The Role of Rhetoric in the New York Cop Killings

On today’s Fightin Words podcast, hosted on the Twin Cities News Talk Podcast Network:

Is blaming the protest rhetoric of the Black Lives Matter movement for the deaths of two NY cops like past blaming of the Tea Party for the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords? Not really. Here’s why:

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Mall of America Overrun by Protestors

On the same day that two New York City police officers were gunned down execution-style by a perpetrator who explicitly cited the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner as his motivation, Black Lives Matter protesters in the Twin Cities overran the Mall of America in an organized trespass on private property. Protestors were warned days in advance that their planned demonstration was not welcome and would not be tolerated. Naturally, the protestors proceeded anyway.

Only 25 people were arrested. There should have been many, many more.

More links the protest at the Mall of America and the killings of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in New York than their occurring on the same day. The commission of rights-violating protest, its endorsement by many within the culture, and its toleration by lawful authorities invites an escalation of violence. Once you entertain the notion that a sense of grievance entitles you to tread upon the rights of others, the difference between overrunning a mall, blocking traffic on an interstate, burning down a business, and executing police officers is only a matter of degree.

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Were NY Cop Killings Incited by #BlackLivesMatter Protests?

Protest organizers have been quite to distance themselves from the killing of two New York police officers over the weekend, claiming that the #BlackLivesMatter movement is nonviolent and peaceful. While there certainly may be some among the movement committed to nonviolent expression, the tolerance and even endorsement of rights-violating protest has invited an escalation of violence.

Why Is Politics So Divisive?

Outgoing Democrat Speaker of the Minnesota House Paul Thissen recently accused the incoming Republican majority of dividing Minnesotans with a focus on perceived disparities between Greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities metro. When are we going to get a speech from Thissen condemning his party’s divisive rhetoric on class and race? Why politics will always be divisive, for better and for worse.

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