It should go without saying that Black Lives Matter. However, it seems that many of the rioters and protesters currently demonstrating in the name of George Floyd believe that only SOME black lives matter. The lives that fit the narrative that America is a horrible, racist country that has tolerated systematic racism for too long are pushed to the front—all others end up falling by the wayside.
Sadly, since the rioting began last week, there have been several victims of the violent rioters in the streets, and many of them have been black. Some were simply bystanders targeted by violent demonstrators. Some have black business owners whose stores were looted and burned, with some even dying in the process of defending their livelihoods. A few have even been black law enforcement officials who were assaulted or killed. However, with only a few exceptions, the media and the Black Lives Matter movement have not acknowledged the violence inflicted against them—but why?
That is a rhetorical question, of course. As I said, these deaths don’t fit the narrative…and so they’re ignored.
Here are a few examples of African Americans who have dies at the hands of the angry mob, as reported by The Associated Press:
“A federal law enforcement officer was providing security at a federal courthouse during a protest when someone fired shots from a vehicle. Dave Patrick Underwood, 53, died and another officer was critically wounded.
It was not immediately clear if the drive-by shooting was related to the protests, though the federal building’s glass doors were smashed and the front entrance was sprayed with anti-police graffiti.
Underwood, who was black, and the other officer were contracted as security officers employed by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service. They were monitoring a nearby protest.
No one has been arrested, and a motive for the shooting has not yet been determined.
Underwood was the brother of Angela Underwood Jacobs, recently a Republican candidate to fill a vacant U.S. congressional seat north of Los Angeles.
Police are investigating the deaths of 22-year-old Italia Kelly, who was shot Monday while leaving a protest outside a Walmart, and of a man found near where suspects exchanged gunfire with police in the city of 100,000 people across the Mississippi River from Illinois.
The circumstances of Kelly’s death are murky, and no arrests have been made. Kelly and a friend were getting in a vehicle to leave because the protest had turned unruly when she was struck in the back by a bullet, said her aunt, Amy Hale of Atchison, Kansas.
“She was always smiling, always laughing. That’s why it’s so sad that she was taken in such a violent way,” Hale said. “That is not Italia. She was the bright, bubbly big personality in the room.”
Since this story was reported on Tuesday, it appears that Italia Kelly was indeed killed by a violent rioter. Kelly’s sister took to social media to record the following heartbreaking video, in which she pours out her emotions over the death of her beloved sister at the hands of the angry mob:
In St. Louis, David Dorn, a retired black police officer, was killed in cold blood by a rioter while trying to protect his friend’s pawn shop. NBC News reported, “He died on the sidewalk in front of the pawnshop, and his death was apparently streamed on Facebook Live, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. In the video, a man tells Dorn to stay with him as he attempts to save his live.
Dorn’s wife, police Sgt. Ann Marie Dorn told the outlet that he was a friend of the pawn shop’s owner and would go and check out the business whenever the burglar alarm sounded.
A retired St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department captain was shot and killed early Tuesday morning while protecting a friend’s pawn shop from looters, according to authorities and the victim’s wife.
The retired captain, David Dorn, was responding to an alarm at Lee Pawn and Jewelry Store around 2:30 a.m. when he was shot and killed, police said.”
President Donald Trump tweeted about the death, writing: “Our highest respect to the family of David Dorn, a Great Police Captain from St. Louis, who was viciously shot and killed by despicable looters last night. We honor our police officers, perhaps more than ever before. Thank you!”
Our highest respect to the family of David Dorn, a Great Police Captain from St. Louis, who was viciously shot and killed by despicable looters last night. We honor our police officers, perhaps more than ever before. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/0ouUpoJEQ4
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020
This burning and pillaging of our cities need to end, and it needs to end NOW! If it doesn’t, we will likely see more people, including black men and women, killed at the hands of the mob. Yes, ALL black lives matter…and we need to go out of our way to protect all of them.