CNN's Marc Lamont Hill isn't going to let a little thing like Dallas get in the way of his agenda, and he said so Friday morning on Democracy Now!.
The morning after five police officers were assassinated during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, Hill was already moving on and steering the narrative back to what's really important in his eyes.
"All of this is a profound tragedy and we should respond to it as a profound tragedy," he said. "But what we can’t do, at the same time, is conflate two very different things."
"On the one hand, there are five officers who died, six more who are in critical condition. We pray for all of them. I pray for their families. I want them to be okay," Hill added.
"But," and here is where Hill's true character shines, "I cannot allow that to detour me from a principled critique of state violence, because far more people have died at the hands of law enforcement this year than died as law enforcement officers."
With that statement, the CNN anchor ensured he was not attempting to have "an oppression derby" but the fact that white cops were targeted by sniper fire during a peaceful protest for a group he wholeheartedly supports, that "can't stop us from doing the work we need to do in fighting for justice against state violence."
Race, Hill said, is an integral part of this discussion when it comes to how the black communities struggle to battle the state, much in the same way Palestinians struggle against the "occupying" forces of Israelis:
"One is in a position of power, one is an occupying force, one is not. The same with law enforcement in our communities. One is an occupying force and one is not. So, we have to look at that as well. And so, what — and I also want to be careful that we don’t link what happened last night to the Black Lives Matter movement, or the anti-state violence movement — resistance movement, because — and, and I know you’re not doing that, but that, that has been the instant, kind of, easy media narrative, and it becomes a sort of straw man. And that’s very dangerous."
Watch video below. Hill's statements begin at 22:20: