These days we’re waving more Black Lives Matter posters and fewer Star Spangled Banners.
What San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started in August has become a movement. Every week we read about another protest during the singing of the US national anthem. Somebody kneels or raises fists to indicate their dissatisfaction with what they deem to be a national-level system of racial injustice.
Now, we have the marriage of this “anthem protest movement” and Black Lives Matter.
- At a recent NBA game, as reported by the Washington Post, singer Denasia Lawrence surprised the Miami Heat. Upon her introduction, Lawrence opened her jacket so everyone could see her Black Lives Matter shirt. Then she went down on one knee and sang the national anthem.
- According to ESPNW, soccer star Megan Rapinoe “knelt on the sideline during The Star-Spangled Banner” as “a gesture to Colin Kaepernick.” Meanwhile, she is connecting with Black Lives Matter to explore further ways to support the movement.
- ThinkProgress is “a news site dedicated to providing our readers with rigorous reporting and analysis from a progressive perspective.” They write that 14 WNBA players took a knee during the anthem in their playoffs. “This summer, as the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling by police went viral and reignited the Black Lives Matter movement, WNBA players from all around the league refused to be silenced.”
- The same news service reports that, on one game day or another, at least 47 NFL players from 13 NFL teams “knelt, sat, or raised a fist during the national anthem.” The site affirms all athletes who “have linked arms or held hands as a sign of unity amidst the racial discord.”
What’s wrong with the Black Lives Matter narrative
We have published several articles that expose the false narrative of Black Lives Matter.
Meanwhile, Dennis Prager has posted a wonderful five-minute video at Prager University. Click below to hear author Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute summarize her book, The War on Cops.
- “There is zero evidence of racial bias in police shootings.”
- “If the police ended all use of lethal force tomorrow it would have a negligible impact on the black death-by-homicide rate.”
- “There is no government agency more dedicated to the proposition that black lives matter than the police.”
In the 90s, the nation’s police started “proactive” policing which “dramatically reduced” the level of killings in the nation’s inner cities. Now, as a result of this false “Black Lives Matter” narrative, they are backing away. Some cities are already seeing a corresponding increase in violent crime.
- Gary Brumbelow