Saturday, August 15, 2015
My Problem With 'Black Lives Matter': They're Cowards And A-Holes
Black Lives Matter activists get in Bernie Sanders' face recently in Seattle. Do they have the balls to do that to Trump, Jeb Bush or Scott Walker?
"These newly ignited firebrands do know that their bullshit is more likely to be tolerated among liberals than among, say, those who gather at a rally for Donald Trump, let alone at a Tea Party gathering, and surely let alone an Oathkeepers ammo swap.
So they hit Bernie, and they call people racists who are really not their main problem. They pitch a fit if someone doesn’t repeat their slogan verbatim, and they hold themselves aloof from any possible criticism because, after all, they’re holding all the race cards by virtue of their skin color."
Jaime O'Neill, 'Asshole Lives Matter', on smirkingchimp.com
After seeing several times more the assault by 'Black Lives Matter' activists on Bernie Sanders in Seattle - and YES, I call it what it is - I am convinced Sanders now needs to have a retinue of guards at the ready like some other candidates. It is simply not good enough to found most of your protests on the lowest hanging, most vulnerable 'fruit'. And it is the epitome of ill manners to disrupt a meeting or speech and inconvenience thousands of others for your own pet cause, no matter how important you believe it to be.
As I pointed out in an earlier post, these nuisance protesters from 'Black Lives Matter' really need to adjust their own reality goggles and keep their powder dry for the 17 Repukes. As opposed to attacking their own ideological, economic allies with "friendly fire". Note: I do not deny their right to protest and vigorously, only to do so in a cowardly, selective fashion by going after the lowest hanging fruit - a 73 year old Socialist who is only in this race at progressives' behest and because Elizabeth Warren refused to run.
Thus, it would have far more redounded to their credibility (and gravitas) to get in the face of Donald Trump, Jeb Bush or Scott Walker first. THAT would have shown: a) they are serious in their claims they are out to flag and disrupt every candidate, and b) they have the courage of their convictions akin to their 1960s civil rights protester forbears, i.e. at sit-ins in Selma and Montgomery.
Would they risk more by going after the REAL racists and hardline GOOPrs first? Of course! But that is the point of serious protest as opposed to easy posturing, yelling and grand standing - as originally demonstrated by Martin Luther King, Jr. When you bloviate self-righteously that your group is out to honestly protest and "disrupt all", it means nowhere near as much as actually putting skin in the game - before you disrupt elderly candidates who are really on your side.
Note also they couldn't get one inch past Hillary's Secret Service detachment, which shows me they are only interested in disrupting soft, friendly, easily accessible targets. In Hillary's case, they weren't able to disrupt her confab and had to settle for a special, private meeting. So already they've shown they will "take what they can get" so equal treatment of all candidates becomes a matter of expediency and convenience- which is cowardly. If they are going to disrupt a Sanders' event they ought to do Hillary the same honor -else grant Sanders a special meeting as they allowed for Hillary. But to accept the private meeting with HRC because they couldn't or wouldn't get past her Secret Service contingent is cowardice of the highest form.
As liberal talk radio host Bill Press put it on Chris Hayes 'All In' three nights ago: "They are making the perfect the enemy of the good." Adding:
"You target the people who disagree with you, not your friends." Bingo!
Alicia Garza, co-creator of Black Lives Matter sounded all full of herself and sanctimonious on the same 'All In' episode, assuring Chris Hayes she was an equal opportunity disrupter. To which I say ''Bull shit!' She also promised that "all candidates will be disrupted", but I will believe it when I see it.
That means Garza immediately ceasing with the easy Dem disruptions and dispatching her troops after Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and Mike Huckabee!
But I seriously doubt she or her organization will do that because I don't believe they have the courage of those 60s protestors to really put skin on the line in their disruptions. Grandstanding by interrupting an elderly Socialist Jew - in the midst of Libs who're too damned polite and politically correct to do anything but stand down- is lots easier than going after the Donald, or a Bush. In those situations the mob, racist supporters would put those black "activist" lives in real jeopardy.
Maybe also these 'Black Lives Matter' folks ought to keep tighter reins on who joins their ranks. Evidently they had no problems letting in a former Tea Bagger And Xtian evangelical puppet - Marissa Johnson - who had the fucking nerve to call the gathered pro-Sanders whites "racists and white supremacists". As Jaime O'Neill noted in his recent smirkingchimp.com blog article, "not so long ago she identified with the Tea Party and Sarah Palin." Can a pro-Palin, knuckle dragger idiot change colors or stripes overnight? I doubt it.
See the first link below for more on this. Other libs may shy away from calling these assholes out, but I won't and clearly Jaime O'Neill doesn't either!
“You know things aren’t going well when black women get up in your event and start reciting old Destiny’s Child,”