February 5, 2018
The media constantly refers to Black Lives Matter actions as “protests.”
But they are violent and they aren’t actually even protesting anything specific – just “white people in general.”
These are race riots, period.
As Super Bowl fever grips the US, activists are taking the opportunity to highlight their own agenda. On Sunday, dozens of protesters blocked a rail line reserved for Super Bowl ticket holders.
The series of protests, spearheaded by Black Lives Matter, rocked Minneapolis Sunday, as activists seized the occasion to draw attention to a number of causes, ranging from police brutality to corporate greed to lack of support for the poor.
About 30 activists, chanting “Black lives, they matter there,” took part in the blockade of Metro Transit’s Green Line at the West Bank Station. The protesters were clad in black jerseys emblazoned with: “You can’t play with Black Lives.” They formed a human chain and locked themselves to the railing. It took police two hours to clear out the site, cutting protesters free from the fence and clearing the activists.
Authorities seem to have extracted everyone who was involved in the hard blockade of the light rail going to #Minneapolis #SuperBowl stadium. @MinneapolisPD, @MinneapolisFire, @MetroTransitMN & University of Minnesota police all involved in the operation. https://t.co/OgE1ozvv9s pic.twitter.com/ctFrN7adXI
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) February 4, 2018
RT UR_Ninja: #BlackLivesMatter protesters have been dancing and chanting as they blockade the light rail near #Minneapolis #SuperBowl stadium. They're calling out city officials for de-investing in black communities while overfunding police … pic.twitter.com/zD28SV4iow
— Bernie Sanders For President – 2020 (@WeLoveObama4) February 4, 2018
Videos posted on social media show police loading the arrested activists into a bus. At least 17 people were arrested. Metro Transit spokesman Howie Padilla said it’s unlikely any charges would be brought against them.
“Activists are using this moment to stand with athletes who have protested throughout the past two football seasons calling attention to the murder of Black people by police, and to the City of Minneapolis banning city residents from using public transit without a Super Bowl ticket,” organizers of the protest said in a statement Sunday afternoon.
Okay so the public transit thing I guess is an actual specific issue of protest. Fair enough. First time for everything. But that is hardly a good-faith protest claim. These people have been doing this “shut down whitey’s things from him” for years now.
The Metro Transit sent buses to ferry spectators to the stadium to get around the blockade. In a separate protest, a crowd of some 300 marched towards the stadium. Stopping short of the security gate at the stadium’s entrance, many took a knee honoring former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who first started the practice when he knelt to the national anthem at a 2016 game protesting police brutality.
The “police brutality” protest claim is not legitimate. It isn’t serious. What they are saying is that black people should be allowed to attack police, and that is not a reasonable demand. It is also not specific. It’s just a generalized racial grievance. There is no specific demand.
If these people are angry at white people, and do not feel that this situation is reconcilable (and the lack of specific demands indicates that it is), then they need to just go back to Africa.
They are not contributing to our society in any way whatsoever, and even the people who claim to support them don’t really want to deal with the guilt baggage they put on white people.
Just get them out.
— 🤔😍😎😂😞🤬😬 (@smilyus) February 5, 2018
— 🤔😍😎😂😞🤬😬 (@smilyus) February 4, 2018
Protestors are marching from Franklin to Park to 9th to 4th to 5th and will rally at the plaza of US Bank stadium. They'll have speakers and then take a knee and march back. pic.twitter.com/X6i7PQfLU7
— University Chronicle (@UniversityChron) February 4, 2018