Officials at the Democrat National Committee tried to pander to the “Black Lives Matter” movement by floating a resolution of support for the group at its recent annual meeting. But despite the DNC’s attempt to make nice with the violence-prone protesters, their hand of friendship was quickly slapped away by members of Black Lives Matter; and instead of thanks, the protest group heaped criticism on the Democrats.
During its summer meeting last week, the DNC passed a resolution that praised Black Lives Matter, saying that “we salute the courageous young people” who have participated in the various riots the group has spawned. The DNC also went on to praise the race-centric group’s “efforts to make visible the pain of our fellow and sister Americans as they condemn extrajudicial killings of unarmed African American men, women and children.”
Why the DNC felt that it had to follow “fellow” with “and sister Americans”–as if fellow must only mean men–is unknown.
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Despite the high praise and the DNC’s complete lack of mention of the many riots, the murders of policemen, the constant stream of racial epithets, and violent rhetoric of many Black Lives Matter members, the movement didn’t seem all that interested in receiving the DNC’s stamp of approval.
Immediately after the DNC passed its celebratory resolution, the folks who run one of the national Black Lives Matter Facebook pages–a page that represents 26 chapters across the country–slammed the Democrats, saying the following:
A resolution signaling the Democratic National Committee’s endorsement that Black lives matter, in no way implies an endorsement of the DNC by the Black Lives Matter Network, nor was it done in consultation with us. We do not now, nor have we ever, endorsed or affiliated with the Democratic Party, or with any party. The Democratic Party, like the Republican and all political parties, have historically attempted to control or contain Black people’s efforts to liberate ourselves. True change requires real struggle, and that struggle will be in the streets and led by the people, not by a political party.
More specifically, the Black Lives Matter Network is clear that a resolution from the Democratic National Committee won’t bring the changes we seek. Resolutions without concrete change are just business as usual. Promises are not policies. We demand freedom for Black bodies, justice for Black lives, safety for Black communities, and rights for Black people. We demand action, not words, from those who purport to stand with us.
While the Black Lives Matter Network applauds political change towards making the world safer for Black life, our only endorsement goes to the protest movement we’ve built together with Black people nationwide — not the self-interested candidates, parties, or political machine seeking our vote.
This isn’t the first time that Black Lives Matter representatives have attacked Democrats. The first Democrat candidate bedeviled by the group was former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, whose July speech was disrupted by a group of Black Lives Matter protesters who leapt up on stage and shut his event down. Self avowed socialist candidate for president Bernie Sanders has also been beset with Black Lives Matter protesters, even being driven from his own stage on several occasions. Finally, Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton has been booed and slammed by Black Lives Matter protesters; she even tried to have a dialogue with them that turned out to be a pointless gesture.