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Black Lies Matter Too

August 17, 2015

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Black Lies Matter Too

Like all lies uncorrected, the #BlackLivesMatter movement has become a religion with evangelists, disciples, heretics, opportunists, and enforcers.

First, the media spread the Word. Those outlets that couldn’t afford to send reporters were helped by Twitter—that blackest of the social networks—and the well-equipped, well-credentialed rioters descended en masse to proclaim it. Some of these “reporters” were child molesters and criminals, but CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Brian Stelter didn’t mind. After all, their network’s ratings increased and postponed the inevitable reckoning all media companies must one day confront in the digital age.

Twitter has partnered up with the Black Lives Matters crowd because they need to pretend their user engagement levels are high enough to justify their stock price. Tweeting and instigating riots is good for Twitter’s bottom line, and Jack Dorsey, the cofounder and interim CEO, knows it. Eventually Twitter’s advertisers will realize that blacks don’t buy much anyway or that no one much buys anything that’s promoted on Twitter, but by then Dorsey will be long gone, free to waste investors’ money in his mobile payments company.

“Race war, like lost airliners, sells—even if the facts always prove to be other than what was initially reported by our compliant media.”

The hashtag has become the new battle flag, and Twitter terrorists like DeRay Mckesson use it to great, devastating effect. It doesn’t matter that some of these hashtags are myths; it only matters that they are believed. In some cases Mckesson will retweet fake shootings and indulge in bizarre conspiracy theories that become the new street wisdom and, ultimately, the new political consensus. Some of the crazier theories get picked up by the new media—only to be debunked by the traditional media, but not before everyone gets the clicks that they sell to their advertisers. Blacks wind up believing some crazy things, and those crazy things push the Overton window, which was, of course, the whole purpose.

And Twitter helps accelerate all of that nonsense while hagiographic media profiles cheer on the radicals. “Twitter and the classroom are the last two radical spaces in America,” Mckesson once said. He has used Twitter and the gathering blacks who respond to it to pressure weak city governments to surrender—lest they burn. Twitter—and the threat of outside agitators—has become the new way to shake down and renegotiate the racial coalition.

Race war, like lost airliners, sells—even if the facts always prove to be other than what was initially reported by our compliant media.

For example, it turns out Michael Brown wasn’t a gentle giant but a woman-abusing thug with a history of violence who chose to attend one of the most violent schools in Missouri and was probably in the Bloods.

Eric Garner wasn’t killed by a chokehold—you can’t scream, “I can’t breathe!” when you are in a chokehold—but had a history of violence against women.

Freddie Gray, whose death caused the Good Morning Baltimore Riots, was a switchblade-wielding heroin junkie with a history of injuring himself to sue the cops, not a martyr deserving of his own course at a publicly funded law school.

John Crawford III, who was high, was killed in a Walmart while brandishing a military-looking air rifle. Crawford had a lengthy rap sheet that included weapons charges. He wasn’t a good family man who took care of his newborn child, but had multiple baby mamas.

Tamir Rice was shot after he drew on police officers while carrying an airsoft gun in an area where airsoft guns had been used to rob convenience stores. His mother had illegal gun charges. He wasn’t a good little kid playing with a toy gun. He drew on a cop. How was the police officer to know that the airsoft gun without the orange tip wasn’t a real gun?

Sandra Bland was a mentally ill race-obsessed activist whose friends let her languish in a Texas jail before fellow prisoners say she took her life. She wasn’t a model employee with a “brand-new job,” but she had at least 10 encounters with the police in Illinois and Texas.

You won’t hear about gangbanger (and Michael Brown friend) Tyrone Harris, who opened fire on two black cops in Ferguson, because the media doesn’t want to talk about black crime committed against whites or other blacks. It’s boring. The Washington Post uncritically reported that Harris was “pulling it together” a day before the police released the video showing him pulling out his gun to kill cops. #BlackLivesMatter supporter David Ray Conley III murdered eight, including children, but you won’t see that hashtag trend. The black thug who killed two NYPD cops was a practicing Muslim who worked for Muslim organizations and even attended Muslim funerals with extremist imams, but you won’t hear that on the news because Islam is a religion of peace.

The exception to the so-called trend where white cops kill blacks indiscriminately—that of Officer Michael Slager shooting Walter Scott—is pretty complicated. Subsequent inquiry shows that Slager shot Scott twice with a stun gun to little effect after a bloody scuffle before opening fire on him—not quite the new Jim Crow or the Klan rising again. The Charleston authorities, though, were quick to throw him in solitary confinement. His pregnant wife was broke and is now on welfare. Ultimately the forensic evidence will help to clear him and touch off another round of violence. His attorney is preparing to release it all later this summer.

#BlackLivesMatter, but black votes matter much more to the continued future of the Democratic Party, which has serious structural problems getting white votes. No one believes that inner-city blacks are going to show up to make dreams come true for white suburban liberals. Blacks know that they can increasingly dictate events just by showing up and stealing the mic. White, aging socialists like U.S. senator Bernie Sanders have nothing to say to young black radicals who don’t know what to say other than the lies they’ve been told in 140 characters or less. But they know one thing is true: They are calling the shots and people are listening. Maybe they can’t define how Black Lives actually matter, but they’ll matter—or else.

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