BLM 101 History Lesson: The 2020 Criminal$ Justice Movement

Given the hyperfocus regarding landing “on the right side of history,” let me take the first crack at defining the history being forged by Black Lives Matter, Colin Kaepernick, Lebron James, Nike and their media sycophants.

They’ve created the Criminals Justice Movement. Or better yet, the Criminal$ Justice Movement. 

The intense fight for the rights of criminal suspects resisting arrest is really just a cash grab by Democratic politicians, Nike and athletes, celebrities and journalists seeking social media influence.

Thursday, Nike released a $150 Kaepernick “Icon Jersey 2.0.” Nike asset Darren Rovell hyped the jersey to his alleged 2 million Twitter followers, who consistently refuse to engage with Rovell’s tweets. (Protip: Buy fake followers and fake engagement.)

Kap and Nike continue to cash in on black tragedies. Their raising of awareness around police brutality raises awareness of Kaepernick and causes Nike cash registers to ring across the globe.

Earlier this week, the nation’s leading Criminal$ Justice attorney Ben Crump bragged to reporters about the $12 million settlement the city of Louisville will pay Breonna Taylor’s family. It was good advertising. You’ve heard of ambulance-chasing lawyers. Crump chases hearses. 

He’s built a multi-million-dollar law practice around securing cash settlements for the families of victims of alleged police misconduct. On September 8th, Crump tweeted out a “powerful” message from Jacob Blake that summarizes the Criminal$ Justice Movement. 

“Change y’all’s lives out there,” Blake said from his hospital bed, “stick together, make some money, make things easier for our people out here.”

“Make some money” best explains the Criminal$ Justice Movement. 

I apologize for sounding indifferent about the plight of the deceased and wounded. I am not. I have intimate knowledge of their pain. In 2012, my cousin, Anton Butler, was tasered to death in the rain by two Indianapolis sheriffs. Money will not heal the wound in the heart of my family. All of the “awareness raising” of athletes and celebrities doesn’t bring back the dead or curtail incidents of police misconduct.

In fact, the “awareness raising” actually promotes a more dangerous climate. Criminal suspects are being told by athletes, celebrities and the mainstream media that they have the right to ignore police instruction. Resistance is good. 

The Criminal$ Justice Movement and its primary policy push — defund the police — have predictably emboldened criminals. Violent crime is elevating in high-crime neighborhoods and police are reluctant to aggressively police those areas. 

All while Kaepernick and Nike cash in and financial donations pour down on Democratic voter drives. Everybody is using George Floyd’s death to make it rain. His memory is used to hype NFL and NBA games, power ad campaigns for podcasts and YouTube shows, leverage media members for promotions and, most importantly, fuel left-wing political funding. 

Justice is not being sought. Cash and power are. 

The Criminal$ Justice Movement is the Wu-Tang video for the rap song C.R.E.A.M. 

Cash Rules Everything Around the Movement. Dolla, dolla bills, y’all.

Most athletes have a cursory knowledge of the Criminal$ Justice Movement. They’re young, rich and easily influenced by social media. They don’t have the time or an interest in researching the details of the movement. What they know is the best way to avoid public criticism and not be accused of selling out or being a racist is to pretend that Jacob Blake, George Floyd, Eric Garner and Breonna Taylor were honor-roll students walking home from Sunday church.

My cousin, Anton, was a paroled felon when sheriffs, in our view, needlessly tasered him to death. I loved my cousin. He had a huge heart. He loved his mother and his brother. He had the potential to be a doctor, lawyer, scientist or whatever he wanted to be. He was let down by his negligent father and a difficult zip code. Dealt a bad hand, he played it poorly and found himself in a dangerous situation he could not control.

Everyone has a story. And I get why the people close to Blake, Floyd, Garner, Taylor, etc., are devastated. But the outsiders preening outrage and sadness and kneeling for cameras are using the tragedies to advance careers and personal finance.

Jacob Blake isn’t Emmett Till. Breonna Taylor wasn’t Rosa Parks. Eric Garner wasn’t Medgar Evars. 

The Pittsburgh Steelers slapped Antwon Rose Jr.’s name on the back of every Steelers helmet on Sunday. Offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva had the good sense to replace Rose’s name with the name of a heroic soldier. Steelers captain Maurkice Pouncey announced Thursday that he won’t be wearing Rose’s name on his helmet this week. 

“I was given limited information on the situation regarding Antwon,” Pouncey said via Instagram, “and I was unaware of the whole story surrounding his death and what transpired during the trial following the tragedy. I should have done more research to fully understand what occurred in its entirety.”

Please read Pouncey’s entire Instagram post. It’s brave and transparent. 

His post is an indictment on the mainstream media and the Steelers organization. The players were fed bad information. Minutes before being stopped by police, Rose was caught on video participating in a drive-by shooting. The victim said Rose was the triggerman. The police stopped the car Rose was riding in because it fit the description of the vehicle used in the drive-by shooting. Rose jumped from the car and was gunned down as he tried to escape. Gun residue was found on his hand. 

Black men in Pittsburgh were far more likely to be hunted and shot by Antwon Rose than any Pittsburgh cop. 

All of this information was readily available for anyone in the mainstream media to point out to the Steelers on game day. This type of clarifying context is virtually illegal to report or talk about on ESPN. The Worldwide Leader is committed to paying and promoting the employees willing to stir racial animosity, demonize the police and support the Criminal$ Justice Movement. 

Am I unsympathetic to criminals? No. Not at all. I’ve spoken at prisons. I’ve written passionately and persuasively about the need to rethink the war on drugs and the economic exploitation allowed within the prison industrial complex. 

But I’m also aware of the facts. It is extremely rare for police officers to kill any American citizen. Policing has actually improved over the past three decades. Local governments are highly incentivized to push law enforcement to avoid harming criminal suspects. The financial settlements, as Ben Crump would tell you, are escalating.

Also, I believe every man (and woman) has a responsibility to protect himself. It makes no sense to fuss, argue and wrestle with a government official authorized to use deadly force against you. Furthemore, I’ve lived long enough to have made some shady friends. I make it a point to avoid involving myself in their shady activities.

Defunding the police is stupid. It will harm black people. Creating an environment where it’s acceptable to eschew compliance with law enforcement is stupid. It will lead to more criminal suspects being shot and killed. 

The Criminal$ Justice Movement only improves the lives of Kaepernick, Nike shareholders, hearse-chasing lawyers, black elites using the movement to advance their careers and white Marxist anarchists determined to overthrow capitalism, democracy, freedom and God. 

I’ll pass on being on that side of history. 

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  1. Jason, thank you for another great BLM101 lesson. It’s amazing how lucrative the Criminal$ Justice Movement has become. It is also amazing how soulless and completely without integrity the members of the Criminal$ Justice Movement are. From Lebron concealing that Breonna Taylor was involved with drug dealing with her current boyfriend and involved in a murder with her ex boyfriend (she rented a car for her ex boyfriend whose associate was found dead in car), to Popovich flat out lying about Michael Brown (Michael Brown, who attacked an officer and tried to take officer’s gun before coming back and charging officer), the lies just keep coming.

    And while the lies and deceits keep coming, so too does the cash for the likes of Kaepernick, Rachel Maddow, and Trevor Noah. All while children are murdered and poor people’s lives are destroyed. If we don’t stand up for our country, the racist white liberals who are promoting BLM behind the scenes will get the race war they want. We can’t let the racist liberals get the race war they want.

    • Jason, ok, thank you. I just went back and read the details. I saw that Breonna’s current boyfriend was not selling drugs, according to police, and that he fired on the police because he thought it was intruders breaking into the apartment. And when he hit one of the officers, Breonna was then caught in the crossfire. Tragic all the way around. Tragic too, that racist white Marxists are selling lies and trying to profit from her death.

  2. Jason, I have never posted before. But I am compelled to this time. I originally became a VIP member when you joined Outkick, and am proud to support your work and your willingness to speak the truth.

    This article is a GEM. It is perhaps the most clear description I’ve seen of what is truly happening in our society, It should be required reading for all.

    Thank you for helping to educate America!

  3. I would love for one of the hundreds of athletes out there who are on this site and read Whitlock’s articles to just have the courage to get his messages out there.

    There is an opportunity for an athlete to stand on the side of truth and facts. Whoever does, will have the support of millions.

    • New member. Have read (mostly JW’s) articles for some time, and those of all respondents. The critical thought going into each JW article is unmatched. But as “Douglas” alludes to above “..I wish 1 of the hundreds of athlete’s would read”(or any lib for that matter), it strikes me that the extraordinary philosophizing herein, is lost on those that need to be challenged the most. And thereby becomes unfortunately just another echo chamber. Unfortunate, but how do you “force” others to “hear” alternate viewpoints for civil debate?! DR.MAC.

  4. Please Jason, don’t ever stop speaking the truth! This country needs strong voices like yours now more than ever. It is especially relevant because nobody can accuse you of “not walking in those shoes”. The loss of your cousin is testimony to that, unlike most of those in left-wing media.

  5. Keep doing what you’re doing Whit. Personal responsibility is a powerful message and I believe it’s getting through. BTW, Nice surprise to see you on the 1776 Project reading of the Declaration of Independence. A great collection of role models for all of us to learn from.

  6. Another classic by Jason. I forward many of your articles to young men that NEED to see these details and facts. I don’t know if they read them or if it will change their minds, but Jason’s words need to be passed on as much as possible. Hopefully some will see the truth.

  7. I find it sad that Maurkice Pouncey felt that he had to say that he was against racism. I assume anyone I meet is against it (and is not a racist) unless I see evidence to the contrary. Unfortunately, I think we are moving (or worse yet have already moved) to a point in time where we have to have to prove that we are not racists. Salem Witch Trials. How do you prove you are not a witch?

  8. After reading another one of Jason’s stellar columns, it made me ask myself if and when will this ever end. Misinformation is nothing new. The so-called “journalist” of today is doing nothing to actually raise the flag for justice, but instead “fueling the flames” for injustice. I cannot help but feel this is only going to get worse before getting better. Sadly those of the “Side of Wokism” are doing their best to distort the truth and facts to benefit financially and politically. Those who oppose “their word” as lies, are repeated called “racist and bigots” and “beaten down”. My hope is minorities better themselves by standing up to the Bigoted Leftist Mafia. Maybe we will start to see more men like Pouncey who seek the truth step forward and set a positive example. Regardless of who wins the election, BLM and looting/violence it not going to end.

  9. Another great article sorry about your cousin I see the ambulance chasing lawyer Ben Crump didn’t find it news worthy enough back then in 2012 and I assume no million dollar settlement for his death. We now have set a precedent 8 years later that a black person resisting arrest with a felony record gets millions of dollars and America is racist this makes no sense it’s the racist liberals democrats and the racist media agenda to destroy the black community It’s of the devil 👿 and clever like the devil to pretend he’s a Christian to befriend you to destroy you. Defunding police is exactly a devil trick. It’s shameful and embarrassing to our ancestors great sacrifice and humility to see these fool athletes that could do so much for there community do the opposite by being used to destroy there race. I pray the next generation gets it right this one that grew up while the fool Kenyan that became president deceived everyone to divide and plant this demonic spirit in this generation. Vengeance is the lord and he will pay leaving room for Gods wrath.

  10. “In 2012, my cousin, Anton Butler, was tasered to death in the rain by two Indianapolis sheriffs. Money will not heal the wound in the heart of my family. All of the “awareness raising” of athletes and celebrities doesn’t bring back the dead or curtail incidents of police misconduct.”?

    Did you or your family get justice for your cousin Jason? That’s what the movement is about in case you missed it? Have you yet to mention Ellijah McClain name? Asking for a voting friend

  11. “Cash Rules Everything Around the Movement. Dolla, dolla bills, y’all.”??

    Lmbao…Jason spitting Wu Tang references. Hey Jason, that’s the MOTTO of America not just a movement. We had a Civil War over it. Free labor cost money…… IJS

  12. “Black men in Pittsburgh were far more likely to be hunted and shot by Antwon Rose than any Pittsburgh cop”…. What’s your point Jason?

    “WHITE men in Pittsburgh were far more likely to be hunted and shot by Kyle Rittenhouse than any Pittsburgh cop.

    As a matter of fact…. Most white people are killed by other white people and most Asian people are killed by other Asian people. etc etc etc…… So again Jason, what’s your point? Don’t be that dude Jason. People use to respect you. #NeedMoreRalphWileys

    • That’s quite a few “rants’ there Robert. It’s unfortunate that you’re so ignorant. Jason just tells it like it is and sees through an unbiased lens. You, on the other hand, have a victim/race card mentality. Black on black crime is by far and away the most prevalent in this country. BLM is not a movement, it’s a racist/hate/Marxist cancer that is ruining this country. Clay and Jason are smart men who write well and have opinions that those of us here at Outkick who are VIP’s prefer to read instead of the propaganda, fear mongering ESPN and every other news and sports outlet out there. These articles are real. You are definitely entitled to your opinion, and Jason and Clay are more than capable of handling differing opinions and criticism, but I’m here to defend my 2 favorite writers.

    • His point is obvious. Everybody, as you said, is most likely to be killed by their own race [though whites are much more likely to be killed by blacks than vice-versa…IM JUST SAIYAN.] So why are blacks the only ones who are supposedly ‘hunted down’ by police, when they have the worst murder rates amongst one another? The problem isn’t police killing people; its citizens killing citizens. And Nike, while it makes piles of cash off the backs of Chinese slave labor, is trying to make money hand-over-fist by lying about police. That’s his point.

  13. Robert Williams, glad to have you on board as a VIP. I appreciate all feedback and pushback. I’d ask you step your game up beyond posting Twitter feedback. For black men ages 1 to 19 and 20 to 44, Homicide is the leading cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is not true for other race groups, particularly white men. We have a homicide pandemic and it’s not driven by police. My point was the Steelers chose to honor someone, Antwon Rose, who seemingly had no problem contributing to the leading cause of death for black men under age 44. I have a low tolerance for ignorance. I want you to participate as a VIP. Don’t dumb-down the conversation. Take it to Twitter. That’s the platform for lies. Ralph Wiley was a dear friend of mine. He’s an original, one-of-a-kind. The world needs more truth. The truth sets us free and promotes fairness. Outkick is about fairness based in truth and honesty. Thanks.

    • With all due respect Jason, it’s not my fault you got into your Ralph Tresvant feelings while not answering the question or refuting anything i had to say with your foolishness. Nothing i said above is not true. Its a FACT. Most people of ANY DEMOGRAPHIC GROUP are killed by other people who look just like them. That doesn’t have a damn thing to do with the police. That was my point and that’s a FACT. I don’t do Twitter feedback Jason, i’m grown……You’re right, the world need more truth tellers and that’s why i became a VIP because you tend to leave out a lot of ish. But i don’t blame you, they don’t know. That’s why i’m here. “Iron sharpens Iron”….”diversity is a strength”…. Someone has to tell the people the truth. Born and raised in the Cincinnati OHIO.. Don’t get it twisted…BTW…i knew Ralph Wiley, he was a friend of my dad.

      • Robert – you are welcome here, we do not attack people the way liberal sites do. And you are probably correct that most people are killed by their own race, because most people do live among people of their own race. But if you are naive to the fact there is an epidemic of violence and murder among the urban black population in America, you need to do your homework.

        I urge you to explore the works of Dr. Thomas Sowell for a real education, his book ‘Black Rednecks and White Liberals’ is a great place to begin your journey. It will challenge you in a ways that we all need to be challenged.

      • Jason can bring on the ish any time he feels like it would help make a point. We’re all big boys and girls…and we know what ish is…so far, you haven’t told us anything “we don’t know”, so bring on the ish if you think it will inform us.
        Iron sharpens iron…diversity is a strength…even a blind squirrel can find an acorn now and again…a broken clock is right twice a day…um…

  14. Jason, it’s a shame that so many of these athletes don’t have the intellect to understand they’re playing right into the hands of racist white elitists. And those who do have the intellect, don’t have the courage to stand up to the woke brigade. The racist white elitists (along with black elitists in Hollywood and media) don’t give a fu*# about black lives. I would even go so far as to say Rachel Maddow, Chris Cuomo, and other liberals light up like a kid on christmas when they hear about tragedies in black communities(but of course, they cry crocodile tears for the camera). They love sensationalizing tragedies for their own benefit.

    These athletes are basically glamorizing resisting arrest, so more violence can occur, so more outrage can be generated, so police will be defunded, so that ever more black children will be killed and black lives destroyed. And then the white Marxists will get what they want, race riots to tear apart the country and give them power…………… Regardless of what athletes think of Trump, it is pure evil to promote ideas which are destroying inner cities and putting children at risk.

    • WOW….. and you actually believe this? Seriously? Okay….. This is America and you have the right to believe anything you want to but damn. It’s not that complicated dude. OMG…. BTW… Who told you that? I only ask because i’m black and i’m like WTH???

      • Hey Robert, just because you’re black don’t make you right. You got your opinions, we got ours. I ain’t white but what I’m seeing is crazy land. It seems to me just observing from outside the black/white spectrum, that black people don’t want equality, they want supremacy. By that I mean, black people want rules to apply to other races that they don’t have to follow because blacks really are better and deserve more. Didn’t it used to be the other way around 200 years, 100 years or maybe even 70 years ago? Now black people want to be the racists, the Massas. I don’t understand how a racist society can allow young black men to become millionaires just because they play sports or make music, thousands of young black men. That’s crazy land. Electing a black president twice is racist. That’s crazy land. Dude, if you can’t be successful in America today, no matter what color you are, that’s on you. And if you don’t want the cops to shoot you, don’t resist arrest. All I know is where I live, if I did what those idiots did, the cops would have shot me or beat me to a pulp. And I ain’t even black.

        • Robert comes from a culture that has taught him that being black is the only way to understand race relations, he’d do well to expand his mind and read men like Dick Gregory who said:

          “I was learning that just being a Negro doesn’t qualify you to understand the race situation any more than being sick makes you an expert on medicine.”

          For the last 30 years pop culture has glorified the toxic aspects of black American culture, and we are now seeing that toxic culture hit rock bottom, at least we hope this is rock bottom.

        • Hey James…Robert doesn’t know this, but EACH YEAR more unarmed WHITE GUYS are killed by the police than unarmed BLACK GUYS…by like 2 to 1 ratio.
          Michelle Obama ONLY said she was PROUD OF HER COUNTRY after her husband was elected…and now that he’s out…we’re all RACISTS AGAIN !!!!

      • Sorry to hear that you have it so terrible Robert! Assured that you will be well to express yourself. I am white, and at one time a long time ago at ‘band camp’ I was racist for a moment…. My parents raised me to be hardworking and accepting. I could share many stories with you about what I did after I left the ‘nest’. But I will spare everyone and just say that if you are a good person and work hard, no one cares about skin color, sex, religion, or even how you identify yourself. Work hard to be a good person and work hard to earn money…. There it is. My white privilege just came out… My parents taught me to work hard and be the best person I can. It’s not white privilege for families to instill moral values into their children. It’s EVERYONE’S PRIVILEGE to raise their children with moral values. I have been around the country working with all sorts of people… I respect the hardworking people and they respect me in turn. I will finish by saying that I acknowledge that racism exists, but not in the manner that the media portrays. Relax my friend. Take care!

  15. In a fascinating but not unexpected twist, its becoming safe to play football again and kids in my State are going to be back to normal full time school in a few weeks. Our liberal governor has finally relented.

    I think the Dems are walking back the madness and idiocy of the last 6 months as quickly as they can prior to the election, but its obviously fooling no one. Who’d of thought the middle class of America (which is the vast majority) would take offense to being suddenly unemployed, prohibited from doing the activities and seeing the people they care about, terrorized by riots, looting, destruction, assault and murder?? The Dems empowered the corrupt teacher unions, blood thirsty media, and the quasi homeless drug addicted derelicts as foot soldiers in their movement to destroy Trump. It didn’t work, in fact they have likely destroyed their own party, at least until new leadership comes along that can offer something useful to the majority of Americans.

    • Robert, looking back at it, I think the Democrats would have been better served if the 2020 insanity had started in July instead of March. Truth has finally starting making headway in the country, bringing sanity to all who taste it. Now, the Democrats have to fall back into a less radical regime in order to save some face and get back some votes.

      • Exactly right, their ‘movement’ has run out of steam like a runner who hits the wall 200 meters from the finish line. Its funny to watch them back pedal though, trying to blame Trump for the past 6 months.

  16. Excellent article Jason once again. And maybe finally your messege is being heard. Vince Williams of the Steelers just stepped up and said how stupid gestures don’t do anything to make things better. He decided to donate tablets and laptops to kids to help them with their education. Hopefully more will be listening to your articles and follow suit being brave donating to help the true problems! Please give props to Vince. He gets it and wants to have a winning season!

  17. Jason, keep bringing BLM 101. I recently read a USA Today article from July which contained various statistics regarding police shootings. The number of unarmed shooting victims is down 63% from 2015. Unarmed Black victims in fatal police shootings comprise approx. 0.2% of the total number of Black homicides. Unfortunately with the amount of crime and the stress of the job there are sure to be more cases where police may over react or use excessive force. Between gunfire and vehicular assault over 50 officers have been killed in the line of duty this year. Add attacks and ambushes and you see why many in law enforcement are taking early retirement.

      • Thanks Robert, Stevie was a beast. I started playing guitar because of Jimi, but when Stevie came on the scene I got a blues addiction. Just like Jimi he died way too soon. I think of Crossfire, Tightrope, Pride and Joy, etc and just shake my head.

        • I was with my good buddy Tad Walters in 9th grade when we got the news of SRV’s helicopter crash. Tad went on to become a very good blues musician himself. He’s on itunes if you want to check him out. Tad told me he started playing guitar because of Eddie Van Halen, but like you, SRV was love at first listen for both of us. No matter what kind of crowd your entertaining, SRV is a crowd pleaser 100% of the time. No one dislikes that Texas blues sound.

          • It’s hard to believe we just passed the 30th anniversary of Stevie’s death. Aug 27, 1990 was definitely a tragic day. And you’re right, if you like music how do you not like Stevie. I’ll have to check out Tad. Mentioning Van Halen, I remember the first time I heard the intro to Eruption and thinking WTF!!!

          • Amen, I was blessed to hear Eddie play Eruption live a few years ago, Diamond Dave’s voice was shot to hell, but Eddie still has it, good as ever.

  18. Great column again, Jason.
    I’m drawing a small amount of encouragement from this: I heard recently that a few people in pro sports took the time to visit the BLM Web site and came away eyes opened to the difference between BLM “the sentiment” and BLM the organization. Well duh.
    Now let’s hope they have the courage to alter their behavior and share their opinions with others in their woke world.

  19. Absolutely amazing to me that on one in the Pittsburgh Steelers organization would do at least a cursory review of the person they are going to put on their uniforms! It shouldn’t surprise me given I don’t know of a single pro sports owner who’s told the truth about BLM, but my God, this level of cowardice, or just outright greed and lust for power regardless is disgraceful.

    At the very least, things are being clarified and made much more clear in 2020, verily.

  20. As usual another killer article always enjoy reading the VIP feedback. Not sure what motivated the rant from Robert William’s . Jason keep bringing it historical perspective to battle propaganda is fascinating reading. It’s what Thomas Sowell Walter Williams and Larry Elder has been doing for years. I love that you have brought that tradition here to Outkick for another audience to learn. Robert please hit the archives of Thomas Sowell Walter Williams Larry Elder and the numerous books they have written and you will find out where Jason is coming from then get bavk to VIP and us know what you think. take care God bless

  21. Great peace Jason. Right now I going TO email FS1 about there number one social justice warrior. The Reverend Sharpe. He when off on Villanueva as a racist and Mike Tomlinson as being a weak head coach . Thank Goodness for OutKicK it the only place you get the truth

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