Surely the facts are bound to be ignored
d-by-protestors.htmlBernie Sanders was slated to give a speech at an event in Seattle city park Saturday celebrating the anniversary of Social Security and Medicare. But moments after he took the stage, a coterie of protestors from a Seattle chapter of Black Lives Matter usurped the senator from Vermont, taking the mic. They asked the crowd to hold a moment of silence to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri.
Subsequently, Marissa Janae Johnson, who identified herself as a leader of the Black Lives Matter chapter, asked the crowd to “join [them] now in holding Bernie Sanders accountable for his actions,” the Washington Post reports. The group maintains that Sanders has not yet shown that he’d adequately address police brutality or structural racism, should he win the Democratic nomination.
Sanders left the stage after several minutes. He later told reporters that he found the incident “unfortunate.” Last month, he called for the “demilitarization” of the police forces and an end to privately-run prisons. More recently, a section on racial justice was added to his platform online.
At another event Saturday evening, to which 1,500 people showed up, Sanders addressed the earlier episode: “…on criminal justice reform and the need to fight racism there is no other candidate for president who will fight harder than me.” He went on, “Too many lives have been destroyed by the war on drugs. Too many lives have been destroyed by incarceration.”
The incident sparked discussion about the tactics of Black Lives Matter, with some commentators questioning the efficacy of focusing on Sanders (as opposed to, say, Hillary Clinton or Republican candidates) and others arguing that criticizing tactics is a way of taking the focus off the movement’s fundamental goals.
If Marissa Janae Johnson and her sister harpies tried to pull the same shit at a speaking engagement for Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz or House Nigger Ben Carson they know full well that “Security” would move in and whomp them upside their useless heads.
It’s so much easier to play “GET THE JEW!!!!!”
Big Time Politics is all about distraction. And so, apparently in Small Time Politics as it tries to muscle its way to the Grown-Ups Table.
But ultimately as George and Ira put it so perfectly —