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My qualms with the Black Lives Matter movement

By Louis O'Neill - posted Friday, 12 August 2016

In recent times we've frequently seen televised cases of a black person being shot by a policeman, which has resulted in the birth of the Black Lives Matter Movement (BLM).

The BLM movement seeks to address and rectify the seemingly racist behaviours of police in a fight for equality. What could be wrong with that?

Well, my issue with the BLM movement is not that I think Black Lives don't matter, but rather that I don't think police are the issue.


As we've seen with the heavily publicised cases of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, the media, as well as BLM, both have a tendency to pre-emptively inject race and segregation into what would otherwise be justified defences made by the police.

Both of the aforementioned cases were distorted in order to perpetuate a fabricated and statistically inaccurate narrative of rampant racism in America, fostering anti-white and anti-police sentiments in the process.

Indignant outcries were made, from both the BLM movement and others, repeating the phrase "hands up, don't shoot" in light of the Ferguson shooting of Michael Brown, who was at the time described as an "innocent, unarmed boy", and a "gentle giant."

No apologies were sent out to the policeman responsible, or police in general, however when it was revealed that Michael Brown was in fact a 6'3 criminal adult, fresh from a robbery who then went on to assault a policeman and attempt to take his weapon. His hands were not up in desperation to survive, they were actually up and swinging into officer Darren Wilson's face.

Regardless of this fact, the Black Lives Matter movement proudly marched onward, never acknowledging the guilt which they wrongly imposed upon Darren Wilson, or the hate messages and death threats sent to him and his family as a result of the distorted narrative.

Again, The BLM movement failed to make comments when it was revealed that the shooter of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, was in fact not white, nor even a policeman. Zimmerman was actually an Hispanic insurance salesman on neighbourhood watch, who again was being barraged by Martin's fists, before unloading fire onto Martin.


And it continues. Most recently we've seen the BLM movement mourn over the death of Korryn Gaines, who was reported as a 23 year old mother shot by police for traffic violations.

What the headlines don't tell you is that Korryn Gaines, after receiving a laundry list of traffic charges, which also included disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, failed to turn up to court, which prompted a warranted visit from the police.

When the police arrived at her apartment however, they met Gaines, who held her child in one arm and shotgun in the other, threatening to kill the officers.

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Louis O'Neill is a writer from Sydney having graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Writing focusing on issues of philosophy, morality, religion and social commentary.

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