Her Name Was Ashli Babbitt
Her Name Was Ashli Babbitt by Gregory Hood for UNZ Review
Anyone can see the footage. Ashli Babbitt was a young woman at Wednesday’s protests. She had no weapon, not even a stick. There were armed police in front of her and behind her. She posed no danger to anyone. Still, a police officer, apparently black, shot and killed her.
I never thought I’d say this, but Shaun King is right.
I am going to say something wildly unpopular in my circles.
I’ve watched every video I can find of the Capitol Police shooting Trump supporter, Ashli Babbit.
It’s a bad shooting.
3 police officers were behind her and should’ve stopped her themselves.
She was unarmed.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 8, 2021
Joe Biden, allegedly quoting his granddaughter, said of Wednesday’s protests:
No one can tell me if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they wouldn’t have been treated very, very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol. We all know that’s true. And it is unacceptable. Totally unacceptable.
That’s true. And it is totally unacceptable.
If BLM took over the Capitol, once the mob went home, congressmen would kneel in submission. Journalists would praise the takeover. Corporations would give billions.
It’s already happened. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, festooned in kente cloth, knelt for George Floyd. The Capitol Police knelt too. Washington D.C. symbolically renamed 16th Street Black Lives Matter Plaza. New York City painted a huge Black Lives Matter sign on the street just outside Trump Tower.
And we’re supposed to think BLM got harsh treatment? In what must have been millions of man-hours of rioting, how many people did police kill? Not one. Did they shoot outright looters or arsonists? Only with rubber bullets, and only a handful. So far as I can tell, police did not even open fire and wound a single BLMer — not one — even in the 300 cities with such bad rioting there had to be curfews.
The very phrase “Black Lives Matter” has almost religious importance. The NYPD, unable or unwilling to stop the crime wave, cracked down on people who desecrated the phrase. Saying “All Lives Matter” can get you suspended, fired, maybe even killed.
In Minneapolis, the mob burned down an entire precinct station. In Seattle, anarchists set up an “autonomous zone” that police broke up only after paramilitaries shot two black teenagers. Rioters destroyed an incalculable amount of property. That wasn’t just “stuff.” Behind countless looted stores were small business owners and their employees. If the lockdowns didn’t put them on the breadline, BLM did.