A number of photos from Black Lives Matter and similar anti-police racial protests have gone viral in the past week. There was the photo of DeRay Mckesson’s arrest, as he stares directly into the camera while police grab him.
Then there was the photo of a woman in a dress at a protest in Baton Rouge, standing like a statue, staring directly forward as police rush over to arrest her.
It’s no wonder why. They’re desperate for iconic photos so that fifty years from now liberals can pretend the anti-police nonsense we’re seeing was on par with the “original” Civil Rights Movement.
Those fighting for Civil Rights in the 1960s did so peacefully – while you don’t have to dig deep through Google’s results to find examples of groups like BLM inciting – and defending violence against police.
Let’s just take the Dallas massacre of police at a BLM rally – and its response – as an example. It isn’t just crazies on Twitter defending the shooter, as David Cole Stein of Counter Contempt reports:
I’d say “guess who’s back,” but Reverend Curtis Gatewood never really went away. The NAACP official who accused “the Jews” of trying to assassinate President Obama, who called the innocent victims of 9/11 “racists” whose violent deaths were a “just punishment” from God, and who co-organized a rally in support of Fort Hood mass-shooter Nidal Hasan, has more lives than Michael Myers from the Halloween films.
Gatewood, the field and branch director of the North Carolina NAACP, represents an NAACP chapter so extreme, so hate-filled, that the one time the national NAACP attempted to censure him, his entire chapter mutinied and threatened to sever ties with the national base. So the NAACP leaders (you know, the ones who commanded Tea Party leaders to expel all “racists”) surrendered, and Gatewood has been declared untouchable, no matter what he says.This past weekend, Gatewood, on his Facebook page, came out in defense of Dallas gunman Micah Johnson, writing:
“Yes, I’m coming to the defense of the defenseless. That includes Micha (sic) X. Johnson who has been accused of shooting about 12 police officers. I defend him because historically Black men have been victim of horrific and racist mob-killings whose guilt had not been confessed or proven in a court of law…police saw this as another opportunity to horrifically kill another Black man and charge him far beyond the crimes he actually committed at a time when emotions are so high, no one would care.”
Stein reached out to the president of the North Carolina NAACP for comment with no reply.
The silence should speak for itself.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]