Lockdown protests took the country by storm during the pandemic. These actions were filled with conservatives, white supremacists, and far-right nationalists alike trying to make the case to rush to reopen the country despite the still uncontrolled pandemic. But what about the law?
“Blue Lives Matter,” a line previously touted by many of the same conservatives supporting these “lockdown” protests, argues that police always deserve respect, and people brutalized by cops deserved it by being violent or dangerous-looking.
They also consistently argue that if people Black people didn’t break the law, they wouldn’t have any problems with police.
But scenes from “lockdown” protests in Sacramento, Lansing, Denver, and more show confrontations with the police, often with weapons brandished. They’re breaking the law by ignoring public health orders in order to harass police and lawmakers!
Seems like they tossed their values out the window as soon as they were inconvenient.
They’re proving that they don’t actually believe the lines they tell us every time we raise issues of police violence. Actions in response to the murder of George Floyd have been responded to with militarized crackdowns. This shows us what the real threat truly is.
We don’t need to buy into any narratives about respectability, or do anything to make ourselves appear less threatening to an establishment that will always think we deserve it regardless.