‘BLM privilege’: How disproportionate sentencing, biased media are forging racial divide in America

Words such as “racism” and “equity” have become not so much a buzz, but a battle cry in today’s culture war, but one only needs to look at the stark differences in the treatment of Black Lives Matter rioters and the events of January 6, 2021 to see a trend that should disturb every American: Our courts and the liberal media are exacerbating racism in a country that has struggled for decades and had made great strides in wiping the ugly ideology from its collective conscious.

In an opinion piece for the New York Post, Miranda Devine details example after example of biased narratives and legal actions, illustrating plainly the privileged — or, conversely, demonizing — treatment of US citizens, based on their political ideology.

“When prominent young far-left activist Quintez Brown was arrested last week for trying to assassinate a Jewish mayoral candidate in Kentucky, he was portrayed sympathetically by the media and immediately bailed out of jail by his Black Lives Matter comrades, who crowd-funded the $100,000 cost,” Devine writes, adding, “Brown, 21, had BLM privilege.”

“A celebrated gun-control advocate, anointed as a rising star by the Obama Foundation, he was an honored guest on Joy Reid’s MSNBC show,” she continues. “He was granted a biweekly opinion column in the Louisville Courier-Journal to spew boilerplate leftist, race-based, anti-cop sentiment.”

GoFundMe allowed the donations on their platform, though, as American Wire News reported,  it famously shut down fundraising efforts to support the non-violent Canadian “Freedom Convoy” truckers.

“Nonviolent, unarmed Jan 6ers can’t get bail, are vilified as domestic terrorists, and are banned from crowd-funding resources to pay crippling legal expenses,” writes Devine. “Nonviolent Canadian truckers are also vilified, refused crowdfunding, have their bank accounts frozen and their small-fry donors doxxed.”

“Notice the discrepancy in treatment?” Devine asked.

It is clear to many, including Devine, that Democrats enjoy a level of protection conservatives are seldom, if ever afforded.

“No one has doxxed the donors to BLM’s Louisville Community Bail Fund, like they did the people who donated to the Canadian truckers or to Kyle Rittenhouse,” Devine correctly states. “The Washington Post didn’t go phoning BLM donors asking them to explain themselves, like they did the trucker donors.”

“Instead, the official narrative about Brown was immediately shaped in his favor,” Devine continues. “He was depicted as a “social justice activist” with mental-health issues, and blame for the shooting was initially attributed on social media to white supremacists.”

The media is shameless in their spin to shape a narrative, as Devine points out.

“The Las Vegas Sun slyly published an editorial saying ‘the shooting comes amid a rise in threats against politicians fueled by increasingly violent rhetoric coming from extremist Republicans,'” she writes. “The editorial later was edited to include Brown’s BLM links but the gratuitous slander against Republicans remained.”

Devine goes on to show how the events of Jan. 6 were painted as “the worst attack on American democracy since the Civil war,” while the far more violent and “1,300 times more costly” 2020 BLM rioters were by-and-large given a pass.

“Unlike the piecemeal legal treatment of the BLM riots, the criminal investigation into the Capitol riot is the largest in US history,” Devine states.

While all of what Devine writes is demonstrably and irrefutably true, the bigger issue is the toll such racially divisive treatment is taking on American minds.

Years of being called racist neo-Nazis tends to have an effect on people — particularly on those who genuinely wouldn’t consider judging a situation or a person based on the color of the skins that are involved.

You simply can not bombard decent people with blanket accusations of hateful deeds and not expect an emotional, anger-fueled response.

Sadly, those very responses then get twisted into so-called examples of the “systemic racism” the left continues to claim has infiltrated our nation.

It is a no-win situation for all Americans, who, in the overwhelming majority, would rather heed the words of Dr. Martin Luther King and  base our judgments on a person’s character — not on the color of their skin.

 

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