It’s understandable when a police officer is targeted and murdered in the brutal way Deputy Darren H. Goforth was while filling up his vehicle at a Houston-area gas station emotions are going to be raw. The suspect, Shannon Miles, allegedly shot Goforth from behind and then stood over the fallen deputy and finished him off firing a total of 15 shots.
So you couldn’t blame Harris County (Texas) Sheriff Ron Hickman’s anguish and anger over one of his officers being executed without a chance to defend himself. However, Hickman chose to take it to another level when he all but blamed the #BlackLivesMatter social justice movement for Goforth’s death even before Miles’ motives for killing Goforth were known.
“We’ve heard black lives matter. All lives matter, well, cops’ lives matter too,” Hickman said. “So why don’t we drop the qualifier and just say ‘lives matter’ and take that to the bank?”
Hickman wondered if the emotions provoked by #BlackLivesMatter have thrown a match on the volatile conditions which set off cop killers.
“I think that’s something that we have to keep an eye on,” Hickman said, “The general climate of that kind of rhetoric can be influential on people to do things like this. We’re still searching to find out if that’s actually a motive.”
Since Sheriff Hickman already seems to made up his mind it is, don’t be surprised if the investigation concludes it was. American “justice” being what it is.
#BlackLivesMatter didn’t kill Officer Goforth. If anything, #BLM may save lives because protest and activism offers an alternative to desperation and violence. For all parties concerned picking up a picket sign is safer than a shotgun. It would be a mistake for law enforcement officials to attempt to link peaceful demonstrators with cop killers, but it’s a mistake the usual suspects on the Right are tripping over each other to discredit #BlackLivesMatter.
Senator Ted Cruz: “I do think we’re seeing the manifestation of the rhetoric and vilification of law enforcement and it’s coming from senior officials. I’m proud to stand with law enforcement. We need a president who doesn’t attack and vilify them, and who doesn’t seek to tear us apart along racial lines, to inflame racial divisions.”
Bill O’Reilly: “I’m gonna tell you right now, I’m gonna put them out of business. And any media person who supports them, I’m gonna put them on this program and put a picture of them on the air.”
Elizabeth Hasselbeck: “…why has the #BlackLivesMatter movement not been classified yet as a hate group? I mean, how much more has to go in this direction before someone actually labels it as such?”
There is no correlation between #BlackLivesMatter and the killing of police officers. NONE. The opposite of “Black Lives Matter” is not “Kill White Cops.” This is not the Black Panthers marching in the streets of Oakland shouting “Kill the pigs” while they flaunt their 2nd Amendment rights to bear arms, but that’s a distinction completely lost on the cop apologists for whom Darren H. Goforth isn’t a fallen officer, but a club they can wield to bludgeon #BLM into submission.
It is as transparent as it is desperate and it won’t work. #BLM has made its share of mistakes and missteps as it finds its footing as a nascent social movement, but it is on the right side of history. Lost within their lies, the ranting Right-wing won’t admit the #BLM movement is an effect with the excesses and atrocities committed by the police being the cause.
Maybe if the cop apologists bothered to read before they rant they might notice there are Black police officers being dropped as well as White officers. #BLM has not declared war on the cops, but the cop apologists who would rather exploit a murdered police officer to make a flawed and fallacious attack on #BLM, have certainly declared war on them.
#BLM came to pass as a reaction to police brutality and overreaction. This didn’t happen in an anti-cop vacuum. It is not their fault if they have a wealth of examples of Black lives not mattering to rotten cops. The cop apologists will tell you it’s the activists who changed the public’s perception of the police instead of the actions of the police themselves.
One would hope the killing of a police officer might be a moment for sympathy, but obviously its too tempting an opportunity to engage instead in petty demagoguery and denunciations.
When it was supporters of liberal lion Bernie Sanders beefing with #BlackLivesMatter that came as a surprise to many. The real surprise was it took the conservatives this long to do likewise.