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Dear Idiots On My Facebook Feed: Here's Why Calling for Protests Over Slain Cops Makes No Sense

May 10, 2015 in Blogs

By Adam Johnson, AlterNet

There's a rather simple reason it's not a thing. Now shut up.

We’ve all heard it now a thousand times. If not by our brain dead cousin on facebook or our racist uncle over dinner, we’ve all heard it. If not in person we saw it ferment in rightwing media. If not from Geraldo we heard it on Hannity. If not on Hannity, we had the misfortune of reading it in the New York Post:

Another NYPD officer shot — and no one will march to protest

No demonstrators will block traffic to protest the ambush of Police Officer Brian Moore in Queens Saturday evening — the fifth New York City cop struck by gunfire in the line of duty since December.

Or the Daily News:

Lupica: Outrage in short supply when a cop is the victim

Five cops shot here in the past five months alone. Only when they are shot and sometimes killed, there is no rush of outraged people out into the streets these cops protect.

Why, the right hysterically asks, is #BlackLivesMatter not protesting the death of NYPD cop Brian Moore:


Before I dive into the substance of why this trope is illogical, let’s be clear about one thing: those asking this question don’t really care about slain NYPD officer Brian Moore. To them, the death of Brian Moore is a political prop. Sure, they don’t wish it happened, but they probably didn’t think about it beyond the degree to which it could trivialize anti-police brutality protesters. These are smear artists, so desperate to seek out liberal hypocrisy they’ll knowingly spout this sophistic talking point knowing full well it’s basically bullshit. It’s the laziest kind of pseudo-opinion – a testiment to our pundit classes’ fetish for gotchaism at the expense of critical thought.

On to why it makes no sense. It’s simple: one doesn’t protest something the system already agrees is bad. That’s it. There’s not much else to it. Protesting is fundamentally a petition to those in power (often, but not always, to …read more


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