On Thursday night during a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, Texas, shots came reigning down from a building above. The crowd started to scatter, but not before 11 police officers were shot, resulting in five deaths before morning.

Palin on BLM

The protest was largely peaceful, as Black Lives Matter activists marched in reaction to recent police shootings against African-American men. Before the shooting started at 9 p.m. local time, all reports indicated that there were no issues between the protesters and the law enforcement in charge of policing the event.

After a stand off with police, the suspect, identified as 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson, was shot and killed after the police decided to send in a robot bomb. In the aftermath, both sides of the political spectrum have decided to spin the story to favor their agenda, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was no exception when she took to her Facebook account on July 8.

"BlackLivesMatter‬ is a Farce and Hyphenating America Destroys Us," Palin said as she opened the start of what would become a long and controversial post. While Palin offered her prayers for the fallen officers, the failed 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate quickly turned her attention to the Black Lives Matter Movement.

"Shame on our culture's influences who would stir contention and division that could lead to evil such as that in Dallas," Palin said, before referring to the African-American group as "thugs" who "celebrate violence" by screaming "death to cops" and desecrating the American flag.

Palin said she agreed that Black lives do matter, but not before using a popular right-wing talking point and pushing the "All Lives Matter" agenda.

"Doesn't it go without saying that Native lives matter, too? And Asian; and Eskimo; and Hispanic; and Indian," Palin said.

Palin was just getting started when she said she was " sick of being called racist" for saying that "Every Life Matters," before calling on Americans to join her in the fight.

Palin continued her rant, before closing it with a Bible verse, 2 Timothy 1:7. Republicans were split in their reactionto the shooting, while Hillary Clinton and President Obama called for unification.

Racial tensions

Last week, two African-American men in different locations, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, were caught on camera being killed by police, allegedly through wrongdoing. As racial tensions continue to rise in the United States, only time will tell if the rhetoric pushed by Palin and others like her will make things worse.

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