A display created by Dartmouth College Republicans to honor fallen police officers was torn down by Black Lives Matter activists and replaced with a hateful message about honoring the “perpetrators” of anti-black violence.
The Republicans reserved space on the campus bulletin board and followed all school regulations. But the BLM radicals removed the display without permission, saying that it was “offensive” to blacks and “white supremacist.”
At the bottom, the display said in big letters, “BLUE LIVES MATTER.”
This last part of the display appears to have outraged Black Lives Matter supporters at Dartmouth, several of whom vocally complained on Twitter and Facebook that the display was offensive and even “white supremacist.”
But Black Lives Matter did more than just complain, they also took action. The original display was torn down Friday morning, at about 11 a.m, and in its place almost three dozen sheets of paper were used to cover the bulletin board, all of them carrying an identical message: “YOU CANNOT CO-OPT THE MOVEMENT AGAINST STATE VIOLENCE TO MEMORIALIZE THE PERPETRATORS.” At the bottom, each sheet also had the hashtag “#blacklivesmatter” printed on it.
The Black Lives Matter activists declared that the original display had been “censored on behalf of the students,” according to an eyewitness who spoke with The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Dartmouth’s College Republicans quickly released a statement via Facebook denouncing the stunt.
“As an organization, we took the time and effort to obtain proper approval for the display while putting significant thought into its content,” the statement says. “We are dismayed that a group of students would attempt to censor our message while coopting the space for their own purposes.”
Mikala Williams, one of the students involved in tearing down the original display, told The Dartmouth that her action was justified because the original display promoted violence against black people.
“It was taken down by students and replaced because it actively co-opted a movement that is supposed to comment on police brutality against black individuals in this country,” she said. “It took that and by framing that as ‘Blue Lives Matter,’ it normalizes and naturalizes violence against people of color in this country. And that is not okay.”
BLM is doing exactly what they accuse the police of doing: judging by the group. In their eyes, police aren’t just the enemy. Every police officer who loses his life in the line of duty is only getting what he deserves — a kind of street justice that serves as payback for all the black lives lost at the hands of the police.
In this wacky universe, the fact that almost all black criminals killed by police were armed and threatening both the cops and the general public is glossed over. The very small number of unarmed blacks mistakenly killed by police is exaggerated and becomes “proof” that black lives don’t matter to the cops, that the police are waging a “war” on blacks.
The topsy-turvy notion that innocent minorities are being gunned down willy nilly by the police has become the primary narrative for BLM, giving them the justification to censor anything that tries to debunk it.
Will the Dartmouth administration do anything to punish BLM activists for their actions? According to the school paper, The Dartmouth, college Republicans were allowed to repost the pro-police display. The associate dean in charge of the bulletin board wanted to support the display, but added that the school should also be”responsive to people who wanted increased dialogue.”
Sounds like a classic cop-out to me, which isn’t surprising given the atmosphere on campuses today.