Mainstream Media Enable Black Lives Matter, Legitimize Cop-Killing

The ambush murders of five Dallas police officers on July 7, followed ten days later by the murders of three Baton Rouge cops, outraged the nation.  To the social media network of provocateurs called Black Lives Matter (BLM), however, these massacres were equivalent to recent white police “murders” of blacks.  Though evidence negates such equivalence, many journalists are insisting that we see these events through the group’s lens.  Rather than objectively pursue truth, they selectively use facts and manipulate language to propagate the view that blacks are being targeted for death and are justified in taking matters into their own hands.  Case in point:  Last December, as part of its annual Person of the Year issue, Time magazine praised BLM as having “weaponized protest.”

Since the start of this year, National Legal and Policy Center has published more than a half-dozen highly critical stories of Black Lives Matter and its …

Obama Fetes Black Lives Matter Leaders at White House Summit

Anyone doubting the influence of the loosely-knit band of demagogues known as Black Lives Matter probably wasn't at the White House last Thursday, where President Obama met with black leaders to discuss race, crime and policing.  Among the attendees were Al Sharpton, National Urban League President Marc Morial, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Black Lives Matter activists DeRay McKesson and Brittany Packnett (in photo).  Obama invited McKesson and Packnett as a gesture to young blacks.  Their inclusion underscores the summit's unspoken assumption:  White lives don’t matter. 

National Legal and Policy Center early in January described the origins and motives of Black Lives Matter (BLM).  The group was launched in July 2013 by three black female community activists in the immediate wake of a wholly justified decision by a Florida trial jury not to convict a white neighborhood crime patrol volunteer, George Zimmerman, for murder in the self-defense shooting death of …

The Nonexistent Case against Oscar ‘Whiteness’

chrisrockWhen the curtain rises on the 88th annual Oscar film awards next Sunday evening, February 28, tens of millions of TV viewers, along with attendees at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, will feel extra pangs of anxiety.  For the focus this year is as much on race as it is on who will win.  From the time of the announcement of the 20 acting nominations on January 14, racial grievance hustlers, from Al Sharpton to Jesse Jackson to scheduled emcee Chris Rock (in photo), have hectored the Motion Picture Academy over the nominees being all white.  This, they say, proves racism is rampant and that “reforms” are needed.  Don’t believe them.  Their facts are selective.  And their goals are money and power at the expense of integrity of judgment.

The movie industry for the last couple of decades increasingly has been a target of hard Left identity politicians.  Hispanic …

Black Lives Matter Activists Sabotage Public Order, Intimidate Critics

The politics of racial grievance took center stage in 2015. Leading the way was an ad hoc nationwide group known as Black Lives Matter (BLM).  Menacing, confrontational and adept in social media, its activists are recruiting blacks, the younger the better, as foot soldiers for disruptive protests rivaling those organized by the master of the trade, Al Sharpton.  Like Sharpton, the group claims to seek justice for blacks who have lost their lives at the hands of “racist” white police and vigilantes.  And like Sharpton, their style involves character assassination, cause-and-effect distortion, and threats.  In recent weeks, BLM activists – there are now nearly 30 chapters – have blocked urban thoroughfares, stormed college campus offices, and disrupted presidential candidate speeches.  Woe unto those who fail to meet their demands.

The idea that black lives matter shouldn’t strike anyone as controversial.  All lives matter.  But that’s not the rock upon which …

Will Rush to Judgment in Baltimore Lead to More Rioting?

In Baltimore, the ashes have cooled; the curfew has ended; the National Guardsmen have left; and Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have gone home.  But the apparent normalcy is misleading.  For the orgy of looting, vandalism and arson last week following the death of a black petty criminal, Freddie Gray, may return with a vengeance if the six arrested local police officers, three white and three black, are not convicted.  Gray died on April 19 of spinal injuries sustained a week earlier while in custody. Last Friday, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced arrests for one count of second-degree murder and several counts of manslaughter, assault and misconduct.  Yet treating this case as a homicide, racially motivated or not, isn't just premature.  It's also a capitulation to mob rule. 

It has become a familiar story over the past year.  A white police officer or group of officers encounters a black …

Intel Succumbs to Jesse Jackson ‘Diversity’ Campaign

2015 Wall Street Project Economic SummitFor a first-hand lesson in the timidity of corporate America, look no further than Intel Corp.  This January, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip maker announced it would set aside $300 million by 2020 for hiring, training and promoting “underrepresented” racial minorities and women.  Intel CEO Brian Krzanich revealed the plan at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas only weeks after he and other top company officials had met privately with Jesse Jackson.  The announcement was a triumph for Jackson’s Silicon Valley shakedown campaign.  “It’s a huge first step,” he declared, urging other tech firms to follow suit.  Given the acquiescence of eBay, Google and Facebook to Jackson at shareholder meetings last May, it is no surprise those companies are doing just that.

National Legal and Policy Center long has shone a spotlight on Jesse Jackson.  The Chicago-based civil-rights hustler and former presidential candidate, through his nonprofit Rainbow/PUSH, …

NASCAR Asked to End Sharpton Support in Wake of Ferguson Police Shootings

I have sent this letter to Brian France, Chief Executive Office of NASCAR:

We ask that NASCAR end its financial support of Al Sharpton and his organization, the National Action Network (NAN). 

According to programs for the NAN national convention, NASCAR has served as a sponsor of the event in recent years, which is Sharpton’s primary annual fundraising event.

The cold-blooded murder of two New York City police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, followed weeks of Sharpton’s vilification of law enforcement personnel. Now two police officers have been gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri.

This is not the first time that violence and loss of life have followed Sharpton’s agitation, such as in the 1991 Crown Heights riots and the 1995 Freddy’s Fashion Mart incident. Sharpton’s involvement in these and other abhorrent episodes, such as the Tawana Brawley hoax, are a matter of record.

I have enclosed a new book …

Silicon Valley Capitulates to Jesse Jackson Shakedown

Jesse Jackson

It would seem that the heyday of Jesse Jackson Sr., racial shakedown artist extraordinaire, is long over.  Regrettably, some of the largest companies in California’s Silicon Valley are resuscitating his career.  Jackson once again is flying high, issuing ultimatums for “diversity” and giving companies a choice: 1) orient hiring, marketing and other activities to favor nonwhites; or 2) get ready for a boycott, picketing, a lawsuit or other bad publicity. This May he gave information technology industry titans the full Jesse treatment – and on their own turf. At shareholder meetings of eBay, Google and Facebook, Jackson issued aggressive calls to hire blacks and other “people of color,” especially for top positions.   Two months earlier he had brought his shakedown campaign to Hewlett-Packard. The response from each company was either silence or capitulation.

Jesse Jackson, popularly known as Rev. Jesse Jackson, now 72, more than anyone this side of Al …

RFK Jr.’s 2001 Diary Blasts Sharpton, Jackson, the Cuomos

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.Robert F. Kennedy Jr., like his late father, Robert F. Kennedy, long has had a reputation for bluntness. And though a partisan of the Democratic Party Left, he can be as unsparing in his assessment of his allies as he is of anyone else. Just how unsparing was brought home yesterday in the New York Post in an article that summarized several of the younger Kennedy’s entries in a diary back in 2001. Obtained by veteran Post reporters Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein, the diary underscores many things National Legal and Policy Center has been saying for years, particularly about Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. See my Special Report titled Mainstreaming Demagoguery: Al Sharpton’s Rise to Respectability. Kennedy had written that the two civil rights leaders “give me the creeps.” One takes satisfaction in the knowledge that disdain for some of more disreputable members of the nation’s political upper class is an activity not …

Obama, Holder, Sharpton Misrepresent Facts in Trayvon Martin Case; Seek Federal Charges

President Barack Obama and Al SharptonThe acquittal by a six-member Florida jury on July 13 in the trial of George Zimmerman for second-degree murder, with an option to convict for manslaughter, at least among rational people, produced relief and apprehension – relief because Zimmerman wouldn’t be headed to state prison; apprehension because the verdict likely would be a prelude to a federal probe. The latter is now underway. Attorney General Eric Holder, with the tacit approval of President Obama, has launched a campaign to delegitimize and overturn the verdict on the belief that Zimmerman, a white of partial Hispanic ancestry and a Neighborhood Watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla., wantonly shot a black teenager, Trayvon Martin, to death, and with racial intent. Any Justice Department action on this score would jeopardize rule of law and public safety. So it’s only fitting that this campaign got a boost this past weekend from demonstrations across the U.S. organized by Al Sharpton, a dedicated …