Palin: Black Lives Matter is a 'farce'

Sarah Palin on Friday night called the Black Lives Matter movement a “farce" in a Facebook post responding to the deadly shootings that killed five police officers in Dallas.

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“#BlackLivesMatter is a Farce and Hyphenating America Destroys Us,” Palin wrote as an apparent title to her post, explaining later that "self-descriptions that put any race in front of being an American are now used to further divide our nation."

"Shame on our culture's influencers who would stir contention and division that could lead to evil such as that in Dallas. Shame on politicians and pundits giving credence to thugs rioting against police officers and the rule of law in the name of 'peaceful protests.' It is a farce. #BlackLivesMatter is a farce,” she wrote.

 

Palin said blood is on the "complicit hands" of the media and blamed the press for “claiming the rioters are ‘peaceful’ as they stomp on our stomp on our flag, shout 'death to cops!’ and celebrate violence."

"Black Lives Matter? Yes — more than BLM 'protestors' can grasp, as evidenced by their self-destructive provocateurism. Doesn't it go without saying that Native lives matter, too? And Asian; and Eskimo; and Hispanic; and Indian... and every other race comprised of people who see clearly the agenda at play to weaken America through disunity," she continued.

Palin’s comments also come in a week of back-to-back police shootings that killed two black men, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minn.

The former Alaska governor seemed to address the deaths of Sterling and Castile, and also commented on the videos that emerged of both the shooting of Sterling and the aftermath of Castile's death, which was streamed on video by Castile’s girlfriend after he was pulled over and shot while reaching for his wallet.

"Seeing partial footage of this week's victims' tragic deaths at the hands of police officers is mind-boggling. It's nauseating. Granted, early reports rarely encapsulate all the facts of individual cases, but my heart is with victims' families as I sympathize with anyone defenseless in these situations,” Palin added.