If you are protesting the police, do you have any idea what you are doing?
“Every action needs to be prompted by a motive.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
Our actions are brought to life by our motives. Without motive, there is no method of defining our behavior. So to understand why someone does something, one must trace backwards their sequence of actions in order to uncover the motivation behind them. It is only in the motivation—uncovered by reverse engineering of actions—that one can decide if those actions are justified or not, credible or asinine.
The Michael Brown case ignited a racial fire that has only continued to grow, despite there being absolutely zero evidence that race played a part in Brown’s death. His death, as well as the deaths of several other black men over the last few months, has prompted a new wave of hashtag activism. #BlackLivesMatter was borne out of misplaced racial anger, and it has become a staple phrase of the continuing protests across the country. This anger has been stoked gleefully by the likes of Al Sharpton, and Bill de Blasio. This anger led to two innocent NYPD officers being executed while they sat in their car.
Recently, a new wave of protests has come about, where black activists march into what they consider to be white dining establishments, or places where white people frequent, and disrupt the customers. It emerged from UC Berkeley, and has been dubbed “#BlackBrunch.” According to Warner Todd Huston of Breitbart:
“The #BlackBrunch protesters in Berkeley relied heavily on the claim that a black person is murdered by police in the USA every 28 hours. But even the usually left-leaning PolitiFact said this claim was false.”
According to PolitiFact, the report alleging that a black person is killed by the police every 28 hours, which was originally mentioned by Marc Lamont Hill on CNN “…is not an academic, unbiased representation of these deaths. It was put together by one volunteer researcher and details 313 deaths based on news clips and police reports. It arrives at one death ‘every 28 hours’ by dividing the number of hours in a year, 8,760, by the number of deaths, 313…In fact, less than half of the people who were killed were unarmed, according to MXGM…In nine cases, police said they shot at suspects because they were charging at them from behind the wheel of a vehicle…Another case to make the list is Rudy Eugene, the Miami man who attacked a homeless man and gnawed his face before police shot him to death. We also found several ‘unarmed’ deaths that were due to accidents, many car crashes as officers sped to a scene. In another example, one woman was killed at her birthday party, hosted by an off-duty police officer, when she hugged the officer from behind and somehow set off his gun.”
What PolitiFact is saying is that the statistic being shouted by #BlackBrunch protesters is not only misleading, but patently false. The use of this wildly misleading statistic forces me to ask two questions: Do the protesters know that what they are saying is a lie? And if so, why are they continuing to say it? There are two possibilities. Either they know it’s a lie and don’t care, or they are unaware of its falsity, and are simply blithering idiots.
Now, I’m inclined to believe the second of the two options, as these protests tend to be led by young people and young people tend to be rather stupid. However, if the first of the two possibilities is correct, what then? The people in these restaurants have done nothing, and yet they are being subjected to loud and misplaced grievances. On top of that, the protesters aren’t even using accurate information! If these protesters are knowingly using inaccurate information, what is their ultimate goal? I’m glad you asked, because I’ll tell you. They simply want an excuse to hate something. And in this case, that something is white people–sorry, the white patriarchy. This movement has gone from outrage over the death of one teenager to an outsized anger directed at all white people.
These protesters, and their fellow agitators across the country, have taken incidents which had nothing to do with race, and out of those incidents, they have created a movement. Let’s set some facts on the table:
Forensic evidence shows that Michael Brown did not have his hands up in surrender. Michael Brown was not a “gentle giant;” he strong-arm robbed a convenience store just minutes prior to his death. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that officer Darren Wilson is racist. There is no evidence to suggest that Officer Daniel Pantaleo intended to injure or kill Eric Garner. The main factor behind Garner’s death was his own asthma. Moreover, there is no evidence to suggest that Pantaleo’s choices during the incident were motivated by race. The NYPD has more minority members than white members. A black man is not killed by police every 28 hours. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
The #BlackBrunch protesters want to be important, they want to have a purpose, so they are latching onto a wave of emotions created by a litany of small lies. Hands up, don’t shoot! It’s a lie. A black man is killed by police every 28 hours. It’s a lie. The NYPD is a racist institution. It’s a lie. Michael Brown was a gentle giant. It’s a lie. Officer Darren Wilson is a racist. It’s a lie. Officer Pantaleo wanted to kill Eric Garner. It’s a lie. The justice system is stacked against black people. It’s a lie. This mountain of lies has created a monster, a movement that has left cops dead, people injured, lives ruined, reputations tarnished, stores looted, burned to the ground, and streets flooded with protesters. And for what? Nothing! This movement is stirring a tension that should have been put to rest many years ago.
If these protesters are simply unaware of the fact that their statistic is false, they should be ashamed of their own stupidity. And if they know it’s false, and are still agitating, they should be ashamed of their own arrogance. #BlackLivesMatter, and #BlackBrunch is a movement for which there is no purpose, and no end game. To those participating in this movement, I have a message for you:
You are part of the problem, you are not the solution. You have helped create an unhealthy and dangerous environment. You all hold partial responsibility for the lootings, the destroyed businesses, the obliterated reputations, and the murdered cops. And you should know better; you should be better.