Jeremiah has been calling out police violence for a while now. See here, for example. He should be happy to see people protesting in the streets, but he is not happy. The popular movement, Black Lives Matter, is going in exactly the wrong direction.
If you were working for the FBI and you wanted to weaken the movement, this would be your first move.
Black Lives Matter has been successful in that has galvanized popular opinion around the issue of police violence against blacks. That’s fine. Statistically, police violence against blacks is the biggest piece of the problem. Think about it from a policy standpoint, though. No laws, precedents, or regulations will be made stipulating, “… against blacks.” Also, consider:
- Not all the victims are black
- Not all the bad cops are white
- Not all the cops are bad
This is important, because now the movement has left behind all these other groups that should be joining it in demanding real reforms. Real reforms, briefly, would involve exposing violent cops to criminal and civil procedures, while mitigating the protection they receive from their unions, and insulating the taxpayers from civil liability.
Casting the issue as a racial one needlessly divides the movement. If you were working for the FBI and you wanted to weaken the movement, this would be your first move.
Marching – and disrupting a Bernie Sanders rally – is good fun and calls attention to the issue. Now, think about possible end games. The desired end game is legal reform, as above, and a return to community policing. That’s why we say the movement is going in exactly the wrong direction. What cop wants to walk a beat in Baltimore now?
Here is a more likely end game. Local police forces are pitted against activists in their communities. We have the power to intimidate, and even defund, the local police – but not the state police. The state police are dominated by the FBI.
Now, the phony racial schism kicks in. Blacks are pitted against whites, and fear escalates. Police violence escalates, and so does retaliation. The DOJ steps in and creates – either directly, or by proxy – a federal police force. A militarized federal police force.
Jeremiah is not prone to conspiracy theories, but sometimes it really feels like we are being played.