Black Lives Matter Protest Cancelled due to “very real threats of violence we received,” says Organizer

[Facebook message posted by Luke Kinney, the organizer for the BLM Protest planned at Bishop City Park tomorrow, cancelling the event around 9:30 p.m. Monday night, June 1]

Dear Community, (do not show up to the park tomorrow) SHARE this post

I hear you. I am cancelling tomorrow morning’s protest for two reasons:

1. The number of threats we have received – very real threats, of violence to both people and property – has become excessive. I cannot in good conscience gather this community together – my friends, my family, my neighbors – if I believe I am putting them in harm’s way. I wish I could say I was shocked that some of my fellow Bishopites – people I live next to, people I’ve worked with – would have so little regard for our Constitutional right to free speech and expression, but given what is going on in our country right now, I am not.

2. The protest failed to adequately center the voices of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people. After hearing about George Floyd’s death, I felt that I had to do something. I felt morally obligated to use my privilege as a white man to fight against the systemic racism that has plagued this country since before it existed. In my eagerness to show how much our community supports Black Lives, I rushed to organize an action without doing enough to ensure that the voices of our marginalized neighbors – the people at the center of this fight – were the ones leading the protest. I still feel it is essential that we as a community get out and show our support for Black Lives and racial justice – and we will. Make no mistake, there will be action, and we will demand justice. But when we do, the movement will be led by Black, Brown, and Indigenous folks.

This is absolutely not the end of this effort. There will be protest. There will be action. But it will be led by those who are at the center of this fight, and it will be organized to guarantee the safety of my friends, family, neighbors, and all those who believe in justice for George Floyd and that Black Lives Matter.

Thank you for understanding, thank you for demanding justice, and thank you for being a part of this community.

Luke Kinney

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Phillips
Phillips
1 year ago

Intelligent people learn how to avoid confrontations with the police I have no points on my driving record no rap sheet why because I obey the laws it is as simple as that the rich rule always have and always will if you want true peace and love you need to seek the kingdom of heaven there is no pain no rascism no hate no drama in heaven if you have hate and anger inside you that is prove the devil had command of you love to all my brothers on earth

sarafroi
sarafroi
1 year ago

Seeing as Bishop is a sundown town, I guess it’s not surprising that people were threatening violence if minorities tried to exercise their amendment rights to free speech.
Growing up I was very worried that I was racist because I didn’t have any black friends. As an adult who left, I realize that it wasn’t me who was racist, it was the town.

tom k
tom k
1 year ago

Kelly Thomas in fullerton, ca—take a look at this case for REAL injustice. The cops walk free not like floyds case where the cops in jail. This case for some reason doesn’t MATTER. Your fight for black civil rights is 50 years too late but we can use your help for speaking out for the voiceless americans civil rights and marginal treatment. But you probably wont because its not in your indoctrination program and you wont get that self serving warm feeling and proverbial group hug.

Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
1 year ago

And one more realization for me. Women dwell in a world where they have cause to be concerned with men they encounter. I am lucky to have had the example and expectations of an amazing father who could kick anyone’s ass and at the same time treated everyone with kindness and respect. I trust I have made him proud of who I am . Even with that sorry to say, many women still feel intimidated and uncomfortable when I pass them in the aisle in the market. White men like myself need to become more aware of who they are in the world to others.
Having the strength to become and remain a steadfast decent individual is greater than anything else I can be.

sugarmags
sugarmags
1 year ago

Funny how Bishop rednecks are so quick to throw out the constitution. They are certainly the least patriotic of all people. They don’t understand what america stands for. I’m sick of all the fearful, ignorant people in Bishop….and no, I’m not saying all Bishop area residents are that way, but definitely too many are.

HB man
HB man
1 year ago

WOW…” can’t we all just get along ” ?

Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
1 year ago

Saw today the news of the NBA Coaches Association forming a racial injustice and reform committee. Stephen A Smith in the report discussion spoke of what he thought white folks needed to understand about being black that struck a nerve with my own white privilege. He spoke of white folks being “comfortable in their own skin”. Comfortable in their own skin. I will never forget that. Not only have I been comfortable in my own skin but I will never forget the sense of entitlement I feel that accompanies that and my obligation to honor and respect others no matter what the color.

David Dennison
David Dennison
1 year ago

Charles James
IMO,the wheels will come off when and if these protests are more peaceful,without so much of the 3 % that choose to take the opportunity to loot and vandalize,like it seems what might be happening a lot less today and tonight,and then the big mouths and,not mentioning any names,trying to make it political and getting votes, still trying to be a bully, still threatening those protesting,trying to end it altogether,peaceful or not.
And then again,in the future,when the “peace officer” that killed George Floyd,and his buddies that stood by and watched,but still not charged,go to trial.
If him or they are found not guilty,or some slap-on-the-wrist light penalty or probation,THAT is when all hell will break loose….big time.
How’d you like to be a lawyer and be hired or appointed as the killer cop’s defense attorney ?
Wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy.

Good bye
Good bye
1 year ago

Didnt read or understand what tinner said did you charles.

Tinner
Tinner
1 year ago
Reply to  Good bye

Good bye,
I’m saying most people who attend these Black Lives Matter protests don’t really care about black people being murdered, as much as they think they do. What they really care about is doing something to feel good about themselves.
Understand that?

sugarmags
sugarmags
1 year ago
Reply to  Tinner

Tinner, don’t you think there is a difference between violence among individuals and violence perpetrated by those in power? Nobody likes that there is any crime and violence, but violence perpetrated against a certain group of people by those entrusted to protect them, is something that cannot be and should not be lumped in with other types of violence.
Certainly you can agree that community protests against community violence does not get the same press as the protests against LEO killings. NOBODY is saying that ‘regular’ violence is OK. Not sure where you come off saying that, you have very faulty logic.
But that’s common with men.

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
1 year ago
Reply to  sugarmags

Exactly.
(except for your last sentence. lol)

Tinner
Tinner
1 year ago
Reply to  sugarmags

sugarmags, where exactly are the “community protests against community violence”?
So, no, I cannot “certainly agree”…because they don’t exist.
If black lives really mattered then Black Lives Matter would be in cities like Chicago on weekends like this past Memorial Day weekend where 84 people were shot and 23 of them died.
Good grief.

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
1 year ago
Reply to  Tinner

Are you also upset with MADD because they’re not addressing the thousands of vehicle deaths that don’t involve impaired drivers? Impaired drivers is their focus. Is that wrong?

Maybe you don’t like the BLM name, or maybe you don’t agree with them, but their focus is to address the disproportionate use of violence against black people by THE STATE. That doesn’t mean the many other forms of violence within our communities aren’t important.

Tinner
Tinner
1 year ago
Reply to  Tinner

Charles O,
are you aware that blacks disproportionately commit more crimes than any other racial group, one example would be black males represent 6% of the population and yet commit 44% of the murders in this country.
Can you define “disproportionate use of violence against black people” please? The ”violence” part specifically, please.

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
1 year ago
Reply to  Tinner

Yeah there’s lots of stats we can throw around, Tinner. Like the fact that black people are 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police, even though they’re 1.5 times less likely to be armed when killed by the police. But as always, numbers rarely tell the entire story.

BobK
BobK
1 year ago

Are You watching the news Charles? It’s more than a very few taking advantage of the situation. The last 2 days has been a lot more violence and looting than “peaceful marches”

Tinner
Tinner
1 year ago

The murder of George Floyd was an atrocity and I hope all four police officers spend some serious time in prison. But why do black lives matter only when it’s a cop or a white person who commits the murder when FAR more black people are killed by other blacks, don’t those lives matter?
Nobody seems to care about the black on black murders, not politicians, not the media, not celebrities, not Al Sharpton, and not anyone who attends or organizes these protests.
People who organize and attend these ”protests” do so, it seems, to make themselves feel good about themselves, they are the self righteous ones.

Mono Person
Mono Person
1 year ago
Reply to  Charles James

You are a racist!! “White people believe all black people look alike”. That is such an untrue statement – and I am embarrassed for you. The rest of your statement, is colored by that statement. Argue yourself out of that one, Charles…

Tinner
Tinner
1 year ago
Reply to  Charles James

Charles, uh, wow. You kinda went sideways there, I never mentioned rioting and looting or even who was participating in it, you went directly to the default argument of racism.
I thought you were better than that.
Alright, “people tend to kill who they know” I’ll go along with that but blacks are still killing each other in much high numbers than whites are, blacks represent 15% of the population and are responsible for 50% of the murders, that’s not a race problem that’s a culture problem and nobody cares, some simply justify those murders with statements like yours, makes me sad, man.
Nobody cares.

Andrew
Andrew
1 year ago

“Black lives matter” Black people those are doing these protest on streets, damaging and stealing public or private properties, tearing down other community and people lives all together.
I think black people are doing criminal activities in the name of “Black lives matter”.

Real Justice is for those people who lost everything by these black mobs so called African American.

David Dennison
David Dennison
1 year ago
Reply to  Andrew

Andrew
Dude,check out the photos of the looters and vandals running amuck in the big cities
They certainly aren’t all these African Americans you claim them to be,MANY of them are white and Hispanic criminals too,all “colors”, taking advantage of a situation it seems no one can or wants to control..

David Dennison
David Dennison
1 year ago

My bet is,this event and protest was canceled more because of the internet bullies and big-mouths stating “what they’re going to do” to protect our town from “thugs and looters” than it was realistically thinking these large groups of “Anifta” and others were planning to show up and raise hell in Bishop.
In fact,saw a few posts on another site,one guy claiming he’s going to go to Bishop,asking for others to join him to “protect and serve ” the town from the out-of-town “thugs” planning to show up…which if he did,and there was anytype of local protest,his mouth and his friends would’ve been the ones pushing the buttons,trying to cause the trouble.
If there had been an organized protest held at the park at 9 A.M. on a Tuesday morning,and a few Law Enforcement Officers nearby to watch over things,does anyone honestly think within minutes there would’ve been looters and arsonists from the big cities of California showing up running the streets and taking over the town ?
That is,unless of course the U.S. Army,USMC,USAF and the U,S Navy along with the National Guard were called in ahead of time to keep things under control in the Owens Valley.

Inyo K
Inyo K
1 year ago

As always, the violence comes not from those protesting, but from those who are entrenched in the status quo.

Scott
Scott
1 year ago
Reply to  Inyo K

100% right, Inyo K — violence, like bigotry and hatred, is often mired in fear.

Bob
Bob
1 year ago

I love Bishop

T. Adams
T. Adams
1 year ago

The bullies who threatened the event in honor of George Floyd want the benefits of freedom but not the responsibilities. Ignoring the rule of law can be appropriate in certain circumstances. This was not appropriate, but the bullies don’t have wisdom or a shred of nobility, so they can’t make decisions that might elevate our country.

dpblue
dpblue
1 year ago

Wow, shameful of some Bishop people to misunderstand and over react with violence.
Shameful.

FishinDay395
FishinDay395
1 year ago

Wow how sad. I don’t know if there’s anything more un-american than threatening people who are freely protesting and exercising their rights. Ironic don’t ya think that those who call themselves the most american threaten the very rights our country stands for. “Sad.”

Scott
Scott
1 year ago
Reply to  FishinDay395

FishinDay395.

You are so right — it’s sad that people who love to proclaim their patriotism are often first in line to threaten the most American of rights. True patriots should have been cheering for and kneeling with Colin K, marching and bringing attention to the systemic problems — those actions can only result in improvement for our great country.

Kim
Kim
1 year ago

Alas, thank you, Luke, for stepping up and being a helper – for trying to express what I believe our community as a whole does support: speaking out against racism, tyranny, and inequality. If it must “be led by those who are at the center of this fight…” I think Bishop has more supporters to assist than opponents to shut it down. Thank you for being the first to try to organize what so many of us want to express, loud and safely.
A wise and eloquent man recently wrote: “We have to mobilize to raise awareness, and we have to organize and cast our ballots to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform…If, going forward, we can channel our justifiable anger into peaceful, sustained, and effective action, then this moment can be a real turning point in our nation’s long journey to live up to our highest ideals.”

Brian
Brian
1 year ago

Hey, Direct quote from his statement. “Use my privilege as a white man” What the heck kind of statement is that? In my non-racist mind that’s about as racist as it gets.
SeeYa!!

Scott
Scott
1 year ago
Reply to  Brian

Brian,

I think you might be very, very confused about racism. Acknowledging one’s privilege (privilege is a spectrum) is most certainly no racism.

Peter Stevenson
Peter Stevenson
1 year ago
Reply to  Scott

Scott, maybe saying you have white privilege is not racist to you but different groups have used that exact term to promote hatred and racism. No one has a say to what color they are born. Many Many poor people are white, many people of white ethnicity have been enslaved throughout history not just blacks but again most on the left ignore those FACTS because it doesn’t sit with their narrative.

Art
Art
1 year ago

Very unfortunate that free speech, the First Amendment, civil rights, and our Constitution are being suppressed/violated. This should be a grave concern to all Americans regardless of our political affiliation, ethnicity, race, religious beliefs, etc.
Pathetic, perverse, petrifying, and putrid!

steve
steve
1 year ago

Your just inviting more violence to the area. Everyone who gives a damn about this incident, write a letter and get back to work.

Greg Weirick
Greg Weirick
1 year ago

Having learned that BLM people coming were planning violence and vandalism as I understand it, its commendable of you to cancel the protest!

Peaceful protesters message of equality will register far better across this country when they first stand up in front of the violent looters and protect their fellow countrymens businesses from pointless destruction!
Isnt the looting and violence a disgrace to George Floyds legacy and families wishes for peace ?

sugarmags
sugarmags
1 year ago
Reply to  Greg Weirick

Not sure what you’re talking about Greg….people in our community intimidated others from exercising their constitutional rights. What is it that makes you feel good about that? Don’t be so unpatriotic Greg….love your country, don’t hate it. Support our constitution.

John
John
1 year ago

It is not surprising to be that the BLM rally has had to be cancelled. In my experience, there is a huge undercurrent of racial intolerance in the bishop community. It is obvious that there are very few ( if any ) “people of color” there. The reason?- simply feeling uncomfortable in a community where anyone who stands apart from the prevalent ultra conservative white community is in the glaring headlights ( so to speak).
In my opinion, Mr Kinney has done the right thing in promoting the BLM rally. I offer my full support. Let no one infringe upon our right to freedom of speech. Let no one stop us from supporting the right to live, the right to breathe!