Dissonant Notes

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Why Isn't Black Lives Matter Considered A Hate Group?



Why isn't Black Lives Matter considered a hate group? This question is, right now, being asked by various Americans as they struggle to comprehend the motives of the group. To answer the question properly, we need to define exactly what a hate group is. According to Wikipedia, a hate group is:

"an organized group or movement that advocates and practices hatred, hostility, or violence towards members of a race, ethnicity, nation, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other designated sector of society."

With that in mind, I present to you a non-comprehensive list of violent attacks carried out by people in the name of a particular belief or beliefs. Once you have read the list, you may judge for yourself whether the term hate group is appropriate.


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July 29 1994: Dr. John Britton and his bodyguard James Barrett are shot dead by Christian anti-abortion terrorist Paul Jennings Hill.

Neither Christians, Republicans, libertarians, nor Fox News as groups/organisations were held to be responsible or connected in any way.

December 30 1994: Christian terrorist John Salvi murders two (receptionists Lee Ann Nichols and Shannon Lowney),  and wounds five when attacking two Planned Parenthood clinics in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Neither Christians, Republicans, libertarians, nor Fox News as groups/organisations were held to be responsible or connected in any way.

April 19 1995: Timothy McVeigh kills 168 people in the Oklahoma City bombing. McVeigh was a libertarian, anti-government, pro-gun activist.

Neither Christians, Republicans, libertarians, nor Fox News as groups/organisations were held to be responsible or connected in any way.

July 27 1996: Christian terrorist Eric Rudolph (who also fought against the "homosexual agenda") explodes a bomb at Centennial Olympic Park, killing 1 and injuring 111 others.

Rudolph also bombed a gay bar in Atlanta, an abortion clinic in Atlanta, and bombed an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama that resulted in the death of Robert Sanderson, a police officer. Emily Lyons, a nurse who worked there, lost an eye in the explosion.

Neither Christians, Republicans, libertarians, nor Fox News as groups/organisations were held to be responsible or connected in any way.

October 23 1998: Christian terrorist James Charles Kopp murders abortion doctor Barnett Slepian.

Neither Christians, Republicans, libertarians, nor Fox News as groups/organisations were held to be responsible or connected in any way.

July 27 2008: Two are killed and seven are injured when anti-liberal, anti-Democrat, anti-abortion, and anti-gay activist Jim David Adkisson starts shooting randomly at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Neither Christians, Republicans, libertarians, nor Fox News as groups/organisations were held to be responsible or connected in any way.

May 31 2009: Christian terrorist Scott Roeder shoots abortion doctor George Tiller dead. Tiller had previously survived an attack after being shot 5 times by Christian terrorist Shelly Shannon. Bill O'Reilly constantly referred to Tiller as "Tiller the baby killer", even after the first assassination attempt.

Neither Christians, Republicans, libertarians, nor Fox News as groups/organisations were held to be responsible or connected in any way.

January 8 2011: Anti-semite Jared Lee Loughner kills six and wounds Democratic US Representative (and Jew) Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona. Previous to the attack, Gifford's name had appeared in a rifle sight under a list of Democrats that Sarah Palin thought should lose their seat. Palin used language such as "Don't retreat, reload" and other gun imagery in her campaign.

Neither Christians, Republicans, libertarians, nor Fox News as groups/organisations were held to be responsible or connected in any way.

August 5 2012: Right wing white supremacist Wade Michael Page kills six in an attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Page mistakenly thought they were Muslims.

Neither Christians, Republicans, libertarians, nor Fox News as groups/organisations were held to be responsible or connected in any way.

June 8 2014: Two police officers (Igor Soldo and Alyn Beck) and one civilian (Joseph Wilcox) are killed in Las Vegas by libertarian anti-government activists Jerad and Amanda Miller. The Gadsden Flag, the flag of the libertarian movement, was found placed on the bodies of the police officers.

Neither Christians, Republicans, libertarians, nor Fox News as groups/organisations were held to be responsible or connected in any way.

June 17 2015: White supremacist Dylan Roof kills nine at a church in South Carolina. His victims were all black and included Democratic state senator Clementa C. Pinckney. Roof chose the church for its historic connection to Civil Rights. Roof was a supporter of the Confederate Flag and wanted to start a race war in America. Roof was also a frequent visitor to the Council of Conservative Citizens website, a right-wing, white supremacist group.

Neither Christians, Republicans, libertarians, nor Fox News as groups/organisations were held to be responsible or connected in any way.

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Not a single killing of a police officer, or indeed the killing of anybody at all, can be tied to the group Black Lives Matter. As of right now they have been blamed for an increase in violence against the police, even though there has been no increase, and several right wing outlets, including Fox News, have openly indicated that they should be considered a hate group. Since there is zero evidence to make such a claim, then it seems only proper that Fox News, Christians, Republicans, libertarians, and Confederate Flag supporters should be considered hate groups, given the amount of blood they have on their hands.


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