It should be apparent by now that BlackLivesMatter is a racist domestic terrorist organization. Terrorism is causing chaos for the sake of causing chaos in the imagined pursuit of a political agenda. That’s what the group, smug and shameless as ever, did over the post-Christmas weekend, disrupting the Mall of the Americas and blocking traffic at the Minneapolis airport. No, they haven’t killed anyone yet; they claim to be non-violent. We’ll see about that when they get sufficiently frustrated. One thing is certain about irrational, self-glorifying organizations: you never know how irrational they will get.
Now the Tamir Rice mess in Cleveland has presented BLM and its allies—which include all three Democratic candidates for President, according to their pandering rhetoric, as well as the Democratic National Committee— with a target more relevant to their alleged mission than disrupting children’s choir performances, losing money for small businesses and inconveniencing Minnesotans who never did an African American harm in their lives. Using the hashtag #NoJusticeNoLebron, the Ferguson activated activists, led by writer Tariq Touré, have launched a Twitter barrage imploring NBA superstar and Cleveland Cavaliers hometown hero LeBron James to refuse to play in NBA games until the Department of Justice, “imprisons the murderers of Tamir Rice.” Justice is of course investigating the fatal November 2014 shooting, since the Obama Administration tacitly encourages the divisive myth that any time a white officer shoots a black man, it is presumptively a civil rights violation.
Like virtually everything that has come out of the incoherent, anti-white, anti-police movement surrounding the various controversial police shootings (of blacks only, however, though there have been more fatal shootings of whites…but never mind, that doesn’t advance the mythical narrative), this plan is ludicrous, unfair, and demonstrates the ignorance and/or contempt the protesters have for due process and the rule of law.
Placing this kind of pressure on one prominent individual and asking him to risk his livelihood, undermine his relationship with his employers, breach his contract and sacrifice his salary is unethical in every respect. The planned protest is also an appeal to pure mob justice. Baltimore’s capitulation to threatened riots notwithstanding—and yes, City Attorney Marilyn Mosby is partially responsible for making mob-led extortion seem like a plausible strategy—the justice system can never allow its decisions about whether to prosecute in any case to be influenced by protests, boycotts, or public outcry.
Thinking that this is an honorable or responsible way to interact with a legal system is proof of willful ignorance. No views about whether law enforcement’s handling of any situation is just or not, issuing from activists this uneducated about how the justice system does and must work, should be accorded respect or attention. Now protesters are marching in Cleveland to protest a grand jury decision they don’t understand and a justice system they would replace with lynch mobs. The signs emphasize that Tamir was a child, which is irrelevant, that his “gun” was a toy, which is irrelevant, that he was black and the officer is white, all irrelevant. Such protests, based on bias and ignorance, should be regarded as expressions of emotion, touching but useless. They do not help. They make matters worse, by courting racial distrust, confusing the public and confounding the issues.
Every time BlackLivesMatters or a related group engages in such inherently undemocratic and coercive tactics, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley should be directly confronted and asked if they support the use of mob pressure to influence law enforcement. And journalists should insist on a direct answer.