But it’s not as if police in general are simply going out and intentionally killing African-Americans.
Martin Luther King, Jr., didn’t mince words when he stated his dream was that his children live in a world where they were judged by their “character” and not their “skin”.
“Of course black lives matter”, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, who is black, said last month campaigning in Harlem. Officers were senselessly gunned down in a patrol auto in New York. In fact, police shootings are down this year by 17% compared to 2014, Peter Moskos, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said on Fox News Wednesday.
It is “an indisputable fact-that the lives of black citizens in this country historically have not mattered”, the Times contends. “And it is time now for good, law abiding Americans to rise up”.
TR: So what do you think of Black Lives Matter? Those that incited violence on the streets under the guise of protest that tried to tear down what NYPD officers did every day. “They’re feeling the assault from the president, from the top on down as we see”. As I look at the pictures of the many fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, and friends lost to lethal violence between 1995 and 2015 on the MPD website, I am deeply disturbed by how their lives have been reduced to $25,000 rewards for information, and confronted with the question: do Black Lives Matter…as much? “Nope… All lives matter”.
Now for the bad.
The result? As I write this, 21 law enforcement officers – both black and white – have been shot so far this year. Or, as evidenced in Houston-if he happens to be a cop. “That is fundamentally wrong, and it is endangering the safety and security of us all“.
Sheriff Ron Hickman of Harris County, Texas, a county that Obama won narrowly in 2012, launched a blunt attack on the BLM movement after one of the officers under Hickman’s command, Darren Goforth, was shot and killed at a gas station last week.
Black lives. Police lives. In his speeches and political ads, Nixon appealed to the “non-shouters and non-demonstrators” who were “not racist” and “not guilty of the crime that plagued the land”, contrasting them with protesters who had “cities up in smoke”, a thinly veiled reference to the race riots of the decade. I just played the black-on-black crime card. Why? Most of the people who now live in terror because local police are too intimidated to do their jobs are black. Still, despite Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Kevin Jackson’s ridiculous comments, not to mention the conservative mass attempt to target the activists and blame the organization for recent violent acts (especially against cops), the movement itself has been primarily peaceful, staging demonstrations and protest rallies across the United States whenever a matter of police injustice appears to present itself. Baltimore saw unrest and riots after the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died while in police custody.
This is just nonsense and borders satire.
Elizabeth Holman is taking a visible stand in support of police officers, going all out for the slogan “All Lives Matter“.
I’m not saying that there’s nothing worth fighting for on abortion, or in the Black Lives Matter movement, or a host of other political causes. Both groups want a narrow conversation centered on inflated instances of racism. “It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression”.
We Americans have what others around the globe admire and desire.
A year after Ferguson, the country is arguing over slogans – Black Lives Matter v. Cops’ Lives Matter v. All Lives Matter.
Thanks, but no thanks. “Now tell me how that is right”. On the one hand, they’re likely to come under increasing pressure to condemn examples of anti-police rhetoric, no matter how isolated they may be.