Conservative Politico Writer: ‘Some Black Lives Really Don’t Matter’

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May 28, 2015 3:12 pm
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Politico magazine on Thursday published an op-ed by conservative writer Rich Lowry of the National Review bearing the headline: ‘#SomeBlackLivesDontMatter.”

Lowry, a regular contributor to Politico magazine, argued that after the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray (whose name was originally misspelled throughout the piece as “Freddy Gray”), civil rights protestors complained much about police brutality but ignored deadly crime.

“Let’s be honest: Some black lives really don’t matter,” he wrote, calling the #BlackLivesMatter movement, “a lie.”

“If you are a young black man shot in the head by another young black man, almost certainly no one will know your name,” he added.

The piece crescendoed to a section arguing that contrary to protestors, police need to crack down harder on what conservatives and others often call “black-on-black” crime:

The implication is clear: More people need to be arrested in Baltimore, not fewer. And more need to be jailed. If black lives truly matter, Baltimore needs more and better policing and incarceration to impose order on communities where a lawless few spread mayhem and death.

Lowry ended the piece by suggesting that “a figure who is anathema to the BlackLivesMatter movement, Rudy Giuliani, saved more black lives than any of his critics ever will.”

Politico editor Susan Glasser did not respond to a request from TPM for comment on Thursday. Magazine editor Garrett Graff told TPM in an initial email he “was in a meeting right now” and did not respond to a follow-up message.

Politico did not mention the correcting of Gray’s name after it was changed.

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