September 5, 2015

Sherri Aaron, the wife of a Texas Police Chief, is trying to raise awareness of a new, pro-law enforcement movement. Thanks to AM talk radio, Fox News and, even mainstream media outlets, the demonizing of Black Lives Matter (BLM) has begun. The wives are shown making blue ribbons to spread all over town, to remind people that 'Blue Lives Matter' too. Just last week, Fox 'News' labeled BLM 'A Murder Movement.' A woman organizing the proliferation of blue ribbons is only a story because it provides Fox 'News' another opportunity to denigrate BLM.

Chief, Tracy Aaron of the Mansfield, PD, admits that recruitment of new officers is significantly down, and of course this is all the fault of BLM. Fox and Friends' weekend blonde, Anna Kooiman, claims that the 'nasty rhetoric' from the Minnesota BLM march and all BLM activities incite cop killings. Her whole case is based on the wrongful assumption that what was said at the rally was provocative.

Black Lives Matter activist Trahern Crews, from St. Paul, Minnesota, appeared on MSNBC on Sept. 1 to explain the chant, "Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon” made by some activists during a protest at the Minnesota State Fair on Aug. 29.

"I want to put that chant in context. We had a great demonstration that day. It was very exciting. It was so exciting that I think the police who were along escorting the march wanted to be a part of the march, or part of the demonstration."

"So on the way back, the officer leading the parade kept talking into his microphone and saying things to the crowd like, ‘Stay off the median,’ do that, he was laughing and joking with the marchers. So then the marchers kind of started chanting that towards him. It was more playful than anything."

Hayes asked Crews to affirm that it was a "playful context."

"At that particular demonstration, yes, that was because the officer was laughing and joking along with the protesters .... And the officer also said, when they started chanting, he said back into the microphone, 'Everybody loves bacon.'"

By mislabeling BLM, Fox 'News' is using a tried and true tactic of the Right:

Conservatives have long attempted to discredit black social movements by casting them as criminal. In fact, the law-and-order rhetoric they've espoused since the civil rights movement was invented to do just that.

In the wake of last Friday's murder of a Harris County, Texas, police deputy, Fox News pundits have bent over backward to find a way to connect the killing to the Black Lives Matter movement. A guest on the Fox talk show The Five on Monday called the movement a "criminal organization," and several hosts, including Bill O'Reilly, described it as a "hate group."

Sherri is so excited the city has come together to hand out blue ribbons. The sense of community and support for the police makes all the folks in the majority White city feel fuzzy and warm.

But let's not forget that faux movements like "All Lives Matter" (and now Police Lives Matter) really seek to de-legitimize the Black Lives Matter movement. Blaming the victim is something the Right has been doing for decades and they will continue to do it as long as they exist.

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