Hasselbeck, O'Donnell Clash: Is Black Lives Matter a Hate Group?

September 1st, 2015 6:30 PM

During Monday morning's edition of the Fox & Friends program, co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked black guest Kevin Jackson: “Why has the Black Lives Matter movement not been classified yet as a hate group?”

The segment drew a tremendous negative online response, with one of the most unusual coming from Hasselbeck's former co-host on The View ABC program, who tweeted that “some r slow 2 wake.”

According to an anonymous male Yahoo! News reporter: “In the light of the recent execution-style shooting of a white police officer in Texas and the Black Lives Matter protest at the Minnesota State Fair,” Hasselbeck and fellow co-host Brian Kilmeade interviewed conservative Kevin Jackson, who gave his breakdown on events that unfolded over the weekend.

Jackson -- who has a website called The Black Sphere -- described the disruption and protests that took place over the weekend:

Well, the Friday events were tragic and certainly a stain on the nation. Saturday was pretty much par for the course these days.

The unfortunate thing is that the Black Lives Matter movement, which can only be described as “nonsense,” is creating a lot of this type of thing around the country, and it's going to backfire, quite honestly.

According to the narrator, Jackson's comments spurred Hasselbeck to ask: “Kevin, why has the Black Lives Matter movement not been classified yet as a hate group, and how much more has to go in this direction before someone actually labels it as such?”

In a curious twist, the announcer attempted to answer the co-host's question:

The Black Lives Matter movement is decentralized, and categorizing it as a hate group is dubious at best.

The original founders -- Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi -- are all legitimate political activists, with Cullors being the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship.

“Jackson, though, shared Hasselbeck’s sentiment while offering his own explanation,” the announcer continued:

What they should do, but unfortunately it's being financed by the leftists and ironically, it's people that have nothing, no real concern at all about black lives. People like [liberal billionaire] George Soros.

“While Jackson may be in agreement, the response to Hasselbeck's comments has been swift and direct,” the narrator stated.

Jezebel website contributor Kara Brown summarized the criticism of the Fox & Friends co-host, writing: 'Excellent job, Elisabeth, on comparing a movement whose main message is literally just that black people deserve to be alive to such luminaries as the KKK, the Aryan Brotherhood and the Westboro Baptist Church.'”

“Also,” Brown stated: “Congratulations to the Fox News chyron writer, who got to have an absolutely hateful, factually incorrect field day.”

Among the messages posted on the screen during the interview were: “Racist Rhetoric," “Murder Movement" and "Black Lives Matter Taunt Cop Killings."

 “Jackson, however, is convinced the movement as a whole is political play from the left,” the announcer said, “and also downplayed the overall support for the movement.”

The black conservative stated:

They want this to be the thing that rallies blacks off of their seats and into the polling booth. The irony is it's going to have the exact opposite impact.

The overwhelming majority of blacks in America want what every human being wants in America -- white, black or otherwise -- and they do not support this movement.

As NewsBusters previously reported, Bill O'Reilly – host of the Fox News Channel weeknight program The O'Reilly Factor – described the funding the organization receives as coming from Soros and fellow supporters Jay-Z (Shawn Corey Carter) and Beyonce (Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter) .

On August 23, a Rasmussen poll indicated that two-thirds of all blacks prefer the slogan “All Lives Matter” over the phrase “Black Lives Matter.”

People of the press proved where their allegiance lies on Sunday, when reporters ignored a rally attended by  more than 25,000 people who marched through the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, at a Glenn Beck-led "Restoring Unity" rally chanting "All Lives Matter."

That event has been described as possibly "the largest march in Birmingham since the civil rights marches of 1963,” but members of the mainstream media instead fawned over a much smaller event at the Minnesota State Fair at which people chanted “Black Lives Matter.”

On Monday, ABC, CBS and NBC aired news stories about the response to the shooting death without including coverage of crowds claiming that police officers are “pigs” that should be “fried.”

However, perhaps the most chilling aspect of the “movement” is a threat by BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors to take advantage of “any opportunity we have to shut down a Republican convention,” including the 2016 rally slated to be held in Cleveland July 18–21, 2016.

If that's the case, how could Black Lives Matter not be considered a hate group? Aflter all, when was the last time a group of Republicans tried to shut down a Democrat convention?