...that’s unfortunate that they’re really using everything that’s happening across our country to blame Black Lives Matter. And I don’t agree with that at all. It’s really unfortunate that that’s happening and that these trials are being used to attack Black Lives Matter.
The president and his cheerleaders refused to engage deeply with systemic problems facing our country. That came back to haunt America last week. By Cornel West The Guardian Thursday 14 July 2016 11.12 EDT. Last modified on Friday 15 July 2016 03.07 EDT ‘The American empire is in deep spiritual decline and decay.’ Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images Police More
The pattern is clear: Federal and local law enforcement target the First Amendment-protected activities of social justice movements because they pose a political threat, not a violent one.