Regardless of your overall opinion of the BlackLivesMatter movement and some of its aggressive tactics, its original message of exposing the unlawful murdering of African-Americans is noble. Conservatives were quick to blame the BlackLivesMatter movement for fomenting hostility towards police and putting them in harm’s way. The fact remains that every spontaneous movement has a few rotten apples, but that doesn’t mean one should impugn the whole collective.
Senior Justice Writer for The NY Daily News Shaun King put it best.
Contrary to popular belief, despising police brutality does not mean I despise police officers,” King wrote.
But making distinctions and reaching logical conclusions is not something conservatives do very well. In fact, disregarding it is kind of their thing. Nonetheless, they might (they won’t) want to refrain from blasting the BlackLivesMater movement and consider the reality that more police have ben murdered by white men in 2016.
For example, King noted that at the time police were whining about Beyonce over her performance pointing out police brutality, seven out of eight officers killed this year had been killed by white men.
King: Seventy-one percent of police who’ve been shot and killed this year weren’t murdered by black men with cornrows or hoodies. They weren’t gunned down by Latino gang members in low-rider drive-bys. Those stereotypes would be too convenient. Instead, 71% of police who’ve been shot and killed so far in 2016 have been killed by good old-fashioned white men. (NY Daily News)
That’s not to say that black men are totally innocent. But conservatives would love to have you think that BlackLivesMatter is leading to nothing but hooded black kids shooting police, totally disregarding this verifiable data. Disregarding verifiable facts is something else they’re great at these days. They use police deaths like a game of political football and could care less about the realities on the ground. Scaring nice white people is just way easier.
You best believe that if a 59% rise in the number of police officers shot and killed in the line of duty could be blamed on immigrants, Mexicans, or black folk, it would be a regular conservative talking point,” King added
In sum, statistics show that black men aren’t quite the unhinged thugs that Fox News has them out to be.
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