Black Lives Matter activist Trahern Crews, from St. Paul, Minnesota, appeared on MSNBC on Sept. 1 to explain the chant, "Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon” made by some activists during a protest at the Minnesota State Fair on Aug. 29 (video below).
Black Lives Matterhas been under attack this week from Fox News, which seized on a video of the chant that was done the day after a deputy was murdered near Houston, Texas.
Fox & Friends co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked guest Kevin Jackson on Aug. 21 why Black Lives Matter had not yet been classified as a "hate group," reported Mediaite.com (video below).
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly stated on Aug. 31 (video below) that Black Lives Matter is a "hate group, they hate police officers."
On Sept. 1, Crews told MSNBC host Chris Hayes that Black Lives Matter does not hate police officers, and added:
"I want to put that chant in context. We had a great demonstration that day. It was very exciting. It was so exciting that I think the police who were along escorting the march wanted to be a part of the march, or part of the demonstration.
"So on the way back, the officer leading the parade kept talking into his microphone and saying things to the crowd like, ‘Stay off the median,’ do that, he was laughing and joking with the marchers. So then the marchers kind of started chanting that towards him. It was more playful than anything."
Hayes asked Crews to affirm that it was a "playful context."
"At that particular demonstration, yes, that was because the officer was laughing and joking along with the protesters .... And the officer also said, when they started chanting, he said back into the microphone, 'Everybody loves bacon.'"