Here’s my biggest problem with the Black Lives Matter movement: it’s all based on a lie. I wouldn’t be quick to condemn their rhetoric or tactics if their motives were based on facts, but they’re not. Their motives are based on feelings.
If their motives were based on factual evidence that police departments across the country are systemically racist, then the movement itself would, in many ways, line up with conservative and founding principles.
Let’s imagine for a second that Black Lives Matter was telling the truth about the police. In this case, Jefferson’s logic from the Declaration of Independence would follow, and the government, in this case the enforcement wing of the government, should be abolished and replaced because it has failed to secure the rights of the people. This is exactly what some protesters want, with some of them calling for an end to the police and its replacement through “community solutions.”
It would also follow that the abolishment and replacement of that government would be worth fighting for in the name of freedom, which would give greater justification for killing police officers if it was a part of, in fact, a just war on cops. Many British soldiers during the Revolutionary War were good people who were just doing their jobs, but they were killed none-the-less, and rightfully so.
But… Black Lives Matter is not telling the truth. According to the Washington Post, around 50% of the people killed in police shootings in 2015 were white while around 20% were black. According to a Harvard study, white people are more likely to killed by police in their encounters than black people are. Statistic after statistic shows that there is no systemic racism in our law enforcement nationwide. Seriously. I’ll link it again. Read this from the Daily Wire.
Because there is no evidence of systemic racism in police departments nationwide, each police shooting must be investigated and prosecuted individually on the basis of evidence. The shootings should not immediately be thrown into the BLM narrative churner without evidence to support it.
So stop lying to us, Black Lives Matter. You’re pulling on the heart strings of every American who believes in liberty and justice for all with a false narrative. If you were telling the truth, conservatives would be out there protesting with you, but you’re not. You’re slandering the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe, and they are, and we are, less safe because of it.