Anti-Law Enforcement Protestors Strived to “Reclaim MLK Day”

PolitiChicks.comMartin Luther King Day is a time to reflect on the history of our nation. It’s a time to remember where our country came from and where we’re going. Unfortunately, Dr. King’s good name was tarnished by a group of people who were determined to undermine his work. Thousands across the nation gathered on Monday to march in the name of “protecting black lives”, sighting the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner for their march.

What many of these protestors failed to realize is that their actions defied everything Dr. King was about. Dr. King believed in peaceful protesting. That was his legacy. These protestors did the exact opposite of what MLK preached. Instead of being peaceful protestors, they do things that are destructive to their community, blocking freeways, stopping traffic and disrespecting our law enforcement.

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News flash: not every person in uniform has used excessive force. Not every person in uniform has targeted a minority. Not every person in uniform is looking to hurt members of their community.

While these protestors claim that black lives matter, they fail to acknowledge that every life matters, regardless of race. Is my life any less valuable because I’m white? It shouldn’t be. Should an officer’s life be disregarded because they’re in a uniform? Absolutely not.

While there have been some injustices with officers using excessive force, it’s entirely unfair to blame an entire population of people for the actions of a few, regardless of whether or not those actions were justified.

#ReclaimMLK.was trending on Twitter, where many users posted pictures of marches and rallies they attended.

If Dr. King were here right now, he would be disgusted by what he’s seen. One of his quotes – which these protestors failed to mention – talks about being peaceful:

“Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.”

Using MLK Day as a means of pushing this anti-law enforcement agenda is downright crazy. In no way are these protestors “reclaiming” anything. What they’re doing is taking the hard work of the Civil Rights movement and using those outcomes to justify their current actions.

Beth Baumann

Beth Baumann is a California native, who grew up with an interest in politics from a young age. Beth attended Northern Arizona University, where she was a member of the NAU Conservatives, an activist organization dedicating to spreading conservative ideals. She also founded the NAU chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, took part in the Flagstaff Smart Girl Politics chapter and helped a local conservative run for Flagstaff City Council. Beth has received national attention due to the First Amendment restrictions on her college campus. She defended her Freedom of Speech when she was ridiculed for handing out flags in remembrance of 9/11. Although she faced misconduct charges, up to and including expulsion, she stood by her Constitutional rights and beliefs. With the help of the Leadership Institute and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), she was eventually exonerated of all charges. During her tenure, she was copy editor for the newspaper, marketing director and film festival director for the campus TV station, and news correspondent for political talk radio. Beth was the Communications Assistant at The American Conservative Union, where she helped with planning and executing different aspects of CPAC 2014, including social media, media strategy and crisis management. Beth works at a well established public relations firm in Southern California. Her work has been featured in The Daily Caller, The Washington Times, World Net Daily and Human Events. Follow Beth on Twitter: @eb454

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