It’s quite tragic that the law enforcement profession in America, which is usually quite well remunerated, which usually receives a large number of professional perks and which is highly regarded and universally supported by the nation’s instituions and leaders would chose to piggyback on a fledging organization such as Black Lives Matter.
The deaths scenarios that have be occurring in America, where a police officer, usually white, executes an unarmed African American extrajudicially are harrowingly frequent. Yet in most of the rest of the world, such scenarios are extremely rare even in the world’s least developed nations. Internationally, the world looks on aghast as the horror and violence committed by American police barrels on, leaving thousands of bloody corpses in its wake. More and more, America is being perceived as a savage and inhuman dystopia where hate reigns supreme, authority is dangerous and human life means nothing.
It should be no surprise to anyone that Black Lives Matters was formed. No one wants to be shot down like a dog in the street, least of all at the hands of a police officer. BLM proposes a simple idea: that each individual life of Black Americans has value and must not be snuffed out in such tragic ways. BLM calls for an awareness of the commonness of these street «deaths by police officers» scenarios; it raises consciousness about the banalisation of brutal, murderous violence by authorities in America; it calls for an end to extrajudicial executions.
All over the planet, people look on, wondering what response this new organization would elicit from American law enforcement. All hoped that mediating forces would step forth from within the ranks of the law enforcement profession to assure us all that the profession is committed to protecting and serving human life rather than taking it. But how does the law enforcement profession in fact respond to these concerns about extrajudicial executions?
Everywhere around the nation, law enforcement professionals decide to rise up and unite together in unity and in opposition to the fledging BLM organization. Although BLM is nothing more than an anti-violent, pro-life organization, America’s police decide to institute Police Lives Matter as a counter-measure. Police Lives Matters could have chosen to call itself by any other name. Their choice of a name which rhythmically evokes Black Lives Matter is both a confrontation with BLM and a rejection of its pleas for mercy for the Black American people. By the very construction of its name, PLM identifies itself as both linked to and opposed to BLM: an invitation to a dance of death. In creating Police Lives Matter, an organization juxtaposed oppositionally to Black Lives Matter, police officers all over American respond to the new anti-street killing movement by a resounding no! No, your lives don’t matter. No, we are not concerned by or responsive to your fears or your suffering! No, we WILL NOT STOP KILLING YOU.
So the killing has continued. Since PLM was formed, extrajudicial executions of African Americans have continued as before, unmitigated and unaddressed by PLM leadership. PLM has never indicated to be in the least discomforted by the rising statistics nor seen fit to address the problem of gratuitous killing of Black Americans by largely Latino and non-Latino white police officers. They position themselves as opposed to BLM’s objective: an end to all brutal, illegitimate violence against Blacks and other minorities by law enforcement. They appear to desire to kill African Americans: to claim it as their unalienable right
PLM’s repudiation of BLM as a violent hate group despite the fact that all of their activities are non-violent in nature is also quite remarkable. It's an attempt to invalidate the mere concept that any black human’s life has value. It is a denigration of anyone who would dare challenge the idea their lives are anything but disposable.
The formation of PLM affirms to the world that American police are united both against African Americans as well as against any goals that they have for a better, safer world. PLM shows us that police officers are stuck in a state of hyper vigilance where they view themselves as embattled and willing to militate in a concerted way against unarmed, peace-seeking Americans. PLM affirms to the world that the police are resistant to change, unwilling to compromise and indifferent to the tragedy of astronomical Black mortality and suffering in America. PLM tells us that the police are intentionally dangerous.