The conversation surrounding the legitimacy and morality of the Black Lives Matter movement has been a hot button issue over the past few weeks.
I’m not one of those people that says the entire movement is a terrorist organization and I’m also not one of the delusional people who pretends the violent rhetoric from some members of BLM isn’t directly responsible for some of the cop murders we have seen over the past year.
There is no doubt that a radical element has taken control of this movement. There are some supremely unintelligent and irresponsible things being said by prominent members of Black Lives Matter and it is extremely disheartening to see those statements not receive strong condemnation.
You’re going to tell me with a straight face there is no connection between those BLM comments and the tragic murders in Dallas?
One of the statements that has been flying around lately, and I’ve seen it in several different places, is that the police force should be disbanded.
Twice as many white people are killed by the police each year than black people and the number of people killed is infinitesimally small when compared to the number of police interactions that take place each day but yet, the police need to be disbanded because of the controversial killings of the past year?
Seriously, members of the BLM movement are urging us to get rid of cops and turn things over to “community policing”.
Here’s just a little taste.
Black Lives Matter Minneapolis announced in a Facebook post that they were acting to draw attention to the shooting death of Philando Castile at the hands of a Minnesota police officer, the aftermath of which was caught on camera. “The coalition condemns this violence and believes this shut down reinforces our belief that comfort and business as usual must be disrupted until substantive changes occur in our city and throughout the country,” the post reads.
“This group demands the dismantling of the police department, which includes disarming, defunding, demilitarizing, and disbanding police,” the post continues. “We believe that security for all of us does not lie in use of aggression and force.”
From The Blaze:
Breanna Champion, the co-chair of Black Youth Project 100, shared her demand while also echoing thecall from many protesters that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel resign his post.
“So getting Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign is definitely not the main goal of the movement right now,” Champion said. “In Chicago, police receive 40 percent of our city’s budget to remain operational — that is completely unheard of and unacceptable.”
The activist went on to make this demand: “One of our major demands is that police be defunded and that money, used to fund police, be used to fund black futures and be used to fund our communities and things that we need.”
There’s more where that came from.
As troubling as this is, I simply refuse to believe that this sentiment is shared by more than 1% of people in this movement. It just can’t be. Right?
However, this violent and reckless rhetoric coming from this movement is absolutely influencing people to target police officers.
Dallas was a prime example of that but there have been other examples of police targeting under the banner of Black Lives Matter as well. The two NYPD cops that were ambushed immediately come to mind. This kind of rhetoric is not only dumb, but it contributes to this made up belief that the police force as a whole can’t be trusted to do its job. It also makes absolutely no sense. Typically, it is a good idea not to give nuts like this any attention but at the same time it is important to understand that dangerous beliefs like this are out there.
Remember how during the Dallas shooting we saw police officers running towards the shooter and running towards the people protesting against them in order to protect them?
Who does that if this insane plan of getting rid of cops is successful?
The bottom line here is that race relations in America are not going well and things aren’t going to get any better as long as Democrats are in charge fanning the flames to mobilize voters against a common enemy. In this case, that enemy is the police.