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In 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, Fox & Friends interviewed The Black Sphere commentator Kevin Jackson. Jackson’s breakdown of the events that unfolded over the weekend prompted host Elisabeth Hasselbeck to ask, “Kevin, why has the #BlackLivesMatter movement not been classified yet as a hate group?” 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, unfortunately, shared Hasselbeck’s sentiment, and while Jackson may be in agreement, the response to Hasselbeck’s comments have been swift and direct. Jezebel contributor Kara Brown summarized the criticism of the Fox & Friends 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.”
UPDATE: Elisabeth Hasselbeck tweeted the following in response to criticism regarding her statements on Fox & Friends.