Two events that occur near simultaneously don’t necessary mean that one causes the other. Such is the case with the cold-blooded murder of a police officer in Houston and the Black Lives Matter movement. While these protesters have been blamed for the bone-chilling chants of a few, even a minority of protesters retain First Amendment rights and are entitled to their opinion.
Personally, I think some of the chants, while they might feel good in a vengeful sort of way, do not further their cause of ensuring justice for African Americans brutally killed by police officers. A more Christian approach garners better results.
Look at the accomplishments of the churchgoers in South Carolina. By expressing their love and forgiveness, these Christian stalwarts achieved what many thought impossible, the removal of the Confederate flag from State Capitol grounds.
The position of the right, while focused on law and order, is particularly incensing because they link the chants of Black Lives Matter as somehow creating “an atmosphere” that allowed this murder to occur. Nothing could be further from the truth. The right’s inability to see the real grievances of African Americans is one reason why they have lost so many black votes over the years.
One would hope for more sensitivity on both tragedies, from the police and African Americans, to heal our ravaged land. Being unjustly blamed for murder will make the Black Lives Matter movement more militant, not less.