It’s clear that CW’s Black Lightning needs to be a superhero for the Black Lives Matter crowd, nevertheless it doesn’t must be so apparent about it. And there are few worse methods to do it than having the title hero actually save a Breonna Taylor stand-in.
The March 15 episode “The Ebook of Damage: Chapter Two” has the fictional metropolis of Freeland beneath against the law wave. After the assassination of their mayor, the brand new chief of police takes motion by planning a number of police raids, together with a dozen no-knock warrants. Contemplating the final time media referenced the no-knock warrant, it’s clear the place this story’s going.
Close to the tip of the episode, a number of law enforcement officials begin to execute one of many warrants even if this one wasn’t “confirmed” with the Postal Service. They barge in on a sleeping black couple, the girl remarking that it’s “her ex” who “should have discovered” them. The person takes a gun, screams a warning, and fires on the officers. One officer goes down, resulting in the others to open hearth. What follows is a weird montage of BLM protests to imitate the aftermath of Breonna Taylor’s capturing (set to “I Can’t Breathe” by the artist H.E.R., which was awarded Track of the Yr at Sunday evening’s Grammys) …till Black Lightning (Cress Williams) is available in, fights the police, and stops the capturing:
From the way in which Black Lightning has coated issues earlier than, I’m shocked that it bought even a number of particulars of the true capturing proper reminiscent of Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend capturing first or Breonna dying within the hallway and never asleep in her mattress. In fact, the episode nonetheless fails in a number of different methods. It utterly bypasses the truth that the officers did, in truth, knock earlier than coming into in addition to the truth that they had been most definitely on the proper deal with.
BLM likes to behave like nobody is aware of something concerning the Breonna Taylor case (therefore #SayHerName), nevertheless it’s clear their supporters don’t know something about it both. All they know is that the police should at all times be the unhealthy guys as an alternative of the criminals they’re chasing.
Breonna Taylor’s loss of life was a tragedy as all deaths are, however the outright hijacking by the Black Lives Matter motion makes it far worse. This is not the primary social justice present to reenact a BLM trigger célèbre capturing and it will not be the final. Exhibits like Black Lightning that revenue off of these items ought to be ashamed of themselves.