Day After Massacre Targeting White Dallas Cops, Twitter Adds Black Power Emoji, Does Nothing to Support Police
Twitter threw all in with the anti-cop ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement the night of and the day after the racist massacre targeting white Dallas police officers on Thursday.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said at a press conference Friday morning that the attacker told police he was targeting white police officers.
“The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter. He said he was upset about the recent police shootings. The suspect said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people especially white officers.”
On Thursday night, a few minutes before the attack on white Dallas police officers commenced Twitter posted a tweet to its official account expressing support for “racial justice” while invoking the names of the latest causes celebres of the’ Black Lives Matter’ movement.
— Twitter (@Twitter) July 8, 2016
“These tragedies must lead to action. We join the voices demanding racial justice now. #AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile”
The tweet was made at 8:50 p.m. CDT, nine minutes before the first reports of shots fired in Dallas and about 15 minutes before the first images of downed Dallas police officers appeared on Twitter.
— Tania Francois (@SheBreaksNews) July 8, 2016
The next day as the nation reeled from the racist attack targeting white Dallas police officers, Twitter added an auto-fill ‘Black Power’ emoji to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ hashtag–even as it was revealed the shooter, Micah Xavier Johnson, was a ‘Black Lives Matter’ supporter who used the ‘Black Power’ salute and had stated he wanted to kill white police officers.
Micah Xavier Johnson, image via Facebook.
Twitter announced the ‘Black Power’ emoji on Friday afternoon via its Blackbirds Twitter account, a marketing tool targeting Black Twitter users. The emoji is a cluster of three fists in shades of brown automatically added to the end of ‘#BlackLivesMatter.
Image via CNN.
— Twitter Blackbirds (@Blackbirds) July 8, 2016
“In memory of #AltonSterling, #PhilandoCastile and those before them, we are bringing back our custom✊🏾 emoji from #BHM. #BlackLivesMatter”
Neither the official Twitter account nor the Blackbirds Twitter account has posted a tweet or emoji in support of police in the wake of the massacre targeting white Dallas police officers.
— Kristinn Taylor (@KristinnFR) July 10, 2016
(Click on tweet if emoji does not show.)
Twitter did promote a Moments theme on the massacre which Blackbirds retweeted, but that was just to keep people reading Twitter and contained nothing in sympathy or support for police.
And to make it clear where Twitter stands, Twitter has made it impossible to tweet a message without the ‘Black Power’ emoji appended to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ hashtag. Deleting the emoji deletes the last letter in ‘Matter’ rendering the hashtag incomplete.