Black Lives Matter activists have been staging protests and demonstrations in major cities across the United States, and while some have remained “peaceful,” others have led to violence.
Many of these protests have blocked major roadways and interstates, such as the Interstate 40 bridge in Memphis where motorists were recently stranded for hours, unable to get to school, work or other engagements, while activists stood across the road, demanding “justice.”
But, not everyone has bowed down to the protesters, and several have resorted to extreme measures to get through the blocked roadways. One social media user has created a video compilation of several instances where motorists have plowed through the activists with their vehicles.
The post can be found here.
While we definitely do not condone running over Black Lives Matter activists, there has to be a reasonable compromise that doesn’t include blocking people from getting to school and work.
But of more concern is the fact that these protests have hindered emergency workers from tending to injured or sick people, and there has been at least one instance of these demonstrations preventing a child from getting to the hospital.
Furthermore, blocking a roadway is a crime under several state laws — including Tennessee where, despite the law, police officers were told to stand down and allow the protesters to block motorists from crossing the Hernando-Desoto Bridge in Memphis for several hours in the extreme heat, according to Fox News.
The recent deaths of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota were certainly tragedies for their families and communities, but groups such as Black Lives Matter have jumped to the conclusion that the police officers who were responsible for those deaths were in the wrong and racially motivated.
The truth is that investigations into those deaths are ongoing, but even if the police officers in those instances were incriminated, it wouldn’t give license to activists to prevent innocent people from going to work or school. And in certainly doesn’t make it ok to block emergency responders from tending to the sick or injured.
We must find a way to have all of our voices heard in a truly peaceful and respectful manner. Until then, nothing we do will make a difference; it will be overshadowed by dramatic events and violence.
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