Fearlessness and lack of discernment are often dangerous bedfellows. As innocuous as it may seem, the dangerous combination has reared its head in a potentially disastrous way at Ohio State University. The Coalition of Black Liberation reads the names of black people killed by police every week. This week, they added the name of Abdul Razak Ali Artan to the list.
For those who don’t remember, Artan is the Ohio State student who went on a car-ramming, knife-wielding rampage on campus. Thankfully, he was unable to kill anyone, but he did injure several and it could have been much worse. He was shot and killed by police.
That’s where the danger of the radical campus group’s decision comes into play. For a while now, these groups have mixed together people who were clearly dangerous and committing crimes with those who shouldn’t have been killed. This type of narrative jamming is typical, but normally there are lines drawn. One such line is that we normally don’t classify the police killing of an attempted murderer and/or terrorists in with people who were killed during traffic stops, but that’s what they’re now doing. The danger: when protests are lodged against clearly righteous kills, it becomes protest/riot-worthy every time someone of a particular race is killed by police.
This should worry us all.
Instead of portraying terrorists and attempted murderers as victims, perhaps these groups should spend more time cheering for law enforcement when they’re defending the lives of innocent people. It would make their other protests much more powerful. Instead, they’ve chosen to make a mockery of their entire movement.
Here’s an excerpt from The Lantern:
“Abudl Razak Ali Artan was a BUCKEYE, a member of our family. If you think it is ok to celebrate his death and/or share pictures of his dead body and I see it in my timeline, I will unfriend you. I pray you find compassion for his life, as troubled as it clearly was. Think of the pain he must have been in to feel that his actions were the only solution. We must come together in this time of tragedy. #BuckeyeStrong #BlackLivesMatter #SayHisName”
Read more on The Lantern.