By Howard Portnoy
Black Lives Matter needs a motto. One that might serve is “Walk a mile in another man’s shoes.” Although the group and its liberal enablers like to believe that blacks in America have cornered the market on suffering, other people feel pain, too.
Take Pei Xia Chen, shown below. She is the widow of Wenjian Liu, one of two NYPD officers shot to death last December by a black gunman who thought he was helping to settle the score over the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
Neither Officer Liu nor his killer, Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, knew Brown firsthand. Brinsley’s deadly act was nothing more than a Pavlovian response to hateful gibberish that had been planted in his head by Black Lives Matter.
A bitter reminder of the senselessness of Liu’s murder and BLM’s incapacity to feel anything beyond its misguided atavistic loathing for anyone whose skin color is not black was provided by an incident in New York last Sunday. As Yahoo News reports, the Staten Island Yankees, a minor-league affiliate of the New York Yankees, dared to observe a “Blue Lives Matter Day” at its ballpark.
The event was sponsored by Blue Lives Matter NYC, a charity for the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
As Yahoo columnist Michael Walsh notes, “Social-justice activists and left-leaning websites criticized the timing of the event, which took place on the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death.” I can appreciate that the timing, which team leaders say was an unfortunate coincidence, was poor. But something tells me that those same “social-justice activists and left-leaning websites” would have been critical even if the two observances were held months apart.
Walsh goes on to quote apologies from the organizers and the founder of the charity, who explains that the purpose of this particular event was to raise money for the families of Liu and his slain partner, Rafael Ramos, and to help finance the education of their children — who, by the way, will grow up without a father.
But even that’s not enough to soften the hearts of Black Lives Matter demonstrators, who are “offended by the slogans Blue Lives Matter and All Lives Matter.”