According to the official Facebook account for Black Lives Matter, the movement is intended to “build connections between Black people and our allies to fight anti-Black racism, to spark dialogue amongst Black people, and to facilitate the types of connections necessary to encourage social action and engagement.” According to “Fox & Friends” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, this movement should be categorized as a “hate group.”
Apparently Hasselbeck believes the people supporting Black Lives Matter deserve to be ranked up with the KKK and the Westboro Baptist Church, or so she posed in a question during Monday’s (Aug. 31) episode of “Fox & Friends.” National Review’s Kevin Jackson was on the show to talk about how an African-American suspect is believed to be responsible for the shooting of a Texas deputy on Friday, and “Fox & Friends” used the opportunity to tie in a discussion about the #BlackLivesMatter protest at the Minnesota State Fair. There is no clear connection between the two topics.
“Kevin, why has the black lives movement — the black lives matter movement — not been classified yet as a hate group?” Hasselbeck asks Jackson. “I mean how much more has to go in this direction before someone actually labels it as such?”
He responds, “Well they should do it, but unfortunately it’s being financed by the leftists. Ironically it’s people who have nothing, really no concern at all about black lives. People like George Soros. It’s a trickle-down on the left with this going forward.”
To Jackson, the real cause for concern is the lack of “whole black families.” “The sad part about it is the impact it’s going to have in the black community and the fact that it takes away so much thought about what really is the problem in the black community, which is whole black families,” he says. “What it allows people to do is point the finger at everything but where it really needs to point. If we had more black families whole in the community, we would have a lot less of this.”
The suggestion that #BlackLivesMatter should be considered a hate group exacerbated many, who took to social media to voice their concerns.
Multiple sites picked up the story, including Jezebel, whose headline asks, “Why Isn’t Elisabeth Hasselbeck Classified As a Hate Group?”
Hasselbeck hasn’t responded to the outcry, but did post a tweet following the airing of the episode asking that people “#loveOneAnother.”