Racism in America is quickly assuming the definition of any negative action or speech against a race other than white. Since the slaying of 5 law enforcement officers last week in Dallas by Micah X Johnson, who reportedly yelled, “I want to kill white people,” and “I’m doing this because of Black Lives Matter,” both sides of the debate have been arguing the definition of a “hate crime.”
The latest group to throw their hat in the ring of racism is none other than The Black Student Association from Texas Tech University.
Apparently the social media war between #AllLivesMatter and #BlackLivesMatter has motivated them to tell the country exactly whose lives matter the most, in their eyes.
Although this tweet was later removed, and official explanation given by the student group’s spokesperson, it should go to show that regardless of “official positions” of some of these Black Lives Matter associated clubs, there is at least a portion within their ranks that value the lives of white cops lesser than their own.
According to this tweet, being a “blue life,” meaning a member of law enforcement, negates any minority status that a person may have. If you’re white, you’re life doesn’t matter regardless, according to this tweet, but if you’re a black officer then the blue uniform you wear also negates your right to be viewed as an equal life. This should be the very definition of racism and hate in this country.
I’m sure we will never hear this as an “official” position from any Black Lives Matter group, but there have been numerous tweets and messages from supporters who seem to have a more extreme view of their movement. Regardless of the group’s overarching messaging, because of their ability to paint a graphic picture of supposed racist police targeting blacks, they will always inspire others to take a more extreme viewpoint. A viewpoint that can eventually lead to violence, as we saw in Dallas.
People are motivated by rage, anger and a perceived sense of justice and there is no cause more dangerous than that of a group who believes what they are fighting for is right.
Students from the Texas Tech University Black Students Association (@TTUBSA) reportedly tweeted a hate-filled message on the day before five Dallas-area police officers were ambushed by a lone gunman. The tweet was quickly taken down following strong community reactions.
The tweet sent out by @TTUBSA stated, “All lives don’t matter [sic]… While lives don’t mater… Blue lives don’t matter… #BlackLivesMatter.” Following negative responses from the community, the tweet was taken down and the account was closed. The account has since re-opened with a single tweet apologizing for the previous tweet.
Officials from Texas Tech responded to the incident after more than a week stating:
As an institution of higher learning, Texas Tech University is dedicated to an inclusive environment for all and supports our students’ rights to freedom of expression. A recent tweet sent from a student organization account is not representative of the university or the student organization.
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The response from University officials did not come until after a harsh broadcast from KFYO’s Chad Hasty on his show Wednesday morning. Hasty said:
“This is the kind of crap you see on college campuses. This is the kind of stuff President Obama needs to talk about. You know you have President Obama, he’s going to hold a town-hall on this, on race. This is the kind of stuff he should talk about. And I’m telling you right now, Texas Tech University, they need to do something about this. They need to get a press release, they need to get on top of this right now. Because I guarantee you, if it was any, any kind of young Republican, young conservative, college Republican, student government association that had tweeted out about Black Lives Matter, the university would take swift action.”
His entire segment on the issue can be heard in the YouTube video below.