Last week, the Vermont ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s made a proud statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The statement received much backlash from anti-BLM people and now the Blue Lives Matter organization has officially asked all Americans to boycott the ice cream company.
On October 10, Blue Lives Matter sent an official release urging consumers to stop supporting Ben & Jerry’s. Part of the statement posted to their website read:
“Blue Lives Matter is calling on all Americans to send a message to Ben & Jerry’s, and parent company Unilever, to boycott all Ben & Jerry’s products… 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.”
We can’t even begin to deconstruct the falsehoods projected in the above statement, but we can try. First, the Black Lives Matter movement is a collective of individuals calling for change and equality when it comes to Black people’s interactions with police.
For the last time, Black Lives Matter is not anti-police nor does it call for violence or destruction of any kind. The actions of one should not reflect the group as a whole, which is a common statement made by police departments when an officer who kills an unarmed Black man.
The rest of the statement went on to denigrate Black Lives Matter and anyone who supports it.
“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…
By not only attacking law enforcement, but openly supporting Black Lives Matter, Ben & Jerry’s is sure to anger most Americans who do not agree with the political causes that they are supporting. Blue Lives Matter is calling on all Americans to boycott all Ben & Jerry’s products and send a message that we do not agree with Black Lives Matter or their goals. Please get the word out about the importance of this boycott.”
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