The phrase ‘peaceful protest’ is becoming an oxymoron with Black Lives Matter. What seemed to start as a protest movement has morphed into race-based street violence. Unfortunately, BLM has been encouraged by our president Barack Obama who never misses an opportunity to politicize a tragedy and make it all about race. In that regard, BLM is just following Obama’s lead. Their rhetoric has turned police officers into targets and BLM’s rhetoric has provoked harassment and intimidation.
Protesters typically welcome people the press – they help generate publicity for their cause. The press is an ear into which they can explain or complain and voice their demands.
Apparently Black Lives Matter didn’t get the memo.
A mob of Black Lives Matter demonstrators berated and threatened a Fox News reporter in St. Paul, Minn., when the reporter asked the protestors why they were blocking a highway on July 9.
“Get the f… out of here,” the lead organizer frantically chanted into the face of the stunned reporter, who politely defended himself by saying, “I asked you… [to] tell me why you are here.”
The demonstrators pushed up against the reporter, forcing him backwards towards the protection of police, while another person seems to say “we’re going to knock his ass out.”
The video illustrates the risks and benefits of President Barack Obama’s determined, high-risk gamble as he tries to spur African-American emotion and anger before the critical 2016 election.
He has repeatedly urged African-Americans to make the issue of police tactics and practices into a political issue, after bitterly complaining that low-turnout cost him the Democrats’ Senate majority in 2014. “All Americans should be deeply troubled by the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota,” Obama said in an July 7 message posted early afternoon on the White House’s site and on Facebook.
He’s been so successful in promoting the issue that some African-Americans are becoming aggressive and violent, mostly notably by killing five cops in Dallas on July 7.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the officers who have lost their lives and have suffered harm as a result of the growing war on cops.
From far left: Lorne Ahrens, Michael Smith, Michael Krol, Patrick Zamarripa and Robert Thompson