Tribute to slain NYPD cops offends #BlackLivesMatter

Black Lives Matter needs a motto. One that might serve is “Walk a mile in another man’s shoes.” Although the group and its liberal enablers like to believe that blacks in America have cornered the market on suffering, other people feel pain, too.

Take Pei Xia Chen, shown below. She is the widow of Wenjian Liu, one of two NYPD officers shot to death last December by a black gunman who thought he was helping to settle the score over the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

widow of officer slain Pei Xia Chen, the wife of slain NYPD officer Wenjian Liu

Neither Officer Liu nor his killer, Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, knew Brown firsthand. Brinsley’s deadly act was nothing more than a Pavlovian response to hateful gibberish that had been planted in his head by Black Lives Matter.

A bitter reminder of the senselessness of Liu’s murder and BLM’s incapacity to feel anything beyond its misguided atavistic loathing for anyone whose skin color is not black was provided by an incident in New York last Sunday. As Yahoo News reports, the Staten Island Yankees, a minor-league affiliate of the New York Yankees, dared to observe a “Blue Lives Matter Day” at its ballpark.

The event was sponsored by Blue Lives Matter NYC, a charity for the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

As Yahoo columnist Michael Walsh notes, “Social-justice activists and left-leaning websites criticized the timing of the event, which took place on the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death.” I can appreciate that the timing, which team leaders say was an unfortunate coincidence, was poor. But something tells me that those same “social-justice activists and left-leaning websites” would have been critical even if the two observances were held months apart.

Walsh goes on to quote apologies from the organizers and the founder of the charity, who explains that the purpose of this particular event was to raise money for the families of Liu and his slain partner, Rafael Ramos, and to help finance the education of their children — who, by the way, will grow up without fathers.

But even that’s not enough to soften the hearts of Black Lives Matter demonstrators, who are “offended by the slogans Blue Lives Matter and All Lives Matter.”

Kirsten Savali, a cultural critic for the Root, an online magazine on African-American culture, said that with this event the baseball team “unapologetically spits” in the face of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“The Staten Island Yankees wanted to send a statement today, and they did: Black lives don’t matter to them or the Yankees organization,” Savali wrote. “On today of all days, they made it clear that not only is baseball ‘America’s Favorite Pastime,’ but it goes hand in hand with the continued dehumanization of black Americans.”

Similarly, Judd Legum, the editor in chief of the liberal blog Think Progress, argued that Blue Lives Matter is insensitive in that it draws attention away from victims of police violence.

These people are beyond help or hope.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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