While conservatives are blaming Black Lives Matter (i.e.Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Joe Walsh) for the recent killings of five police officers in Dallas (despite the city’s police chief stating that Micah X. Johnson acted alone), the movement itself has been speaking out and setting the record straight.
In a statement issued on Friday, BLM wrote:
“This is a tragedy–both for who have been impacted by yesterday’s attack and for our democracy…Black activists have raised the call for an end of violence, not an escalation of it. Yesterday’s attack was a result of the actions of a lone gunman. To assign the actions of one person to an entire movement is irresponsible and dangerous.”
In addition, on Friday’s edition of “All In with Chris Hayes,” Alicia Garza co-founder of Black Lives Matter, also stressed that as Americans we can mourn the loss of the five police Dallas police officers and still demand for a more just police system at the same time. One does not negate the other.
“It’s important to acknowledge that anytime anyone loses their life before its time is a tragedy. Black Lives Matter has never ever ever called for the murder of police officers. What we have said over and over again is that it’s time in this country for policing to be accountable, transparent and responsible. That’s not rhetoric. That is what communities in the United States want to see from the people who protect and serve them,” she started off.
Garza also emphasized that the movement has never been anti-police, but against the bias violence that they disproportionately inflict on Black people.
“The issue that we are concerned with the hypercriminization of Black bodies in this country. And part of how that happens is through policing. There is an entire system that deems Black people as criminals and acts on that assumption. People who are tasked with carrying that out. We are not anti-police. We are anti-our people being murdered in the streets,” she told Hayes.
She added, “What happened to Alton Sterling, what happened to Philando and to so many Black people in our communities. It’s absolutely unacceptable and I think that is something that we can all agree on.”
She also fears that people will use the Dallas tragedy as an excuse to “curtail people’s civil liberties” and try to stop social movements.
“Unfortunately with the characterization of groups like Black Lives Matter as ‘domestic terrorists’ organizations, I am concerned that the level of rhetoric coming from people who are being consumed by a level of fear, could curtail of civil liberties. Our ability of freedom of speech and our ability quite frankly to reshape our democracy, which is a fundamental right of every person in this country.”
Garza’s believes that moving forward, as a nation, we all have to join in on productive conversations about how to make our nation more just for all.
“We don’t need to have more guns than people in this country. We don’t have to live in a country where we are more likely to be killed by a police officer than graduate from a university. We need to change and if we really want to move in a forward direction, then we will do everything we can in this moment to address the root causes of some of the problems that we’re facing.”
Yes, let those conversations continue.
Celebrities React To Dallas Police Deaths
1. Kim Kardashian penned a heartfelt letter1 of 21
2. John Legend was one of the first celebrities to respond on social media.2 of 21
3. Fabolous wants his fellow celebs to stand up!3 of 21
4. LeBron James wants everyone to stop the violence.4 of 21
5. Kevin Hart challenged his celeb friends to help make a changeSource:Instagram 5 of 21
6. Halle Berry shared a photo of her son, saying, "What will my brown son's future be? What will your brown son's future be? The uncertainty is real. I beg you not to be a bystander in this life, but to go out and find ways to make peaceful change. Our boys need us so rather than launching into deep sentiment here on this platform, I promise to find ways to get involved and help."Source:Instagram 6 of 21
7. Danielle Brooks wants to know: What's going on?7 of 21
8. Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda sent a strong message.8 of 21
9. Diddy revealed that he has something huge plannedSource:Instagram 9 of 21
10. Erykah Badu spoke out on the wrongly accused shooter.10 of 21
11. Amber Rose shared an adorable photo of her son Sebastian, saying, "I woke up this morning to my beautiful son with such a heavy heart. I grabbed my baby and kissed him, hugged him, told him how beautiful his skin and hair is and let him know that one day he will be able to change the world and I will love him and accept him no matter what."Source:Instagram 11 of 21
12. Ashanti spoke out on freedom.Source:Instagram 12 of 21
13. Boris Kodjoe wants the answers.Source:Instagram 13 of 21
14. Trey Songz ranted.Source:Instagram 14 of 21
15. Usher has a question for the people.Source:Instagram 15 of 21
16. Ms. Tina Knowles shared a pic of herself watching CNN, writing, "Oh my God ! This is horrible !! Please pray for the fallen officers, and the injured ones and their families. The violence has got to stop. Love not hate is the answer. No one has the right to take another persons life ! Not to take our black men's lives and not police officers either. "Source:Instagram 16 of 21
17. Tyrese vented.Source:Instagram 17 of 21
18. Nick Cannon addressed the former Congressman that threatened President ObamaSource:Instagram 18 of 21
19. Demi Lovato tweeted about her home town.19 of 21
20. Kris Jenner reposted Beyonce's postSource:Instagram 20 of 21
21. Lala Anthony shared her thoughts.21 of 21