Shonda Rhimes: Black Lives Matter not to blame for Dallas cop deaths
Shonda Rhimes hit back at those who have blamed the Black Lives Matter movement on the murders of five police officers in Dallas on Thursday.
“If I hear one more idiot suggest that #BlackLivesMatter incited this… The level of ignorance is stunning. Just absolutely stunning,” she wrote on Twitter.
On Friday, police identified Micah Xavier Johnson as the shooter in the attack. He was not affiliated with the protest or Black Lives Matter movement, but was upset over the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, both of whom were fatally shot by police officers this week. According to Dallas Police Chief David Brown, Johnson “wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.” He was killed by officers after the attack (three other suspects remain in custody).
In a statement posted Friday, Black Lives Matter representatives called the Dallas murders “a tragedy — both for those who have been impacted by yesterday’s attack and for our democracy.” The statement continued, “There are some who would use these events to stifle a movement for change and quicken the demise of a vibrant discourse on the human rights of Black Americans. We should reject all of this. Black activists have raised the call for an end to violence, not an escalation of it. Yesterday’s attack was the result of the actions of a lone gunman. To assign the actions of one person to an entire movement is dangerous and irresponsible. We continue our efforts to bring about a better world for all of us.”
In addition to calling out critics of Black Lives Matter, Rhimes wrote that she feels the real issue people should be discussing is gun control. “Why isn’t anyone talking about gun control? Last night, a man with a high powered rifle committed a mass shooting. Again. GUN CONTROL.”
See her tweets below.
Rhimes is one of a number of people to speak out against the violence this week, including Beyoncé, Jay Z, Kim Kardashian, and many more.