By: Mark Glennon*
For a change, it seems like almost everybody is calling Sunday night’s riot in Chicago what it was. No more talk about “protesters” and justification. Even Mayor Lori Lightfoot condemned the violence unequivocally, saying, “I don’t care, I do not care, whatever justification was given for this. There is no justification for criminal behavior, ever.”
Not Black Lives Matter Chicago.
On Twitter, BLM Chicago said those words of Lightfoot were a “shocking condemnation of slave revolts.”
In another entry, BLM Chicago wrote, “If your rules include you shooting our youth, you can’t expect people to play by your rules.”
And at 3:51 a.m. Sunday, while the looting was ongoing, BLM Chicago contributed to a social media falsehood used as an excuse for the violence, tweeting, “What CPD has protected today: High end stores. Themselves. What CPD hasn’t protected today: A 15 year old Black boy.”
That reference is to a 15-year old boy social media was saying was shot by police earlier in the day. But, as reported by the Chicago Tribune and others, according to city officials, police had shot and wounded a 20-year-old man after he fired shots at them while being chased. The Tribune went on:
The Civilian Office Police Accountability, the city agency that investigates all officer-involved shootings, released a statement confirming Brown’s assertion that the wounded male is an adult. Some social media accounts that authorities say fueled the unrest referred to him as a 15-year-old boy.
The man has now been charged with attempted murder.
In a press release BLM Chicago added that they will “keep rising until the CPD is abolished.”
Many well-intentioned people still proudly display their Black Lives Matter yard signs as a call for racial justice. Big mistake. They are also unwittingly supporting a group that is Marxist, violent, anti-Semitic and intent on government overthrow. We and others published the evidence earlier.
UPDATE: BLM Chicago later organized a rally to support those arrested. “That is reparations,” a BLM organizer said. “Anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance.” Video here.
BLM Chicago added that “this movement is about love, joy and liberation.” Video here.
*Mark Glennon is founder of Wirepoints.