Here‚Äôs a great catch by Townhall‚Äôs Guy Benson. As you probably know, Jussie Smollet‚Äôs trial isn‚Äôt going too well for him, with Smollett‚Äôs defense attorney wrapping up by asking (rhetorically) if Smollet was ‚Äúdumb enough to go into Obama‚Äôs city and pretend there‚Äôs Trump supporters running around with MAGA hats?‚ÄĚ Yes, that was the defense admitting that the whole thing was a hoax.
We‚Äôve already reached our verdict, but as Benson points out, Black Lives Matter has issued a statement on the trial, saying that the organization could never believe the police, especially the Chicago Police Department, over Smollett, a black man.
National BLM organization statement on Smollett: ‚ÄúIn our commitment to [police] abolition, we can never believe police‚Ä¶over Jussie Smollett, a Black man who has been courageously present, visible, and vocal in the struggle for Black freedom.‚ÄĚ https://t.co/mSXpu9EyN3
‚ÄĒ Guy Benson (@guypbenson) December 8, 2021
The statement reads, in part:
In an abolitionist society, this trial would not be taking place, and our communities would not have to fight and suffer to prove our worth. Instead, we find ourselves, once again, being forced to put our lives and our value in the hands of judges and juries operating in a system that is designed to oppress us, while continuing to face a corrupt and violent police department, which has proven time and again to have no respect for our lives.
In our commitment to abolition, we can never believe police, especially the Chicago Police Department (CPD) over Jussie Smollett, a Black man who has been courageously present, visible, and vocal in the struggle for Black freedom‚Ä¶.
Next time you hear a Democrat suggest that defunding the police was a Republican idea, remind them of their support of Black Lives Matter and read this line to them: ‚ÄúBlack Lives Matter will continue to work towards the abolition of police and every unjust system.‚ÄĚ
It‚Äôs beyond parody at this point.
‚ÄĒ Not Your Ally (@1234_abcdef1234) December 8, 2021
‚ÄĒ Ryan (@alwaysonoffense) December 8, 2021
So does this mean that in every single situation in which there is a dispute believe the police and a Black individual, BLM will reflexively refuse to consider whether the police's account is valid?
‚ÄĒ HeterodoxOutsider (@HeterodoxOutsi1) December 8, 2021
This further shows it‚Äôs not about black lives or the thruth.
‚ÄĒ gregory (@ogiehill) December 8, 2021
Literally "Our narrative cannot be at the mercy of reality"
‚ÄĒ Iccasor (@iccasor) December 8, 2021
What about the other black guys involved?
‚ÄĒ CanLen ūüēô (@CandiceLen) December 8, 2021
Their story doesn't present an opportunity.
‚ÄĒ Ashley Dionne (@TaxationIsLame) December 8, 2021
There appear to be no principles anymore. Everything is situational.
‚ÄĒ Max Shifrin (@MaxShifrin) December 8, 2021
‚ÄĒ gavriel cristian (@GaviPredescu) December 8, 2021
BLM is a joke
‚ÄĒ Rebalofnight (@Rebalofnight) December 8, 2021
It's always astonishing to me when a person or group says who they are up front and yet they have followers and adherents who are surprised or defensive when the person or group do or say something that falls in line with who the person or group always claimed to be. To wit: BLM
‚ÄĒ Jim Jindra (@hawley5150) December 8, 2021
He will likely be found guilty as it appears he deserves to be. This will be a very good thing. Racism exists. But it doesn't exist nearly to the level of where the race baiters would have us all believe. And its made much worse by "people" like Smollett.
‚ÄĒ TheSchuettTeam (@SchuettThe) December 8, 2021
We're at the 2+2=5 moment.
‚ÄĒ Kirk Highland (@KirkHighland) December 8, 2021
They have, in one paragraph, lost ALL credibility. How sad.
‚ÄĒ Khop (@Irena926K) December 8, 2021
Note that their main commitment is to the abolition of police. They say it over and over again. But for many criticizing BLM in any manner is racist.
‚ÄĒ Kurt Tazelaar (@KurtTazelaar) December 8, 2021
This is cult behavior.
‚ÄĒ Tsukkomi (@ljenkins314) December 8, 2021
That‚Äôs the most idiotic rambling I‚Äôve ever read.
‚ÄĒ Paul Flugel (@pflugel) December 8, 2021
And this organization rakes in millions in donations.
BLM is just a stupid Marxist extremist group made up of people who know nothing and can't be taught.
‚ÄĒ Jim Jennings (@jjenningsUSA) December 8, 2021
Still not sure why this guy matters more than the black Americans actually being murdered in Chicago on the regular.
‚ÄĒ Vicki Lynn (@reddmedusa) December 8, 2021
‚ÄĒ Pinochet's Ghost (@SeekingQuetzal) December 8, 2021
At least we don‚Äôt foresee any riots when Smollett is found guilty; if it had been televised, maybe, but we don‚Äôt even think enough progressives care to get involved in this mess.
Jussie Smollett attorney‚Äôs closing argument to the jury ‚Äėisn‚Äôt the defense they think it is‚Äô https://t.co/v0cOICP75N
‚ÄĒ Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 8, 2021