Police, Capitol Hill and BLM: a
Racist Double Standard?
[March 29, 2021, edited April 22, 2021]
Table of Contents
I. Biden claims Capitol Hill debacle
exposes ‘systemic’ police racism
II. The media embrace Biden’s double
in Point: NBC’s Joy Reid claims that if the Capitol
Hill ‘protesters’ had been from Black Lives Matter (BLM),
participants would be “arrested or dead”
police did kill one helpless ‘protester’ on
III. Did police use far more deadly force
during BLM ‘protests’ than on Capitol Hill? III.1. Relatively speaking, police used
thousands of times less deadly force during
last year’s BLM actions than they did on Capitol Hill
III.2. Police did not use lethal force
during BLM ‘protests,’ even when lethal force was directed
X. Main Kentucky
paper says: protests “mostly peaceful” until “marred by chaos”
X.1.NBC knew BLM leader Chanelle Helm was
lying based on reporting by...NBC
Biden claims Capitol Hill debacle exposes ‘systemic’ police
On January 7, 2021, Joe Biden made a statement about the
day before on Capitol Hill, intimating that the ‘protesters’
involved had been treated gently, and
that this was
because they were white:
[Excerpt from Biden
speech starts here]
No one can tell me
that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting [sic!]
yesterday, they wouldn’t have been treated very, very differently
than the mob of thugs that stormed the capital. We all know that’s
[During the next two sentences, Biden raised his voice and
punctuated each word by banging his finger on the table – J.I.] And it is unacceptable. Totally unacceptable.
The American people saw it in plain view. I hope it sensitized them
to what we have to do.
[My emphasis – J.I.]
[Excerpt from Biden
speech ends here]
Aside from the disjointed
wording of Biden’s, “a group of
Black Lives Matter protesting,” suggesting as it does that along with ordinary
matter, antimatter and dark matter, Biden had discovered yet another form, which he
christened ‘Black Lives matter,’ two points struck me about his remarks.
Point One: As all media commentators agree, Biden was accusing
American police of having a racist double standard, letting overwhelmingly white
‘protesters’ engage in mass violence in
“an assault on the rule of law like few times we have ever seen it,”
as Biden stated in another speech, 
whereas, in contrast, police would have brutally crushed protesters had
they been blacks and their supporters.
But look how he put it:
“No one can tell me
that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they wouldn’t have been treated
very, very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the capital.” [My emphasis – J.I.]
“We all know that’s true,”
said Biden, presumably
because all Americans have witnessed police acting based on this
double standard: gentle towards whites on Capitol Hill January 6;
violent towards BLM’s peaceful antiracist protests over the past eight
But in fact, Americans are sharply divided about what “we all” witnessed
these past eight months, so that, absent substantial supporting
evidence, Biden’s assertion that ‘police always crush peaceful black or pro-black protesters but coddle white thugs’ is a disputed claim, nothing more.
What Biden’s statement does prove is that he
has a racial double standard, since, for Biden, the same act (storming
the Capitol) that rendered whites a “mob of thugs” would render blacks
and their supporters legitimate protesters.
Point two: Although Biden is claiming police would have been far
more violent had they been dealing with blacks, he does not refer to ‘a
group of black protesters and their supporters,’ but to “a group of
Black Lives Matter [protesters],” thus presenting Black Lives Matter (BLM) as his
administration’s designated representative of black America, making it
central to “what we have to do” in order to root out what he, agreeing with BLM
and other Critical Race theorists,calls “systemic racism.” 
Biden’s embrace of BLM may come back to haunt him and Vice President
Harris and other Democrats, if BLM’s popularity continues
to decline as people become more familiar with its principles, its
leaders, and what it has done. 
II. The media embrace Biden’s
double standard accusation
Given the importance of what the then about-to-be president said, the media
should have responded with neutral, in-depth analysis, asking, ‘Is it
true that during the past eight months, despite the allegedly peaceful nature of BLM
protests, police have always cracked down brutally on BLM, while treating white
Capitol ‘protesters’ with tender loving care?’
Instead, the media have
uncritically promoted Biden’s double standard claim, in defiance of facts that they
themselves had reported before.
For example, the headline
of the video of one of the NBC broadcasts discussing the Capitol Hill riot featured NBC
commentator Joy Reid saying:
“If This Was [sic!] A BLM
Protest, ‘There Would Already Be People Shackled, Arrested or Dead’
For Reid’s accusation to
make sense, it would have to be true that Capitol Police killed nobody
during the riot.
In fact a policeman did
kill one participant: 14-year Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, shooting
her in the neck as she was struggling through the broken glass pane in a
door. Babbitt was completely helpless; police could have let her get through the glass, which would have put her literally
at their feet, and then easily could have arrested her, meaning the shooting amounted to
Were Ms. Reid and NBC staff unaware that police shot Ashli Babbitt dead?
Do they live on a different planet?
Or did the Babbitt killing contradict Reid’s line that the
‘rioters were welcomed with open arms,’ and therefore had to be erased from the picture?
III. Did police use far more deadly force
during BLM ‘protests’ than on Capitol Hill?
In response to my point
that police did kill one person on Capitol Hill, Ms. Reid (or President Biden) could argue that, yes, one
woman was shot dead – but if this had been a BLM protest, police would
have killed many more.
That claim would only make sense if police had indeed killed relatively more people at BLM actions over the past eight months
than on Capitol Hill.
The New York Times reported on July 3, 2020, that, according to polls, as of
the beginning of July:
million to 26 million people in the United States have participated
in demonstrationsover the death of George Floyd and
others in recent weeks.”
In contrast, several
hundred people – let us say, 400 – took part in the action on Capitol
Police killed one person – one helpless person – on Capitol Hill. One
To support Biden’s claim that police would have treated BLM protesters “very,
that is, much more brutally,
they wouldhave had to kill – well, 15 million
divided by 400 is 37,500. So, police would have had to kill many
more than 37,500 helpless people.
Even if the Times figures are wildly exaggerated – and I do
believe they are – even if, let us say, not 15 million but 2 million
took part in BLM actions as of early July, police would have had to kill
many more than 5,000 people at those actions in order to exceed their
lethal brutality on Capitol Hill.
Let us do a little reality check on that, shall we?
According to the fiercely pro-BLM (London) Guardian newspaper, as of
October 31, 2020, police had shot and killed a total of one BLM
supporter. And, unlike Ashli Babbitt, he was not helpless
and he did indeed pose a threat:
“In Las Vegas, Jorge
Gomez was wearing body armor and carrying several guns when he was
shot to death by Las Vegas police at a protest in June. Before he
was shot, several protesters told Gomez they disapproved of him
being armed, and even a journalist questioned him about why he
was holding his gun in his hand with his finger on the trigger,
the Las Vegas Sun reported.”
[My emphasis – J.I.] 
And police had plenty of
provocation, because BLM and allied ‘protesters’ were often not only
violent, but violent towards them.
Check out the NBC video below, posted in late September, showing
‘protesters’ in Portland, Oregon, throwing Molotov cocktails (gasoline
bombs) at police:
case anyone wonders whether the endlessly violent Portland ‘protests’ had
anything to do with BLM, a) Portland BLM was indeed involved and b) the
Portland violence was uncritically endorsed by the top leadership of BLM
in the person of no less than Janaya Khan, the “international ambassador
for Black Lives Matter.”
 (To get
a better grasp of how significant Khan’s endorsement is, consider that in private life she is the partner of BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors.
Throwing Molotov cocktails is attempted murder.
Yet, with gasoline bombs bursting into flame around them, those Portland
cops shot nobody. How come? Didn’t anyone tell them they have a racist
Conclusion: as far as lethal force goes, if police have had a double standard
these past eight months, it has been wildly in favor of BLM.
IV. Were there really no
arrests on Capitol Hill?
What about Reid’s statement that, “If This Was [sic!] A BLM Protest,
Would Already Be People ...Arrested’ ”?
arrested on Capitol Hill?
According to a news report – from Joy Reid’s own NBC! – police
arrested 75 people involved in the Capitol Hill action, the day it
75 people! That means, assuming 400 people were involved, that one out of every 5.33333,
or 18.75%, of the Capitol Hill
If we accept The New York Times’s minimal estimate
of 15 million people involved in BLM
‘protests’ by early July, in order to
greatly exceed the percentage of arrests on Capitol Hill, police would
have had to arrest many more than 2,812,500 BLM
‘protest’ participants by that
time. Many more!
Let me repeat: police
would have had to arrest many more than two million, eight hundred and
twelve thousand, five hundred BLM ‘protesters!’
So, as far as arrests go, if police have exhibited a double standard, it
has been overwhelmingly in favor of BLM.
And the arrests on Capital Hill were not just carried out by local
brought charges as well.
At a press conference January 7, 2021, one day after the riot, Michael R.
Sherwin, U.S. Attorney for Washington, D.C.:
criticism of the perception of how the mob scene was handled at the
Capitol versus arrests that were made over the summer during Black
Lives Matter protests. Sherwin said that during the summer, federal
prosecutors processed 174 criminal cases. He said in just one day,
his office charged 55 cases and expect more in the coming weeks and
months. ‘I just want to give you a comparison to show how seriously
we are taking this,’ Sherwin said. ‘I don’t want that to get lost.’
– Washington Post
In her broadcast, Reid
claimed police made no effort to stop people from getting into the
building, which the ‘protesters’ knew would be the case because:
“White Americans are
never afraid of the cops even when they are engaged in trying to
occupy our capitol to steal the votes of people who look like me
[that is, black – J.I.] because in their minds, they own this
country; they own that capitol; they own the cops; the cops work for
And apparently, according
to Reid, the cops agree, and therefore did not try to stop them.
Which is a wee bit awkward because, that being the case, who shot Ashli
Babbitt? Who arrested 75 people on January 6 alone (and has picked up
over 353 alleged participants by now on federal charges)?  And how come,
according to the Washington Post, on January 6:
“More than 50 D.C. and
Capitol Police officers were injured, with several hospitalized,
police said.” 
That so many policemen were injured makes no sense unless they
were fighting to stop a numerically superior force, not coddling those
trying to get in, and doing so because they were mostly white.
While Reid was
describing an imaginary world in which no light-skinned
‘protester’ got shot, no light-skinned ‘protesters’ got arrested,
and no policemen could have gotten injured since they did
not resist the people trying to enter the building, other media – for
example The New York Times, ABC News, and
– also pushed the double standard line, but none with more
dedicated disregard for facts than NBC.
Case in point:
Louisville BLM leader Chanelle Helm says Mr. Biden is quite right.
After Biden’s January 7 statement, NBC interviewed Chanelle Helm, leader of
the Louisville, Kentucky chapter of Black Lives Matter, which initiated
over the no-knock shooting of Breonna Taylor.
Referring to the first night of the Breonna Taylor ‘protests,’ Helm told
night, May 28, was extremely violent, and the violence came from the
police officers. So watching everything unfold this week was
really right on par with how we know police [unintelligible] for
black or brown protesters or even the black and brown community. So
there really was a difference. I thought it was outlandish or maybe
even planned that there wasn’t any direct discipline [of the Capitol
Hill ‘protesters’– J.I.].” [My emphasis – J.I.] 
So, on May 28, the
‘protest’ in Louisville, Kentucky would have been peaceful had it not been for the
police, who were very violent towards the
‘peaceful protesters,’ just because
those ‘protesters’ were black and brown, while
not even disciplining the whites on Capitol Hill.
Strong support for Biden’s
double standard accusation, right?
Here is an excerpt from a New York Times article on what
transpired in Louisville on the night of May 28:
[Excerpt from The
New York Times starts here]
“Seven people were struck by gunfire at a protest in
Louisville, Ky., on Thursday night [May 28 –J.I.] as
tensions there continued to escalate over the fatal shooting of a
black woman by three white police officers in March.
Of those reported
injured in the demonstration, two were taken for surgery and five
were in good condition, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said early
Friday morning. Mr. Fischer said no officers discharged their
weapons and that the violence came from within the crowd.
Videos posted on
social media appeared to show shots being fired while demonstrators
surrounded a police vehicle. No officers were among those injured
and it was too early to determine who was responsible, said the
Louisville Metro Police Department.
[My emphasis – J.I.]
[Excerpt from The New York
Times ends here]
other than shooting seven of their own, the ‘protesters’ were mostly
peaceful, except of course when they were attacking police, and so on.
As the Courier-Journal, Kentucky’s main newspaper, which is very
friendly to BLM, reported:
Courier-Journal starts here]
At one point, protesters threw things at police officers and kicked
a patrol car.
When one officer was surrounded by protesters near Bearno’s by the
Bridge, a pizza parlor near the Second Street bridge and the Yum
Center, protest organizers stepped in to make sure the officer was
not harmed. [The policeman was not beaten let alone killed, so this
incident qualifies as peaceful. – J.I.]
Around 11 p.m., a line of officers advanced down East Main Street,
dispersing a large crowd.
But not long after, hundreds congregated in front of Metro Hall,
where a group of protesters had been trying to tip an armored
vehicle, breaking its windows and slashing its tires.
Multiple rounds of gunfire then rang out. At least seven injured
people, their wounds seeping blood, were seen being carried away on
[Excerpt from Courier-Journal
This was the BLM-led
action May 28, in which, according to Helm on NBC, the only
violent people were the cops.
In response to what happened that night, did the Louisville city
government order police to crack down?
Not at all.
Quite the contrary, the police pampered the ‘protesters,’ letting them
set up a tent city in Louisville’s Jefferson Square Park.
Did the BLM-led activists respond by turning peaceful?
Not at all.
In response to anti-motorist violence by ‘protesters,’
police urged drivers to “use your best judgment and try to get out of
the situation safely if you’re in fear”
On June 15, the Courier Journal reported:
Courier-Journal starts here]
Dozens of protesters had blocked Sixth and Jefferson streets earlier
in the morning and forced downtown drivers to turn around and find
different routes. [Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert – J.I.]
Schroeder showed a video later in the afternoon of two cars blocked
by protesters that drove through the crowd, each carrying a
passenger with them on top of their vehicles as they continued down
One of the drivers was a pregnant woman, [Police Chief – J.I.]
Schroeder said. And while motorists passing the demonstrations
should be patient and “use your best judgment and try to get out of
the situation safely if you’re in fear,” he also asked those in the
crowd to help ensure everyone stays out of danger.
[My emphasis – J.I.]
[Excerpt from Courier-Journal
So, having essentially
given the BLMers (including the unapprehended criminal or criminals who
had shot seven people!) control of Louisville’s main public park,
thereby guaranteeing that many normal Louisville residents would be
afraid to use said park, the police maintained public
safety on June 15 by advising motorists terrorized by the BLMers to “be
patient” and “ ‘try to get out of the situation safely if you’re in
Words to live by.
Seriously, this leaves one speechless.
The police finally did engage in something approximating police action
on June 17, but only after permitting a nightmarish incident to take
place that morning:
Courier-Journal starts here]
According to a police
incident report, around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday [June 17 – J.I.], a group of protesters
blocked the intersection of Liberty and Sixth streets and would not
let the driver, operating a Buick LeSabre, pass.
The driver, whose name
was redacted in the report, told police that protesters surrounded
her car and “a verbal altercation occurred after which the
protesters began to reach into her car, scratching her vehicle
window ... and assaulting her, pulling her hair (pulling out a
dreadlock).” Police say the driver sustained a minor injury. [So,
not to worry. – J.I.]
The report goes on to say that the driver told police that after
seeing one of the protesters with a handgun, she was “in fear for
her life and drove away from the crowd.” She subsequently hit one of
the protesters running toward the vehicle.
The driver then stopped for a red light at the intersection of
Liberty and Fifth streets when one of the protesters, Darius
Anderson, approached the vehicle with a handgun and pointed it at
the driver, according to report. The driver then drove off again.
According to the report, after the incident with the driver,
Louisville police officers observed Anderson handing off his handgun
to Brioanna Richards, who then hid the weapon in a vehicle “in an
attempt to conceal evidence of the crime.” Police then located the
vehicle, consent searched it and confiscated the handgun. [Richards
and Anderson were both arrested. – J.I.]
This announcement comes after police said Wednesday [June 17 –J.I.]
morning’s protest in downtown Louisville led to 17 arrests, five
cars towed and one confiscated gun. Police released security camera
footage of the car incident and were searching for the driver
Wednesday before she came forward.
[My emphasis – J.I.]
Courier-Journal ends here]
Since police did arrest
some road-blockers on June 17, it was obviously within their authority
to do so, meaning that they must have been ordered not
to do so on June 15 and on the morning of the 17th.
VII. More peaceful
shootings, and, finally, murder
the use of one gun (and possibly more) by the road-blockers on June 17, which,
combined with the shooting of seven ‘protesters’ by other ‘protesters’
on May 28, and the attempt to hide a gun, made it all but certain that
‘protesters’ had other guns hidden away in their tent city
in Jefferson Square Park, officials allowed said ‘protesters’ to
keep said tent city standing until June 27.
On that day, one
Steven Lopez was arrested after shooting one Tyler Gerth, dead.
Both Lopez and Gerth were ‘protesters.’ Lopez had been arrested on June
17 and June 19. Spectrum News 1, which described Lopez’s
arrest record, stated that among his arrests:
[Excerpt from Lopez’s protest-related
arrest record starts here]
June 17, 2020 -- J.I.] Lopez was arrested on four charges including:
* Inciting a riot
* Drug paraphernalia - buy/possess
* Disorderly conduct, 2nd degree
* Harassment (physical contact) no injury
Lopez’s next arrest came two days later on June 19, 2020, for two
* Unlawful assembly
* Disorderly conduct of the 2nd degree 
[Excerpt from Lopez’s protest-related
arrest record ends here]
Below is a picture of Lopez
being arrested, June 17:
The picture caption on the
Courier-Journal page reads: “Steven Lopez is arrested on June 17
after an attempt by protesters to block Liberty Street. Lopez was
charged with murder on Sunday, June 28, in connection with a fatal
shooting Saturday night. -- Pat McDonogh / Courier Journal”
Lopez was one of the ‘protesters’ blocking and harassing drivers June
17, hence the arrest for disorderly conduct, harassment and inciting
a riot that day.
It is noteworthy that, according to the record of Lopez’s arrests June
17 and 19, as posted on Spectrum News 1,
despite having five charges against him, including harassment with
touching and inciting a riot, he was released without bail, since he was
obviously not a threat to enlightened society. Hence he was free to keep
his date with destiny in the BLM tent city in the park, on June 27.
Another ‘protester,’ who described himself as a volunteer security man
(that is, he provided security for the tent city),
talked about what happened that day.
The security man, with
the unusual name Dre Dawson, told NBC-affiliated Wave 3 TV
News that, when Lopez came into the park on June 27, his appearance
made Dawson wary:
“He’s got on brand new
shoes, cargo pants, tank top, brand new bandanna, brand new hat and
brand new gun in his waist band,” Dawson said. “Like where did you
get that? So, I’m immediately alert.” 
Apparently, had Lopez been
sporting an oldgun, Dawson would not have been roused to
Anyway, as reported by Wave 3 TV News, shortly after entering the
park Lopez started firing the new weapon:
from Wave 3 starts here]
said Lopez first fired rounds into the air.
“The crowd fired at Steven,” Dawson said. “That’s when he started
firing into the crowd. His first shot hit Tyler [Gerth – J.I.], who
was sitting right here.”
Dawson said he and other security personnel were trying to get the
crowd to duck and cease fire.
Chris Fox said he was in his car nearby with his wife when he heard
the gunshots. He said he first made sure his family was safe and
then approached the gunman with his hands up asking him to stop
“I have my gun in my hand,” Fox explained. “He shoots at us, and
that’s when the lady shot him in his leg.” [What lady, I can’t say –
After that, Fox and Dawson said they had Lopez at gunpoint. They
said he then held up his hands and dropped his weapon. That’s when
the two men rushed to subdue him.
“I roll him over, put his hands behind him, subdue him immediately,”
Dawson said. “As soon as I put his hands behind him, the crowd
starts trying to tear into him. People started trying to kick him in
the head, stomp him in the back.”
Dawson said he
understood protesters’ actions, but decided to drag Lopez, who had
been shot in the leg, away from the area.
“I couldn’t in good
conscience allow them to put a man on trial right here in the
street,” Dawson said, adding Lopez had already been subdued.
from Wave 3 ends here]
Am I alone in noticing that all
these peaceful protesters were armed and regularly threatened to shoot
at, or did shoot at, the public and/or each other, sometimes successfully,
or failing that, attempted to kick each other to death?
And it is Chanelle Helm, the leader of this bizarre ‘movement,’ whom NBC
put on nationwide TV to validate Biden’s charge that police have
violently suppressed peace-loving BLM protesters, while coddling Capitol
Hill insurrectionists, thus demonstrating “in
plain view” the meaning of “systemic racism.”
But I am getting ahead of
myself, because the Louisville ‘protester’ shootings did not end June
================================== VIII. Then still more
shootings, some supposedly accidental... ==================================
On July 25, 2020, three hundred armed members of a black militia called the NFAC
converged on Louisville (thereby challenging BLM’s leadership of the
local ‘protest’ movement) and, according to ABC News, three more people
“Three members of an
armed militia were shot in an apparent accident at a protest calling
for justice for Breonna Taylor in Louisville on Saturday afternoon.
“The three people, all members of the NFAC, suffered non-life
threatening injuries, according to the Louisville Metro Police
Department. The shooter was also a member of the militia.”
================================== IX. ...others definitely not ==================================
On September 23,
‘protests’ over a grand jury’s decision not to indict any officers for the
death of Breonna Taylor, a ‘protester’ named Larynzo Johnson was arrested
for shooting two policemen, fortunately not fatally.
Mr. Johnson was initially indicted locally; on December 23, the Justice
Department announced an additional, federal charge of civil disorder,
since Johnson had shot the policemen in order to prevent them from
disbanding a large group of ‘protesters’ who were terrorizing parts of
the city, during those moments when they were taking a break from being peaceful, that
According to the Justice Department:
throughout that day identified criminal activity, such as, multiple
arson attempts at the Hall of Justice and other locations,
protestors throwing bottles at police and others, property damage,
smashing windows, and shot[s] fired.”
X. Main Kentucky paper
says: ‘protests’ “mostly peaceful” until “marred by chaos”
featuring Chanelle Helm’s claim that the Louisville ‘protesters’ have
been peace-loving victims of police terror, typifies much of the media
treatment of BLM ‘protests’ around the country.
Case in point, on Saturday, June 27, 2020, after Steven Lopez and various other
‘protesters’ exchanged gunfire, killing one ‘protester,’ following
which, you will recall, other ‘protesters’ tried to kick Lopez to death,
and so on, the Courier-Journal intoned:
“After a month of
mostly peaceful protests over the police shooting of Breonna Taylor,
Saturday night was marred by chaos.” [My emphasis – J.I.]
What can one say about a
newspaper (the top newspaper in Kentucky, no less) that prints such
On the one hand, we have the Courier-Journal description of a
month that began with ‘protesters’ shooting seven of their own (one
critically), and which was punctuated by incidents of armed driver
harassment and other crimes, as “mostly peaceful,” until Lopez killed Gerth.
Was it “mostly peaceful” because the ‘protesters’ in the park did not
spend all their time shooting people or threatening to do so? Because
some of the time they were sleeping? Or reloading?
On the other hand, we have the Courier-Journal statement that
“Saturday night [meaning June 27th – J.I.] was marred by chaos.”
‘To mar’ means ‘to spoil.’ So the problem with that night – the murder
of Gerth and so on, the wounding
of Lopez, the crowd’s attempt to kick Lopez to death – was that
it was all done ‘chaotically’?
Perhaps the contending factions should have organized
themselves into firing squads?
Everything that happened May 28 and during the following four months in
Louisville, Kentucky contradicts Biden’s double standard claim. Rather than being
peaceful, the Louisville ‘protesters’ were far more violent than those who
invaded Capitol Hill. (Not that Capitol Hill was peaceful, of course.)
And rather than the
Louisville police being violently repressive, the fact is that, despite
widespread vandalism, attacks and threats of attacks on police, multiple
shootings and threats of more, the government allowed ‘protesters’ to
take over the main city park for a month, using it as a base for
harassing motorists, sometimes with guns.
Unlike Capitol Hill, the police never shot any of the ‘protesters’ in
Louisville, not even on September 23, the day a ‘protester’ shot two
This scenario – BLM or BLM-supporting ‘protesters,’ who, although
intermittently violent, sometimes lethally so, were policed with bizarre
restraint, if at all – was repeated time and again this past spring,
summer and fall. Not all the time, to be sure; but often, and all over
And what are we to say about leading US media such as NBC, which,
in order to promote Biden’s double standard myth, broadcast Chanelle
Helm’s lie that the BLM ‘protest’ May 28 “was extremely violent, and the
violence came from the police officers,” even though, on May 29, NBC
itself reported that ‘protesters’ had shot seven of their own the
“7 shot during protests in Louisville, police say At least one person was described as being in critical condition. The
shooting did not involve police, but occurred amid protests”
-- NBC News, May 29, 2020 
NBC even posted a video of
the ‘protesters’ trying to turn over a police truck, following which
gunfire can be heard, sounding as if it comes from two different guns:
In this speech, Biden named five
battles, the fourth being: “The battle to achieve racial justice
and root out systemic racism in this country.” [My emphasis –
Reading the headline and first two thirds of the USA Today article cited below,
one might reasonably assume that in recent months white people’s trust
in police has increased by a higher percentage than black people’s, and
that black people’s trust in BLM has decreased by a lower percentage
than white people’s.
But the opposite is true.
reads about 13 paragraphs into the article, one will discover, that,
according to the March 2021 poll the article cites, since last June,
regarding the important questions of whether people trust BLM and
whether they trust police:
in both demographic groups have moved in the same direction compared
with the June 2020 survey. Among Black respondents, trust in Black
Lives Matter has fallen by 12 points and trust in local police has
risen by 14 points. Among white respondents, trust in Black Lives
Matter has fallen by 8 points and trust in local police has risen by
So trust in police
has risen more percentage-wise among blacks than whites; trust in BLM has
fallen more percentage-wise among blacks than whites.
headlines are important because many people just scan headlines, or
the headlines plus the beginnings of articles.
Here is the
headline and link to the story in question:
Check out the picture of Janaya Khan and Patrisse
Cullors that adorns “Rebel Rebel.” Khan (on the left) has a look on her
face of such snobbery, communicating such contempt for us scum that it
is almost satirical.
report that 75 people were arrested Jan. 6 on Capitol Hill comes from an
NBC story, whose headline is deliberately misleading. The headline
reads, “Stun guns, ‘stinger whips’ and a crossbow: What police found on
the Capitol protesters.”
Itshould read, ‘What police did not find on
the Capitol protesters,’ because, if you read the story carefully,
police found a stun gun and a crossbow in a car belonging to someone in
the general crowd of Trump supporters in the Capitol area, not among those forcing their way into the Capitol Hill building, and a
personal protection device known as a ‘stinger whip’ on someone outside
a commercial building on Pennsylvania Avenue.
New York Times:“Racial Double Standard of Capitol Police Draws Outcry
– Black Lives Matter activists said the tepid response from law
enforcement officers to mostly white protesters stood in stark contrast
to the aggressive tactics they have endured for years” by John Eligon, Jan. 7, 2021