After African-American man Michael Brown was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, a national firestorm began. As rioters filled the streets of the St. Louis suburb, national media wondered aloud if Brown’s death had anything to do with his race. That speculation led to a new movement: Black Lives Matter.Since that day, any time news breaks of a police shooting, BLM activists spring into action to cry racism. In their view, black Americans are being unfairly targeted by police.
Have there been select cases that fit this narrative? They are certainly rarer than BLM would have us believe.
If you only watch cable news, it’s almost hard to blame you for thinking America has a major problem on its hands. It seems like the only time someone is gunned down in the streets, it’s a black man being killed by a white cop. Since that’s what we see on TV, the BLM movement might seem justified.
However, the media’s ability to shape our perception of reality is the actual problem. Studies show that white police officers actually don’t target black suspects unfairly. Sadly, the media selectively chooses what stories to show us. This way, they can drum up controversy and ratings. For BLM, that’s a tough truth to swallow.Of course, there are other truths the BLM movement continues to ignore. That’s why renowned musician Stevie Wonder decided to speak up, calling out BLM on their often contradictory message.
Stevie Wonder spoke out about Black Lives Matter and youth gun violence at the North Minneapolis Conference on Peace on Saturday.“It is in your hands to stop all of the killing and the shooting wherever it might be,” Wonder said. “You cannot say, ‘Black lives matter,’ and then kill yourselves. Because you know we’ve mattered long before it was said, but the way we show that we matter, the way that we show all the various people of color matter is by loving each other and doing something about it. Not just talking about it, not just waiting to see the media and press come when there’s a horrible thing.”
It might be an uncomfortable truth, but one the movement needs to hear. Sadly, the vast majority of African-American homicide victims are murdered by fellow African-Americans. If Black Lives Matter is true to its name, then the first order of business should be to put an end to black on black crime.
[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]