And so it goes. Activists shush the fact that Michael Brown robbed a minority store owner and never raised his hands or pleaded “don’t shoot” to Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, or that Mario Woods stabbed a black man prior to cops shooting him, when discussing the cases. With both the Black Panthers and Black Lives Matter, it became okay, obligatory even, to whitewash lesser truths (murder, rape, kidnapping in the case of the Panthers, strongarm robbery and a stabbing in the cases of Brown and Woods) that proved inconvenient to the greater truth that racist whites oppress blacks. When Cleaver raped women, ambushed Oakland cops, and even murdered a black man in Algeria, he remained in good standing on the Left. When he became a Republican, he went too far.
Why does this matter? Because when people don’t believe cop lives matter, they generally don’t believe black lives matter, either. White Oakland cop John Frey’s life mattered when Huey Newton took it. So did black teenager Kathleen Smith’s. After first killing the white policeman, Newton murdered a black prostitute. And after raping women and ambushing and wounding Oakland police, Eldridge Cleaver, according to former comrades, murdered a black man.
Black lives matter.
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