Black Lives Matter Responds to Dallas Shootings: Are Their Members Listening?

The Black Lives Matter movement is speaking out on last night’s police shooting in Dallas, saying in part that they do not advocate murder.


A statement posted to their website reads:

In the last few days, this country witnessed the recorded murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police, the latest victims in this country’s failed policing system. As we have done for decades, we marched and protested to highlight the urgent need to transform policing in America, to call for justice, transparency and accountability, and to demand that Black Lives Matter.

In Dallas, many gathered to do the same, joining in a day of action with friends, family, and co-workers. Their efforts were cut short when a lone gunman targeted and attacked 11 police officers, killing five. This is a tragedy–both for those who have been impacted by yesterday’s attack and for our democracy. There are some who would use these events to stifle a movement for change and quicken the demise of a vibrant discourse on the human rights of Black Americans. We should reject all of this.

Black activists have raised the call for an end to violence, not an escalation of it. Yesterday’s attack was the result of the actions of a lone gunman. To assign the actions of one person to an entire movement is dangerous and irresponsible. We continue our efforts to bring about a better world for all of us.

Nice statement, now they need to apply it to themselves: to assign the actions of one police officer to every other police officer in the country is dangerous and irresponsible.


However, it seems this movement, at least on social media, picks and chooses who is deserving of their support. While they claim to advocate for justice and respect:

That respect did not extend to gays marching in Toronto:

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And that dignity does not extend to police in Chicago, regardless of race:

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While I appreciate BLM announcing they do not advocate murder, the movement has a long way to go before they become something that will start changing the current situation in America.

Maybe they should take some advice from Lynch and ‘love everyone’.

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