Black Lives Matter has come under attack in the last week. Opponents in the media punditry like Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and Elizabeth Hasselbeck have both labelled the organization a “hate group,” in the wake of a perceived spike in the assassination of police officers.
The truth is that the number of police officers killed in the line of duty, relative to last year, is down dramatically. That said, I view the assault on Black Lives Matter as yet another attempt to grab ratings by creating this faux outrage.
MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry used her platform to host leading activists to respond to the backlash. Monica Dennis, Regional Coordinator for Black Lives Matter NYC and community organizer Nyle Fort joined Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss.