When the twin towers of the World Trade Center fell in 2001, broadcast media shared video of people in the Middle East dancing in the streets. They were celebrating the deaths of thousands of Americans.
Residents of the USA, already reeling from this unprovoked attack, were dumbfounded. Who celebrates tragedy? Who celebrates senseless death? Who threatens to do more such mayhem? Savages. Barbarians. Terrorists.
The dictionary defines terrorism as someone who uses violent action or threats of violent action for political purposes. Unfortunately, we don’t have to look to the Middle East anymore to find real life evidence of terrorism.
Right here in the United States there is a group called Black Lives Matter. On Saturday participants in a Black Lives Matter protest marched at the Minnesota State Fair and chanted “pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon,” an apparent advocacy of violence against police. This came less than 24 hours after a white Harris County, Texas, deputy was shot in the back of the head, and then shot 15 times while filling his patrol car with gas. One of the suspects is black, and two are white.
Similar chants threatening or advocating violence against law enforcement have been heard in Baltimore, St. Louis, Atlanta and various other places. These chants are led by the organizers of the events. In Ferguson, Missouri, they roasted a pig, put a police hat on it and labeled it Darren Wilson. The events have been organized by Black Lives Matter. No spokesperson for the organization has denounced the calls for attacks on police.
Also within hours of the execution-style shooting of the deputy, a young Texas woman went on social media and took two actions. First she praised Black Lives Matter. Then minutes later she posted the following: “I can’t believe so many people care about a dead cop and NO ONE has thought what he did to deserve it. He had creepy perv eyes.” Like those overseas folks who celebrated on September 11, 2001, there are some here in the U.S. who are celebrating when an innocent cop is slaughtered.
Fanatics believe their cause trumps all, and they have no regard for the rights or concerns of others. Black Lives Matter clearly falls into this category. Their chosen method of communicating to the public is to interrupt high-profile public events. During one such interruption of a Democratic presidential candidate’s event, the group chanted “Black Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter” repeatedly. When the candidate agreed with them, but broadened the discussion to say that all lives matter, he was booed and forced to apologize. Apparently to Black Lives Matter, whether or not your life matters is determined by the color of your skin.
Some reasonable questions: When a shooting involving a white police officer and a black suspect occurs, why is racism immediately assumed? Conversely, when a black suspect guns down an unsuspecting white policeman, husband and father of two, why are we told not to assume racism played any role? It’s an amazing double standard.
If the criteria for being considered a terrorist group is someone who uses violent action or threats of violent action for political purposes, Black Lives Matter is clearly a terrorist group. If members actually hope to achieve racial harmony, the organization needs to immediately renounce violence and work with law enforcement to find common ground.
If instead the group continues to poison the atmosphere with calls for violent acts against the men and women who serve and protect us, we must call members of Black Lives Matter what they are — terrorists.