Black Lives Matter Claims Bloomington ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Rally Is Front For White Supremacists, Demands PD Denounce

Bloomington Black Lives Matter has told the police chief to denounce the Blue Lives Matter rally while offering no evidence it's affiliated with white supremacy.

Bloomington Black Lives Matter has told the police chief to denounce the Blue Lives Matter rally while offering no evidence it’s affiliated with white supremacy.

Black Lives Matter Attacks Bloomington Blue Lives Matter Rally

Bloomington, IL – A local Black Lives Matter group is accusing a “Blue Lives Matter” rally to be a front for white supremacists. They are now urging the chief of the Bloomington Police Department to denounce the rally.

The rally has no affiliation with an established Blue Lives Matter organization or with the Bloomington Police Department, but Black Lives Matter’s claims of racism seem suspicious.

The event is scheduled to be held in front of Bloomington City Hall at 5:30 on Monday, according to WJBC.

The local chapter of Black Lives Matter sent a letter dated August 13 to Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner (see below).  In the letter, Black Lives Matter Bloomington-Normal asked the Chief to “denounce and discourage” the event.

They said that the event’s “chief organizer” is an “outspoken racist who has a history of pulling together small groups to publicly display the Confederate battle flag, as well as signs with xenophobic and intolerant messaging.”

The group acknowledged in the letter that the event was not organized by the Bloomington Police Department, but said the group had asked the BPD to attend, and that the event was being held in the BPD’s name.  The group also said that they had received information that a counter-protest was planned at the same time.

The request for the rally was submitted weeks before the tragedy in Charlottesville this past weekend.  Elias Mendiola, Bloomington Police Department Public Information Officer, said that the agency was aware of the event, but would only take action if “the situation called for it.”

He said, “As in the past, the Bloomington Police Department respects the First Amendment Rights for all groups to assemble in a respectful and peaceful manner.  BPD is aware of the event and will respond appropriately if needed.”

While there have in been white nationalists who have falsely claimed that they were aligned with Blue Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter has a history of falsely labeling people as racists. Black Lives Matter groups also have a history of promoting Black Nationalism.

Unless Black Lives Matter has more specifics which they are not releasing, the center of their claims of white supremacy at this rally appears to be focused on the organizer’s Confederate flag.

The Anti-Defamation League keeps track of hate symbols, and they state: While a number of non-extremists still use the flag as a symbol of Southern heritage or pride, there is growing recognition, especially outside the South, that the symbol is offensive to many Americans.  However, because of the continued use of the flag by non-extremists, one should not automatically assume that display of the flag is racist or white supremacist in nature.

Blue lives are made up of people from all ethnic backgrounds, and it is impossible to support both Blue Lives Matter and any form of ethno-nationalism or supremacy.

At this point in time, we are unaware of any connection with this community rally and any white supremacists, and by all appearances it is a rally with the intent on showing support for police. Considering Black Lives Matter’s history of falsely labeling people as racists, any claims of racism from the group should be met with skepticism.

A copy of the Black Lives Matter letter to Chief Heffner is below:

“In the wake of the horrific and murderous acts of violence inflicted by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, we implore you to denounce and discourage the upcoming “Bloomington Police Lives Matter/Blue Lives Matter” rally that is scheduled for Monday, 8/14, at 5:30pm.

The chief organizer of this event is an outspoken racist who has a history of pulling together small groups to publicly display the Confederate battle flag, as well as signs with xenophobic and intolerant messaging.

While we understand that Monday’s rally is not being organized by the Bloomington Police Department, and therefore cannot be called off by you or any other city official, this group has publically called on you and your officers to attend, and is holding this event in the name of your department and your officers.

We are concerned that this action will embolden those who seek to spread hatred within our community, and will publicly align their worldview with our local police force. Additionally, we are concerned that members of our community, who wish to show their support for BPD, will find themselves in the midsts of known white supremacists who are exploiting a pro-police position to build their ranks.

Because of the escalated tensions felt across the nation in the aftermath of the events in Charlottesville, and for the safety and wellbeing of our community, Black Lives Matter Bloomington-Normal is instructing its supporters to keep away from Monday’s event.

We feel that it is your responsibility as the chief representative of your department, and as a public servant, to make it clear that the worldview of those organizing this event is not the worldview of the Bloomington Police Department by denouncing this event, and by instructing your officers to withhold their participation in this event.”

  • tim

    We are reaching critical mass with blm and antifa. Seems NO ONE is able to speak out about anything these two groups oppose. Instant opposition combined with violence is the norm. Shits gotta stop real soon folks.

    • george orwell

      Sadly, I fear you are correct. We are at the point where NOBODY wants to listen, and EVERYBODY wants to vent. Gasoline? Meet fire. Shyts gonna get real REAL FAST.

    • Highest common denominator

      didn’t the other side just run over a bunch of people in a car? Either you want it all to stop or shut the fuck up.

      • Grateful Fred

        You again. Racism and sexism are generated by both sides of the political divide. You are typical of the antifa mob who refuse to accept that you are as willing to pour out your hatred and venom as those on the far right. Stop being such a hypocrite.

        • Highest common denominator

          Dont lump me in.. A far as I see this, it’s white on white crime. I cant be a hypocrite when I believe both sides of this fight are inherently violent.

          • Grateful Fred

            Fair point.

      • richard scalzo

        Yet you fail to note that that the very incident you cite may have been caused by a violent group of Antoifa attacking the car and it’s driver causing the panic. But that doesn’t suit you agenda. So go FY.

        You also fail to note those people were injured when the fleeing car struck two other parked cars pushing it into the crowd. Seems you give a pass to the violent groups that come with the very intent to violently protest and cause the effects seen. but you give them a pass. Then you whine when enough is enough and they are confronted.

        • Highest common denominator

          “may have been caused”. You’re a liar. The video clearly shows the extremist white supremacist wasn’t being touched. He accelerated into a group of protesters, none of which were antifa.

          Your mental gymnastics to clear your extreme white terrorist buddy are astounding.

        • Highest common denominator

          So I guess that’s how the extreme Muslim terrorists in the UK feel as well?

  • Jonas Blane ll

    Maybe BLM is basing their claim on how Blue Lives Matter recently offered no support for the Black St Louis cop shot by a white fellow officer. Maybe BLM is basing their claim on how Blue Lives Matter will support any cop that kills a black person,no matter how heinous the shooting. However, Blue Lives Matter offered no support for Officer Mohammed Noor, Alexandria Marshals Derrick Stafford and Norris Greenhouse Jr, Officer Lowell Houser.

    • disqus_iWKKOfp8PD

      You are a fucking idiot and a liar! The Blue Lives Matter have offered support to every fallen police officer, no matter what color they are, not to mention, 99% of these cop killings are perpetrated by black thugs. Why don’t we talk about how the black live matter thugs are silent when a black police officer is killed or when black thugs kill other black people all over this county, especially in places like Chicago and Detroit? The simple fact with all these police action shootings, is that they deserve what they get when they do not follow the commands of the police officers. Idiots like you are pathetic.

      • Warner Walker

        Doesn’t fit his (Jonas) baiting narrative.

        • Jonas Blane ll

          I don’t go on pointless tirades like the guy you’re defending. I back up my assertions with numbers and articles. Let’s see if the guy you’re defending can do the same?

      • Jonas Blane ll

        1. I’m not talking about Blue Lives Matter supporting or not supporting fallen officers.
        2 .Why don’t we talk about how the white lives matter thugs are silent when a white cop is killed or when white thugs kill each other, especially by white active shooters?
        3. Justine Damond deserve what she got for slapping a cop car while cops were still in it.
        4. Show your evidence that 99% of these cop killings are by black thugs?

        • Gary Blue

          Joanass! What are you doing here again? Causing more trouble with more of your lies? Get the hell off my internet!!

    • richard scalzo
  • Grateful Fred

    You do not have to be a white supremacist to be a target for racism, sexism and for being heterosexual (and white). So much of the hatred flows from left to right yet the myth persists (and is helped by all kinds of media) that the hate only comes from the right. BLM can moan and whine all they want, I just hope that the PD tells them to go forth and multiply!

  • jacob

    Sadly, I fear you are correct. We are at the point where NOBODY wants to listen, and EVERYBODY wants to vent. Gasoline? Meet fire. Shyts gonna get real REAL FAST.

  • william

    It’s sad when support is shown for thugs on both “sides”. It’s not nice to use a car, helmets, faces masks, pepper spray, shields and baseball bats to tee off on the cops or each other. DOJ only investigating one person? They must have been singing Kum By Ya out there instead of the violence in the streets by both sides. Political Correctness in some ways has been okay but in most it has lead to the downfall or our prestige in the world and our pride whatever it maybe.

  • Patriot Baker

    They said that the event’s “chief organizer” is an “outspoken racist who has a history of pulling together small groups to publicly display the Confederate battle flag, as well as signs with xenophobic and intolerant messaging.”

    Yet they don’t name this person. Perhaps if one had the organizer’s name, one could research and decide whether that person has a history of racism. Seems like they might be blowing smoke here.

  • scaatylobo

    I am ‘sure’ its just me that see’s this.
    BUT how funny and coincidental is that the HUGE NUMBERS of ‘antifa & blm’ can show up ANYWHERE and anytime with no public notice ?.
    Seems to this old man that someone is PAYING and PROMOTING this hate and the ARMED “demonstrators” that show up ARMED and in large numbers.
    FOLLOW THE MONEY !!

  • Ellen del Valle

    Insanity. Mass insanity

  • LL

    thanks to spineless politicans and lying corrupt fake news media black lies matter antifa ect have been given an inch and now are trying over take this country and shut every thing down they hate. the SILENT MAJORITY MUST NOT STAY SILENT and stop this crap.