Since the attacks that claimed the lives of 5 law enforcement officers in Dallas last Thursday, the mainstream media along with Black Lives Matter’s leaders have been quick to proclaim that their movement does not advocate violence against police. They said that they encourage peaceful protests and non-violent acts of civil disobedience to draw attention to their “cause.” But can these leaders really prevent members of their movement from interpreting their “nonviolent” message differently and use that message as inspiration for attacks? Can they stop their followers from throwing bottles or chunks of concrete and severely injuring officers, as happened during the protests in St. Paul on Saturday?
The answer is no, they cannot.
The very message and cause of Black Lives Matter relies upon ginning up the anger within people and focusing it on police and the justice systems, which they say unfairly targets blacks. Do they expect all of the people hearing their message to protest peacefully, when they are telling them that cops are just itching to shoot unarmed black people for no reason? They are instilling fear in parents and black teens, telling them that “they could be next” by just innocently walking down the street.
So how does a message predicated on anger, outrage and fear promote peaceful protests and nonviolent actions against cops? How can the leaders inspiring Black Lives Matter to demonstrate their outrage possibly be unaware that some people in the black population will become angry enough to attack police? Either they know full well the risks associate with their rhetoric, and choose to ignore them, or are completely ignorant of human behavior. Personally I believe they know exactly what they are doing.
It’s a well known fact that many Muslims who end up joining terrorists groups, do so because they are radicalized by either their religious leaders, parents or friends. Imams and Clerics, religious leaders of the Islamic faith, have the ability to project a message to thousands of followers, and their elevated positions within their communities give them the clout to be respected.
Radicalization can happen at a very young age, often taking root in teenagers at a time in their lives when they are particularly impressionable, and carries well into adulthood. Radical Imams preach a message of hate towards Western cultures and opposing religions, telling their followers that the West wishes to oppress them, that Jews are evil and should be eliminated and instill the message that the West are “crusaders” seeking to suppress the “one true faith” of Allah.
In fact, weeks before the mass shooting at the Orlando nightclub, a radical Imam from the UK was preaching in central Florida. An Imam, who years before in 2013 made the following statements regarding homosexuals during a lecture given that University of Michigan:
“Death is the sentence. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about this. Death is the sentence.”
Adding: “We have to have that compassion for people. With homosexuals, it’s the same. Out of compassion, let’s get rid of them now”.
Yes, this speech was given at an American University, and you can only imagine the numerous Imam’s in the Middle East and Europe delivering similar messages of hate towards different races, genders and nationalities.
If you are a young person brought up in an environment, or even an adult hearing the constant messages of how a group of people is oppressing you and killing your people, you’re going to have a predetermined negative view of that group. In some people, that negative belief turns into fear, that fear turns into anger, and that anger turns into violence. The end result of spreading messages of hate towards any group of people is it’s going to end up in violence in one way, shape or form.
Perhaps the members of Black Lives Matter aren’t coming out publicly and proclaiming a desire to kill cops, but…well, actually sometimes they are actually saying exactly that:
Protesters in NYC in 2014 chant, “What do we want? Dead cops!”
And of course we also have the now infamous Black Lives Matter chant of, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon!”
From Daily Mail:
An organizer behind the Black Lives Matter march outside the Minnesota State Fair stood by the group’s chant at the fairgrounds in St. Paul to treat police like ‘pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon’.
BLM St. Paul organizer Rashad Turner said on Monday that law enforcement officials were cherry-picking a brief chant from Saturday’s four-hour march to find fault with what was a peaceful protest.
The protesters’ choice to yell the chant was viewed by some law enforcement members as targeting police officers and St. Paul Police Federation President Dave Titus called it ignorant and disgusting.
The concept that should be taken away from the comparison between radical Islamic Imams preaching hate, and some Black Lives Matter members preaching violence, should not be any similarity between their messages, but instead a similarity in the violent emotions that they have the potential to enflame. All it takes is an impressionable youth, a mentally unstable adult, a black person who maybe has had some tough run ins with police, or someone who just wants to go down in history by attaching themselves to the Black Lives Matter movement and perform violent acts in its name.
People kill other people for a variety of different reason, but when they target a specific group to attack, they are typically either mentally unstable or are motivated by a cause. Fighting for a cause can motivate anyone, even a completely mentally competent person, to engage in acts of violence in order to forward that cause. There is nothing more dangerous than someone who is willing to die for their cause, and what they believe to be just and morally right. Unfortunately, and often times encouraged by radical groups, some people believe the slaughtering of innocent people to be justice, for in their eyes they represent a danger to their own lives and those of their race.
Messages such as in this picture above do not instigate thoughtful conversation as some may think, but instead it instills feelings of anger at a perceived “privilege” given to a certain race in our society for no reason besides skin color.
The harder Black Lives Matter pushes their message of injustice at the hands of racially motivated police, the more cops or innocent bystanders will be hurt or killed. Either their own protesters deciding to attack police randomly, or law enforcement officers getting killed by followers of their movement, more lives are being put in jeopardy in order to further their “cause.”
True reform and peace cannot take place until they are willing to not separate themselves by race, and instead unite with their fellow human beings and admit that “All Lives Matter.”