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Is Black Lives Matter a Racist, Anti-Cop Movement?
“Black Lives Matter.” People of all colors march together chanting it. Law enforcement officers have marched with protesters who support it. Yet, it’s accused by some, including politicians and former chiefs of police, of being “racist” and “anti-cop.” Why?
In looking for answers to that question, maybe this post should be sub-titled how Black Lives Matter is re-defined by opponents because that seems to be the root of the re-defining.
A piece written by Riley Lewis on The Odyssey Online articulates the misunderstanding that people have about Black Lives Matter, and how it comes about because of those who claim support for Blue Lives Matter.
“The defensive nature that surrounds the use of blue lives matter is troubling. This situation doesn’t have to be a duality; either black lives matter or blue lives matter. The lives of cops are just as valuable…
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It’s important to remember that Black Lives Matter was used as part of the disinformation campaign used by the GOP and Russian propaganda to incite racial division. This is why the the counter-argument is presented in terms of either or.
Thanks for your comment. For the average person of color, it is also a rallying point. A place to go with their fears of white cops, stop and frisk, and a place to share their grief. The people I know feel that the is where they can park their distaste of white entitlement. Hugs