There was a brief moment of sanity last week, when a small Black Lives Matter chapter in Wichita, Kansas held a cookout with police. The event was called the First Steps Community Cookout, and had the goal of bridging the divide between the community and the police.
It was a step in the right direction – especially after we’ve seen violence against police constantly incited at BLM rallies. Plus, this sort of dialogue will do more to improve interactions between police and citizens than the sorts of protest we’ve seen, like blocking off highways for hours on end.
But if this seemed way too reasonable to come out of Black Lives Matter to you, your hunch was correct. As it turns out, this chapter wasn’t “officially” a part of the BLM organization. As the Daily Caller reports:
The Washington, D.C. chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement said on Twitter that a community event held in Wichita, Kansas with the Wichita Police Department — which brought police and citizens together to cook, eat, dance, and talk — was “not in line with [their] principles.”
The Washington chapter later noted via Twitter that “Our statement about BLM BBQ’s with police was a direct response to the tons of people and orgs who were upset by the event,” and continued to say that they “assured folks our principles were still focused on dismantling the system.” They also re-tweeted a comment from this user:
— BlackLivesMatter DC (@DMVBlackLives) July 20, 2016
To end police brutality you have to end the police.
— Brotha B (@BlakeDontCrack) July 22, 2016
And the most pathetic part is that BLM simultaneously expects people to sympathize with and respect their cause. People who oppose groups like BLM aren’t racist – they oppose BLM because of their actions.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]