The pro-police Blue Lives Matter group has announced a boycott of Ben and Jerry’s, this after the Vermont-based ice cream manufacturer displayed its support for the Black Lives Matter movement. The Blue Lives group suggested that supporting BLM is “dangerous” and was hypercritical of the company’s support to the point of hubris.
From Blue Lives:
Jerry’s just recently announced their support for Black Lives Matter along with a misinformation campaign accusing law enforcement of widespread systemic and institutionalized racism. Many companies have offered misguided statements of support for Black Lives Matter in the past, with the false belief that they are expressing support for civil rights.
Black Lives Matter is not a civil rights group. Most people have their own personal beliefs about what Black Lives Matter means to them. They think that their personal definition for Black Lives Matter is what the organized BLM groups stand for; this is not the case. While we believe that other companies were misguided, Ben & Jerry’s campaign is dangerous.
Ben & Jerry’s went beyond making a statement in support of civil rights when they actively accused law enforcement of widespread racism. By spreading these false and misleading statements, Ben & Jerry’s lends an appearance of legitimacy to the baseless claims that police officers are killing men based on the color of their skin. This message has inspired the assassination and attempted assassination of police officers, and it costs officers their lives.
We’ll add no more Blue Lives struggle to the page and only shared what we did to illustrate the idiocy of their boycott and the blatant disregard for the term Black Lives Matter and Ben and Jerry’s larger point.
To ignore the tangible reality of Black men and women facing a type of racial discrimination their white counterparts do not is exactly the point of BLM and why this foolish attempt by Blue Lives Matter to derail and deflect is a complete and utter failure.
Now, hand us some of the Phish Food, please?
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