Emmy Griffin / July 21, 2022

BLM’s Potential New Martyr Shot Down by Reality

That reality being the mother and children who were actually being victimized.

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, a shooting that occurred early last week made national headlines. Not because any innocents were hurt, mind you, but because Ben Crump, civil rights attorney and notorious race baiter, decided it was a matter for BLM to protest against since a black man was killed by police.

Crump remarked: “This is Tekle Sundberg. Minneapolis Police Department killed this smart, loving & artistic 20-year-old after an hours-long standoff while he was experiencing a mental health crisis. We need ANSWERS from MPD as to why Tekle’s mental health crisis became a death sentence!” Crump then called for a vigil to be held in Sundberg’s honor.

Here are the facts of the case.

Andrew “Tekle” Sundberg shot through the walls of his apartment intending to kill his neighbors — Arabella Foss-Yarbrough and her two young children. The 911 call transcript shows that Foss-Yarbrough was sheltering with her children on the floor of her apartment. She said that she did not know her neighbor except by sight and that he had made unwelcome advances toward her from time to time, which she ignored. Foss-Yarbrough wondered if that was why he attacked them. She also told the 911 operator that she was a licensed gun carrier and asked if she should shoot back, to which the operator advised her not to. Several more shots were fired until she and her children were rescued by police. The standoff between law enforcement and Sundberg lasted six hours. During that time, both the police and Sundberg’s family tried to convince him to surrender. He ignored them. The standoff ended when police snipers killed Sundberg.

All new sources report that Sundberg was having a mental health crisis at the time of his murderous shooting rampage, but Ben Crump decided it was another case of a black life that didn’t matter to the Minneapolis police. He instigated a rally and vigil outside the apartment building. To those BLM activists, Sundberg seemed like an intriguing new hero for their pantheon of martyrs. That all came crashing down when the actual victim of Sundberg’s madness, Arabella Foss-Yarbrough, confronted the protesters.

Foss-Yarbrough was completely outraged by the rally and yelled at the protesters to “go home.” She said this was “not a George Floyd situation” and that Sundberg had shot at her “two black kids.” Her outrage was not met with any sort of sympathy from the activists. The reactions ranged from dismissal (one protester said “you’re alive,” as if to imply that her survival makes Sundberg’s crime no big deal) to aggressive denial (she was told to “shut up” and that she was “a liar”).

Her protest and the activists’ evil and heartless reactions went viral. Sundberg was hardly an “artistic and loving” person. His social media posts, including this photo and this video, paint a picture of a young man who was clearly mentally unbalanced. Pictures of the holes in Foss-Yarbrough’s apartment further illustrate that Sundberg was hardly the innocent, defenseless victim of police brutality that his family, Crump, and the BLM activists would have the world believe.

To add insult to this mother’s injury, the crowdfunding website GoFundMe has allowed fundraising for Sundberg. He actually received more donations than did Foss-Yarbrough’s crowdfund. GoFundMe is becoming ever-more infamous for its double standards, the latest of which is that it allowed fundraising for Sundberg but denied it for Jose Alba, the New York City bodega owner who used self-defense to save himself and his shop from robbers. GoFundMe said that Alba'a crowdfund was denied because it “prohibit[s] fundraising for the legal defense of a violent crime.” Alba didn’t commit a crime, but by that logic, Sundberg’s account should also be deplatformed, as he was a perpetrator of a violent crime.

The BLM activists have gone largely silent since Foss-Yarbrough’s outburst at their rally. This deeply wronged mother’s courage to stand up for her children and speak truth to these horrible carrion birds is the archetype for more of BLM’s nonsense to be debunked.

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