The new movement to peg Al Sharpton for responsibility in the slaying of two New York Police Department officers on Saturday has roots in reality. The murderer, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, posted on Instagram about the murders in advance: "I'm Putting Wings on Pigs Today," he wrote. "They Take 1 Of Ours…Let"s Take 2 of Theirs #ShootThePolice #RIPErivGardner #RIPMikeBrown.”Graphic comes courtesy of iOTWReport.com.
After years of portraying American police as brutally racist and evil, culminating in Sharpton's leadership of the falsely-premised "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" and "I Can't Breathe" movements surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, Sharpton certainly bears some culpability for the murders of the officers. He bears even more culpability for the reactions of those celebrating the murders in their aftermath; he, more than anyone else, helped forward the perception that officers treat the black community like "Nazis or Hamas" treat Jews, as Van Jones once told me.