How do members of the Black Lives Matter movement really feel about the cops? I mean really? According to “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King, the answer will surprise you.
Here is what King had to say on Tuesday (video further down):
[E]veryone I’ve talked to associated with the Black Lives [sic] movement says that is absolutely not the case, that they care very deeply about police officers. [Emphasis added]
They do? Wow. That’s great. Now we know that when that when protesters carrying a Black Lives Matter flag at the Minnesota State Fair last August chanted, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon,” they weren’t referring to the police. They obviously had in mind cocktail franks wrapped in Pillsbury biscuit dough. And when they marched through midtown Manhattan chanting “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!” … er — I’ll need a few minutes with that one.
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King also claimed:
Black Lives Matter didn’t have anything to do with the shooting. The shooter was someone who had nothing to do with the cause and has sort of tainted the movement.
The statement isn’t totally false. But neither is it totally true. The rally was progressing peacefully when Micah X. Johnson opened fire on the Dallas police. But it’s a fiction to say there was no connection between his actions and the movement. Black Lives Matter started off as and remains a loosely defined agglomeration of angry people who believe they have a score to settle with police and/or white people.
The fact that Johnson chose this occasion to murder five police officers and wound seven others suggests that in his eyes there was a connection. The same argument can be made for other cop killings, such as the ambush of Houston sheriff’s deputy Darren Goforth, who was shot from behind 15 times at a gas station.
King insists there insists there is nothing racist about Black Lives Matter, but that isn’t true either. Two of the group’s spokeswomen volunteered to black TV host Larry Wilmore that one of their goals was to “make white people uncomfortable.” If painting an entire group with the same broad brush isn’t the dictionary definition of racism, I don’t know what is.
King is free to fantasize on air about this movement all she likes. But you get down to cases, BLM subscribes to violence and racism. There’s no escaping it.
(h/t Kyle Drennen, NewsBusters)