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Black Lives Matter to Receive Peace Prize

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Kent noted that an unrepentant terrorist will be honored in this year's NYC Puerto Rico Day parade (with Mayor de Blasio proudly marching in step).

Along those same lines, and also from the "you-can't-make-this-up" department, it now seems that Sydney plans to honor Black Lives Matter with a "peace" prize.

The Black Lives Matter movement will receive the Sydney Peace Prize, an award given by the Sydney Peace Foundation -- part of the University of Sydney -- and be honored at an event in the city in November, the foundation announced this week.

Black Lives Matter was chosen for allegedly "building a powerful movement for racial equality, courageously reigniting a global conversation around state violence and racism. And for harnessing the potential of new platforms and power of people to inspire a bold movement for change at a time when peace is threatened by growing inequality and injustice," the foundation's website states.

I registered my dissent.

I was a bit befuddled:

"Awarding a peace prize to a group that foments violent demonstrations is enough to give irony a bad name," said William Otis, a professor of law at Georgetown and a former federal prosecutor.

"Still, I could see it if black lives actually mattered to Black Lives Matter," Otis told LifeZette. "But if that were so, BLM presumably would want to suppress the thing that poses the most danger to young black lives -- murder."

"We know how to suppress murder, because we did it for an entire generation, from 1991 to 2014," Otis continued. "And we know how we did it: more police, more aggressive and proactive policing, more restraint on naïve sentencing, and more use of incarceration to keep criminals away from law-abiding people," said Otis.

"Tragically, these crime-suppression measures are precisely the things BLM has made a point of opposing," said Otis

"As the BLM program of reducing incarceration for crime and putting restraints on police has spread, so has murder. In 2015 and 2016, for the first time in decades, murder increased in the United States for two consecutive years," Otis said. "The victims are disproportionately African-American young men."

Heather Mac Donald was likewise none too pleased.  She attributes the decision to grant Black Lives Matter an award to the naiveté of western elites:

"Cultural elites in the Western industrialized world outside the U.S. are as committed as American elites are to the myth of ubiquitous white racism and to their own virtue-signaling," Mac Donald told LifeZette.

"It is therefore no surprise that the left-wing Sydney Peace Foundation has chosen Black Lives Matter as this year's peace-prize recipient," Mac Donald said.

"The selection is galling nevertheless. Far from bringing peace to high-crime urban neighborhoods, Black Lives Matter has brought increased violence and death, as the police understandably back off of proactive enforcement under the relentless charge of racism," Mac Donald continued.

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The sad thing is that this outrage is not even the worst outrage of "peace prize" shenanigans.

It will be tough to trump Arafat winning the NPP.

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