Oxymoron alert: The anarchist-like Black Lives Matter (#BLM) group held a “peaceful, non-violent” rally in downtown Dallas Thursday evening, protesting perceived systemic racism in law enforcement across our nation.
Upwards of one thousand people attended the mid-week event on that summer evening in Dallas and listened to known racial agitators protest the recent murders of black men by individual police officers—not in Dallas or Texas, but hundreds of miles away in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and St. Paul, Minnesota. Reportedly, 100 Dallas police officers were assigned to guard and protect these protestors and #BLM agitators.
Reportedly, as the march and rally broke up and people began to disperse, an angry black-nationalist and U.S. Army trained marksman named Micah Xavier Johnson (age 25, from suburban Mesquite, TX) took shelter in the second floor of a parking garage and cowardly targeted and shot a dozen Dallas police—five of whom died of their wounds. Johnson later told a police negotiator that he hated whites and was intent on killing whites, especially white cops.
Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick mourned the fallen officers, “Many of them never had a chance—never knew what hit them.” He went on, “I do blame people on social media, with their hatred towards police. I do blame, I saw Jesse Jackson, I think it was on Fox the other night calling police racists, without any facts. I do blame, former Black Lives Matters protests. Last night was peaceful. Others have not been. And we’ve heard ‘pigs in the blanket.’ This has to stop … These are real people.” President Obama, speaking from a NATO meeting in Warsaw, Poland, addressed the alleged murders-by-police of a black man in Louisiana and one in Minnesota, along with the Dallas police tragedy as “an American issue.” He went on: “These are not isolated incidents; they are symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system” (ABC News). It seemed to more than some that, though these were two different and very separate events, President Obama cherry-picked a couple of “facts” about black arrests and incarceration rates and then portrayed all cops as racists, who systemically target blacks. Rather than try to bring peace and calmness to the seething tensions in our nation, our president seemed to trash all police and express pleasure that his administration’s Department of Justice is investigating these very different tragedies as racial hate crimes. (Gateway Pundit)
Many commended Donald Trump for acting presidential and tweeting his prayers and condolences for the families of the fallen officers. Then he issued a plea for national unity.
“Our nation has become too divided. Too many Americans feel like they’ve lost hope. Crime is harming too many citizens. Racial tensions have gotten worse, not better. This isn’t the American Dream we all want for our children” He went on, “This is a time, perhaps more than ever, for strong leadership, love and compassion. We will pull through these tragedies.”
Joe Walsh, a former one-term Congressman from Illinois (where dozens of blacks die each week, primarily at the hands of other blacks) tweeted while the events were still unfolding: “Obama’s words & BLM’s deeds have gotten cops killed!” The tweet was later removed!
Former presidential candidate Ben Carson was asked what he would say about this tragedy if he were president. Carson responded, “Now is definitely not the time to get political.” He said that he would ask the country to “imagine 24 or 48 hours with no police. What would your life be like?” The black, retired neurosurgeon went on: “Yes, there are some bad apples and, yes, we will find ways to deal with them but in no way do we indict the entire police force.”
Charisma News Service posted a meaningful message from Evangelist Alveda King – “My Uncle Martin Luther King Jr. said in his 1967 Christmas message: ‘When we truly believe in the sacredness of human personality, we won’t exploit people, we won’t trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won’t kill anybody.’ As many of my friends weigh in on the unfolding issues and death counts in Louisiana, Minnesota and now Dallas, I’m encouraging everyone to step back from violence, reach out to Heaven in prayer, and act to break every chain.” You can read Alveda King’s entire commentary here.
Finally, we can be reminded that, though we live in a broken and sinful world, only Christianity offers “Good News” that includes the means to racial reconciliation. Southern Baptist authors and editors Russell D. Moore and Andrew T. Walker teach the biblical truth that “In the kingdom of God, it is not us against them.” They go on to conclude that “The problem of racism stretches back as far humanity’s origin in the book of Genesis. Brother pitted against brother, tribe against tribe––people have warred against one another, fueled by contempt for racial differences. Yet the gospel is a message of reconciliation.”
Unfortunately, Friday night and Saturday saw massive unrest as #Black Lives Matters initiated a “Weekend of Rage,” with public disruptions and protests in many major cities, including Atlanta, New York, Rochester, Phoenix, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Nashville, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Paul and Washington, D.C. These events ranged from peaceful demonstrations to radical civil unrest, as freeways across the country were blockaded, officers were taunted as agitators threw rocks at police, who were and reportedly told, “We should shoot you.”
Black Lives Matters leaders have reportedly planned a “Summer of Chaos,” with plans to bus thousands to the conventions of our political parties in July to disrupt and, if possible, shut them down. Their hopes are to create an unprecedented crisis situation, where martial law would need to be declared and, potentially, even the elections in November set aside.
While we sympathize with the deep hurt in the black community over real or perceived injustices, the rule of law must prevail or our nation and world won’t survive. May those who know how to intercede in prayer do so NOW, as never before!