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Apparently Not All Black Lives Matter.

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser allowed activists to paint messages on city streets such as “Black Lives Matter” and “Defund the Police.” The “Black Lives Matter” painting was done in front of the church that President Trump attended in early June of this year.

It is important to note that the activity was approved by the Mayor and the City government. One should also note in the above picture the chalk messages and images that are are part of this street painting.

In addition, the police have been told not to interfere with protesters spray painting messages on property – both governmental and private.

One would think that this would mean almost carte blanche for other messages and other ideas supporting the idea that “black lives matter.”

One would be wrong.

A group named “Students for Life” decided to take their message that unborn Black Lives Matter to the sidewalk in front of a Planned Parenthood in the District.

That did not go over well.

After being told by the Metropolitan police that the Mayor has quote “opened a Pandora’s box” by painting public streets, we arrived to SIX police cars threatening to arrest our team and students if they painted, even using the temporary paint we bought that the Police Department specifically requested. When we asked if we could at least use sidewalk chalk to chalk our anti-violence message on the streets, the police threatened to arrest us.

Here’s a video of the arrest.

Putting aside the issue of abortion for a moment, the fact of the matter is that the government of Washington D.C. allowed people to paint and chalk messages with which the government agreed (or at least tolerated) and yet arrested people doing the same activity because of the City and the Mayor disagreed with the message.

That’s about as clear as a content violation of the First Amendment as there can be.

On that point alone, we hope the Students for Life win their case against the City and the officers.

The police had this to say about the incident:

MPD spokeswoman Alaina Gertz told the DCNF [Daily Caller News Foundation] that the students were arrested for “the defacing of private/public property.” She said the students were “both citation released” and referred the DCNF to a description of what “Defacing public or private property” means.

Both advocacy groups had sent a July 20 letter to Mayor Muriel Bowser requesting permission to paint the words “Black Pre-Born Lives Matter” in order to “to celebrate the beautiful children with endless potential who are the future of their community and deserve the opportunity to make their mark in the world.”

Neither Bowser nor MPD immediately responded to requests for comment regarding the permit.

[….]

The DCNF asked MPD whether graffiti on the streets of D.C. done in the name of George Floyd or Black Lives Matter also counted as defacing of private/public property. MPD did not immediately respond to this question.

Protestors and rioters throughout the nation have chalked messages on streets and buildings against police, police brutality and racism.

The statute under which the students were arrested:

22–3312.01. Defacing public or private property.

It shall be unlawful for any person or persons willfully and wantonly to disfigure, cut, chip, or cover, rub with, or otherwise place filth or excrement of any kind; to write, mark, or print obscene or indecent figures representing obscene or objects upon; to write, mark, draw, or paint, without the consent of the owner or proprietor thereof, or, in the case of public property, of the person having charge, custody, or control thereof, any word, sign, or figure upon:

(1) Any property, public or private, building, statue, monument, office, public passenger vehicle, mass transit equipment or facility, dwelling or structure of any kind including those in the course of erection; or

(2) The doors, windows, steps, railing, fencing, balconies, balustrades, stairs, porches, halls, walls, sides of any enclosure thereof, or any movable property.

That being said, the issue of abortions in the black community has some people who support abortion angry in that the issue is “corrupting” the BLM agenda.

They believe that the message of “Black Lives Matter” doesn’t extend to the unborn. Somehow they believe that they or the mother or whomever, gets to decide what life is valuable not just today, but in the future.

Nothing illustrates point of view better than an article from the New York Times:

ST. LOUIS — As a pastor, Clinton Stancil counsels his black congregants that abortion is akin to the taking of innocent life. But as a civil rights activist, Mr. Stancil urges them to understand the social forces that prompt black women to have abortions at disproportionately high rates.

The national debate over abortion has focused of late on when a heartbeat is discernible in the fetus, on the rights of women to make choices over their bodies and on the vast schism between the opposing views on ending pregnancies.

But to many African-Americans like Mr. Stancil, who is the pastor of Wayman A.M.E. Church in St. Louis, abortion cannot be debated without considering the quality of urban schools. Or the disproportionately high unemployment rate in black communities. Or the significant racial disparities in health care.

“As much as I believe with all my heart about the killing, the taking of innocent lives, I also believe that I will never support giving white legislators who have no interest in our community the ability to tell our women what they can do with their bodies,” Mr. Stancil said of sweeping abortion restrictions recently approved in Missouri.

In many black communities, the abortion debate is inextricably tied to race in ways that white communities seldom confront. Social and economic disparities that are particularly challenging to African-Americans, from mass incarceration to maternal and infant mortality, are crucial parts of that discussion.

The best way to reduce abortions, many black people both for and against the practice argue, is to address the difficult circumstances that lead so many black women to end their pregnancies. Abortions have dropped over the last 15 years among all racial groups. But black women continue to have the highest abortion rate at 27.1 per 1,000 women compared with 10 per 1,000 for white women, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Quite simply, there is a disconnect in the thinking here.

If it is acceptable to take the life of an “innocent” person, then the whole Black Lives Matter narrative falls apart. After all, the foundation of BLM is that innocent black men, women and children are being killed by the police. Yet these same people say “the killing of an innocent black child is acceptable if someone else does it.”

Either all of the black lives matter, or there is a foundational problem in the whole discission.

Arizona State House of Representative Walt Blackmon had this to say:

During February, which is Black History Month, it is a good time to look upon the triumphs and tragedies in African American history. Movies like Harriet tell of heroes of the Underground Railroad and the struggle against slavery. It is good to honor those stories. There is, however, one tragedy of the African American community that is often overlooked: the tragedy of legalized abortion.

Abortion impacts African Americans at a higher rate than any other population group. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an Abortion Surveillance Report. According to that report, black women make up 14 percent of the childbearing population. Yet, 36 percent of all abortions were obtained by black women. At a ratio of 474 abortions per 1,000 live births, black women have the highest ratio of any group in the country.

When you use those percentages, it indicates that of the over 44 million abortions since the 1973 Roe vs Wade Supreme Court ruling, 19 million black babies were aborted. African Americans are just under 13 percent of United States population.

White women are five times less likely to have an abortion than black women. Perhaps it is a matter of availability. A study by Protecting Black Lives, in 2012, found that 79 percent of Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of minority communities.

In the past, we criticized the tobacco industry for targeting young people with their advertising. Recently, the nicotine vape industry has been criticized for similar practices. The prevalence of abortion providers in African American and Hispanic neighborhoods indicates the abortion industry is targeting too. It smacks of the eugenics-linked past of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger and her views of contraception and abortion as ways of diminishing the black population.

No matter what, it is clear that the Mayor and Police in Washington targeted the message this group was saying, while allowing other messages being written in chalk.

On the other hand, we find it ironic that the same cops who came to arrest the “Students for Life” members have to deal with this in their face every day:

(It’s a little hard to see, but this is a giant painting with the words “Defund the Police on the street in DC.)

Wouldn’t that have qualified as being a crime under the “defacing public property” statute?

The police were aware of both the “Black Lives Matter” and the “Defund the Police” paintings (not chalking….PAINTING) on the streets and yet were told to stand down and let it happen.

The same police then went after some pro-life students for using chalk on a sidewalk.

Those cops should be ashamed of themselves for taking part in this blatant violation of the First Amendment.

They were either unaware of the Constitution which they swore to uphold, or were willing to throw their oaths and the Constitution into the Potomac River in order to keep their jobs.

Not exactly a good look for the DC Metro Police or the Mayor.



2 Responses to “Apparently Not All Black Lives Matter.”

  1. Percy says:

    I won’t hold my breath but it would be nice to see the ACLU, whose mission statement is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States” come to the defense of these students.

    • AAfterwit says:

      Percy,

      Thanks for the comment.

      If we had to hold our breath waiting for people and groups to act on the principles they espouse, this blog would have lasted about 2 days since we opened the doors.

      All of our writers and readers who be dead from asphyxiation.

      Thanks again.

      A. Afterwit.

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