Dartmouth College’s ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Display Replaced With ‘Black Lives Matter’

A Blue Lives Matter display at Dartmouth College was promptly torn down shortly after its reveal thanks so several Black Lives Matter activists, who replaced the original design with BLM material. The display — which was crafted to honor police officers — was covered with flyers that read, “You cannot co-opt the movement against state violence to memorialize its perpetrators. #blacklivesmatter.”

The school’s College Republicans had received permission to put up the display on Friday in honor of National Police Week. It was set up on a bulletin board in the school’s student center. According to a Fox affiliate, Black Lives Matter activists stood guard over the bulletin board for the entire day, while members of the political school group worked to fix the issue with school administrators.

A BLM activist posted the following on Facebook in response:

Black Lives Matter Dartmouth
Eventually administrators granted Black Lives Matter activists control over a nearby board. However, the decision was not taken lightly by the College Republicans. In a letter addressed to the school’s president and board of Trustees, the group asked for equal treatment.

“All we ask is that the protections and freedoms of self-expression afforded to other student organizations be extended to us,” the letter said. “We do not see the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter movements as mutually exclusive.

“It is possible to recognize the service and contributions of law enforcement officers while simultaneously pushing for reform to correct the grave mistakes of the small minority of officers. On National Law Enforcement Appreciation Week, we just hoped to highlight the monumental sacrifices made by these officers to protect us every day.”

The president of the College Republicans, Michelle Knesbach, joined On the Record to explain the full story. She said that the school’s administration applied a double standard by letting Black Lives Matter have their own billboard without making them go through the three-week process to get approved.

On Sunday, Dartmouth President Philip J. Hanlon called the vandalism “an unacceptable violation of freedom of expression” in a school-wide email, while one Black Lives Matter activist told the Dartmouth Review that her participation in removing the Blue Lives Matter signs was justified. According to the nameless source, the display condoned “police brutality against black individuals” in America.

Then there was this: “It was taken down by students and replaced because it actively co-opted a movement that is supposed to comment on police brutality against black individuals in this country,”said Mikala Williams, one of the many students who helped tarnish the original display. “It took that and by framing that as ‘Blue Lives Matter,’ it normalizes and naturalizes violence against people of color in this country. And that is not okay. That is in no way okay.”

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