- The Washington Times - Monday, July 11, 2016

Defending the Black Lives Matter movement Monday, political commentator Marc Lamont Hill said black people do not have the ability to be racist, because they lack the “institutional power” necessary to “deploy racism.”

“To say that the Black Lives Matter movement is racist is bizarre to me not just because black people don’t have the institutional power to be racist or to deploy racism, but because the movement has called for justice,” Mr. Hill said on “CNN Newsroom.”

The remark comes after Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, ambushed police at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, killing five officers and injuring seven others.

Shortly before he was killed by police, Mr. Johnson said he wanted to kill white people, especially police officers.

Mr. Hill also said there is a double standard for black people when it comes to political dissent.

“Only when black people say the country’s moving in the wrong direction do they say it’s un-American,” he said. “When conservatives in the ‘80s and ‘90s said America is moving in the wrong direction … no one said, ‘Well if you don’t like it, leave it.’ They said, ‘OK, we’ll try to change it.’”

• Bradford Richardson can be reached at brichardson@washingtontimes.com.

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