You can’t make this stuff up… or maybe you can?
An unnamed, unidentified police officer has claimed in a blog post online that his box of donuts from Krispy Kreme were graffiti-ed when he received them with the phrase, “Black Lives Matter.”
The alleged incident occurred in New Smyrna, Georgia, and the local police department says that they are looking into the issue.
Why they would be looking into such a harmless act is a mystery as no crime was committed. Surely they have something better to do than follow up on an innocent instance like this?
To its credit – nor maybe to its discredit – Krispy Kreme issued a statement in response to the incident on Thursday, apologizing to the police force and promising to train its employees in “mutual respect.”
Once again, it is worth noting that this alleged officer who was allegedly deprived of socially-conscious-free donuts has not come forward and identified him or herself. And yet because of public backlash against what is essentially a rumor, this company has issued an apology.
Saying that Black Lives Matter is not an insult to police officers or anyone else – it is merely a statement of fact in support of an ongoing threat on black lives in public and especially by law enforcement.
Just consider where this story came from – a blog called “Blue Lives Matter,” a phrase often used to distract and delegitimize the meaning of the original phrase by pitting officers against black citizens.
It’s not hard to imagine that this blog owner – whoever they are – might simply have scribbled the controversial phrase on their own box of donuts in order to make a viral post and inflame right-wing outrage.
The fact that the police force is looking into this instance at all is a disgrace. If anything, they should confirm whether or not a member of their police force was actually involved in this incidence, buy him or her another politics-free box of donuts, lecture them on the stereotypical nature of a cop buying donuts at all, and then put them in a safe space.