So, meet black lives matter activists, listen to them, toss out platitudes, falsely identify with black history. But, when it comes to the crucial question of policy, be mute.
Another breach into the infrastructure of the Democratic Party — a hacked Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee memo — has, once again, raised a lot of eyebrows and put the internet on high alert. Evidence of corruption suggested in this memo is every bit as damning as that contained in WikiLeaks scandal that set off a media firestorm two months ago.
Back then, DNC staffers got caught up in their plot to sabotage the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders, revealing that they never intended to approach the Democratic primary in a spirit of fair-mindedness.
This time, the party’s target was Black Lives Matter.
Allegedly leaked online by hacker Guccifer 2.0., the memo — circulated, as it were, for “Internal Use Only” — reads as a device to help Democratic congressional candidates pacify Black Lives Matter, and thereby undercut all the social justice mileage BLM has covered up to this point.”Best practices” for interacting with BLM is how DCCC staffers worded it.
Inside, we find DCCC scrambling to cover all its bases of political etiquette in its dealings with BLM.
Meet with local activists. Check. Listen to concerns of black lives matter. Check. Mention history of racism and systems of oppression. Check. Suggest starting a national conversation on police brutality. Check.
The only thing missing was the bullet point instructing politicians to break into song, recite the chorus from Kendrick Lamar’s “We Go Be Alright.”
However, what does all this patronizing ultimately amount to? In a word, a distraction, from substantive questions of legislation.
In fact, DCCC’s specific tactic for handling that issue is, when Black Lives Matters recommends policy proposals that specifically target black community, ignore them. Their exact wording is, “Don’t offer support for concrete policy positions.”
So, meet activists, listen to them, toss out platitudes, falsely identify with black history. But, when it comes to the crucial question of policy, be mute.
Clearly, the bloodletting triggered from that WikiLeaks fallout won’t let up. The damage done to the Democratic brand is permanent, beyond repair. Just today, ABC7 published a new poll announcing that, on the matter of unpopularity, Hillary Clinton is statistically neck in neck with Donald Trump.
The revelations in this recent document confirm what many of us already knew and believed: Democratic Party gives zero fucks about black lives or the agenda of black lives matter, and their entire plan of engagement with activists boils down to nothing more than a smoke and mirrors show.
As far as I’m concerned, DCCC national press secretary Meredith Kelly can keep her statement about how DCCC “highly respects and values the leadership of the Black Lives Matter movement.” It’s too little and too late.
I only wish black people would strongly reconsider throwing their weight behind Democratic party after this clear slap in the face.
Sadly, that probably won’t happen.
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