On October 6, Ben & Jerry’s, the beloved, socially conscious ice cream manufacturer, took to social media to tell their fans that black lives mattered.
Ben & Jerry’s anticipated that any support for the Black Lives Matter movement would make people think they were anti-police.
“We want to be clear: we believe that saying Black lives matter is not to say that the lives of those who serve in the law enforcement community don’t,” the company wrote.
“We respect and value the commitment to our communities that those in law enforcement make, and we respect the value of every one of their lives.”
Despite that qualifier to their statement, one police group wasn’t having it and announced, you guessed it, a boycott against the company.
“Ben & Jerry’s went beyond making a statement in support of civil rights when they actively accused law enforcement of widespread racism,” Blue Lives Matter, a self-described media company run by retired law enforcement, wrote on their website.
“By spreading these false and misleading statements, Ben & Jerry’s lends an appearance of legitimacy to the baseless claims that police officers are killing men based on the color of their skin. This message has inspired the assassination and attempted assassination of police officers, and it costs officers their lives.”
The comment was ascribed to “Officer Blue,”and doesn’t carry the name of any actual officers.