“Black Lives Matter” Goes After Bernie Sanders Again – But Why?

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It’s difficult to understand why the “Black Lives Matter” organization is targeting Bernie Sanders, a candidate they should be wholeheartedly supporting, and probably would be, if they took the time to look into his record on civil rights, prison reform and general support for middle class Americans against billionaires and  millionaires while Hillary Clinton has accepted tens of thousands of dollars in speaking fees from the big bankers on Wall Street and her husband has taken millions in donations for his foundation.

People don’t give money without an expectation of getting something in return and the Clintons are insiders in the game.

The Black Lives Matter activists apparently don’t understand that to win the Democratic Primary, Sanders must play to his base – and that means playing to the older, white liberals who traditionally vote in Democratic primaries.   And yet, they’ve gone after Sanders again, in what amounted to an orchestrated attack at  a park in Seattle, where they refused to let the Senator speak.   They were so disruptive as to shut down the event.

It’s downright embarrassing for a progressive to watch a group of activists who are allegedly also progressive,  go on the attack against the most progressive candidate the Democrats have.  A man who, some believe, could be our last best hope at salvaging what’s left of American democracy.   It’s so counter-intuitive.  The real enemy for the Black Lives Matter movement is on the right, among the Republican candidates, and not the Democratic Socialist from Vermont.

So  why are they doing it?   You have to ask yourself who benefits from the charge that Sanders doesn’t care about African-Americans?  That would be the Clinton campaign, right?   Far be it from me to suggest Hillary Cinton’s people would stoop so low, even with Sanders popularity surging.   However, there’s another,  even more intriguing possibility and that’s to “divide and conquer.”

One effect of the “Black Lives Matter” people disrupting Sander’s speaking events will be to anger Sander’s supporters, many (or most) of whom are white liberals.   So you then have white liberals turning against black liberals, while, at the same time,  driving some in the non-white community away from Sanders and over to who?   Hillary Clinton.   But,  again,  I can’t believe the Clinton campaign would stoop so low as to use the Clinton’s well known influence in the black community for such an underhanded, unprincipled and despicable tactic.   I can though, imagine the tactic being employed by certain forces on the right who fear a Sander’s candidacy more than Hillary Clinton, in the general election.

But this is nothing more than speculation.   The Black Lives Matter attack on Bernie Sanders by activists who clearly know what they’re doing (they appear to have been trained by someone), is probably just a misguided attempt to derail the campaign by a handful of people who haven’t taken the time to get to know Senator Sanders, or his record.   Probably.

After the swiftboaters successfully nailed John  Kerry, months of a wasted Whitewater investigation and the ongoing silliness of  repeatedly disproven Benghazi allegations and Hillary Clinton’s emails, it’s difficult to be sure of anything.

 

One thought on ““Black Lives Matter” Goes After Bernie Sanders Again – But Why?”

  1. I am very familiar with Bernie Sanders and his record. It is amazing! And that’s why he is my guy….

    But here’s the deal as I see it, Ron.

    Black Lives Matter is supposed to disrupt EVERY candidate’s campaign who is seeking office.

    Why? Because all of them thought they were going to be running a business as usual campaign — without addressing the wanton murders and molestation of black people.

    If you were following Hillary and Bernie early on, they did NOT have anything on their agendas remotely close to addressing the aforementioned atrocities. Both of them tried that middle of the road line, “All Lives Matter” which was extremely insulting to those of us who are black.

    Wh? Because the “All” aren’t the one’s dying at the hands of police and other domestic terrorists on a regular basis. The ho, hum, attitude of Americans regarding the deaths of black men, women, and children is despicable.

    A lot of caucasians have resorted to the wrong-wing talking point of “What about the black-on-black crime” situation. First of all that is a BS talking point. There are countless black people working in their communities to stem the tide of violence. The press doesn’t cover those community groups (I belong to two such groups in LA myself). It’s not sexy enough for the fakers in the Fourth Estate.

    Second, the hubris of people comparing thugs in any neighborhood to those who are sworn to “Protect and Serve” is laughable. (Not to mention that most of the people citing such trite BS have maybe one, or no black friends at all. BTW, co-workers and employees do not constitute “black friends”).

    Does anyone in their right mind believe America would tolerate black police officers slaughtering white men, women, and children at the same rate that we see white officers and other domestic terrorists doing so to black people? Seriously…

    For all of the freaks screaming the new BS talking point “Comply or die,” eff you! That’s another “special rule” for black people that no other American is required to submit to.

    The last time I checked, summary executions of Americans is NOT allowed. We do not forfeit our rights because some bully, white supremacist cop says so. Sandra Annette Bland is one perfect example of the “different treatment” black people encounter with white officers. No one in their right mind can say that bully cop was “Officer Friendly” to Ms. Bland. She was an unarmed woman who was attempting to get her BS ticket and move on. But that piece of crap cop wanted to beat on her for mouthing off, and he did so out of the dash camera’s view…

    Cops are trained to ignore boisterous citizens, and remain professional. Yet, some Americans seem to think it’s perfectly alright for a cop to kill, or molest a black person who “sasses” a cop. Really?

    If Black Lives Matter doesn’t interrupt Hillary, and every other candidate’s campaign, I will be shocked, and disappointed.

    Black people really don’t care about others being uncomfortable regarding the disrupt tactic, because we’re extremely uncomfortable with this nations attitude regarding us being murdered by cops and other domestic terrorists…

    The day we all become comfortable with folks dying over broken tail lights, and other BS excuses to kill black people is the day we must disrupt everything until that BS is properly addressed… So far it has NOT!

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