- The Washington Times - Friday, July 29, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Watching the Democratic National Convention, one could believe that you could both support the Black Lives Matter movement and our nation’s men in uniform.

Don’t be fooled. You can’t.

ColorofChange.org, an online social justice activist backed by billionaire George Soros, which promotes the Black Lives Matter narrative, sent an email out to its supporters Friday to protest the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), an organization consisting of sworn law enforcement officers in the U.S., and Blue Lives Matter bills across the country.

“A week ago, I was chained to the door of the Fraternal Order of Police for 13 hours with Movement for Black Lives activist in unison with protesters across the country to expose the FOP for who they are: the most dangerous fraternities in America,” wrote Enchanta Jackson, of ColorofChange.org in the email.

Their danger?

The FOP’s promotion and support of Blue Lives Matter bills, which have sprung up in states across the nation. Although the details of each state’s bill are different, all aim to hold assailants who target law-enforcement more accountable. For example, Louisiana’s bill, which was signed into law in May, made it a hate crime for individuals to target police and first responders.

This month, Republican Texas Sen. John Cornyn and other Republican senators introduced the Back the Blue Act, which would increase penalties against violent criminals who deliberately target police.

And make no mistake, police are being deliberately targeted.

Shooting deaths of law-enforcement have spiked 78 percent in the first half of this year, including a 300 percent increase in ambush-style killings. And Friday, an officer was fatally shot and another was injured in San Diego as they tried to make a routine stop. The San Diego shooting follows the deadly ambushes of police officers in Texas and Louisiana.

But it’s of no concern to the Black Lives Matter movement.

“The Fraternal Order of Police is one of the driving forces behind the cynical and divisive legislation known as ‘Blue Lives Matter’ — a bill threatening the movement to hold police accountable,” Ms. Jackson’s email reads. “From its name to the legislative details, Blue Lives Matter laws are intended to antagonize and discredit efforts for racial justice and police accountability by dividing the American people with a fallacious choice between protecting Black lives or police officers.”

And yet, the petition Ms. Jackson floats is as divisive as is the rhetoric she uses.

“They [Blue Lives Matter bills] group the occupation of the police officer with historically oppressed identity groups in order to classify any harm inflicted onto police officers as a hate crime,” Ms. Jackson writes. “Here’s the problem: being a police officer is an occupation, not an identity. This is a slap in the face to the decades of fighting advocates have done to procure hate crime protections for marginalized groups, and as we’ve seen in recent protests, police are known to embellish their claims of confrontation with Black folks.

“Activists have already faced constant backlash from law enforcement — government surveillance, excessive jail time, tear gassing, and being physically beaten by police. In the hands of local law enforcement, these new laws could mean more trumped up charges and longer sentences for protesters,” she writes.

Ms. Jackson then urges supporters to protest and tell their member of Congress to say no to Blue Lives Matter laws.

“Until Justice is Real,” the email reads.

Indeed. Until justice is real — whatever that means in the eyes of the Black Lives Matter movement.


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