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Pavlich: Black Lives Matter, but what about police?

Pavlich: Black Lives Matter, but what about police?
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Last week, the United States experienced the worst loss of law enforcement life since 9/11, after five police officers were assassinated in Dallas. Inspired by the New Black Panthers and other militant groups, their black killer targeted officers because they were white. 

National Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement leaders, who have been glorified and given an unquestioned platform by mainstream media for years, quickly tried to distance themselves from the attack.

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“Prayers for the victims of all violence tonight,” BLM leader DeRay Mckesson tweeted. 

“I hate police brutality. I don’t hate police. This violence is wrong on every level. It is as American as apple pie, but wrong nonetheless,” said Shaun White, a white man and another BLM leader who has been “identifying” as a black man for his adult life. 

In the aftermath of the Dallas attack, BLM organizer Sir Maejor “condemned” the killing while also offering empathy for the killer and others who share his sentiments. 

“Black Lives Matter doesn’t condone shooting law enforcement. But I have to be honest: I understand why it was done. I don’t encourage it, I don’t condone it, I don’t justify it. But I understand it,” Maejor said to The Associated Press. 

Make no mistake, the history of BLM shows not only empathy for cop killers, but idolatry and promotion. 

At Black Lives Matter protests, activists often wear T-shirts and sweatshirts boldly stating, “Assata Taught Me.” The Assata who taught them is infamous cop killer and former Black Liberation Army leader Assata Shakur, also known as Joanne Chesimard, who shot and killed a New Jersey state trooper back in 1973. Four years later, she was convicted and sentenced to prison. After a short stint in the Clinton Correctional Facility, she escaped and has been living as a free fugitive in Cuba ever since. She’s also on the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list. BLM glorifies Shakur as a hero and uses her writings and materials during training sessions.

Last fall, BLM activists marched down the streets of Minneapolis chanting, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon! Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon!” This, of course, is an analogy to dead police in body bags. The day before this particular protest, Texas Sheriff Deputy Darren Goforth was executed while filling up his patrol car at a gas station. In December 2014, BLM activists in New York chanted, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do want them? Now!” 

And one of the movement’s most vocal advocates, Marc Lamont Hill, co-wrote a book with convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, who executed Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981. 

There are more examples — these are just a few. 

With this as a backdrop, where do we go from here? Are we ever going to find common ground? What kind of values do we really share? 

During an interview with CNN this week, a BLM activist argued that stating “all lives matter” is inherently racist. She also argued the entire police system is corrupt and refused to acknowledge that the majority of police are good. Falsely accusing all police officers of being the problem, as BLM does, rather than acknowledging bad actors exist in every profession, shuts the door on progress and certainly isn’t the path toward sympathy or alliances.

How are we supposed to work together when these are the standards on which demands for “justice” are placed — when we can’t simply state that we all matter regardless of the color of our skin? 

This way of thinking is opposite of “e pluribus unum,” which means “out of many, one.” It’s the American motto for a reason. All Americans are taught, and hopefully believe, in the idea that we are all created equal and should be treated that way. All lives matter, including black lives, which is a value we should be striving for rather than condemning. In fact, according to a Rasmussen poll taken last summer, a strong majority of black respondents preferred “all lives matter” to “black lives matter” as a talking point. Until that notion isn’t deemed racist by the BLM movement, we aren’t going anywhere but toward further divide and racial tension. 

Finally, one of BLM’s demands is for America to reinstate the dignity and humanity of blacks. BLM activists should start in their own communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the No. 1 cause of death for young black men between the ages of 15 and 34 is homicide. These murders are being committed by fellow blacks, not by the police. Does this mean bad police shouldn’t be prosecuted or held accountable? Of course not. But BLM shouldn’t lose sight of the main places where black dignity and life are being destroyed.  

Pavlich is editor for Townhall.com and a Fox News contributor.