Monday, August 15, 2016

What happens when a movement chooses an unsympathetic case

I've written before about what happens when a movement chooses an unsympathetic case to highlight their cause.  It doesn't go well.  This morning I wrote about how there's validity to the claims of Black Lives Matter.  They may have undermined their case severely by choosing to make an issue of the shooting of Sylville Smith, a criminal with a history of making poor and illegal choices.

It didn't take long for people to start captioning a picture Smith had taken of himself.


People were also quick to point out how dumb the riots are, and since Black Lives Matter had associated it with the protests, it got caught up in the justified mockery.


Then people who unwisely tried to defend it were justly lampooned.


And finally, even less kind commentary ensued.


If a solid example is used, Black Lives Matter might have gained some ground.  Instead, it's gained the undying support of the New Black Panther Party, which believes blacks should slaughter white babies to combat historical injustice.  I can't imagine this choice resulting in anything good or garnering mainstream support.

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