratic fundraising tool of a communist agenda. And if they really cared about Black lives, they would care about Black on Black violence in our inner cities."
To refresh your memory, he made similar comments last summer.
At the same time, he explained how his comments — such as the one above — have caused his various projects to be "blacklisted," including his comic book series Ascencia.
"I've been a victim of it," Dolmayan said. "Let's just say that Ascencia could easily be made into a TV show or movie and I had an agency working on that with me. And that agency [had] to take a step back."
He then went on to make comparisons between "cancel culture" and McCarthyism.
"So, I've already been a victim of this, and it's no different and no better than what happened in the '50s with McCarthyism. I don't believe in communism. I don't believe in socialism — I believe in social programs. But I also wouldn't condemn somebody, I wouldn't put somebody in jail for their beliefs."
Down below, you can see Dolmayan's full quote in regards to BLM:
Well I ignore anybody that calls me a racist, which is what I should do. There should be there should be no apology, there should be no trying to prove anything to them. You prove I'm a racist. I don't have to prove anything to you. That's my philosophy on that.
As far as Black Lives Matter is concerned, I don't like the Black Lives Matter organization. Many of their founders are flat out communists. And I don't think the Black Lives Matter movement — or organization, not the movement — because I think a lot of people think differently than what the actual movement is about. I don't think they give two shits about Black lives.
I think they're a democratic fundraising tool of a communist agenda. And if they really cared about Black lives they would care about Black on Black violence in our inner cities.... No person should be killed by police officers, unless there's reasonable threat to either a police officer or someone else's life. You have to have all that stuff in courts. That's why we have courts.
So I am 100% a supporter of keeping our police in check, and also making sure that they are protecting the citizens that they are sworn to protect, and they are following due process of law. No matter what your crime, it has to go through the process. Otherwise the system doesn't work. I'm all for that.
But I am not for an organization that does almost nothing to help Black people in inner cities, and especially people that are victims of Black on Black violence, they never talk about, and they never do anything about it. And you have a lot of support that went to the Black Lives Matter movement. And then I and then I saw a list of where the money went, like the contributions. And it all went to democrat election campaigns. "Is it democratic organization? Or is it a movement to end racism or bring a better life to Black people in inner cities or Black people in general? It should really be — because when you initially think about it — it almost should have been called Black Lives Matter Too. Because if you're saying that we're we're at we're rallying against the fact that Black lives don't matter to people. Right? If that's what you're saying. Then you have to include every human being into that, but you also have to point out that maybe Black lives don't matter as much to you as they should. Right. So that's something that you can get behind a little bit more, but to say Black Lives Matter, that's like segregation to me.
You're segregating Black people instead of saying, we're all in this together. You're saying no, Black people are here, and you're here and you're a racist. That's gonna turn off a lot of people.