Facts don’t matter in the Black Lives Matter movement.

Trayvon Martin’s shooting planted the seeds for the movement. Contrary to popular myth, Trayvon was not unlawfully shot and killed by George Zimmerman. The trial evidence was overwhelming that Trayvon attacked Zimmerman with a punch to the nose and when shot was on top of Zimmerman beating him Mixed Martial Arts style, having smashed his head into concrete. Moreover, the racial narrative was false, a perception caused by a deceptive NBC audio edit and false interpretation of audio in which Zimmerman supposedly uttered a racial slur, and amplified by activists and family lawyers.

Michael Brown’s death directly launched the movement and took it national. Brown, however, wasn’t shot “hands up, don’t shoot” but because he sucker punched a cop sitting in his vehicle and tried to steal the cop’s gun.

[Ferguson PO Darren Wilson injuries caused when Michael Brown sucker punched him while trying to grab gun]

[Ferguson PO Darren Wilson injuries caused when Michael Brown sucker punched him while trying to grab gun]

These seminal events of the Black Lives Matter narrative were lies.

The overall portrait of blacks being subject to a white police genocide (the word used by a Cornell professor recently) also is false. See and listen to Heather MacDonald’s explanation of the statistics.

Add another set of facts, as analyzed in a just released Harvard study [full embed at bottom of post], reported in The NY Times:

A new study confirms that black men and women are treated differently in the hands of law enforcement. They are more likely to be touched, handcuffed, pushed to the ground or pepper-sprayed by a police officer, even after accounting for how, where and when they encounter the police.

But when it comes to the most lethal form of force — police shootings — the study finds no racial bias.

“It is the most surprising result of my career,” said Roland G. Fryer Jr., the author of the study and a professor of economics at Harvard. The study examined more than 1,000 shootings in 10 major police departments, in Texas, Florida and California.

The result contradicts the mental image of police shootings that many Americans hold in the wake of the killings (some captured on video) of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.; Laquan McDonald in Chicago; Tamir Rice in Cleveland; Walter Scott in South Carolina; Samuel DuBose in Cincinnati; Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La.; and Philando Castile in Minnesota.

The study did show a racial disparity in non-lethal use of force, such as searches and handcuffing. But those are not the events that drive Black Lives Matters riots and protests. If Michael Brown had been patted down and handcuffed, rather than shot dead, the Black Lives Matter movement would not have launched as it did.

Black Lives Matter is a social movement launched by the left, which uses allegedly racist police killings as the excuse and justification for a pre-existing anti-capitalist narrative. If those justifications don’t actually exist, it will not change the narrative, because facts never mattered.

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Harvard Study on Police Shootings of Blacks and Whites by Legal Insurrection on Scribd