Okay this is how I see things.
Police brutality and corruption is a problem in the US. I do not see any reason anyone should downplay this or call it anything other than what it is. Plenty of incidents where police react very poorly and do anything BUT serve and protect.
Unfortunately since 9/11 police have been increasingly been treating their own citizens as potential terrorists and the fear that goes into managing this narrative is placed with a subset with earlier mentioned problems. Unfortunately too, the amount of power, weaponry,protection from prosecution and the like makes for a very bad mix of bad people acting with impunity with the law on their side and with no negative outcomes WHEN they do the wrong thing.
This has impacted in no small measure against the citizens in the US and that goes doubly for the black population within US. I predicted long ago that sooner or later US citizens would strike back at the “Police State”. I did not think it would be through #BlackLivesmatter but then I am not entirely surprised.
THAT disclaimer out the way, there is another point to make. Not all police are bad and not all police are white. Not all white police have a problem with black people and not all white people do. So when such a vocal majority of supporters are pushing both anti-white or anti-police and in the kind of terms that some of them are doing, there is a problem.
Margaret Foy was one of these people and what she said deserved vilification. It was completely out of order. Less out of order than what cops do? Absolutely. But that is the thing. Whereas I think she should be called out and vilified for her efforts, the police (who in many cases commit extreme accounts of brutality and/or killings) ought to get locked up in general population for a long time when they commit their atrocities.
So the question of whether or not the fact that she had 20 followers was an issue. Okay what if she had 21? 50? 500? 2000? 5000? 10000? 50000? 100000? At what point does her follower account demand a severe rebuke and at what point does it warrant being ignored? What is the tipping point? Does it change what she says?
Should the worst supporters be critiqued or the main supporters?
Now THAT disclaimer made. I do not think that police ought to be blindly supported on this issue. I do not think that the #BlackLivesMatter movement lends itself any credibility. All Lives do matter. This is just trying to push a racial divide or racial issue.
This is police brutality that I have been talking about and see its relevance to #BlackLivesMatter
The problem is not a racial one. There is a problem with the police and the procedures, policies, practices, protections and power in place. It does need addressing.
I do not believe that he way of addressing that is trying to make it a racial awareness matter or worse still a racial hate conflict and I strongly support any calling out over this when ANYONE crosses into this territory