Events — July 18, 2015

White progressives get a taste of anger & frustration as #BlackLivesMatter activists upstage Bernie Sanders

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NOTE: This post has been updated HERE and you can see more photos from the protest in Anne’s post HERE.

The main event at the Netroots Nation conference in Phoenix, Arizona this year was a “Presidential Town Hall” featuring one-on-one discussions between journalist and undocumented American Jose Antonio Vargas and presidential candidates Governor Martin O’Malley and Senator Bernie Sanders.

I was sitting at a table in the front of the stage when the doors opened. Within moments, a wave of Sanders supported washed into the room to get seats as close to the podium as possible. Many were wearing green Robin Hood caps and sporting large Bernie head signs. The mostly-white crowd were clearly pumped and ready to hear their hero speak about income inequality, the excessive power of monolithic banks, and the other socio-economic issues for which he is so revered.

Gov. O’Malley was the first to take the stage with Vargas who jumped right into it by asking questions related to the sharp rise in arrests of black youths under O’Malley’s administration. Not long into the conversation, however, black activists, most of whom were women, began singing/chanting in the back of the room, “What side are you on, my people? What side are you on?”

They marched to the front of the seating area and spent the 20 minutes or so completely shutting down the event and doing call and response-style speeches about the inequalities faced by blacks and other racial minorities in the justice system, in treatment by law enforcement, and in society in general.

Black Alliance for Just Immigration National Director Tia Oso and Patrisse Cullors, a leader in the Black Lives Matter movement, took the stage to make speeches and to ask a question.


Tia Oso


Activist Patrisse Cullors

Vargas eventually regained control and Gov. O’Malley was able to attempt to answer the central question he was asked about what he would do to end systemic racism in our society. He was, however, interrupted throughout and generally unable to have his voice heard. At one point, protestors chanted “Black lives matter!” to which he responded, “Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter.” Despite the truth of this, it was a tone deaf response that shows just how little he has learned about the Black Lives Matter movement and how statements like this are widely viewed as attempting to minimize a movement focused on the outrageous and unconscionable number of black people being killed by law enforcement in America.

UPDATE: Gov. quickly apologized in an interview on the This Week in Blackness (TWiB) stage immediately following the event.

After Gov. O’Malley left the stage, Senator Sanders came out. He, too, was shouted down and interrupted repeatedly. Unlike Gov. O’Malley who allowed the protesters to be heard, Sanders was visibly irritated, saying things like, “If you don’t want me here, I will leave.” He even shushed them at one point.

At times he plunged on, talking over the protesters as if they weren’t there. While he is largely a supporter of civil rights and is, in general, right on the issues of the Black Lives Matter movement, he came across as a self-important know-it-all who has better things to do than to listen to uppity black kids who are disrupting HIS speech. In the end, he took off his microphone and left the stage without as much as a wave to the audience.

Sitting in the middle of this maelstrom was a fascinating experience. I, like many of the others there, was initially irritated by the protestors. I was there to hear the candidates and was frustrated that they weren’t being heard. Even a bit angry, in fact. “These are your allies,” I thought. “Why on earth are you attacking them? Why are you disrupting an event where the people there are sympathetic to your cause?”

Frustration. Anger. Being silenced.

Frustration.

Anger.

Silenced.

Talked over.

Ignored.

Every single one of these emotions that ran through my white privileged brain in the first few moments of the protest until I was slapped across the face with what I was being forced to confront. Every single one of these emotions are felt acutely and painfully every single day by racial minority groups in our country. But, instead of being inconvenienced by not being able to hear a politician speak, they face them in the context of being slaughtered in the streets by the police officers who are tasked to protect them, incarcerated in astonishingly disparate numbers, and blamed for not being able to escape from the prison of poverty that holds far too many of them in bondage.

After that realization, my perception of the event changed 180°. From that moment on, I saw what was happening in front of me with new eyes. The black and brown people around me were on their feet, chanting, demanding to be heard.

The white people around me were sitting, looked frustrated.

Angry.

Silenced.

Talked over.

Ignored.

For just that moment, even progressives, sympathetic allies to the Black Lives Matter movement, got a tiny taste of what the movement is REALLY about. It’s about having your voice heard and taken seriously. It’s about, just for a while, having to shut the fuck up and actually LISTEN to someone else. About this not being about THEM but something outside of them, something they really have very little personal experience or first-hand knowledge of.

Bernie Sanders didn’t come to Netroots Nation to change any minds. Netroots Nation attendees weren’t coming to his speech to be swayed or to be convinced of anything. This was a national politician making an appearance in front of his adoring base. Nothing risked, nothing gained other than to fan the flames of their love and support just a bit more.

These progressives came for one thing but they received something entirely different. They received an education delivered to them during an exquisitely teachable moment by a group of black activists who had the audacity to not behave themselves but to claim for themselves a space where something transformative could actually happen.

Later on Twitter I was told these activists were “disrespectful”. Hmmm. Maybe so. But spending your entire life being respectful in the face of frustration and anger and inequality won’t do much to change things. Tia Oso and Patrisse Cullors and all of the organizers of this event are to be commended, in my opinion. They seized a teachable moment for themselves and used it to educate people who are, largely, their allies. Whether those allies see it for what it was or as a bunch of uppity black folks being disrespectful will separate those who are truly progressive allies from those who only mouth the words without fully understanding the Black Lives Matter movement and the implications of being an ally.

In some ways today was a crossroads for netroots progressives. Some of us will be strengthened as allies of the Black Lives Matter movement. Others, sadly, will turn their backs and walk away.

  • smileycreek

    This is the first time I’m sorry I didn’t come to NN15. As a white progressive I would have at least gotten on my feet in recognition of the truth being spoken.

    • Holmgren, Trent F’n

      Probably would have gotten beat up.

      • SBells

        See, it’s stupid comments like that that make it clear that the Bernie supporters are are condescending and/or racist.
        Just stop with the ignorant remarks.

        • Cherylln

          Who says Lance is a Bernie supporter?

        • Dee Porter

          don’t listen to him he doesn’t belong there if he speaks like that. Many Sanders supporters support the BLM. myself included. #blacklivesmatter

      • Cherylln

        Did somebody get beat up there? Really?????

    • WampusKat

      I’d suggest that BLM started at exactly the right place… the so-called “progressive” Netroots.

      Here’s why: “Ron Paul’s Neo-Confederate “South Was Right” Civil War Speech With Confederate Flag”
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEC68vTQwP8

      Question: Why is a “progressive” hero, Glenn Greenwald, touring colleges in the company of Koch-funded white supremacists? Listen:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70ZUSd43NEk

      • Are you suggesting that Netroots Nation is not progressive? Why?

    • Kizmet Paradigm

      What truth? There is zero proof of anything they believe. THERE IS ZERO PROOF OF AN EPIDEMIC OF COPS KILLING INNOCENT BLACKS…ZERO. There is an epidemic of black on cop assaults and an epidemic of black on white violent crime and an epidemic of black on gay..black on asian black on teacher black on (insert group here) 4% commits 52% of violent crimes since 1980. Guess who that four percent is retard.

  • Nolan Dake

    I respect this movement, but Bernie Sanders has been on the ground helping out people’s lives for many years, and was just allowed to be heckled(verb, interrupt (a public speaker) with derisive or aggressive comments or abuse). I think he tried to incorperate what they were saying into his prepared speech, along with his initial reaction. This was not enough for the people present and they loudly demanded action be taken, senator sanders obviously believes that #blacklivesmatter, he’s also the only one who didn’t follow it up with ‘all lives matter’. (Hillary after Charleston https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeDtrc6A_j4)

    • Sossman

      Sorry DUDE!! Bernie Sanders is Senator of the WHITEST STATE in the US! AA Pop. 1.2% He IS a White New Englander no matter how you slice it or apologize for it! This just SHOWS How much he is NOT Ready to be President!! He faced conflict instead of ADORATION – and RAN AWAY!
      He could have grasped this AS a Teachable Moment – brought some on stage and turned the Dialog Around! But HE RAN AWAY!! SAD!! This article is no more painted ANTI-Bernie as he painted himself!! A Clear Indication of the REAL Bernie SANDERS!! That’s WHY he Stayed Independent and Will NEVER win the DEM Nomination – And He Knows it! But he’ll make himself a multi-millionaire just by Running!! RUN BERNIE RUN!! RUN Away from Conflict… HOW SAD! He shows this same atitude in the way he treats our President – PBO!! He disses him publically and expects US to Fall for PBO’s Own Ideas – Pay Inequality, Free Tuition, etc. ALL OBAMA IDEAS – And Bernie has been in congress for 24 YEARS!! Compare what he has done to what PBO has done in 6 years as POTUS – NEVER RUNNING AWAY!!

      • Suckaboo

        You can’t compare what the president has accomplished to what senator has accomplished… Its apples and oranges. He’s had ideas of free tuition, equality, etc. for his entire career… Over 30 years. He marched with MLK, he was arrested in Chicago while protesting Segregation…he talks the talk. Research it.

        • Tell us, explicitly, what he has accomplished. Laws. Implemented policies. Anything. What has he accomplished?

          • Suckaboo

            First of all, you realize he has to have the cooperation of his peers to pass laws and make policies right? Here are some bills he has introduced… https://www.congress.gov/member/bernard-sanders/S000033. Please tell me what Hillary has introduced… Or any of the others for that matter.

          • Sossman

            There you blew it right there!! “Cooperation” of his PEERS?!?! What “Cooperation: has PBO HAD in 6 Years and what has he Accomplished! Bernie “outfoxed” himself by staying Independent!! He can’t even run in NH Primary! Sorry – Face the Facts – He’s preaching on many Ideas and Agenda that PBO has put forward over the last six years… With NO ACTION from Sanders!!

          • Suckaboo

            Hi Sossman, he’s running as a Democrat because if he loses, he doesn’t want to
            take votes away from Hillary in the election… that’s very respectable. I’m
            absolutely not disrespecting the President… I think he has accomplished ALOT
            with all the obstacles he has faced. I don’t want to argue with you, I respect
            that ultimately we’re both Democrats, and the Senator doesn’t want to play dirty
            in this election, so neither should the people voting for him. Whatever
            happens, I hope whoever wins the election will fight for all the injustices you
            face. I hope you’ll consider listening to what he has to say, the people who
            voted for him LOVE him, and have never regretted it. All the best to you.

          • Gareth

            Of note is his recent VA bill which he crafted with John McCain.
            During his time in the House, he passed more amendments than any other member of Congress.

            Here’s his full record, easily found: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/bernard_sanders/400357

          • Sossman

            How does he STAND on GUNS? Oh Wait – He’ll get to that later!! How about Ferguson and Sandy Hook, and other Killings?? He voted to protect Gun Manufacturers and Gun Dealers and AGAINST the Brady Bills!

          • Dusty Ayres

            Nothing much these days except bullshit:

            * Supporting a racist bunch of morons like the Minutemen

            * Voting against closing down Gitmo

            *Telling black people ‘it’s class, not race (code for ‘pull yourselves up by your bootstraps and get jobs, black people.’)

            And this is who most white people want as POTUS?

          • Matt Lewis

            Saying something is class is not at all the racist “boot straps” statement you mention. It is a “you do not have any boot straps because the rich have all of the bootstraps”

          • Dusty Ayres

            Code is code, no matter how one tries to disguise it.

          • Matt Lewis

            So if a socialist candidate focuses on their major issue, class, and sees class issues as the major problem facing America, that is actually code for “you black people are on your own”? He clearly needs to speak more about mass incarceration and policing, but saying that he is some coded racist, to me is completely demonstrably false.

          • Matt Lewis

            Bernie Sanders said this in Madison earlier this year.

            “Let me touch on an issue that is widely ignored, almost nobody talks about it: While real unemployment is close to 11 percent, youth unemployment has reached tragic proportions…If they are white, youth unemployment is 33 percent. If they are hispanic, youth unemployment is 36 percent. If they are African American, youth unemployment is 51 percent. In my view, it makes sense to create jobs and educational opportunities for these young people rather than more and more incarceration and more and more jails.”

          • Matt Lewis

            He also said this, “Our job is to create a new criminal justice system, our job is police department reform, our job is to make sure that young African Americans can walk down the street without being abused or worse”

            All code right?

          • Dan

            Matt, he actually said that exact line about youth unemployment at this town meeting that the above article is referencing (though it seems odd that they wouldn’t link the uncut video to their article). Here it is: http://youtu.be/wHhrvKlZyS4

          • Andrew E Schultz

            The article/interview where he talked about this was also in The Nation’s July 20/27 issue. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/be3ce87cd939be7578bc1104f87bd765e48c978d39c8e99dcfd0c3b2f1e42c0c.jpg

          • lindaTX

            He used those exact statistics in Dallas TX on Sunday. Every issue he brought up was well-received. He DID mention Sandra Bland by name, since that death happened in Texas, we all knew about it. I think that use of her name can be interpreted to mean that he DID learn something from the protesting black women.

          • Dee Porter

            he’s learning. he does want to help. I support the BLM and everyone else should too. Being nice and quiet gets you nowhere.

          • DT

            I think we’re just asking to be a little less politically stupid about it.

          • Sossman

            It’s NOT JUST JOBS!!! That is what #BlackLivesMatter – Dude it is about respect, equality in treatment and laws – and getting Justice!! Again – Getting a Job still makes them Black – and a Target of our Justice System!! You just don’t get BLM Issues!

          • Matt Lewis

            Please stop telling what what I do and do not understand. BLM is about making sure that black citizens receive the dignity and justice which all American citizens are entitled to. It is about reducing our ridiculously out of control prison system, our draconian prison sentences for non-violent offenders, and making sure that police departments are kept in check. It is about decreasing the amount of pollution within communities of color which can lead to serious health issues and does TODAY reduce the life expectancy of members of those community. It is about reducing corrupt bureaucratic processes, such as were detailed in the DoJ report on Ferguson, MO. It is about waking up this country to the absolutely pathetic conditions for many people of color in this country. I get it and will fight for a candidate who understands this. My comments above are in response to Dusty Ayres saying that his statements on economic justice are racist code. This is just demonstrably false. I understand that economic opportunities alone will not dismantle systemic racism, but to argue that a man who has a strong record on minority rights both in and outside this country and who has advocated for criminal justice reform and ending the Drug War is somebody who is not on the side of justice is just not accurate. Did he flub the response to activists at Netroots? Yes. But is the man a coded racist? No. Already since this event you can see that he is enthusiastically incorporating the BLM movements messages into his own. All my comments above are in response to one commenter claiming that he is a coded racist.

            Please take a look at this link: http://www.salon.com/2015/07/22/20_examples_of_bernie_sanders_powerful_record_on_civil_and_human_rights_partner/

            Look, Bernie still needs to work hard to earn the votes of BLM activists and allies, but please compare his record on minority rights/civil rights to that of Malley and Clinton. I think the differences are night and day.

            (Earlier comment was deleted due to typos).

          • DT

            You can’t literally ignore all but one sentence from a reply and complain others don’t get it. Well, you can, but as can clearly be seen here you’ll look looney. I’m sure you’ll just use this as more proof that whitey is out to get you, but it isn’t.

          • Debbie Lusignan

            Sanders was arrested for protesting in the civil rights movement in the 60s and he has been involved ever since. What did they want from Sanders? He backs the policy changes they support, so why heckle and interrupt? What were they protesting in his speech specifically?

          • Shonta

            They didn’t want anything specifically from Sanders. It was a demonstration allowing others there, not just Sanders, to feel what many blacks and minorities feel daily.

            Silenced
            Voiceless
            Talked Over
            Not Heard
            Frustrated
            Ignored
            Angry

            It’s the thought that maybe if you can feel what I feel you can truly understand my pain.

          • Patrick Bright

            It wasn’t their event to hijack and use for their own selfish cause. If progressives of any stripe want to make headway in Washington we need to focus on common causes and a unified voice rather than barging in on a public event and shouting down everyone else.

          • Mike549

            I would hate for people at this pristine event to be the slightest bit inconvenienced when we have people dying for walking down the middle of the street. All BLM wanted was a dialog about the FACT that black lives have little value in this society. What we found out was that they have less value than a career politician’s precious schedule.

            I guess it is selfish to want to live. Wow.

          • Patrick Bright

            It’s not a dialogue to storm a stage, grab the microphone, and shout down the speakers who were scheduled to be at the event. Chanting slogans isn’t dialogue. Accusing white progressives of not caring yet demanding that we be quiet and penitent “allies” where it serves their interests isn’t dialogue. There’s no doubt that there are serious reforms that are needed in police departments across the country as well as some serious measures taken in black communities across the country to address the high levels of poverty and crime that inevitably lead to frequent confrontations with the police. A decent progressive candidate can and will address that. But a candidate for President has to lead the entire country, not just cater to the demands of some rude activists.

          • Sossman

            Ahhhh, but Bernie ALREADY said – He represents the People of VT!! And as an Independent! Too crafty eh??? And he Blasts PBO when he makes decisions to help ALL the People – Sorry Sanders Kool Aid Drinkers – He CAN’T ahve it Bothe ways!! ALL I HAVE Heard lately from the Sanders Cult – Is where was HRC – that HRC Aids were behind this!! No one mentions HRC Attended the ARK Jefferson Dinner – An Important State to the Clintons and one that has to turn BLUE Again!

          • Cherylln

            The BLM people did not have a clear idea of what they wanted. Once they had Mr. Sanders’ attention, that was the time to ask for what they wanted. Why not do that? That was the time to go to work.

            It is all well and good to judge Bernie for being irritated. I guess that he is human and had no idea how to go forward upon being screamed at. Just think… he has had fifty years of working on the behalf of people of color. And they’re screaming at him? And what a nightmare. This is a campaign nightmare. The battle is hard enough with his campaign being dependent upon grassroots build up and there are the people tearing it down.

            How can he help anyone if he is not elected? He can’t!! So where are all of us going to be if Trump is president?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

            How is that going to help BLM?

            It is going to take us all to get him elected. There is no room for short sighted goals.

            I have no doubt he will do everything that is possible to help us all… but only if all of us work together.

          • Mike549

            First of all, I never said that he wouldn’t get my vote. My indecision is at least partially based around the fact that some people’s votes are taken for granted. If I’m voting for the lesser of two evils — “he’s not a Republican” — then I see little reason to show up on election day. People that have already decided on Bernie are engaging in hero worship and are a big part of the problem. Our goals may the same, but I’m just a little more pessimistic than the supporters Sanders takes for granted. Why not force the candidates to act and hold them to account at every opportunity. The truth remains that they don’t experience a lot of the challenges in life that the rest of us do, and wanting them to get a little taste of it is not asking too much.

            Despite the almost perfect tone of this article, most of the commenters here are just people who’ve already made up their minds, and that’s too bad. That’s why we’re in the sad state we are in.

          • Suckaboo

            I know that we sounded a little evangelical this weekend (ok a lot– and I see how it was annoying and disrespectful). However, we know that he is on his own running for this– he doesn’t have the Press on his side, he doesn’t even have his own party (or even the DNC, which is scary) because they’re too scared to back him for fear of pissing corporations off, he doesn’t have the support of a single big corporation, he doesn’t have lots of money, and he doesn’t attack people… So, people who know his work are very protective. I don’t agree with the negative responses from our side… he wouldn’t do that, and we should have followed his example. With that being said, I know we need to ease up on the Kool-Aid, people are going to start getting really annoyed with us if they haven’t already (the last thing we want is to become the tea party of the left, and for God’s sake get rid of that Robinhood hat)… problem is the media is completely blacking him out, so we feel we have to get the word out, and when we talk, we gush… because he really is that amazing of a human being (and I’m as cynical as they come about people in general)… but he sure as hell wouldn’t want us to be fighting amongst our own party, so his supporters need to chill out on the defensiveness– myself included. If you feel so inclined, and have the time… check out this video (it’s long, but worth it)… people need to see of him to really get an idea of who he is. His rally’s make him sound like another talking head, and people need the opportunity to see past that. https://youtu.be/MOx1PYO_BnY.

          • Sossman

            THANK YOU!!

            FIX THE PROBLEM – NOT THE BLAME!!

          • kringlebertfistyebuns

            I guess too many on the Left don’t seem to have absorbed any lessons at all from the opposition about party discipline or how to win. Acting like a bunch of fractious fools doesn’t get anything done.

            To govern, first we gotta win. The GOP can’t govern worth a damn, but they pretty clearly know how to run a campaign and win, and generally are far better at pushing their agenda than we are.

          • DT

            BLM wanted no such dialog. You can’t take the position that they wanted everyone to feel powerless like them and also that they wanted a dialog. They are incompatible things. Get your rhetorical arguments in order before you try to justify something as dumb as this.

          • Mike549

            Bernie showed his true colors again in Seattle when BLM showed up to engage in a dialog. I’m very, very disappointed. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cdf7f3ebcb064279d26605c046b552f17329bfa95444756e7e6c58773888ed3b.jpg

          • DT

            Yes, he showed his true colors of letting even obvious morons speak and keep control of the mic for much longer than anyone else would have allowed.

          • Mike549

            I guess you and the other far right nutcases are now expecting Sanders to act like Trump and try to shut down BLM completely when they show up to be heard. What are you afraid of (other than actually engaging in a dialog with people of color)?

          • DT

            This is hands down the most hilarious response I have ever gotten on the internet. We’ll forget the missing of my entire point for now, but being called a far right nutcase really takes the cake. I need to tell my boss, who calls me a socialist. I also need to tell my black colleague who frequently accuses me of being blacker than him because of my BLM support, that I am afraid of dialogue with POC.

          • Mike549

            BLM apparently doesn’t matter enough to you to let their voices be heard. I’m guessing your so-called boss is a Klan leader if he considers you a socialist in comparison. When all you’ve ever known is institutional racism, anything to the left of Hitler starts to look progressive when the goal posts have been moved so far to the right thanks to decades of the kind of intolerance you and other right wing activists display on a daily basis.

          • DT

            “BLM apparently doesn’t matter enough to you to let their voices be heard.” Not even remotely true. I don’t want these particular people who affiliate themselves with BLM to make a mockery of what BLM is actually about.

            Look, the only point I have made is the one above and you have extrapolated that to mean I am a right-wing nut job and only people who think Hitler had things right could possibly think I am left wing (actually, even more quixotically, you seem to think that anti-racism is a hallmark of socialism, but I will let this one pass since it isn’t the most egregious or most original error you have made). You need to take like seven notches off your rage meter.

          • DT

            And by the way, I actually think what Bernie did was amazing. I mean, you literally misinterpreted my statement in every way it was possible to misinterpret it if you understand English.

          • Medium Julie MacDonald

            selfish case? are you kidding me? It is selfish to want to be heard? It is selfish to stand on behalf of so many others who have no voice? To demand that POC stop being unjustly killed at the hands of some power hungry- steroid crazed PUBLIC servants that are sworn to protect and SERVE
            No sir, get your panties in a bunch because these POC DARED to step out of the line delineated for them by the white majority does not mean that they are selfish -it means that they are tired, frustrated, in deep grief and frightened for theirs and their childrens lives.
            a bunch of “progressive” white folks getting their panties in a bunch because it doesn’t happen to them or touch them – now THAT is selfish and it is frankly disgusting and inhumane

          • Patrick Bright

            So how does it serve the cause of these black women to disrupt a public event? To cheapen political discourse to nothing more than shouting slogans over anyone else trying to speak? Tactics like that won’t change a thing. There are a lot of issues affecting us as a nation, a lot of threats at home and abroad. Black criminals getting shot or otherwise brutalized during altercations with the police are undoubtedly an issue that ties into the altogether troubled race relations in our country, as well as the problems facing many poor black communities, but that’s just one issue out of many larger issues that needs to be addressed.

          • Sossman

            Thank YOU for SO Eloquently Demonstrating WHY Bernie Sanders will NEVER Get the Nomination for DEM President! Great Job of pissing on the Minorities that you Obviously Don’t Understand! You sound like a Perfect TRUMP Supporter!! 82,000 children and adults have been killed by Gun Violence Since SANDY HOOK!!!! That’s a Problem! But Bernie Sanders Comments – I’ll talk about it LATER!!! Yet he voted to Block Background Checks, protect Gun Manufacturers and Gun Dealers!! WHY Cause VT HAS ZERO Gun Control!! Let’s BE CLEAR!! Walking in Washington in 1963 was FABULOUS!! Sandy Hook, Ferguson, I Can’t Breathe, Sandra Bland IS NOW!!! This ISN’T RACE RELATIONS my Friend – This is GENOCIDE!!

          • Davis Buenger

            Do you know what genocide is? That hyperbolic rhetoric only divides the Bernie supporters with the #BLM supporters. We are natural allies. Vent your frustration elsewhere and quit destroying discourse. This fight is an unproductive distraction that will only lessen each cause.

          • Mr. BillyHounddog

            Some of your facts are a bit skewed. Might want to check again, before falling prey to complete drama mode.

          • Mr. BillyHounddog

            Also good to check the reasoning behind the vote.

          • thegodemperor

            So maybe they should bring that shit to the actual establishment that’s doing it, not the people who are their allies. All they do is lose allies when they do this shit.

          • Medium Julie MacDonald

            bring to the establishment that is doing it? that would be the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – and the last I checked Bernie Sanders is running for the HIGHEST office in the United States of America –
            If they lose allies over “doing this shit” eg asking to be freakin heard for ONCE – then they weren’t really allies – they are in disguise –

          • thegodemperor

            You seem to fail to understand, progressives are the few who ARE listening to them outside of having to protest a presidential primary nominees meeting. People think they are doing something powerful, but they were already preaching to the choir and, guess what, they did it in a rude way. They hand waved all the efforts Bernie Sanders has been working for when it comes to civil rights for decades. Just cause most of them haven’t been alive or politically active for the majority of his life? That’s stupid.

            I’d be impressed if they did this at a Ted Cruz or Scott Walker or Jeb Bush or Trump rally. You know, bigoted assholes who are actually contributing to the system that treats minorities worse.

            No, this was not smart. This was not helping anyone.

          • Sossman

            BRILLIANT!!!
            He faced the REAL Issues for the First Time and his statements showed – he wasn’t listening!!

          • DT

            Except it doesn’t do that at all. It temporarily imposes a pale facsimile at best. At worst, it reinforces stereotypes about angry black women.

          • Mike549

            How hypocritical. It’s okay for Bernie to protest and be arrested so he can appear to be a bona-fide justice warrior but when POCs try to do it he disregards them completely. Meanwhile he has languished in our nation’s capital for decades impersonating someone who actually gives a damn while the conditions at ground zero further deteriorate. BLM is in emergency mode because people our dying as we speak. Bernie puts on an act and goes home to his Lilly white state basking in material comforts.

          • Cherylln

            Great, Mike. Then let’s bring in a Republican to do the job.

            Personally I don’t believe he could be impersonating someone who gives a damn. I think you have underestimated the guff he has to have given all those years dealing with the arrogance and abuse from the Republicans for not going along to get along and for having ideas and goals that would destroy their gravy train. I am sure they are just polite and distant, right?

          • Sossman

            NO – SANDERS Will Bring in a Republican President in 2016… He is Right There with Ralph Nader in 2000!!
            Gore lost Fl by 546 votes!! Nader received 92,000 Votes in FL!! See a Pattern HERE???

          • Sossman

            THANK YOU!!

          • Sossman

            Not TRUE!! He (like myself) was a radical in the 60’s here in Chicago! He went to a Socialist School know for it’s Communist leanings – I know – I was there!! But what has he done lately!! He also lived in a Kibbutz – so does that make him and undercover Jewish Agent all these year!! Sorry – If I hear one more time he marched on Washington – I’ll vomit! I was there too – I was 12 and went with my Dad –

          • SBells

            Black people’s major issue is not class, it’s race.

            I think that was the point of the comment.

          • Cherylln

            And then, Dusty, there is projection, a psychological phenomena where you broadcast your own problems onto someone outside of yourself.

          • Dusty Ayres

            Like the projection that you and other Sanderbots make onto black people and others that don’t believe that Sanders is amazing just because he’s the great white savior that the USA needs?

          • kringlebertfistyebuns

            Sounds like tone policing to me.

          • Craig Freger

            There is an underclass that’s growing… it’s white, brown, black, red… Divide and conquer is the enemy’s game, and Bernie refuses to play it. Get a clue.

          • Sossman

            PS, Craigy – I was in Washington at the MARCH! The FIRST DEM I worked to ELect was John F Kennedy!! Sanders KEEPS Diss’ing PBO and the Obama Base and he might lose to Martin O’Malley!!

          • Liberal Juggalo supremacist

            So you’re advocating racial communism?

          • Dusty Ayres

            No, but at least I’m not advocating bullshit like your idol is.

          • Mike549

            Careful. Anyone advocating novel ideas here will be accused of being a Hillary supporter, a troll or a “plant” Even though we are approaching this issue from very different angles — yours being reactionary and racist while mine is progressive and inclusive — I can’t argue with your conclusions. When people of color cannot even walk down the middle of the street without being murdered by white police officers it really is time to ponder these ideas. The Sandersbots here won’t even consider it since they’re heavily invested in this racial caste system where POCs are taken for granted and only given token representation while pale skinned politicians like Bernie bask in luxury in Washington for decades. Is he willing to give up his seat at the table for a person of color? No. Does he advocate emptying our prisons of POCS arrested for drug use, drug trafficking or interracial violence? No. Until he can answer yes to these questions, as a progressive I cannot commit to supporting his campaign.
            #blacklivesmatter

          • Bob

            I would like to better understand your comment. I can understand that drugs conviction are not the best solution, but sometimes the person only choice of survival. The interracial violence would lead me to believe that you would leave a person convict of the same race attack in prison but let out someone who attacked another race.

          • Mike549

            LOL obviously I’m not advocating violence but I’m sure you knew that. What I am saying is that the whole justice system is corrupt, especially regarding interracial crime, that POCS cannot get a fair trial since the scales of justice are weighed so heavily against them. I am saying that a committed progressive would realize these issues and be willing to wipe the slate clean. Of course one would have to be not so heavily invested in the the status quo for real change to take place. I’ve yet to see many Sandersbots contribute anything to this dialog except accusations of working for the other side. Theit minds are closed, thus the status quo marches on and conditions in our cities continue to deteriorate.
            #blacklivesmatter

          • Bob

            I do know you are not advocating violence. But your implementation leaves a lot to be desired. You would release one of the three white men who dragged a black man to death behind their pickup truck.

          • Mike549

            Obviously not. I’m addressing black on white crime and not the reverse. POCs cannot get justice in this environment.

          • Bob

            Obviously, but one of the men can claim just like George Zimmerman can claim minority status. Be reported as white by the media, but actually having a minority parent.

          • Mike549

            Contrast your attack posts with Bob’s gentle inquiries and you’ll clearly see why I’ve used the label Sandersbot. Bob wants to foster a dialog while you’re only interested in being hyper critical of those who dare to question the whole rotten system.

            As Chairman Mao said, let a thousand flowers bloom.

          • Mike549

            First of all, I am a progressive and a POTENTIAL Sanders supporter. I’ve yet to swallow the Kool-aid or engage in any cult-like behavior and for that I do apologize. My reward for my indecision has been to be labeled a shill, Hillary supporter, troll, bigot, and a plant. My views are pretty closely aligned

          • Mike549

            First of all, I am a progressive and a POTENTIAL Sanders supporter. I’ve yet to swallow the Kool-aid or engage in any cult-like behavior and for that I do apologize. My reward for my indecision has been to be labeled a shill, Hillary supporter, troll, bigot, and a plant. My views are pretty closely aligned with the author of this thoughtful article.

            Regarding my ideas on the state of our criminal justice system, clearly we have no common ground. I don’t grant the system the same legitimacy that you do.

          • Cherylln

            How can you say our minds are closed when you call us Sandersbots? Surely you know we are people who only see our hope for the future in Sanders? Do you know that I am a human being? That I think, that I really, really consider all sides. No one comes close to answering the needs we are in danger of losing forever.

            I personally don’t see you being open minded at all. Just dismissive of what we want to see accomplished. It is only grass roots effort that is going to get him elected and working on restoring our rights and the getting the civil rights of the black community as well.

            No one else is even talking about it.

          • Mike549

            Which is basically what I advocate though obviously I’m far more optimistic about their prospects than you are, Sandersbot.

          • Cherylln

            Bernie is not basking in luxury. He has bypassed the handouts and the graft. And if he is like me, he has shelled out lots of money for his goals. His assets are listed at $450,000. Not sure what that includes but it is a far cry from what Hillary Clinton has, or Donald Trump, or most of their compatriots.

            I guess you could call me a Sandersbot. Thanks for your respect for my desires for a future. That cute little derogatory name is going to warm my home and feed my family very well when the Republicans shut down our jobs and schools and retirements. They like our Social Security and Medicare I hear.

          • thegodemperor

            Dat is some false dichotomy fallacy if I’ve ever seen it.

          • Dusty Ayres

            Not as half as bad as what magical unicorn pony bullshit you and others like you came up with these past four terms to bash Obama with simply because what he accomplished wasn’t ‘progress’. I wish that most of you would not look a gift horse in the mouth, accept what progress was made with Obama, or just get the frack out of the USA and live in Europe or Scandinavia.

          • dreamjoehill

            Ahh, the stinky little fauxgressive gets mad and shouts “Love it or leave it”; thus confirming that his POV is utterly reactionary.

          • FYI, she’s been banned for insulting other commenters.

          • Sossman

            Some How he thinks Getting Jobs will turn peoples Skin WHITE so they won’t be targeted by Military Police Units!!
            Get with it Senator Sanders!! There are Inherent Criminal Justice Issues!! BUt you showed you don’t have the patience to work on it – you get frustrated, grumpy, and just leave (AND CANCEL BLM Meetings AFTER the MEETING!!) He SHOULD he is NOT Ready for Prime Time!! Hiding NOW to Regroup!

          • Sossman

            OH “Billy and Mary Did It Too”!!! Was that 2nd or 3rd grade? Then he STIFFS all the BLM members after that Town Hall… Something about heat and a kitchen???

          • ruth ferguson

            I feel an urge that I must say something here. I don’t care how angry anyone is, there is no call to burst into another person’s situation and be just incredibly rude. If you are angry about Bernie’s lack of attention to the police killings, you could have first checked his record of race problems in America and for certain you could have called Bernie ahead of time and asked him to give you some time at the mic. You two women were incredibly rude. And you most definitely attacked the wrong person. Bernie is on your side!!!!!!

          • DT

            “Telling black people ‘it’s class, not race (code for ‘pull yourselves up by your bootstraps and get jobs, black people.’)” If you believe this you can’t be helped. This is a man that has been arrested for protesting segregation. Get off your high horse before you snap your neck.

          • Austin Innovator

            A WHITE voice crying in the wilderness for BLACK RIGHTS for over 50 years. No blacks in his state because SLAVERY was NEVER in that state.

          • Frank Butler

            That’s not the only way black people get to live in a state.

          • dialogic

            Delusional, ignorant, or on a payroll. Do you have a link to a story on the Windsor checkpoint?

          • Cherylln

            I challenge your automatic denial of the Windsor checkpoint and proffer to you the opportunity to expand your mind and do your own damned research! I will be doing that as well. But I think I might not find corroboration in a handy link. I KNOW it won’t be on CNN or Fox.

          • dialogic

            Honestly I don’t even know what you are talking about. I didn’t deny anything. I believe what ‘energy decisions’ said and was asking for a link so that I could share it with other people in other places. Further my comment about ‘delusional, ignorant or on a payroll’ is in corroboration with what ‘energy’ said about it being delusional to disparage Bernie for being from Vermont.
            Your comment made so little sense that I can’t figure out what side your even taking on the argument.

          • Cherylln

            It made no sense to YOU.

          • Cherylln

            Perhaps you could have explained your delusional comment as NOT referring to Windsor point. Readers are not telepathic. You have be clear as to what you are referring to.

          • thegodemperor

            Are you THIS dumb to realize that it takes more than just one man to make a law a law? How about you look at what he was able to do as a Mayor in Vermont though. Learn about how he actually helped the people, all people, not just one race.

            Get educated.

          • Dee Porter

            He passed an extensive Veterans Bill but the problem with Bernie is he isn’t like the other politicians so he doesn’t get much respect in the Senate. I hope BLM has inspired him to make their plight a big issue in the 2016 elections. He is already trying. I hope whoever is elected passes significant legislation to address police brutality, racism, and just blow up the prison system. Peace to you. #blacklivesmatter

        • Dusty

          What has he done for “Black Lives Matter”….. lately?

          ARE COPS STILL KILLING BLACK AMERICANS?

          • formerroadie

            Why do people think a sitting senator is a king? Do you folks not know how our government works? The bills he has put forward and his track record prove he is fighting for minorities. Good grief. Please, stop bashing the best candidate we have and start helping him win.

          • Dusty

            That’s not called bashing, it’s called being heard!

            No Black folk, no win, remember that.

            http://www.ontheissues.org/Domestic/Bernie_Sanders_Civil_Rights.htm

          • Sam Smith

            It is bashing. When you distort the truth to promote your opinion without stopping to be objective or consider the evidence presented, that’s bashing. You don’t care what he did or said, you just want to fight. Nothing is going to solve anything. Why don’t they run into a republican candidates townhall meeting? They are the ones that remaining willfully blind and support the Confederate flag! They are the ones that say that the church shooting wasn’t racially charged, that it was an attack on religion. Open your eyes and look at who your real enemies are! Not all white people are unsympathetic to the cause but to make someone that is actually trying to help, make him seem like the enemy. That’s counterproductive. Black lives do matter. Black lives are significantly impacted and their are huge disparitis in race in poverty, incarcerated, police brutality, abuse of women, unemployed… we see it. We see it!

          • Joe Kreiser

            Absolutely, and specifically if anyone in this race wants action about poverty, police brutality, and everything that the black community needs to have addressed, Bernie Sanders is the person you want. Hillary will not do anything but extend the status quo.

          • DougDeGrave

            Yep, that gosh darned Confederate flag, and those Republicans. And Robert Byrd, and The Democrats, and the Klan….
            http://i.imgur.com/HbjDuy0.jpg

          • Chirpy

            You can find a couple of images, but the rest are owned by you guys.

          • Craig Freger

            Never an official campaign publication; this was de-bunked long ago. Oh, and the switch from Democrat to Republican by the segregationist Dixiecrats beginning in 1964 when Johnson signed the Civil Right Act and continuing through Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” is also well-documented. Nice try, troll, but your ignorance is showing.

          • DougDeGrave
          • Sam Smith
          • CatDeville Llewellyn

            Wonderful… so you’ll end up with Hillary, or better yet Trump. Maybe one of the other Republican contenders? Good luck with that.

            Simply being disruptive is not going to achieve your goals. Indeed, that type of behavior directed at your allies is much more likely to undermine your goals. That’s not a white viewpoint, it’s a rational one. Luckily for the black community, Bernie does believe that #BlackLivesMatter… He’s even put his own life on the line marching for your civil rights with you at a time when having white skin was no protection if you were marching for & with black folks, so while he may have chosen not to stay to take abuse or waste his time when no one was interested in hearing his voice (even tho he had been invited to speak), I don’t think that he will hold your poor behavior against you and change his lifelong views on civil rights.

            But if you think you have a better, more viable candidate who will do more for you, by all means, vote for them.

            The most ironic thing about this is that Bernie is one of the few people who has truly listened to you and worked with you in the past. You didn’t need to act like unruly children to get his attention. You would have accomplished much more if you had simply chosen to have a conversation with him like adults. I understand that the point of the article is that you were too angry to do so, but you will have a much harder time getting what you want if you take your anger and frustration out on those who actually *are* listening to you, and have been.

          • lindaTX

            the author of this article makes this point in the article – “Every single one of these emotions that ran through my white privileged brain in the first few moments of the protest until I was slapped across the face with what I was being forced to confront. Every single one of these emotions are felt acutely and painfully every single day by racial minority groups in our country. But, instead of being inconvenienced by not being able to hear a politician speak, they face them in the context of being slaughtered in the streets by the police officers who are tasked to protect them, incarcerated in astonishingly disparate numbers, and blamed for not being able to escape from the prison of poverty that holds far too many of them in bondage.” Bernie could have handled this disruption much better. Don’t be the grumpy old grandpa. Be the coalition builder.

          • dialogic

            Making sure Clinton “hears” you too? Or was it just a coincidence she didn’t show up to get her medicine too?
            Think about it. In this day of social media, Bernie, Hillary, the other 2 guys, all of them have their ears open to twitter etc.
            They all KNEW BlackLivesMatter was coming. All four of them KNEW.
            Right off the bat I’ll give Bernie and O’Malley credit for showing up and not ducking out the back like Hillary or Webb.
            They may have been caught off guard by the fierceness of the protest, but they knew BLM wasn’t coming to smile and hug and sing songs.
            Forget Webb, he’s the closest thing to the republicans out of the four of them. After him, Clinton is and always has been a straight up DLC democrat. Along with her husband Bill. Obama has surrounded himself with DLC democrats since 2008. That is the bullshit wing of the Dem party.
            Bernie is coming from a very different place.
            This guy didn’t just parachute in a couple of weeks ago. He has been one of the lone voices in the wilderness speaking the truth for a long time. He isn’t doing anything different than he has been, the times are catching up to him. Listen to what the man has to say, you may be surprised.
            Dusty, if you don’t know, right a letter to your favorite, most trusted member of congress and ask them what they think. The good guys are in the minority in the government, but there are good guys out there.

          • Dusty

            LOL…I love how most messages to me turn into an Ad for Bernie Sanders. Although I think he is among the best out there, AA;s need someone to help find a way to stop cops from killing people in AA communities across the country.

            That is the *’most important’* thing to us before we can think of those important bread and butter issues. It could be the low man on the totem pole and not Bernie, that could get that vote. Right now, we just want cops to STOP killing the people.

            Why can’t people understand that? STOP the Killings!

          • dialogic

            Short of violence what can I do? People are starting to videotape these cops, and that’s good — but MOST alarming, more than even the frequency which appears rampant, is the casual and almost leisurely nature with which many of these cops just gun people down. Like they haven’t a worry in the world. Cold blooded.

            But right now, this minute, you have racist communities electing racist mayors and judges and district attorneys y sheriffs, etc, each hiring their racist staffs. [cynical sidebar: if only it were humanly possible for ALL democrats to vote in EVERY election and take some of those offices away from them]

            So there is no immediate solution because, as you note, and as is obvious to anyone who is neither racist nor insane, there is systematic racism up down and sideways across every manifestation of civil authority.

            But here is the thing. The right wingers heads are at the point of exploding with the direction this country appears to be moving. There are going to be fits and starts but we are moving in the direction of greater inclusion which they hate and perhaps soon towards a long overdue return to populist economics.

            I’m sorry to turn it into an “Ad” for Bernie, it’s meant as friendly advice or sharing my opinion, BUT, I don’t think, and I say this from my heart, I don’t think there is anyone else even in the same ballpark as this guy for the seriousness with which he would try to effect real change directly. Certainly not any of the other candidates for president. Sure, Bernie isn’t the only good guy out there, there are others, but I don’t see anyone half as good as him in the race. And that’s being generous.

            And he is the UNDERDOG for goodness’ sake. He’s the one going up against the rich white money power. How are you going to try to trip him up? You’d have to be nuts to piss away this opportunity.

          • Dusty

            I think I’ve read and heard more about Bernie than any other, I can almost recite his stump speech myself. For Black folks, this has gone past the economy, which is Sanders expertise. I’m talking about maybe getting body cameras for cops and real training to start and not hiring cops that have already killed in other location across the country and hired in another. Check this out about BLM…

            http://www.vox.com/2015/7/21/9010871/bernie-sanders-sandra-bland

          • stillonline

            To my estimate 20% of the country are tea bag racists. What percentage of the population is African American? What portion of that number vote?

          • Mike549

            Right. Because if the number of black voters is low enough we can ignore their issues completely. For some us this isn’t about politics. This is about saving lives. And it appears you’ve drastically underestimated the number of tea baggers in this country; the jack booted Sandersbots are acting like the vanguard of the whole imperialist system.

          • Dusty

            What portion of that percentage vote? I’ve heard that it was 65% of Black women that helped put Obama in the Whitehouse in 2008 and kept him there in 2012. Any Democratic candidate will need them, including Sanders. I don’t want her to win just because of name recognition. I’d prefer Bernie, but he has a long way to go.

            http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/19/politics/bernie-sanders-african-americans-2016-netroots/index.html

          • dialogic

            Let’s try not to forget that in the 2008 PRIMARY, it was the white PROGRESSIVE vote, along with the AA vote that gave Obama the win over Clinton. Clinton had the white working class vote locked up. Obama got nearly 100% of those who NOW support Bernie. And now when it’s our guy’s shot, you’re gonna kick him in the shin?

          • thegodemperor

            No, you’re bashing and bashing from ignorance. That’s pretty pathetic.

          • Suckaboo

            You’re asking this of a man who is senator…. Shouldn’t you also be asking the president that? As Matt Lewis stated above, Sanders said this earlier this year.. “Our job is to create a new criminal justice system, our job is police department reform, our job is to make sure that young African Americans can walk down the street without being abused or worse”… This takes time and the cooperation of many politicians, which means right now we need new representatives in office… The people in office will not do this! He’s asking for a revolution, and that is what you need in order for this to happen. You’re fighting your own shadow. If you vote anyone else into office, this will NOT happen, unfortunately. You seem to have made up your mind, which is unfortunate, but no other candidate is calling on widespread change, so you can take that gamble, but I wouldn’t go to Vegas with those odds.

          • Dusty

            Lord if Obama would work faster or do much more. But to me, this appears to be a long evolution that’s not going away soon. How many President will it take to accomplish this task? But for sure it will take more than Obama.

          • Suckaboo

            You’re totally right, it does take time! Just please have an open mind about this guy, I know we sound like we’re drinking the kool-aid, but if you listen to what he has to say, and what he has done, you might give him a chance. There are a few videos on YOUTUBE that are worth checking out. Search Bernie Sanders Greenspan, and the video will come up, that’s my favorite and it’s well worth your time. Him against the Iraq war is another one.

          • Dusty

            As a retired person I’ve watched a lot of MSNBC where I first became acquainted with Bernie Sanders about eight years ago, believe me, he is no stranger. I like him almost as much as I do Senator Liz Warren. But, at this point I would vote for Hillary Clinton if she hired a member or was in affiliation with BLM organization, and I’m not crazy about Hillary.

          • Suckaboo

            I hope you reconsider, if you do think he’s a viable candidate. Voting for
            him in the Primaries won’t hurt Hillary if she’s going to win. I know that we
            sounded a little evangelical this weekend (ok a lot– and I see how it was
            annoying and disrespectful). However, we know that he is on his own running for
            this– he doesn’t have the Press on his side, he doesn’t even have his own party
            (or even the DNC, which is scary) because they’re too scared to back him for
            fear of pissing corporations off, he doesn’t have the support of a single big
            corporation, and he doesn’t attack people… he could have defended himself this
            weekend, and instead he just learned and moved forward instead of going on a PR
            binge. So, whatever gets out about him that is negative, has the capacity to
            really do damage. Howard Dean was a frontrunner in 2004, and he was derailed by
            a sound bite of him screaming… his views were very much in line with Sanders,
            and the media just tore him apart over it. They’ll be doing worse to Sanders.
            So, people who know his work are very protective. I don’t agree with the
            negative responses from our side… he wouldn’t do that, and we should have
            followed his example.

            What scares me, is there is no one else like him, he truly is a one of a kind
            politician, and he’s not going to have another chance to run. It’s pretty much
            now or never… he could possibly take us back to the FDR days, when things were
            really good, and go down as a great president, like FDR… and he’s not a
            pushover, he can really make some noise. With that being said, I know we need to
            chill out, people are going to start getting really annoyed with us if they
            haven’t already… problem is nobody is talking about him, so we feel we have to
            talk about him.

            If you feel so inclined, please check out this speech he gave in February…
            this is what his speech should sound like if he had time (and it’s impossible
            not to have a great deal of respect for him after watching it)… https://youtu.be/MOx1PYO_BnY. — it’s an hour long though, so most people won’t watch it.

            Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and allowing me to share mine!

          • dialogic

            Agreed 100%. He is “surging” but he is still highly vulnerable. The big money guys will move heaven and Earth to destroy his candidacy.

          • dialogic

            She might just do that. OMG cynicism will kill us. Hiring a BLM activist for her staff DOESN’T mean SHIT. How can you be so naive?
            Let’s try to look at this through the other end of the telescope. Which of the two democratic candidates would produce more heart-attacks among the racist right wing in this country?? I think the answer is self-evident.

          • Chirpy

            Does one Senator control the nations police departments? I think A LOT of these clowns are paid for by Shillary.

          • Dusty

            Who controls the nation’s police departments, a senator a president? If this falls in Obama’s hands, why hasn’t he done more, or is he leaving that all up to his DOJ.

            I’m watching that space. He appeared to have left black folk for last.

          • dialogic

            That is correct. But THAT is also the point. He comes out of the same DLC wing of the democratic party as Bill and Hillary.
            Sanders, white though he may be, WILL be a stronger advocate for BLM than either Hillary or anyone else within a mile of running.
            Hillary jumps up and down and SAYS “look at me, I’m on your side — look I have a BLM pin on my jacket lapel!!” — but she is FULL of shit. Sanders doesn’t play reverse minstrel — but he will DO.
            A lot of us Bernie supporters were hysterical last week because we have been waiting for a candidate like Sanders (or Warren) for 50 years. We also know that if he gets shot down it will likely be by the black vote, and that there might not be another true democrat like him for a long time after.
            THIS is our chance to come together and to SHOVE social, racial and economic justice DOWN the bigots fucking throats.
            Make no mistake that those who hate Sanders on the right and are now calling him a Nazi and every other crazy thing– that a lot of it is pure racism because while they aren’t speaking about race, they understand that most of what Bernie is proposing will strengthen the black community — and that THAT is precisely what they don’t want and have been fighting for 50 years to prevent.

          • D Bell

            What actions has ANY national politician taken to stop police from killing Black people in America?

          • Dusty

            That’s the question! But it’s time to find out what can be done from all of the politicians…or a blood bath on all sides. Lord knows there are plenty of guns out here. But I’m almost sure it won’t come to that.

          • James Kihn

            Wouldn’t that be the president’s responsibility to deal with that and not a state senator from Vermont? Our president, an African-American himself has done very little to address the issues of the black man. Looks like he’s doing more for the transpacific partnership than anything else lately. What does that have to do with the future of African Americans in this country?

          • Just so we’re clear, Bernie a Sanders is a U.S. Senator, not a state senator. It’s in the Top 3 most powerful positions in the country.

          • Dusty

            It’s the Presidents responsibility and all of those requesting our vote that follow him. I’m afraid this will not be a done deal overnight.

          • Carlos Nieves

            he is a candidate not a president ,, u think he alone , as congressman can stop the entire US police dept,, from killing blacks,, c’mon,, u just want to pass a smart and concerned w/o research into is record of 40 years fighting for u too,, and no one can do nothing until u and everyone get together in a mass movement and really change things,,

          • Dusty

            In other words you are saying, Bernie should not concern himself with our causes until he is president?

            Bernie and all others need to get someone from the BLM movement on their staff. I’ve got a feeling this will take a while.

          • dialogic

            His cape is at the cleaners, he’ll be taking to the sky in no time…

          • Dusty

            He’s better get his cape cleaned with a quickness if he wants Blacks to vote for him, or hire someone from the BLM movement to assist him to help him understand.

          • Cherylln

            Argh! What do you expect him to do right now? And if you are so morally superior what did you do this week to help?

          • Davis Buenger

            So you think Bernie is a bad candidate because local police departments, which the senate has little to no oversight on, irresponsibly use their power.

          • Mr. BillyHounddog

            It doesn’t matter what you say to Dusty. He is stuck on agitating and has been for a week. It does us no good. This particular discussion needs to morph into self-reflection on what has been said and let the points made rest for a while, so the agitation and division can rest. Then we can maybe salvage some progress on what has been learned. Dusty can go back to Canada and agitate.

        • Sossman

          That was 58 years ago!! Get with it! He just proved why he is a Grumpy Old Man! And why he doesn’t get along with his fellow senators! Put ALL the Kool Aid Wrong! He looked confused that he wasn’t carried with choruses of Hallelujah!! Bernie GET REAL!! Everytime you DIS the President – You LOSE more Obama Base Votes!! Another Ralph Nader! SAD!

          • Suckaboo

            Hi Sossman, I know that we sounded a little evangelical this weekend (ok a lot– and I see how it was annoying and disrespectful). However, we know that he is on his own running for this– he doesn’t have the Press on his side, he doesn’t even have his own party (or even the DNC, which is scary) because they’re too scared to back him for fear of pissing corporations off, he doesn’t have the support of a single big corporation, he doesn’t have lots of money, and he doesn’t attack people… What scares me, is there is no one else like him, he truly is a one of a kind politician, and he’s not going to have another chance to run. It’s pretty much now or never… he could possibly take us back to the FDR days, when things were really good, and go down as a great president, like FDR (BTW, I think President Obama will go down as a great president, too– he has accomplished a lot)… and he’s not a pushover, he can really make some noise. So, people who know his work are very protective. I don’t agree with the negative responses from our side… he wouldn’t do that, and we should have followed his example. With that being said, I know we need to chill out, people are going to start getting really annoyed with us if they haven’t already… problem is nobody is talking about him, so we feel we have to get the word out, and when we talk, we gush… because he really is that amazing of a human being. At the end of the day, we’re both Democrats, and whoever wins, I hope will fight tirelessly for your rights…

      • Mr. Bill

        Sanders was arrested desegregating a school in 1962. He was at the March on Washington in 1963. He came out for Marriage Equality almost 40 years ago, and has never changed.

        He has my vote.

        • Dusty Ayres

          Big deal, that was decades ago-what good has he done lately?

          • kathiedecree

            Read the information at the links posted above your post.

          • Dusty Ayres

            I’ve already got better info about Sanders from a good site (http://www.thepeoplesview.net/main/2015/7/17/gun-loving-progressive-hero-bernie-sanders-voted-to-protect-racist-vigilante-border-militia)

            Read it and get back to me.

          • Bob

            There is nothing to read.

            We couldn’t find the page you were looking for. This is either because:

          • andy_o

            Take the closing parenthesis out of the link.

          • Dusty Ayres
          • Leeds

            This amendment is about not using funds appropiated by the bill to reveal information to the Mexican government as to the whereabouts of American citizens on US soil.

          • Dusty Ayres

            Sorry, but I’m more concerned what he’s done for social justice with regards to black people today, not decades ago, and he’s failed in that regard.

          • Chirpy

            He has voted the right way but you don’t care to look at his record. What would you suggest he do from his position?

          • thegodemperor

            You realize a senator is not a king or god right? They can only propose laws and talk about an issue, they alone don’t make things law or so.

          • Dusty Ayres

            Why weren’t you and the other emoprogressives this understanding about Obama and what a POTUS does while in office, sir? Why did you derail what progress he was making in the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections by not voting, thus giving the GOP control of the House and Senate?

          • thegodemperor

            I know exactly what Obama can and can’t do while he’s in office. For example, he does not make up the budget. I don’t blame him for the failings of the budget. He can propose a budget to congress and have someone else in congress bring it up for a vote and some of his ideas of how to spend the budget were implemented, but ultimately the onus is on Congress. However, you know what Obama can do? Push the DoJ to prosecute Wall Street. You know what he hasn’t done? That.

            You know what Obama could do? Speak out against the TPP and refuse to sign it because it’d be disastrous for every nation that’s involved in the deal. Only big corporations make out. You know what he’s done? Pushed for it.

            How about you stop being a dumbass and come back to me when you grow up and learn a thing or two. It’s clear you can’t handle all the people proving how stupid you are and just have to red herring everything. You clearly didn’t realize that a single senator can’t make something a law themselves and thus your attack on Bernie was all pointless as it proved your ignorance of our system.

          • Stop with the personal insults or I’ll ban you.

            – Thanks

          • thegodemperor

            So they can be rude to me and make baseless claims about me, but I can’t do the same? Thanks for proving you’re so “unbiased”

            I mean, isn’t “emoprogressives” an insult? It sure is in that context.

          • Four things:

            First, read the comment policy. It’s linked at the top of the page. Second, there are 677 comments on this post and I have had to read every one. That has resulted in some being deleted and some users being banned. It has also consumed an enormous amount of my time so, if I miss something now and again, you’ll understand. Third, correct, emoprogressives is not, in my book, a personal insult like calling someone a dumbass. Four, c’mon, surely you can make your point without resorting to direct insults. You’re a smart person by he looks of it. Be creative, challenge yourself.

          • Four things:

            First, read the comment policy. There’s a link at the top of every page on the site.

            Second, there are over 675 comments on this post. I have had to read every one of them. That has resulted in comments being deleted and some commenters banned. It has also consumed an enormous amount of my time so, if I miss something now and again, I’m sure you’ll understand.

            Third, correct, “emoprogressives” is not, in my opinion, a personal insult on par with calling someone a “dumbass”.

            Four, c’mon, surely you can make your point and even express derision if needed without resorting to direct insults. Attack the idea, not the person. Be creative, challenge yourself. We do it here on this website every single day.

          • thegodemperor

            fair enough. I don’t disagree I should be more mature and not result to such. I’ll make sure to refrain myself in the future. But I do think in the context it was used “emoprogressives” is meant as an insult.

          • DarkGoldenMan

            “Emoprogressives” that’s a good one, I gotta remember that one.

          • thegodemperor

            Since apparently your post of your ONE source defending the TPP is deleted, maybe it’s time you stop being a shill and actually learn about it. As well as the effects of CAFTA and NAFTA and how it’s helped to reduce overall wages of the American people. Maybe it’s time you learn about how the TPP is just handing over power to corporations. Seriously, why are you, who I believe is not even American, such a partisan hack for the Democratic party? And yet only the mainstream members, not even the ones who ACTUALLY align with the American people’s beliefs?

          • Mr. BillyHounddog

            what good have you done lately ? do you expect all of us to know exactly what you have done or not done within say the last 3 years ? we should probably ask before we assume nothing was done .

          • Dusty Ayres

            I’m not the one running for POTUS and making himself out to be a savior of the white and black races like your love object Bernie is.

          • Mr. BillyHounddog

            I’ve never heard Bernie Sanders claim to be the savior of anything. He doesn’t even campaign that way, saying vote for me, blah, blah, blah. Instead he says he can’t do it alone that we must not allow issues to divide us and we have to stand together. And all this Houston stuff has done, and probably the reason he left early, was because it is doing exactly what he advocates against. Dividing us.
            Is that what you want ? A savior ? To come and do it all for you ? Is that why Ferguson, a majority black community, could have voted in local black leaders a long time ago and taken control of their community? Well I doubt a savior is coming. Your best bet is to vote for your best interests.
            Sorry, not into ” love objects” whatever that would be.

          • Dusty Ayres

            How many time do I have to prove that I’m not an American, but a Canadian? It’s hopeless to reason with you, so please don’t respond to me.

          • dialogic

            “great white hope”? where do you get that?
            “beating up a group of black people” where do you get that?
            Again, i repeat, when you chase Hillary down to give her her dose of the same medicine, then I’ll listen.
            She didn’t have the guts to even show up and hear what the people had to say.
            If you want to convince yourself that Sanders is full of shit just like Clinton and Obama and a hundred other full of shit politicians, fine, that’s your choice. But this “great white hope” bullshit is just pathetic, he has never portrayed himself as anything of the sort.
            This is a guy who is ON RECORD, and has been for years, that criminal cops should be prosecuted and sent to prison.
            Has Hillary EVER said that? Has Obama even? No.
            Sanders has said it on the floor of the Senate. He has said it at rallies in front of thousands of people. That is showing guts. That is standing up. Reality is that there are a lot of racists in this country. Most of them are republicans, but not all, there are plenty of racist democrats — WHO DONT WANT TO HEAR SANDERS SAY ANYTHING LIKE THAT — but he stood on principle and said it.
            Clinton, her husband Bill, and sadly Obama too, have shown themselves to be whores– Sanders is literally one of a small small handful who have never hired themselves out to the highest bidder.
            Either way, you have your opinion, and I have mine. If you haven’t listened to the guy give a full speech, I would suggest you do and draw your own conclusions.

          • Dusty Ayres

            Hillary is the only hope you have against the GOP (as would have been Biden if he chose to run); I suggest that you consider that before betting your hope on this old out-of-date inconsistent (and racist) old hippy.

          • Mr. BillyHounddog

            so says the Canadian with no dog in the hunt.

          • Dusty Ayres

            So says the Canadian who has just as much a stake in this as you, based on what Billy Bragg said about a POTUS also being a leader for the rest of mankind due to the power the USA has. To put it another way:

            Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt.

            Pierre Trudeau, National Press Club gathering, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1969

          • Mr. BillyHounddog

            What you refer to in Ottawa was 50 years ago. According to this crowd that doesn’t count. Thanks for the laugh and no you don’t get to tell us who to vote for.

          • dialogic

            I appreciate your showing your preference for Hillary. You might be right that she is the best hope against the GOP. I thought that for a while and am beginning to have more doubts. I’d take her over any republican. Same for Biden.
            As for Sanders, I still call BS on your depiction of him. His ideas are not out-of-date — quite the opposite, it seems his ideas were ahead of his time. The US people might finally be waking up to what life might be like in this country if we take some ideas from the prosperous advanced industrialized European countries.
            Guaranteed family leave for mothers to stay home with their babies after birth for a few weeks to bond. Full single payer healthcare as a right and not a privilege. Guaranteed two weeks paid vacation time per year. Going back to free tuition at public colleges and universities like we USED to have. Yeah — the HORROR!! OMG, it just all sounds too awful. So much for out-of-date. Inconsistent? Again, BS, he’s probably one of the most consistent politicians in or out of DC. He has a rating of 95-97% from every liberal/progressive organization that exists including from the NAACP. Hillary isn’t anywhere close.
            And racist? He didn’t enjoy getting shouted down at a campaign town-hall? Yeah, he must be racist to his bones despite every evidence to the contrary.
            Old?Yeah, I guess he’s no spring chicken, but hey, no one’s perfect.
            But as for electability, Hillary I think would win, or at least I hope so. And I’m starting to believe Sanders could too. Well have to see how things go. I’m curious if you have seen one of Bernie’s campaign rally speeches. The one from later that in Phoenix was pretty good. There were a LOT of enthusiastic people in that crowd. White liberals obviously but I saw quite a few black faces in that crowd (same for the two speeches this weekend in Dallas and Houston) and I have to imagine that Bernie would be very popular among the non-racist non-libertarian independent voters.
            The debates will be interesting. While I don’t hate Clinton, holy shit is she boring as fuck to listen to. She has no passion. No soul. Her convictions do not run very deep.
            The fact remains that no one will fight with more heart for the interests of average Americans, black, white, green or purple, than Bernie will. His track record proves it.
            Consistently on the right side of almost every issue.
            So you foolishly call him a racist while he has a 97% approval rating from the NAACP. I guess they’re just handing out high 90’s approval ratings like chiclets over there.

          • dreamjoehill

            Killary will just continue the descent into reactionary Empire and police state repression.
            I’ll take an old hippy to an old corporate battle axe any day.

          • lindaTX

            the 40-hour work week came to us a hundred years ago…..somebody, a whole lot of somebodies, worked long and hard to get it done. We are at that point once again. I hope that was just being sarcastic/funny snarky and not a real opinion “you haven’t done anything recently so it doesn’t count”

        • Mr. Bill

          I have no idea. That is irrelevant to my support. I’m Black…. is there a certain amount I’m supposed to be tithing to the NAACP?

          • Mr. Bill

            By welfare to you mean the disability payments I get from the VA after breaking my back on active duty?

            You are a racist ass.

      • I Kung Fu You

        Yes, he could have, he should have, but he didn’t. I don’t think it was out of disrespect, but more out of being bewildered to what was happening. I understood more after reading this article as Bernie probably will after digesting what happened. This was supposed to be a get together of like minded progressives to pat each other on the back but it turned into something else, unexpectedly, and it alarmed many in the audience, as the writer even notes. It’s absurd to say this one moment, which in my opinion is still alive an ongoing, disqualifies him from being president.

        And it’s telling for this blog to have a moderator who explicitly has an agenda for a particular candidate.

        • Two things: I’m not the “moderator”, I’m the publisher. In other words this is my sandbox and you get to play in it if I let you. Second, I have yet to make a decision as to who I will vote for in the Dem primary. I was leaning toward Sanders until Saturday.

          • Suckaboo

            Please, I’m curious to know who you do think is a good candidate? At this point it’s not about the perfect candidate, it’s about the lesser evil… Unfortunately that is the reality of our democracy.

          • Chirpy

            Why converse with the sandbox bully? What a cheeseball.

          • Suckaboo

            I’m a cheeseball? It was a rhetorical question… Didn’t expect a response…

          • dialogic

            “so willing to alienate the very people who are on the same side of the political aisle”???
            The sanders supporters? Are we on the same planet?
            Sanders was trying to say that he agreed 100% but was shouted down. He got annoyed at being shouted down. Ooooh he’s soo soo bad.
            Compared to the Republicans who get together and chant “hang the monkey president and his wife”?? Are you out of your mind?
            Sanders, and 99.9% of his supporters support BlackLivesMatter. Or put another way, I bet the large majority of the white people who support BlackLivesMatter are Sanders supporters.
            And finally, while you may be able to justify an angry outburst given the life or death nature of the struggle black youth are facing at the hands of these cops — did anyone stop to think about the fact that all of the candidates KNEW BLM was coming and that only Sanders and O’Malley chose to show up??? Where the FUCK was Hillary?
            Shouldn’t you be seething with anger that she ducked out the back door and didn’t have the nerve to even show up??
            It smells of a Clinton campaign smear job, and until I see BLM chase her down to give her a taste of the same medicine, I will continue to believe that.

          • Hans Meyer

            “The sanders supporters? Are we on the same planet?”

            Peruse through these comments and then get back to me.

            “It smells of a Clinton campaign smear job…”

            Never mind reading through those comments.

            You unwittingly proved my point.

          • bfealk

            Chris, I think changing your vote based on this one incident,is in my opinion, ridiculous.

            Bernie has a long record of being a strong supporter of civil rights and he has spoken out forcefully on the violence against African Americans by law enforcement.

            The issues that are at the root cause of our race problems are the issues that Bernie has been emphasizing, income inequality, black youth unemployment, and on and on.

      • Mr. BillyHounddog

        Sorry, I don’t buy your logic. The Protestors came to the event with a certain agenda and they accomplished it. They made it clear they weren’t open to listening ( never mind that a few thousand others had come to listen) . They wanted everyone to highlight their cause only and they probably hurt themselves more than they helped themselves. Whatever.
        Bernie did not run away. Bernie is not afraid. He attempted to talk to them. They weren’t there for that. When you’ve lived in this world a while you learn if someone isn’t ready to listen they simple are not going to. End of story. “Teachable Moments” happen when minds are open, not closed. Discussion at that point is completely useless. The only thing they would have responded to at that time was if the candidates had completely turned the rally to a Black Lives Matter rally. Bernie knows Black Lives Matter. He’s known it for a long time – longer than a lot of them have been alive.
        In Arizona Bernie connected the dots he would have done in Houston, if they had let them. He explained how his economic agenda would go a long way towards solving problems in black lives. He talked about crime and punishment and solutions. Too bad the Houston protestors didn’t allow that part to be said in Houston. It was their loss.
        On a different note, I cannot follow this argument that Bernie is somehow lacking or at fault because of Vermont’s demographics. Furthermore, Bernie might be white, but he is also part of a minority that has suffered much. His extended family from Poland doesn’t even exist because of the Holocaust. No one has a monopoly on pain. And why do you think he or any of his supporters should apologize because he is born what he is any more than Blacks should apologize for being born what they are or apologize for where they are from?
        Bernie said right before he left – it is actions now that matter.

      • James

        I find this to be disingenuous. I strongly suspect that there was no “right” response here. Anything Sanders said would been criticized as inadequate, tone deaf, out of touch, etc. The protesters appeared to be playing “gotcha” with the candidates when they ambushed them and shouted them down. And your (probably phony) outrage and all-caps commentary isn’t very persuasive, either.

        You criticize Sanders for “dissing” Obama. But surely you are aware that the US Senate is part of a separate branch of government. Senators should be critical of presidents when it’s called for. And do you really want to blame Sanders for the demographic mix of Vermont residents? Silly. Disingenuous. Not buying it.

      • Austin Innovator

        All your anger has prevented you from reason. Dissing OBAMA? You, sir, are one complete fabrication.
        He did not run away; He decided to not argue with fools.

      • nordski

        did you actually see it or just read this horribly written article?

      • Carlos Nieves

        u are so onesided ,, trying to be correct u have to start lies ,,? Mr. Sanders does not own an apology for being white,, he is just a very fine soul, a dedicated fighter all his loife for the underdog and the right causes, minorities and all,, He tried and tried to to talk about what they wanted himm to talk but simply coouldnt ,, I would have left also if im trying what u want me to do but u urself dont let me do ,, silly analysis u come up with trying to be cool and smart,, be real ,, he is the best thing around ,, the most honest and valiant . he needs not this kind of uncalled for attacks. tx .

      • devenh74

        One quote from Hillary Clinton,
        and one quote from Martin Luther King Jr.
        You decide.

        • devenh74

          Some facts to go on.

          • devenh74

            More Facts….messy, messy facts…

          • devenh74

            Those darned ACLU ratings….always mucking up the hype.pop .

          • devenh74

            A plethora of top ratings for Civil Rights of all people, for racial minorities, for women’s rights, for LGBT equality for Veterans, for elderly, for students, for the environment….

      • devenh74

        Bernie Sanders IMMEDIATE response AFTER Ferguson in August 2014. Hillary Clinton didn’t speak blacklivesmatter until April 2015. This was a bill Bernie Sanders put through on August 20, 2014. Read it and be corrected: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/download/dear-colleague-youth-jobs?inline=file

      • Hidden Mysteries Radio

        Bernie Sanders is NOT White. He is a Jew.

      • stillonline

        Bernie marched with MLK and went to jail too. In spite of being from WHITEST STATE in the USA, he has been working for civil rights and equal justice for 60years. He didn’t do it to win votes, he did it because it was right.

        • cassie

          also its not something to scouff at when you fought for civil rights in the 60s a lot of white people who did were thought to be as bad as black people to racists, like white folks who fought alongside black folks were beaten and killed as well. but the focus should always be on the black leaders and fighters of the time i’m just saying being a part of that movement wasn’t something to do for fun it was life an death.

      • Craig Freger

        Bernie marched on Washington in 1963. Where were you? Busy with something else? Five years old? Not born yet? LMAO. Those interrupting the proceedings were there to make a statement; not to get a response. They didn’t care to hear what Bernie had to say, even though he was prepared to respond.

      • Bobs_Vendetta

        So you and people who think like you will ensure we get either Clinton or a Republican. And this will help your political agenda in what way?

      • Wendy Fawcett

        I watched a video of Sanders on stage. I disagree that he RAN AWAY. unless there’s some other point in time not in this to which you are referring https://youtu.be/wHhrvKlZyS4

      • Dee Porter

        yeah, he didn’t handle it well but he will learn. He is an honest man so I would hope you would at least give him a chance to grow. #blacklivesmatter

      • Dee Porter

        And there is nothing wrong with criticizing a sitting President. I voted for Obama but I would not impede on anothers freedom of speech. Bernie says nice things about Obama too and has worked hard for him in the Senate.Neither men are perfect. I do not think you realize the BLM has a lot of Bernie supporters. As for the others, educate them. Then if they just don’t get it they are not humbling themselves and even trying. I get it. That is why I feel down when I see all this back and forth. We should have each others back. Keep up the good work BLM. #blacklivesmatter

        • Dee Porter

          I would bet a lot of them aren’t REALLY his supporters anyways. the Republicans are afraid of Hillary and Bernie. Sowing seeds of strife. Don’t believe them all. I can’t say none are stupid though. But most Bernie supporters want the same things you want.

    • Mike549

      The “all lives matter” remark is nothing but hate speech. Everyone knows whose lives matter in this society and whose are disregarded by incarceration and poverty. I thought Sanders was a racist, but Hillary and O’Malley are basically Nazis with their hateful remarks designed to pander to the KKK and skinheads.

      • MLM

        Well then let’s just call it “ONLY Black Lives Matter” since anyone who cares about police brutality toward white people MUST be a racist.

      • Mr. BillyHounddog

        No. It is not hate speech. Calling it such is a ridiculous extreme intolerance that is an expression of anger like hate speech.

      • Suckaboo

        Wow… That is unbelievably twisted.

        • Mike549

          I see my attempt to have an open dialog has forced the extremists to come crawling out of their compounds wrapped in the Confederate flag.
          Wow. Just wow.
          It’s clearly not necessary to point out that white lives matter when all of society is set up to ensure their success or at least their accesss to opportunities.

          • Suckaboo

            I’m not white!!! I don’t even understand your argument… Good luck having your “open dialog” while calling your allies racist.

          • dialogic

            I’m not sure, but I think he is a right wing bigot who is fucking with you.

          • Suckaboo

            Can’t tell who’s who right now:(

          • Zombie Forrest

            Are you being ironic?

  • Thomas C. Pedroni

    Chris, you may not have meant it this way, but you seem in this piece to be working overtime to try to paint Sanders negatively. Whether you believe Sanders is a better or more realistic candidate than Hillary or not, the man has paid his dues. I found this portrayal strained less to portray sanders negatively. — http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/18/martin-omalley-bernie-sanders-interrupted-hecklers-phoenix

    • That characterization was entirely deliberate and intentional. He lost an enormous amount of credit with me after his “performance” today.

      • Yalesha DeSofia

        I accuse you of fetishizing African-American people – and probably getting Clinton money.

        • Hilarious.

          • Gene Merritt

            Not really. The tenor of this blog seems to be pro Hillary in disguise of something legitimately neutral.

          • Equally hilarious.

          • judy lee

            You just proved Gene Merritt’s point. Question: When you state that ‘We’re guests here”, does that include you? Are you a guest, or do you own stock in this establishment?

          • Hans Meyer

            “You just proved Gene Merritt’s point.”

            No I didn’t.

            “When you state that ‘We’re guests here”, does that include you?”

            Why wouldn’t it?

            I’m not the one whining about the tenor of this blog.

            “Are you a guest, or do you own stock in this establishment?”

            Just like you, I am a guest here.

        • Wagnerian_thrice

          Nauseating reply, dude.

      • Carol Sheffield

        There’s a video of Bernie talking at a community meeting in VT. where he tells one of his constituents who’s yelling at him about his comments around Israel/Hammas to SHUT UP and SIT DOWN…Hillary supporters are jubilant, claiming he’s crashing. He really needs to learn better people skills if he’s to continue, GREAT MESSAGE or not.

        • Dusty Ayres

          Hopefully, he will crash, and take most of his supporters with him. As well, hopefully, they’ll leave (North) America and settle in Europe where they can live the pure lives that they want to live.

          • MeteorBlades

            As an American Indian supporter of Sanders (with reservations), I won’t be leaving.

          • Dusty Ayres

            I don’t want you to, I’m talking about the white supporters of Sanders.

          • shinnie

            what if I’m part white? Should i pick one of the 3 areas of the world my ancestors came from tp return to? how do I chose?

          • Dusty Ayres

            What if this response of yours is bullshit, and I don’t care, Sanderbot? You’re doing the same bullshit you and others like you accused Obama supporter/voters of being, all because he didn’t do the magical unicorn pony bullshit you expected him to do.

          • TomF

            I’d like to know which of the candidates you think would address these issues you care so much about other than Sanders?

          • Joe Kreiser

            I can’t like this comment the 20 million times that it needs to be…

          • dialogic

            As soon as you or anyone else asks that question, they up and disappear like dew in the morning.
            It’s as predictable as 1,2,3.
            There is no other candidate who is better in general, and ironically, especially for the black community. THAT is why they will smear him and try to tear him down. Make no mistake that the vampiric corporate interests are prepared to move heaven and earth to make sure Sanders doesn’t win.
            Basically EVERYTHING they have done over the last century (and really back through time) has been to make sure that someone like Bernie Sanders DOESN NOT come to power.
            My advice to those who aren’t buying the bullshit is ignore it, stay true to your core beliefs and message.
            This is the first time most of the country has heard anything like what Sanders is saying. Keep spreading the message. Twist people’s arms if you have to. Sit them down in front of a computer and play them one of his rally speeches.

          • Chirpy

            Bigotry will get you far. I second the Shillary money comment.

          • Sean Fielding

            …with reservations…heh

            Reservations here can take the locative ‘on’, not the instrumental ‘with.’

          • James Melton

            What are you even talking about? I’m white. I support Sanders. Does that make me some kind of racist?

      • Phil Perspective

        And what about Hillary? What has she ever done? Or are you giving her a pass for the awfulness of the 90’s? What about O’Malley? Is a few words going to make up for his awful policies as Governor of Maryland or Mayor of Baltimore?

        • Joe Kreiser

          O’Malley is horrible, and Hillary is nothing but the same.

      • Thomas C. Pedroni

        Ok. If anyone would like to watch Bernie Sanders at Netroots Nation today, here is the video Netroots has posted. http://youtu.be/wHhrvKlZyS4

        Chris perhaps you could link it in your piece.

        • Rochelle Noel

          Thanks, Tom. I also think it would be prudent to post the Martin O’Malley segment (which led up to Bernie Sanders’ segment). You would really need to see both segments to understand how the entire episode unfolds.

          • Rochelle Noel

            Here’s the Martin O’Malley segment:
            https://youtu.be/Ti2mFehLzjs

          • Thomas C. Pedroni

            Good idea Noel. And thanks for posting.

          • Thomas C. Pedroni

            I think Patrisse Cullors and Tia Oso are awesome! Where do I get to vote for them? I listened to them very carefully, and although they wanted all candidates to appropriately memorialize the women who they named, by responding with specific proposals, the primary objects of their critique were (1) Netroots Nation itself, and its marginalization of the very issues the activists wanted to raise, and (2) Governor O’Malley’s policies. If Bernie was aware of what had been going on, he should have ceded time. But I don’t think he was the primary object of their brilliantly staged intervention.

          • nha16

            Wow. This is the first I’ve seen this segment. O’Malley got to say everything he wanted to say. Bernie got to say NOTHING. What is the explanation for this?

          • PRRH

            Time.

      • Throw_it_all

        Would you not be frustrated when people are ignorant that you…

        – Marched with Martin Luther King, Jr.
        – Were arrested at a sit in you organized in Chicago to end segregation
        – Focused on minority rights during Congress?

        Because that’s what Sanders has done his entire life. It gets pretty ridiculous when you call him a performing and privileged white man. All you have to do is use your ability to learn and research his past. That’s all it takes. Bernie Sanders was marching in DC for civil rights before most Americans were BORN.

        • Wagnerian_thrice

          It’s not enough to rest on what he don ein the 60s or in the past. He needs to support the movement emphatically as it exists now.

        • Libra_Lady

          So we darkies should be grateful?

          • Dusty Ayres

            According to these silly white people, yes.

          • Lapin

            Well you’re all clambering to invade the U.S. and European countries instead of choosing to stay in societies of your own creation like Haiti and Zimbabwe so yes, basically

          • bfealk

            I watched Steve Kornacki’s coverage of this incident and I wasn’t there.

            While I think Chris makes good points in this article, the protesters were shouting down the wrong people.

            Senator Sanders certainly is on their side on the issues that affect and frustrate African Americans.

            Senator Sanders has been an ally of the civil rights movement of decades and didn’t deserve this treatment, in my opinion.

            Being an activist myself, although I’m white, and I can’t fully relate to the frustration and anger felt in the black community, my advice would be to carry on this kind of protest against people that are responsible for the shameful treatment against African Americans and that person is certainly not Senator Sanders.

          • Kussit

            Perhaps not, but the trade & it’s boats belonged to Sayanim Sanders’ forefathers.

          • Libra_Lady

            Oh yes, that’s right. You’re a White supremacist. Say hi to your Brother Daddy and your Aunt Grandma for me.

          • Kussit

            DERP, Kaffir. ◔_◔

          • MLM

            As a person of color, I’m VERY grateful that Bernie Sanders has worked hard for five decades to make my life better. He marched fifty years ago, but it’s his efforts in Congress that continue today that have really made a difference.

            What did the “First Black President” Clinton do for my people? His policies made the rich richer and the poor poorer. Just like Hillary Clinton will. She’ll talk the talk, tell us what we want to hear, and then let the banks and the war profiteers run the government for another 8 years. Obama has done better, but even he is a sellout to the rich, pushing the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) that will destroy our working and middle class as well as the environment, our hard won workers rights and our sovereignty.

            Bernie Sanders’ words and ACTIONS tell me that he cares about me and other people of color. You should educate yourself Libra_Lady. Your comment sounds ignorant.

        • Deoliver47

          I wish people would stop the “marched with” term. The March on Washington for jobs and justice was attended by 250,000 people. That’s not the same thing as “marching with” – marching with would be who was at Selma (there were 3 marches there) – for example

          Bernie Sanders supporters .need to stop quoting this at us – and accept that he needs to find a way to connect to black issues now – without repeating just economic boilerplate. – he has not been able to make the case between systemic racism and class issues – which isn’t his failing alone – this has been a problem with much of the white left for as long as I can remember

        • KSMIAMI

          Bernie Sanders has NO CHANCE of being elected President. Period, end of story. BLM protest or none. He has limited appeal outside of New England, he’s old and he has bad hair and the GOP machine will crucify him. He’s another Mondale and he has little ability to connect with non-brogressives. I’m sorry, he may or may not be a nice guy, but this election is too important vis a vis the Supreme Court to throw it away. Feel the Bern my Ass, if he (even though HE IS NOT A DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE) is the nominee, a lot of people will get burned in the next decades and I am unwilling to risk my kids’ future on that. Besides, Hillary is incredibly accomplished and probably the most realistic vehicle of opportunity to get a woman in the White House. And we as a country need to get away from all white men running things (mostly into the ground).

      • Sossman

        Thank YOU!! And you are correct and insightful!! He can only speak when he has Fan Boi’s Swooning to his every word and in most cases rephrasing what PBO has been discussing for 6 Years!! And PBO, who Bernie Publicly Disses – has NEVER run Away from a Challenge or contrary point from hecklers!!! NEVER!! Sorry Bernie – your 73 years of white privilege have caught up to you! You represent the whitest state in the union with less than 6,280 African Americans in the entire state!!! He SHOULD he can’t be the Candidate for ALL the People!! He RAN AWAY and HID!!! SAD!

        • Suckaboo

          Very few people have fought for civil rights like he has… He marched with MLK, was arrested in Chicago protesting segregation, has been for same sex unions since it became an issue over a decade ago.

          • Libra_Lady

            So we culluds should be grateful?

          • Suckaboo

            Ridiculous comment… I’m not white, so don’t point that thing at me. Just saying, there’s a reason to be angry, but be angry with the people who hold the blame. He’s never been divisive, so why hate on him.

          • Libra_Lady

            I don’t care what color you are. So because a White man didn’t behave like a sociopath 50 years ago, my Black ass should cream my panties for him now? Bye!

          • be kind

            Damn, that was gross. Underwhelmed with your reasoning skills, but overwhelmed with your metaphors, LL.

          • kathiedecree

            I dgaf what your sexual feelings are about Bernie Sanders but fact is, SOMEONE is gonna be president. And I don’t want a right-winger. Do you? It sucks sh*t that these are the best choices we get but that’s the reality.

          • Libra_Lady

            So the niggers should just take what we can get. Gee, wonder why we’re being hunted and killed like dogs now?

          • MLM

            Aren’t you clever. You criticize the one guy who can help us. Tear down our strongest ally so someone like Hillary or a Republican can win the presidency and maintain the status quo. Brilliant. /snark

          • Suckaboo

            Responses like that will only hurt your cause. Be angry, but argue with a valid point. You just hurled two insults at me, and I was trying to defend him, not trying to minimize your cause. If I used the phrases that are cliche or dismissive to you, you could have explained that to me, and I would have walked away with a little bit more knowledge for future debates. Non-black people might say something to you that is offensive or trite, it’s not always intentional, so educate us. I’m not walking away from this discourse having learned anything about your perspective other than he won’t make you “cream your panties”. Goodbye….

          • Libra_Lady

            Hurt our cause because the folks require that we grovel and beg for our rights and humanity? If that’s the cause then it needs to be more than hurt. It needs to be killed. It’s not Black people’s fault or problem that folks can’t deal with us as subject, agent human beings.

            Explained what? Doesn’t Google work for you? My knowledge and time are valuable. If you want a lesson you’ll have to pay my rates. If you deem and education from me or any other Black person valuable, then PAY for it.

          • MLM

            Why would anyone pay for your opinion. It’s worthless. You’re like the silly protesters who just heckled Sanders instead of the real enemy of African Americans, the Republican Party.

          • Suckaboo

            Google can’t teach me the nuance of semantics. Too bad you can’t see past your anger to see that I’m on your side, and maybe I just don’t know what to say or do that could help you advance your cause… “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”… Mark Twain said that, but I’m sure my quoting a white man will piss you off too…

          • kathiedecree

            Well, I dunno about you, but I am! I’m grateful some politicians somewhere gave a shit about racism and injustice and put their money where their mouth was to try and make this country better! For crying out loud. I mean if there is a candidate you all would prefer, then get them up there and support them! Otherwise these are the people you get to pick from and so–you really think Trump would be better!?! Amazing. Because a nightmare like that is really what we could end up with–ALL of us.

          • Dusty Ayres

            Using the specter of Trump being POTUS to scare black people into voting for Sanders is bogus and racist.

          • Suckaboo

            That argument is being used everywhere, with everyone…it’s not racist. Show us a better candidate is her point… Or go after the ones who actually don’t discuss racism at all.

          • MLM

            Everything you disagree with will be defined as racist by you. I’m a person of color, and pointing out that a Trump presidency would hurt me and my people is NOT racist.

            It’s reality.

          • Dusty Ayres

            So you’re comfortable with being an Uncle Tom betraying your own people just to vote for a great white savior? Figures.

          • MLM

            So you’ll vote against the best candidate we have for racial equity because his skin is white? You’ll insult PoC who are smart enough to look at Bernie Sanders history by calling me an Uncle Tom? This isn’t about the color of his skin, it’s about Bernie’s POLICIES. He supports my community.

          • MLM

            Bernie’s no savior. He just has the same values as me. We both care about people of color and working Americans. We both care about our country. Bernie Sanders speaks my mind and votes the way I would, against wars for profit and for universal healthcare to lower our insurance mandated costs.

          • Libra_Lady

            Again so Black folks should just take whatever moldy crumbs we’re thrown. And you all wonder why we keep saying #BlackLivesMatter.

          • I Am Sir Nose

            Didn’t you know, #bernieissoblack and can teach us all how to Whip and Nae Nae too!

          • MLM

            But he is white. That’s a fateful flaw to people who indulge in simplistic stereotypes. Luckily, some of us African Americans are not so black and white in our thinking. Sanders cares about us. The idiots who shouted him down are just that. Idiots. If they want to do effective protesting, they should be shouting at Republicans, not the only Dem candidate who has actually worked on our behalf.

          • Chirpy

            I’m glad there are smart thinking people such as yourself. The “lady” is sinking her own ship. I’m almost sure she is a troll for Shillary or maybe in her early 20’s. Please learn more, Lady.

      • Suckaboo

        He’s berated people who have heckled him in the past, and they were white. It was nothing about race or dismissing the protesters. He’s a gruff guy who doesn’t sugarcoat… You take the good with the bad. His record for fighting for civil rights speaks for itself. He got flustered, I don’t think it was a big deal. You see performers on stage get upset by cell phones, people talking, heckling… They get irritated for a reason… It takes a great deal of focus to be up there.

        • And you want him to be president when he can’t deal with a group of young African American protesters? Seriously?

          • Suckaboo

            How would you have reacted? Part of our election process is that we fall for the “manicuring” of the candidates. Who they are on stage is not who they are in real life. They’re groomed to con the public, kiss a few babies, shake a few veterans hands, and we’ll forget that you don’t give a crap about us. He’s presidential because he’s so handsome or charismatic … They say that about so many candidates. Guess who else is handsome and charismatic… Sociopaths. You can hold this against him, but you’re missing out on the big picture… And it’s pretty impressive.

          • Javier Anderson

            I think were missing something here though. Clearly the program went WAY off script, so that’s why the candidates were thrown off their game. I also don’t think its fair to call their inability to answer the protesters questions/charges a impeachment of their credibility. They could have shouted them down or belittled them (making things much, much worse), which they made great pains to not do.

            I guess I’m confused as to the protesters ultimate motives and to what anyone here could have done better. If the protesters were there to disrupt (which isn’t wrong), then they succeeded. But to say that these candidates are hopeless or immune to the situation is clearly a gross oversimplification.

            In my eyes, they came to what they thought would be a fairly tame meet & greet/Q&A session, but got way more than they bargained for. It just shows how much they’ve got to work and concentrate on this, not that their bad, unscrupulous, or ignorant people.

          • ChitownKev

            Actually, Martin O’Malley did answer some of their questions prior to that “white live matters” BS…in other words, O’Malley instinctively made an appropriate adjustment but Bernie Sanders did not.

          • Javier Anderson

            I agree, but rather than seeming aloof, I get the sense that Sen. Sanders was just taking a page from the event organizers and was plowing ahead rather than bowing to the inevitable that the event (as planned) was effectively over. He should have realized that and have rolled with the punches rather than turn the other cheek. It really speaks poorly to the event planners that they didn’t foresee this and in the end let the candidates skewer up there for a long time.

          • Agreed. 100%

          • Bob

            Disagree, Martin O’Malley had twenty minutes to speak before being interrupted and was on stage for 40 minutes. Bernie Sanders had less than three minutes before he was interrupted and was on stage for twenty minutes. Martin got a chance to get his message out.

          • Alex

            The question is not about whether Bernie Sanders can wrangle hecklers (which of course is necessary for a presidential candidate). If you invite this man to talk at your conference about the issues that matter to you, then it follows that you will give him reasonable airspace to convey his ideas. I find it ironic that the candidate who (in my opinion) has done and would do the most to progress the cause for justice in this country has been treated with such a lack of respect.

            What if the transgender woman that interrupted Obama during his immigration speech at the White House also decided to stage a protest at Netroots Nation? Would you begrudge this lady for disrupting and derailing the BlackLivesMatter protest, which you feel has deep meaning and significance? If so, do you rank the struggle that black people face in their daily lives on a higher level-of-importance than that of LGBTQ immigrants?

            Racial violence is a very real issue that is plaguing the US and sadly, it isn’t the only one. These venues (particularly with their Q&A format and limited speaker time) are just not suitable for any substantive discussion on the issues that matter, and continually interrupting the speakers simply wastes everyone’s time.

          • I completely disagree. People are talking about this is a way they never would have before and that’s a good thing.

          • Cole Shores

            Alex is 100% on point and your this article is trash. I watched the video and Bernie handled the situation perfectly.

          • Alex

            Your argument seems to boil down to “the ends justifies the means,” but let’s be clear about one thing. The reason people are talking about racial violence is not because of some heckling at a progressive conference, but because of two things: (1) the emergence of numerous recorded videos featuring police officers murdering black people; and (2) the highly emotional (and yet largely non-violent and ultimately successful) marches of Ferguson and Baltimore protesting against the lenient sentencing of the officers involved.

            On the other hand, what do we remember about Joe “You Lie!” Wilson?

            What about all the people talking about the rights of LGBTQ immigrants, courtesy of Jennicet Gutierrez’s dramatic outburst at the White House?

            On a slightly different note, what about Donald Trump? He comes across as more of an incredibly loud protester of sorts, rather than a presidential candidate. His money-powered megaphone has been giving the news a lot of material lately. We’re all talking about immigration in a way we never would have before, aren’t we? (True!)

            Activists that are serious about enacting meaningful reform have to learn to be inclusive in their messaging — conversely, you actually gloat in your article that “white people” looked uncomfortable and frustrated! No matter how passionately you feel about any given issue, you will alienate your base if you have no idea about the appropriate time and place to stage a protest.

          • Mr. BillyHounddog

            They’re talking about it. I’ll give you that. Is it productive ? I guess only time will tell.

          • TiberiusNugicus

            You mean hecklers.

          • Mr. BillyHounddog

            We all have the right to say what we want about anything. But with that comes the responsibility of finding a way to be heard that will maximize what you want to say or influence people. If you don’t get the response from those hearing you that you want then you have to try a different way. The responsibility is on you to make people choose to listen. Find that place and you find understanding and change. Otherwise you just cut your nose to spite your face.

        • KSMIAMI

          THEN as Eclecta pointed out – he shouldn’t be running. I remember when anti-Abortion nuts interrupted then candidate Obama in Miami and he stayed cool and respectful and that is why he is one of the better presidents we’ve had. SANDERS does not have a presidential temperament and he really is rather crotchety.

          • Suckaboo

            This is a speech he gave in 1991… Before these were even issues on most people’s radar… Tell me he’s racist. http://youtu.be/aZJ7f-3XGB4

          • Suckaboo

            This is a speech he gave in 1991… He’s passionate, I’d rather have that than any narcissistic sociopath who knows how to play the crowd. http://youtu.be/aZJ7f-3XGB4

      • Javier Anderson

        I’m curious as to what you believe the appropriate response by the candidates/moderator should have been. Do you believe they were given a fair shot to answer the criticism, or that the protesters were heard respectfully? What in the end do you feel were the protesters goals? Do you feel ultimately that the episode could have been handled in a more constructive and less divisive manner? It sounds like nothing the candidates could have said would have diffused the situation much. Is this a wrong characterization of what happened?

        • In general, aside from his tone-deaf “all lives matter” comment, O’Malley handled it perfectly. He didn’t make it about him, he allowed the protesters to have a voice. Sanders not so much.

    • Yalesha DeSofia

      The Guardian article was better, but didn’t even bother to find out Patrisse Cullors’ last name.

    • Bob

      Most other articles paint the Governor O’Malley as a bigger loser than the Senator from they way they handled the protest. This is the only one that I have found that goes after the Senator.

      • Suckaboo

        I felt bad for O’malley… What he said was the truth, but he didn’t articulate himself well to address the cause… Put anybody on the spot, and that would happen.

        • Mike549

          I don’t feel bad for him. We got to hear the canard that “all lives matter” which is basically just saying that we should ignore the systematic genocide of people of color in our communities. O’Malley tried, in vain, to walk it back, but those of us paying attention know exactly what he meant.
          #blacklivesmatter

          • Bob

            Martin O’Malley did a much better job in an interview with TWIB.

  • Thanks for this, Chris. I didn’t attend this year, and I caught snippets of this incident on Twitter as well as catching a few minutes of it via the live video stream here and there, but it’s good to have the context and the details.

    I honestly don’t know what my response would have been if I’d been there in person. I admit I would probably be among those who would’ve been irritated/annoyed, because I admittedly don’t have a very good sense of situational empathy, if that’s the right term.

    I have mixed feelings about Sanders in particular. I agree with him on 95% of the issues, and I actually like his “rumpled nebbishy professor” persona…but “electability” aside, I’m not sure that this style would work in the White House.

    I’m guessing that the fact that Hillary Clinton didn’t end up appearing *at all* was looming heavily over NN this morning…but given how it played out, I can’t help but wonder whether it was actually a wise decision for her. On the one hand, she probably would’ve handled the situation less awkwardly than either Sanders or O’Malley. On the other hand, I’m still guessing that she wouldn’t have handled it *well*, and of course that would’ve made bigger headlines than the ones we’re likely to see about Sanders or O’Malley.

    • smileycreek

      Dante Atkins tweeted that the only person he could imagine handling this particular situation well would have been…Biden. And that’s realistic, given how Joe handled the protest at NN14.

      • Yeah, I can picture that. Biden would’ve done a great job in this scenario.

        Oddly, the other well-known politician I can picture handling it well would be former MI Gov. Jennifer Granholm. She definitely had serious weaknesses while Governor, but in a situation like this one she would’ve kicked ass.

    • David

      If Hillary had been there the Secret Service would have arrested all the protesters before they even got in the room

  • cosmicharlie1970 .

    If one adjusts for the racial disparity in the homicide rate or the rate at which police are feloniously killed, whites are actually more likely to be killed by police than blacks

    Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/21/police-kill-more-whites-than-blacks-but-minority-d/#ixzz3gIESJKZu
    Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

    • Yinzer

      Typical BS from a Fascist Fishwrapper owned by the Moonie Cult. Adjusting for population size, Native Americans are the most likely to be killed by the cops, with African Americans coming in second.

    • Sossman

      Then WHY AREN’T THEY??? WashingTimes – A Great RWNJ Paper with No Credibility!! You comment just indicted the Police – Thank you for proving the point of #BlackLiveMatter!

      • Sarah Siddons

        I love when racist trolls – who have no clue what they are talking about – show up on these forums to spew nonsense.

        Local news in Detroit tonight – community activists were walking the streets, pleading with citizens to stay vigilant and to report suspicious activity to the police. Community activists were working with Crime Stoppers – Detroit to help catch and bring to justice the murderers of innocent citizens.

        Black people are stepping up in their communities – you are not paying attention.

        • Sirius Jones

          The police will arrest people, then the people in the community will blame the arrests and any problems that occur in apprehension on racism, police brutality, bla bla bla.

        • MeteorBlades

          One expects the occasional racist dog-troll to show up with such spew. But what excuse do those 5 people who gave it a positive ^ have?

          • Hyperion

            Their empowerment holes haven’t been enriched yet

        • Kussit

          ” I love when racist trolls – who have no clue what they are talking about – show up on these forums to spew nonsense. ”

          I guess the Ad Hominem argument means you know what you are talking about. What Death stated I know to be a fact, so you are saying, a fact is racist.
          Please enlighten me, What is a ” racist troll ” ? It mostly appears to be used as means to attack someone who doesn’t agree with you.

      • Kussit

        It’s just to bad police didn’t intervene when a group of black migrants including a child were rounded up and burnt alive by their own kind in SA, just for being foreign …

        • That’s South African’s problem to solve.

          • Dr. Jεwlius Mohelema

            wot does dat mean ?

          • Kussit

            Dunno, sounds like yiddish

      • Paul Willeaux

        How typical of shitlibs. The statistics come directly from the FBI, but all they can do is screech, squeal and call names when someone deflates their nonsense.

    • Cyndi Simpson

      You’ve been flagged. Time to go.

      • Lapin

        What, for telling the truth? Detroit and their murder rates show exactly how much these people think black lives matter.

        And just because you deny the facts doesn’t mean they will spare you. Just last week a guy working in DC for the Democrats was murdered by a black guy. “Wrong place, wrong time” as they always say…

    • Dusty Ayres

      Bullshit to that article.

  • Blake Winter

    Two wrongs don’t make a right. If people are being disruptive, they should be removed. Even when the point they are making is correct.

    • Sossman

      I TOTALLY AGREE – However it did happen – and was perhaps the greatest test – not contrived – of Presidential Capability! One that PBO faces everyday in the White House! – O’Malley might have gotten a C- or even a D but Bernie earned a resounding F-!! And he should have known better!! The protesters could have handled it much more astutely – but how the “Professionals” handled it was very telling!! PBO has faced this before – both Black & White and even outspoken Media – and handled it like a President!

      • Got an F for walking into a room full of people who were screaming at him without giving him a chance to speak unless he pandered to them? If you are incapable of recognizing friend from foe at this point, you are nothing but a tool for Fox News and the ruling elites.

    • Libra_Lady

      ..

      • Chirpy

        Actually, those protestors WERE polite, which showed the other clowns to be the obvious aggressors. They shouted at no one. Tactics are important, choose wisely. It was a MIXED-RACE group, btw, with all the shit you’ve been talking, smdh.

    • Hyperion

      They should be physically removed and perhaps even incrementally suppressed.

  • Deoliver47

    thank you – I hope that this will teach Sanders and O’Malley something – but sadly I think they will continue being tone deaf and simply add a line or two to their stump speeches

    • MLM

      Tone deaf? Bernie Sanders protesting on behalf of blacks fifty years ago, and decades of work in Congress helping me and my people, as well as low income whites? You think that’s tone deaf? I think you need to educate yourself.

      • Chirpy

        Facts!

  • KiteFlyer89

    These protesters were a bunch of children and Netroots Nation has just justifiably lost any connection to the mainstream that it had.

    • Libra_Lady

      • KiteFlyer89

        Oh suck it. Nobody is calling for a message not to be made, but interrupting a presidential candidate who is basically on your side at the exact moment he is trying to talk to you and continuing to do so even when a leader for your movement is on stage is basically meaningless as a protest. And letting this happen as the runners of a venue, after you’ve invited them to speak and they’ve accepted, is embarrassingly unprofessional.

        If you can’t expand your framework beyond “the person who disagrees with the actions of a specific protest is just like 1960s segregationists” then you probably exist in a world of Twitter one-liners and memes to explain the world. Good luck with that.

        • Wagnerian_thrice

          You need to wake up. This was an oppotunity for Sanders to show that he supports the movement. He dismissed them. He can’t just ride on what he did in the 60s and after. He needs to support the movement as it is now.

          • KiteFlyer89

            He couldn’t dismiss them if he wanted to, they wouldn’t shut up long enough for him to do so.

  • CRDunn

    Can’t thank you enough for this, Chris. You have absolutely nailed it. And it needed to be.

    • How did he nail it? He pandered to a pack of disruptors who were blaming Bernie for the crimes of conservative Republicans. That’s not journalistic integrity, it’s just succumbing to a mob mentality.

      • They actually did NOT “blame Bernie” for anything. But since you likely weren’t there, you wouldn’t know that.

        • I was not there. I have not been able to afford to attend for the last 3 years. Thanks for poor-shaming me.

          I did however watch both town hall videos in their entirety. They were protesting Bernie, that is blaming him. What a wonderful circular firing squad they created. Going to hurt us all.

          • I’m not “poor shaming” you. I’m “talking out of your ass about an event you weren’t even at” shaming you.

          • Not talking out of my ass, but thanks for yet another personal insult. You know, I’ve given Eclectablog years worth of free press all over the social media universe. I bet I’ve literally moved over a million eyeballs to your site. That ends thanks to your misguided attacks on progressives, your belligerence, and your showing your true nature.

            Congratulations.

          • MLM

            I guess you have to be rich enough to see the protest in person rather than on video to TRULY understand that the protesters were actually protesting Republicans from afar instead of heckling the one candidate who has already worked for years on their behalf.

  • lwilde

    I didn’t see Sanders get angry. I thought he handled the disruptions well. You make it sound like he turned his back on the protestors and walked off. He walked off because his time was up. I would have liked a true dialog between someone from the black matters movement and each of the two speakers. That would have been much more productive than the lengthy demonstration.

  • Andrew Dyson

    Blacklivesmatters again proves they are intolerant assholes.

    • parkwood1920

      Yeah—because worrying about being murdered by a cop or vigilante for existing makes you an asshole.

      • No, but blaming a champion of civil rights with a 40 year record proving it for the current system of abuse does.

        • Mike549

          And yet Bernie Sanders has had a part in presiding over the current oppressive system for decades. It cannot be denied that he’s part of the problem. His almost complete lack of respect given to the blacklivesmatter heroic protestors is very troubling. This just proves, yet again, that people of color need politicians of color to represent them. Bernie Sanders, as a person of privilege, not just because of his skin color, but because of his gender and sexuality, cannot possibly adequately represent the powerless. Thankfully, this will change as the population of the nation changes. The fact that people here blandly accept Bernie’s clearly offensive, racist behavior toward the heroic protestors is appalling.
          #blacklivesmatter

          • Presiding over? You mean the fierce Independent from Vermont that is constantly railing against injustice of all kinds? Are you seriously trying to claim Bernie Sanders is part of the ‘establishment’? If so, you are just flaunting your ignorance. Do some basic research.

          • Suckaboo

            Our democracy does not work in a way that he can implement change himself… That’s why he’s calling for a revolution… We need to get the right people into office, and democrats are passive about voting. It’s not as simple as you paint it… painting sanders as someone who doesn’t care about black people doesn’t help the cause. You’re literally fighting the one man who is saying we need to shake up this country.

          • DaveThreshold

            The black lives on that stage are a group of STUPID PEOPLE. They should be protesting THE REPUBLICANS who are at fault here. They are preaching to Sanders, the CHOIR, and they are too stupid to figure out that they are helping a republicrap WIN this election.. Do you know what the supreme court will look kike if that happens? You’re an IDIOT. A more conservative supreme court will start a new POLL TAX. – MORON.

    • Cyndi Simpson

      Fallacy Ref throws the flag on you.

    • Wagnerian_thrice

      Boy have you got that backwards.

  • Yinzer

    It’s never been so crystal clear as it was today: Bernie Sanders represents the Left Wing of White Power. If I wanted a grouchy old White Man telling me what to do, I’d just vote for McCain.

    • Lapin

      Zimbabwe sure is a great place. And the rest of Africa which is ruled by blacks. Not like there are millions of Africans who’ll do anything to get to Europe or America.

    • Libra_Lady

      So much fuckery in this one statement.

    • Sean Fielding

      ‘It’s never been so crystal clear to me as it was today: Bernie Sanders represents the ‘Left’ Wing of Jew Power. If I wanted a different grouchy old jew telling me what to do, I’d just vote for the wing ruled by Sheldon Adelson.’

    • Mike549

      This. African Americans have yet to have true representation in Washington, and it’s unlikely they will until white peoples’ share of the population shrinks drastically. Barrack Obama’s election was just a half measure designed to placate people of color; he’s half white, and unfortunately, as we’ve clearly seen, it has been the white part of his identity that has informed most of his decisions. He’s all but ignored most of the tragedies that have befallen the black community, and only begrudgingly addressed the brutal murders of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Freddy White. The election of Bernie Sanders would just be more of the same sickening white supremacy which refuses to relinquish its power over this diverse nation.

      • MLM

        So let’s vote for the 100% black running for president. Oops, there isn’t one. Maybe we can get an immigrant from Africa, since skin color is your primary concern.

  • Oginikwe

    What were their ideas for ending institutional racism and how are they to be implemented?

    • Oginikwe

      That was uncalled for.

      • Oginikwe

        I think you’re already there.

        • Oginikwe

          All of it disputed. It did not stand up to peer review/assessment. Race is a social construct.

          • Oginikwe

            IQ is impacted by many things. One thing is emotional intelligence. Check it out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional_intelligence Now you’ll understand why people find you repugnant.

          • Sirius Jones

            There’s your problem right there. Stop feeling and start thinking.

          • The Puppetmaster

            “I, Oginikwe, believe in the blank slate theory of intelligence. There is literally no difference in IQ between distinct genetic populations.”

          • Sean Fielding

            ‘Quack, quack, quack, race is a social construct.’ Duckspeak.

            But society IS a racial construct. Venice versus Mogadishu. Venice beach versus Compton.

          • Kussit

            #Socialconstructsmatter ?

    • Oginikwe

      You and Lapin working together?

      • Kussit

        You must have something against work, Figures….

    • You are disgusting.

      • Dr. Jεwlius Mohelema

        You So SeriaZzz

  • bryan

    I’ve watched this movie before, in the late 1960’s. It didn’t turn out well, then, in the 1968 election campaign.

    Might be worthwhile to revisit that.

    • Dusty Ayres

      The leader’s full of shit this time, unlike the leader in 1968. Please stop feeling sorry (if you are doing that) for Sanders.

      • Dusty Ayres

        I’m referring to Hubert Humphrey, who was dumped in 1968 by the emoprogressives of the time, giving us Richard Nixon.

  • Kat

    I’ve heard this line repeated by more than one Sanders supporter. The fact that you don’t get how insulting and condescending this sounds is only one of many reasons the Sanders campaign is imploding with black voters. And it’s sad, really, because it is so unnecessary. Sanders has some great ideas. If he just displayed an ounce of humility and willingness to listen. Yes, I know he marched with Dr. King. That being the case, I would have thought him much more sympathetic to and better able to handle activism. But it seems like he only wants hero worship.

    • Plantsmantx

      I suspect that many of those BLM activists are much farther to the left than Hillary Clinton.

      • Plantsmantx

        I wouldn’t be surprised.

        • Plantsmantx

          You’re wearing tinfoil on your head.

          • Plantsmantx

            Are you accusing Tia Oso and the Dream Defenders of being paid off by “billionaires” to work on behalf of someone (Hillary Clinton) who is considerably less “left” than they are?

          • Plantsmantx

            What do you think their “bidding” is, and why do you think Hlllary Clinton would be especially predisposed to do it?

          • Plantsmantx

            The Dream Defenders are representatives of “global corporatism”? Can you show us some evidence of that? Here’s the first bullet point on their “Vision” webpage:

            We believe that our liberation necessitates the destruction of the political and economic systems of Capitalism and Imperialism as well as Patriarchy. We believe in People over profits. We believe that nonviolent resistance is “the only morally and practically sound method open to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom” and are fundamentally committed to nonviolence as our means of struggle against a violent oppressor.

            You’re either pulling my leg…or you aren’t, and you really believe what you’re typing. Either way, your claims aren’t worth taking seriously.

          • Wagnerian_thrice

            That’s tired, and untrue.

  • Don’t be a fucking idiot, please.

  • The Old Guy in the Lobby

    A sad day for progressive politics. Everybody loses.

    • The Puppetmaster

      At least you’ve got the courage to come out and say it.

    • Wagnerian_thrice

      I’m saying that whiteness is a destructive force, and truly progressive people who care about others will abscond with it.

      Treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity. #racetraitor.

      • Dr. Jεwlius Mohelema

        Dats ok, deep down I identify as white …

  • Cyndi Simpson

    I really appreciate this article. But the comments here…not so much. ‘Way more heat than light. Thank you, Electablog – it sounds as if you learned something valuable. I am a Bernie Sanders supporter and have been appalled and disappointed at how he has spoken of race and racism. I have referred to him as “tin-eared” and “myopic” on race. I fear that he does not see racism as its own real issue, but something tangential, that will be “solved” by reducing income inequality. His learning curve had best be steep on this…..or he will not make it much further. That will be a very sad thing.

    • Thomas C. Pedroni

      I agree with you Cyndi. I am also a Bernie supporter and i also agree he needs to be much better on race. Bernie’s effectiveness has always come from the fact that he has been able to introduce ideas into the public debate that almost no one else cares to even touch. Given how much the social democratic wing of the Democratic Party had been marginalized since the rise of the Clintons and the DLC, it’s good to have someone as strident as Bernie. But, yes, I too cringed when he trieed to turn every issue about race/class to solely being an issue about class.

      • Sirius Jones

        What race? We’re all the human race.

      • Fedorus Autistus Maximus

        Bernie Sanders never really cared about black people. He calls himself a socialist, but he might as well just call himself a National Socialist. He puts blacks in the back of the bus to always talk about class and economics.

        • Miss Arcadian

          Even if you argue that he doesn’t care about black lives now, which is somewhat understandable based on how he handled this event, claiming that he “never” cared about black people is ridiculous. He literally got into politics because of racial issues. He was arrested for leading a sit-in protest again dorm segregation at the University of Chicago.

          Again, it’s fair to say he doesn’t focus enough on racial issues, and talks income inequality/economics a bit too much, but saying that he never cared about black people is a fallacious statement.

          • Fedorus Autistus Maximus

            Sanders is another politician shill. He did a sit-in to get him in good with minorities, whoop de doo, big deal. Now he might as well be a Republican because he got his seat at the political table, and now doesn’t care about the most downtrodden among us.

          • MLM

            Wow, how clever of him to pretend to care about black people just in case he ran for president fifty years later.

            Your comment is ignorant.

          • Fedorus Autistus Maximus

            Awww, I’m sorry I actually care about black people and don’t just pander to them so I can get elected, stay in office, and play around in DC.

            Why don’t you go hang out over at Fox News, they seem like more of your crowd.

          • Fedorus Autistus Maximus

            Yeah, you’re a shill alright.

          • Fedorus Autistus Maximus

            Back to Fox News with you.

    • Dusty Ayres

      Hopefully you’ll wake up and realize that he’s not all that amazing a candidate, like I have.

    • Mike549

      Sadly, there won’t be a teachable moment here and Bernie will learn nothing. His despicable behavior was on display for all people of color to witness. BLM wanted a dialog, but unfortunately Bernie Sanders proved what a coward and racist he is. If he thinks that lecturing us on income inequality while ignoring the genocide against african americans committed by law enforcement is acceptable, he’s sadly mistaken.

      • MLM

        I’m starting to think you are a plant, a troll, or working for Republicans or the Hillary campaign. Bernie Sanders is a racist? As a person of color, I call BS.

        • Fedorus Autistus Maximus

          Sounds like you’re projecting. Did you get lost on your way over to Fox News?

  • sherman

    Whether those allies see it for what it was or as a bunch of uppity black folks being disrespectful will separate those who are truly progressive allies from those who only mouth the words without fully understanding the Black Lives Matter movement and the implications of being an ally.

    Perhaps instead of having a goal of dividing people who are probably allies, a better goal would have been to do something to show how problems can be solved.

    I’ve been to a couple of NN’s in the past, and this will only decrease the chance that I’ll attend one in the future. It will also decrease the chance that politicians will agree to attend.

  • Pete

    What is the desired reaction that the protesters wanted to see from white people? there’s something childish about this, like we experience anger, frustration, being silenced, and now we want to inflict that on others so they can feel the same way we feel. It’s like taping a rapist, so they can really understand the pain. There’s something about this that doesn’t feel right. And I understand the answer to that is, well now you know how we feel. Great. Now what? Or is this the only tape to be played?

    • Libra_Lady

      ….

  • The Puppetmaster

    Oy gevalt, these #BlackLivesMatter protesters are anti-semites! You don’t interrupt a Chosen One, it’s like anudah shoah!

  • Matt

    How wonderful. Good that the mainstream left had to listen up. Lol but The ironic thing is that Bernie Sanders is the only one who, if you look at all of his statements votes and legislative efforts–prioritizes black lives. The Clintons screwed over Black America. I hope Hilary gets shut down too.

    • Libra_Lady

      So the darkies should’ve been grateful?

  • Sirius Jones

    So glad the white troglodytes and hipsters at this event got some much needed cultural enrichment. It was looking far too white and pasty in there, which is incredibly racist. I hope Sanders learned a valuable lesson, and will soon beg Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson for forgiveness.

    • TiberiusNugicus

      Look up irony in the dictionary.

  • ChitownKev

    This post is becoming filled up with racist nonsense too fast.

    • Sirius Jones

      Yeah, Sanders and his supporters need to stop behaving like RepubliKKKans and start listening to black people for a change.

    • The Puppetmaster

      It’s called ideological diversity. Diversity is our greatest strength!

    • pamelabrown53

      Scary, isn’t it? These are “my fellow Americans”?

      • Dr. Jεwlius Mohelema

        Dats racist, Mrs. Br**n.

  • Northy

    Segregation when?

  • Plantsmantx

    This whole thing is so tiresome. There are so many instances of dishonesty and hypocrisy, large and small, on all sides.

  • JohnG

    Brown people don’t care about your banks, income inequality or social issues. They care about power and they will take it from you nice liberal proggresives. It ends in Baltimore, Detroit, Brazil and South Africa.

    • Dr. Jεwlius Mohelema

      Tokoloshe agrees

  • Gravitty

    Where do these spades find the nerve?

  • kathiedecree

    You’re giving those activists far, FAR more credit than they deserve. You’re just smart enough to concoct a rationale for their obnoxious behavior and a satisfying moral lesson to go with it. They didn’t intend any of that. They just enjoy flexing their “power” and acting like self-entitled bullies because it feels good. They’re not particularly intelligent or aware, actually; if they were, they’d have realized that disrupting an event like this was basically shooting themselves in the foot. Bernie Sanders is the best option they have and they may have damaged his chances for the presidency. Well, guys, enjoy President Trump. Or similar. His people will be getting out the fire hoses and rubber bullets next time you pull a stunt like this.

    • Dusty Ayres

      Holy shit, I never though I’d see so many deluded white people with an overwhelming sense of their own importance before. What’s wrong, Ms. Emoprogressive White Sanderbot, did the big bad black people make you cry and hurt your feelings? Too fucking bad-you and the old POS you’re creaming your panties for better wake the frack up and deal with how they’re feeling about things, they’re Americans too. And get over yourself and your entitlement about not being disrupted at your bullshit Bernie Sanders love fest.

      • Dusty Ayres

        So this is what supposedly’ ‘progressive’ Americans are like! No wonder you people lose cause and elections (but not without dragging the country down with you, as in 2000, 2004, and the 2010 midterms.)

  • Angela Walker

    And the Black Lives Matter folks accomplished what? Zippety doo dah.

    • Sirius Jones

      Democrats are useless. We need to dismantle the system and establish an African Republic somewhere in this country instead of us continuing on as the United States.

      • Sirius Jones

        Come on now… we all know those places only fail because of racism!

    • Sean Fielding

      Shhh…one prog is destroying another.

  • Hyperion

    Bernie is an ancient, privileged troglodyte that is too blinded by his whiteness to see that the Rising Tide of Color lifts all boats.

    • Sean Fielding

      Bernie? Not White, but jewish? Oy.

      • Sean Fielding

        They’re jews when they wish to appear good (Bernie Sanders), and White when they know they’ve done wrong (Bernie Madoff). Sweet trick, no?

  • If you are unable to recognize a true champion of Civil Rights with a 40 year track record to prove it, frankly EclectaBlog and Chris Savage have chosen the side of the oppressor here. I have followed this blog and supported you for many years, and that is in serious jeopardy by your horrific lack of judgment demonstrated in this article.

    • Dusty Ayres

      EclectaBlog and Chris Savage are only showing what the true colors of Bernie Sanders are; too bad that it hurts the fee-fees of entitled white emoprogressives like yourself to see the truth.

  • Josh

    How much did

  • Josh

    How much Did Hilary pay you to post this

    • Josh

      Well notice how he doesn’t post any criticism about O’Malley and then when Saunders comes he disses him multiple times and accuses him of just walking off stage when in fact his time was up. No way this changed his mind about blacks in one day wouldn’t he have the same thoughts about being silenced months before this

      • The Puppetmaster

        O’Malley’s big issue is switching the country over to the Metric system. He doesn’t give a fuck about black people.

  • You are disgusting.

    • The Puppetmaster

      Are you rubbing your hands as you prepare the ban hammer?

    • pamelabrown53

      What the hell is happening here, Eclectablog? I say your essay linked at another blog and clicked because I admire your work. Great post, BTW…but who are all these racist trolls?!

  • Juan Madero

    You know what. There were people from all over the country that travelled there to talk about all sorts of issues like climate change, financial regulation, campaign finance, income inequality, immigration, mass surveillance, Iran, trade, war, college debt, etc.. You can’t just hijack the conference because you think your issues are more important than everyone else’s. It was a long conference and there were panel discussions about the very issues they were addressing. There is room for everyone to have their say, but these people really did look like thugs today as the right calls them. They had no respect for anyone else in that conference, and I certainly don’t have any respect for them at all. It’s a shame too because this is a really positive movement tackling a very important issue, but they have lost many allies today. It’s not just me.

    • Dusty Ayres

      Black people’s lives (and concerns) matter more than the same old, same old environmental movement’s concerns that are just nothing but neo-Ludditism and Gaiaism (worship of Gaia) dressed up with science anyway. As for economic issues, white emoprogressives like you are now only giving a shit because your 401k plans are being affected and you’re suffering the same as most of the black people that were at this love fest for Bernie. You probably never really cared about black people anyway, and your comment shows this.

      • Dusty Ayres

        So now you’re using the threat of ecological collapse as a thing to scare black people into voting for the Great White Father? Desperate to prove a point and make yourself a clueless white racist, you are.

      • Juan Madero

        So, climate denier I guess. BTW, I’m not white I’m a Hispanic immigrant who has been asked by police to show my papers. I know racial profiling even though I know that what black men go through is far worse. What I mean is we are all progressive, and we need to work together, which means mutual respect. I want action on climate change, immigration, income inequality, etc…, but other people with similar views have different priorities and they must be respected. Actually, I’m well off and am not affected as much as others by income inequality. The issue is that the trend isn’t sustainable, and is making it hard for entrepreneurs to start new ventures because the big corps get special favors like TPP, and consumers have no disposable income to spend. Also, financialization is a problem. Guess you wouldn’t know very much about any of those things because everything is an evil plot by progressive whites to oppress blacks. This is what the right means by the PC police.

    • A 30-minute protest constitutes hijacking an three-day conference? Please, spare me the hyperbole.

      • Juan Madero

        When it is the main event yes. What does this say to people? If you want your issue to be discussed then please scream, and don’t wait to ask your question during Q & A. Guess next year I’ll start screaming about climate change, so that that will be the only issue discussed. Fuck everyone else’s issues, I care only about mine. Except I won’t do that because I realize we all have issues that matter to us, and the only way for us to win is together and that means working with people with similar views, but different priorities. We need mutual respect. That is all I ask.

    • Mike549

      A sane person in a healthy society would realize that when black citizens cannot walk down the middle of the street without being murdered by police officers, other issues take a back seat. It does not help to throw out racist labels like “thug”. That is a standard RepubliKKKan tactic, and it has no place in this discussion.

      • Juan Madero

        Name someone in that room who doesn’t want to stop those shootings. No one. We all want to stop the rampant racism in the police, but treating your friends like they are your enemies is not helpful. We need to work as a team, so that we can win on all the issues that matter to us as progressives. I care the most about climate change, which is devastating poor people around the world as we speak, but I’m not going to hijack the discussion because I respect my fellow progressives and know that they want action too. We must all respect each other and realize there is room for all of us in the movement.

  • discordian

    If you want to pressure anyone on these issues, it should be Hillary Clinton. It was during the first Clinton administration that welfare to poor communities was slashed, the banks were deregulated leading to the subprime crash and mandatory minimum sentencing laws were passed.

    Of course you can say that was all Bill’s fault, but Hillary never spoke out against it. And she is still out there collecting checks from Wall Street executives, while Bill pals around with conservatives like GW Bush and Paul Ryan.

    Right now Clinton also stands a much greater chance of being the nominee, so I’m not seeing the logic of targeting a candidate like Sanders who marched with MLK and is overall much stronger on issues that affect black communities. The Black Lives movement should join together WITH the Sanders campaign instead.

    • Dusty Ayres

      Sanders is a closeted racist moron with no real loved of black people, as this article will show: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/main/2015/7/17/gun-loving-progressive-hero-bernie-sanders-voted-to-protect-racist-vigilante-border-militia

      • discordian

        Yeah Dusty I remember you from the 2008 race. A die hard Clinton partisan who will defend Hillary at any cost.

        The so-called “dirt” on Sanders is such thin gruel that it’s amazing you guys can post it with a straight face. If he’s a “closeted racist” because of his middle of the road views on guns then surely far worse allegations can be made about the Clintons, who kissed up to the right on pretty much every issue including gun control. The reality is that Bernie was marching with MLK while Hillary was a college Republican campaigning for Barry Goldwater.

        And lol at “The People’s View”….a site that called Snowden a traitor and said Greenwald’s allegations against the NSA were made up. We all know how that turned out.

        • Dusty Ayres

          You don’t remember shit, as I never voted for Clinton (I’m from Canada, BTW) and can’t vote for Mrs. Clinton for the same reason. You must have me mixed up with somebody else. with the same name (and I doubt that they called themselves Dusty Ayres or even know who the character was/is.) So bite me.

          He’s a racist moron because of what he did mentioned in the article (if you’d cared to click on the link) and because of the condescending way he treats black people, in particular the Black Lives Matter activists. All that I can think of about this fool is summed up in a famous quote from Citizen Kane:

          Leland: You talk about the people as if you own them, as though they belong to you. As long as I can remember, you’ve talked about “giving the people their rights,” as if you could make them a present of liberty as a reward for services rendered! Remember the Working Man?

          Kane: I’ll get drunk, too, Jebediah… if it’ll do any good.

          Leland: Ah, it won’t do any good. Besides, you never get drunk. You used to write an awful lot about the Working Man, and he’s turning into something called “Organized Labour.” You’re not going to like that one little bit when you find out that it means your Working Man expects something as his right, not as your gift! Charley, when your precious underprivileged really get together… oh boy, that’s going to add up to something bigger than your privileges. I don’t know what you’ll do- sail away to a desert island probably and lord it over the monkeys.

          Kane: I wouldn’t worry about it too much, Jeb. They’ll probably be a few of them there to let me know when I do something wrong.

          Leland: You may not always be so lucky.

          Kane: You’re not very drunk.

          Leland: What do you care? You don’t care about anything except you. You just want to persuade people that you love ’em so much that they ought to love you back; only you want love on your own terms. Something to be played your way, according to your rules.

          • discordian

            So in your mind, Sanders voting for a single amendment that helps a militia group (along with 70 other Democrats and a majority of Congress) proves he is a racist in spite of fighting against segregation and for civil rights for half a century. Is that really all you got?

            If such weak guilt-by-association is all that’s required, what are we to make of Bill Clinton’s not-so-coded racial comments during the 2008 race against Obama? Or the fact that during the 1990s, the Clintons slashed welfare for black communities, set Wall Street banks loose on black communities, and repeatedly insulted black culture?

            Let’s be honest here — you’re a Clinton partisan who wants to attack Sanders regardless of the facts, not because of them. Maybe you should stick to Canadian politics.

          • Dusty Ayres

            Actually, I’d rather see Biden run and be POTUS, but that isn’t going to happen due to his being in breech for his lost family. I don’t like Clinton (in particular her husband for his policies, especially the 1996 communications act that’s given the world nothing by crappy pop music), but shs’s better ay things than Bernie boy, and she’s had successes.

  • What what?

    I’m not even pulling for Bernie, but this statement: “he came across as a self-important know-it-all who has better things to
    do than to listen to uppity black kids who are disrupting HIS speech”?

    Complete BS. These individuals came into an event packed with people that ALREADY SUPPORT them, and ruined it. It’s flat out stupid. This was a movement that could have went somewhere, and thanks to idiots who don’t know how to have an effective movement, and don’t seem to understand that you don’t piss off your supporters — it has been ruined.

    #BlackLivesMatter is dead — thanks to stupid crap like this.

    • Dusty Ayres

      If it’s dead, it’s because of white emoprogressives like you who don’t give a shit about black people except when you can use them for your own goals.

  • Untersturmbahnfuhrer

    As one of those much maligned far right crazies, this is hilarious. Who will the White liberals side with, the rich socialist or the poor blacks? Who will they accuse of taking money, and from whom? I suppose we agree on one thing, this was an important demonstration of why Whites and Jews aren’t going to be in charge of the Democratic party for much longer. Seriously though, all you White progressives supporting the blacks, have you considered they don’t actually care about your ideals of equality? They’re as ethnocentric as I am, and if you let them off their voter’s plantations this shit will keep happening. There’s no goal here beyond intimidating White liberals into shutting up, and they’re succeeding. Both major political parties are tearing themselves apart, and as a radical, this pleases me.

  • DaveThreshold

    I am a white liberal. HAUL THEIR ASSES OUT OF THERE JUST LIKE YOU WOULD WITH A BUNCH OF WHITE PEOPLE. Bernie Sanders has done more to combat inequality than any of them, or all of them put together, will do in their life times. The writer of this article, being overcome by white guilt, is a weak, disgusting excuse for a human being. If you get pulled over by the cops, DO WHAT THE FUCK HE SAYS, or it will escalate, up to and including SHOOTING the Black person after he/she goes for that cop’s gun. THEY NEED TO STOP PUTTING THEMSELVES ABOVE OUR RULES AND OUR LAWS.

  • Bob

    This seems like a hit piece on the Senator. Gov O’Malley was able to talk for 20 minutes before he was interrupted, he was able to get his message out. The Senator was able only to talk for less than three minutes. The governor over all time was 40 minutes and the Senator got 20. What ever your problem with the Senator is, it’s not about how he handled himself, and it’s not about how he turned his back and walked away. I do not intend to vote for either candidate, and this article has done nothing to change my mind. But compared to other articles on the same event, this one is against the Senator.

  • Bob

    What, check your history. The Spanish started the slave trade, and they were Catholics, the first slaves in the US were from captured Spanish traders. They were made indentured servants by the Dutch in the 1600’s. Let’s not forget who the slaves were in Egypt. Enslaved by the Nubian Egyptians. WAY before Christ.

  • Angry.

    Silenced.

    Talked over.

    Ignored.

    They acted like spoiled children, they should be glad they didn’t get spanked.

  • Mike549

    This was the perfect opportunity for Bernie “Supremacist” Sanders to display solidarity with the black and latino community. Unfortunately, he failed utterly. For him to turn his back on people of color and blatantly ignore and talk over those voices of the oppressed is unconscionable. Thankfully this will most likely be the last election where people of color are forced to beg for scraps from the table by voting for whites, most of whom are descended from racist oppressors. Demographic change will ensure that people of color are represented by politicians of color. It is a shame that the only way to foster change in this ailing society is through immigration and high birthrate. The white ruling class who hAve presided over this system of apartheid will soon be just another relic of an unjust, broken system. #bkacklivesmatter

    • discordian

      “Supremacist”? LMAO. I know the Clinton campaign is getting nervous about Sanders, but let’s try to not veer into self-parody here.

      Sanders is someone who was marching with MLK and fighting desegregation while Hillary was a college Republican campaigning for Goldwater. Do we need to talk about “welfare reform” and Bill’s sad attempts to diss black culture in order to pander to middle America? If you want to turn this into a battle of who is stronger for black communities, Sanders will win every time.

      Now personally I think that’s silly, since both Democrats are far better than the other side. But the Clinton supporters need a reality check here.

    • Mike549

      Who do I blame? I blame hundreds of years of oppression for enabling a feeling of hopelessness among people of color. That’s far different from apathy, though I wouldn’t expect any closet racists or RepubliKKKans to understand that. Demographic change obviously needs to be more drastic in order for black voices to be heard. Eradicating hopelessness is a gradual process.
      #blacklivesmatter

  • JoeJ

    They weren’t kicked out and they got 20 minutes and a chance to go on stage- that doesn’t sound like they were ignored. The fact that they then interrupted Bernie, who’s on point and an ally, makes them petulant children.

    • Mike549

      How cute. I just love it when Klan members come out of the woodwork. “Petulant children”? Most of these POCs have never had, nor will have under this apartheid system, even a tenth of the opportunities that Bernie Sanders has been given. The least he could do is let their voices be heard without interrupting or attempting to talk over them.
      #blacklivesmatter

      • JoeJ

        A “Klan member”? LOL. Buddy, I’ve helped shut down intersections with BLM and I’ve probably done more in the real world to help the movement than you’ll ever do behind your computer screen. The fact is, events like this one take meticulous planning and timing and they STILL gave up 20 minutes of a packed agenda to give these protestors a platform to speak. This is the problem with the left- we don’t know how to identify allies when we see them, instead everything has to be held to this impossibly perfect standard. Do you think they should have just canceled the event and let the protestors just have the stage for the rest of the day? Actually, you probably do. Try organizing something in real life before you run your mouth.

        • Mike549

          So as a progressive I am supposed to be satisfied with a mere 20 minutes for people of color to be heard when white cisgendered men like Bernie Sanders spend a lifetime behind the bully pulpit? Really? Each day I live in this oppressive society further convinces me that the only real change will happen when demographics change. One day this nation’s brutal treatment of people of color will be on display for the whole world to see. And those systemic behavior patterns, as well as the system itself, will be relegated to the ash heap of history. Bernie’s vicious display of racism may be okay with you but it doesn’t set well with me.

          #blacklivesmatter

  • bryan

    This is something worth reading, as you go through these comments.
    http://www.eclectablog.com/eclectablog-comment-policy

  • nha16

    “and blamed for not being able to escape from the prison of poverty that holds far too many of them in bondage.” EXACTLY WHAT SENATOR SANDERS WANTED TO TALK ABOUT. May be too late for reason to prevail.

  • nha16

    Good. All this did was further separate us. Just what the powers-that-be want. We still need a president. Will it be Hilary Clinton then? Jeb Bush? Scott Walker?

    • Dusty Ayres

      It will be Clinton, and she’s a lot better than Sanders is for the position (it really should be Biden in the race, but it seems that he needs time to recover from personal tragedies.)

      • nha16

        In trying to understand what happened here, your comment is telling. No end to dirty tricks in American politics.

  • Regold

    “Undocumented American”? — really?

  • Sean

    Protesting to the choir. I already hear from closet racists the resentment over my support of equal rights, Do I need a lecture from the people whose side I already support? In the end a progressive white person in this situation, why do I even bother?

    • Mike549

      Blacks and Latinos have been lectured by white people of privilege for centuries. Can we FINALLY have an honest discussion on race in this country? That is all these young black Americans were trying to do, yet this comment section is filled with people berating them and their courageous supporters for daring to try to start a dialog. (Shaking my head)
      #blacklivesmatter

      • Sean

        I berated? Who? Your logic seems tp be “see how you like it”….which leads me back to…..I’m already. Sympathetic/ empathetic to your/my cause, EQUALITY.
        Thank you

  • Brian

    I wish I could have been there as well, because I would have had a similar reaction…pissed at first because the protesters were interrupting what I came there to listen to, but then the realization of what was actually going on and the frustration many of them face trying to get people to understand.
    As a gay male, it immediately reminded me of the tactics of ACT-UP, who many in the gay community hated because of their confrontational tactics, but ACT-UP was probably the most effective organization at raising awareness of the AIDS crisis, especially among those who should have been our allies.
    The #blacklivesmatter movement is having a similar impact, and their message needs to be heard by those who should care about the issue.

    • The comparison to ACT-UP is spot on, imo.

  • pinkace

    You are celebrating disrespect?

  • Cookie Rus

    This is what I’ve been saying all along will be one of the guilty pleasures of the future… Watching (hopefully from orbit or some safe place) bewildered progressive liberals be overrun by the feral hordes they have worked so hard to farm onto a supermajority.

    • FDRliberal

      My pleasure will be seeing you throw your remote at TV after your Republican clown nominee loses the White House race again in 2016. The only question is: will you stand by your promise to leave the country when your candidate loses?

      • Cookie Rus

        The Republicans being clowns is something I completely agree with about. I will not be throwing my remote for any of them. I would happily vote for Hillary if I thought it would hasten the demise of the hollow empire, but since there isn’t the slightest difference between her and any of the so called alternatives from the fake right, I don’t think voting for her would help that aim.

        • FDRliberal

          In Texas alone, 1,800 to 3,000 people will needlessly die because the Republican governor there chose to not expand Medicaid for political reasons. Thus, the statement which says ”there isn’t the slightest difference” between the candidates, is a falsehood.

          • FDRliberal

            Lol. I challenge you directly to refute any of the findings in that Harvard study, gooberette. The link is provided for your convenience here, once again.

            I laugh thinking of the look on your face when the latest legal attack on ACA fell on its face. Face the facts – the battle regarding ACA is over and y’all lost. Big time.

          • FDRliberal

            Trust me Sarah, I work harder than you and know more than you.

          • FDRliberal

            “But I work smarter in less hours…compensated very well for results.”

            Sure Sarah. Just be careful when descending the stairs to your Mom’s basement apartment. 55 year old knees are delicate things. Plus, you won’t be eligible for expanded Medicaid in your dirt poor, low average income red state.

          • FDRliberal

            “”Sarah” is the inner circle heads up alert. So now I know what your job is.”

            Talking gibberish and referring to yourself in the third person…a rock solid sign of mental health.

          • FDRliberal

            “I don’t deal with paid commenters; there is a big majority shown to be. cya”

            Oh I see! Yeah Sarah, just let me know where I can pick up my check from Soros…for some reason I never seem to get it…do you think he might be willing to wire the funds?

          • I get my left-wing trolling fees through Paypal.

          • FDRliberal

            Haha. I didn’t think you had the courage to try to refute the data and of course I was correct.

          • FDRliberal

            “I let Forbes do it – as per the link sent.”

            Yeah, sometimes you just need to let Forbes do the talking…

            Forbes 2015: President Obama’s Trifecta – Democrats Continue Economically Trouncing Republicans

            “Looking at the S&P 500, Clinton and Obama have performed about the same with about a 17% annual rate of return through the first 62 months of office. Which is 70% better than the approximate 10% return of the best Republican presidencies economically.

            Damn! 70% better than the best Republican presidencies! No wonder Democrats keep winning presidential elections.

            http://blogs-images.forbes.com/adamhartung/files/2015/03/Avg-Annual-Compound-Return-on-Equities.jpg

          • FDRliberal

            Refuted? Lol. That one “article” was penned by a right-wing hack from AEI by the name of Chris Conover, who was widely ridiculed for his hilarious and discredited claim that “Obamacare” would add $6.2 trillion to the US debt. It must drive him crazy to see tens of millions now covered via ACA, including millions of conservatives.

          • FDRliberal

            “His analysis was sound and thourough…”

            “Thourough”? What language is that Sarah? Teabonics?

            My hard working and conservative leaning sis loves her ACA. Face the facts – the game is over and y’all lost. Time to leave the field. The exit door is to the left.

          • FDRliberal

            Attacks? Gee y’all anarcho-libertarians sure are a sensitive bunch.

            Of course when anarcho-libertarians like yourself and discredited AEI hack Chris Conover talked about ‘train wrecks’ and ‘trillions’ in debt when ACA first rolled out, I, like other knowledgeable people, laughed heartily at such claims. However, I do confess to underestimating ACA’s irrefutable success which is indicated below.

            ACA Signups
            “Confirmed Exchange QHPs: 12,072,682 as of 7/16/15
            Estimated: 12.9M (9.8M via HCgov) as of 7/16/15
            Estimated ACA-Enabled Policy Enrollment: 33.0M
            (10.4M Paid/Effectuated Exchange QHPs, 8.2M OFF-Exchange QHPs, 180K SHOP, 14.2M Medicaid/CHIP)”

            Truly amazing numbers. Of course rational people, who think it is a good thing that more Americans are inusured, rejoice over such figures. In contrast, the right-wing ideologue, who values her ideology over both the facts and over seeing America succeed, will feel anger upon seeing such figures. Nonetheless, the numbers don’t lie.

            But look at the bright side – at least you now have Donald Trump to make your case! Lol.

          • FDRliberal

            “And answers his Q. of Attacks?”

            More Teabonics Sarah? I suggest you discontinue the home schooling and enroll in a collectivist public school.

          • FDRliberal

            I suspect even some of your fellow cult members wouldn’t know what “And answers his Q. of Attacks?” refers to. But as Dadaist poetry, it may have some value.

          • You are banned from any further commenting on Eclectablog. I was serious when I told you to knock that shit off.

          • FDRliberal

            “ACA is quite unpopular”

            Meanwhile, in the real world:

            Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: The Public’s Views on the ACA (July 2015)
            Favorable: 43%
            Unfavorable: 40%

            Congress: Republicans (May 2015)
            Approve: 17%
            Disapprove: 73%

            So in reality, the phrase “quite unpopular” would describe those in Congress who represent your inane political philosophy. Looks like America just isn’t that into you.

  • travisMB

    I don’t think anyone is ready to do what needs to be done to fix this problem….but the fact is, the war on drugs is mainly contrived to turn every black person into a target by the cops. But you people are not ready to liberate blacks yet. You would rather see them fail at life. To any person where black lives do actually matter, you would have to either stop the war on drugs or legalize drugs and focus more on rehabilitation instead of incarceration. And most importantly, clemency for every single black person in jail on a drug charge. Are you people ready for that? Of course not. Until then black lives don’t matter to you.

    • discordian

      I agree but drugs are just the low-hanging fruit here. Decriminalize every drug, reform the police and you will still have the issue of mass poverty in black communities.

      That’s why it’s such a mistake to attack someone like Sanders. He is the only one talking seriously about wealth redistribution to poor communities. It’s not an accident that MLK identified as a socialist as Sanders does and advocated measures such as a basic income for all citizens.

      • travisMB

        I agree, the second step would be to make loan applications and the job hiring process anonymous so to prevent discrimination, Now there are arguments on both sides of the fence saying if this would be good or bad for companies; but the fact is minorities or gays or short people or whoever feel discriminated against, this would solve that problem.

        But studies have shown that if you are white with a name like Jason Smith you have a better chance at getting the job from a black dude named Tariq- Abdul Aziz despite the latter having better credentials.

        As for as wealth redistribution for entire poor communities goes you would have to change the fact that property taxes are tied into the amount a community gets to spend on itself.

        Yes the class struggle will help blacks, but not enough. A poor white is still better off than a poor black. This is why they attack Sanders. He sees it as purely economic, when that just isn’t the case.

        • DougDeGrave

          What if the employer notices that an applicant’s surname and their mother’s maiden name are the same? Upbringing and all that…

          • travisMB

            Anonymous, as in no names used.

        • discordian

          I don’t know about that. Imagine getting hired blind by someone who turns out to be a racist. You’d still have to put up with oppressive circumstances at work. That’s why I’m a big proponent of basic income and investing directly in poor communities. In order to be truly empowered, blacks and other minorities need to be business owners not wage slaves. I’m talking about direct cash transfers to minority workers rather than conditional welfare.

          As far as Sanders goes, no one is saying he covers every issue but he is much better than Clinton. More importantly his nomination would draw a line in the sand saying the status quo is not acceptable.

    • Mike549

      I would add that those who peddle drugs should also be pardoned, not just users. They’re ultimately just as victimized by this system as addicts since this economy leaves many people of color little choice but to enter the drug trade in order to support their families. They’re penalized by the very system that pushes them into these roles. Only when our prison populations are mostly emptied (we incarcerate more people than any other first world nation) and the prisoners assimilated back into the community, can the real healing, both socially and economically, begin.

      I would actually take this one step further than you and argue that most so-called violent offenders should be pardoned as well, especially those convicted of interracial violent crimes, as many of these convictions are simply the result of a racist criminal justice system. I advocate for therapy rather than incarceration.

      #blacklivesmatter

      • travisMB

        Agreed 100%.

  • raypc800

    I find it interesting that there is much shall we say debate about which Presidential candidate needs to do what for the Black Lives Matter or any other stated issues down below. You all have seen what President Obama has accomplished. Yet you all are missing the real Elephant in the room. A democratic President is great but, research all of the much needed and good for the country Bills that were rejected by the GOP controlled Congress.

    There is your clinker. I see people discuss what needs to be done yet not one of these people say how to accomplish what they claim is needed. It is very clear why the GOP worked so hard to take civics classes out of schools. The main point folks is not much is going to be accomplished with the current amount of control the GOP has in Congress. FDR could not of accomplished much, check it out yourselves research what the makeup of Congress was when he pushed through the “New Deal”. Until voters wise up and quit voting for members of a party who’s main policy is that All Government does not work. Jesus Christ could become President and would not be able to accomplish much.

    Congressional makeup during FDR’s time.

    http://chronicle.com/blognetwork/edgeofthewest/2013/04/22/a-quick-note-on-one-reason-why-fdr-was-effective-in-ways-obama-is-not/

  • Rochelle Noel

    A little over a month ago …

    https://youtu.be/LtkGLk7M7zs

  • Leeds

    I find you use of the word “uppity” while infering that this was the Senators feeling in the moment very irrisponsible.

  • Monte Kitchens

    Great insight. Moving piece. Thank you for your candor and beautiful words

  • Rick Diehl

    Shouting down committed allies while providing the GOP with video material to use in their ads? What a stupid and unproductive move.

  • bricktown

    Its in moments like these I’m glad the center-left exists. You don’t win elections ‘shouting people down’ and pretending that’s laudable, useful, and attractive to voters. I mean, you are aware that’s the only way change happens, right? Actually winning?

  • Brian Anderson

    This is patently shortsighted! Bernie Sanders is the closest friend you have in the running for president, Minorities.

    How often do you get to vote and campaign for a President who marched for YOUR rights alongside MLK?

    How often can you say your President organized the first Sit-in protest of racially segregated housing at his University, and got ARRESTED for doing so?

    He’s also against the drug war and always has been, which affects minority communities the worst.

    He also wants to make getting a higher education obtainable again, which will do the most to lift young/poor minorities (and whites!) out of poverty and make the American Dream possible again.

    He’s spoken at length about the tragedy of youth unemployment in the country, and filed legislation to tackle the issue. The other candidates? Crickets. And this issue particularly affects minorities.

    He’s spoken a bit about policing reform, is an advocate for on-duty body cameras, and an overhaul of the criminal justice system in general. I’m sure it is one issue that will most definitely become a major plank as his steamroller campaign picks up more and more support, where he can speak less broadly over so many issues at once (there really are many) and narrow down into the specifics for all the issues he touches on.

    #BlackLivesMatter people (and I am one too!), you ignore Bernie Sanders at your own peril. By all means, look him up, and be ever-mindful of the Corporate Media’s countless attempts to marginalize him in so many ways. Soon, you too will #FeelTheBern!
    #Bernie2016

    • Mike549

      If you really cared about the BLM movement then you’d take Bernie Sanders to task for his behavior yesterday. The only truly successful Democratic movement for POCs in modern times is the ZANU-PF in Zimbabwe and the ANC in S. Africa. We should learn from their example. But it’s not surprising that we don’t; instead of Robert Mugabe we have Bernie Sanders.

      • Brian Anderson

        For his behavior?
        I saw a bunch of rude protesters who wouldn’t even let the man speak.

        “Don’t Shoot” your biggest ally.

        • Fedorus Autistus Maximus

          If he was their biggest ally he would’ve let them speak.

  • Greg Stueve

    This was a great exercise in giving the white participants a glimpse of what Black Americans have to deal with every day. I wouldn’t recommend doing this at every event but this protest was an absolute success and accomplished what the organizers set out to do.

  • Billy Crosby

    Seems like this has been going on forever….the election cycle gets near and we get talk talk talk about what is wrong and what needs to be fixed and then the same ol’ group of moneyed individuals get elected and nothing gets done. And their constituents bellyache about how they need to get their country back (and what the fuck does that mean anyway?) and end up electing folks that don’t have their best interests at heart either. It’s about action and it will be taken in various forms and if that makes people uncomfortable then so be it. What it should do is inspire more people to speak up and not just demand change but to see that it is implemented. And that time is here. And it is now….

  • Cody S

    So it’s ok to crash an event about immigration and hijack and shout over the people that were invited to talk there? The entitlement mentality that you have a right to do whatever you want because of your skin color is sickening. They should have been arrested.

    • beulahmo

      Beware: right-wing troll. ^^^^^^^

      • Cody S

        LOL, right wingers and the Republican party sold me out long ago too. Keep trying though…

  • Ann Shannon

    I couldn’t agree more with the activists and their strategy, or with the author. The structural racism in this country must reckoned with. When unarmed black men, women and children undeniably die every few days in this country at the hands of police or while in police custody (see link on arguments disputing Oso’s every 28 hours statistic http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2014/12/24/the-viral-claim-that-a-black-person-is-killed-by-police-every-28-hours/) and no meaningful change is in sight, that is an emergency. Interrupting the normal order of business and our political process, having it shoved up our collective noses, is imperative. I found myself crying with relief as the demonstration moved forward. What we have with this unchecked abuse of black suspects and prisoners is a criminal system. These activists are putting the system in its place, forcing the conversation by posing the essential question that ALL candidates must be asked and begin to address, “What will you do to dismantle, not ease, not make progress, but dismantle, the structural racism in this society?” Change is never comfortable. As long as people of conscience in white majority fails to put the issue front and center, it is we ourselves who necessitate this kind of action…which was peaceful, however vigorous and unruly to the established program. Bravo Tia Oso. Bravo to all the demonstrators. People of color have endured so much structural intimidation, terror, and violence at the hands of police for so long that their pent up frustration and outrage will not be tidy or controllable. Regardless of how they say, it, given the enormous body of historical injury they have endured, it is incumbent upon us to listen and to act for change .

    • John Kauai

      If her goal was to make the Progressives look stupid, she accomplished it.

  • Sam Smith

    This wasnt about making people feel what you feel every day. This is about making allies. Bernie is one of the only canidates that have actively tried to address this issue, and mant many more. He stood on the right side, time after time and his actions speak on that. Hed not just talk. Hes not your enemy. Open your eyes.
    https://youtu.be/hdQfhA7A8i0

  • John Kauai

    For those of you who want Tia Oso to provide us with a clue about what she hoped to accomplish, send her an email:
    http://blackimmigration.net/contact-us/

  • discordian

    Would love to hear the Sanders critics in this thread try to defend Hillary Clinton’s record on civil rights rather than just nit pick Sanders. They won’t because it simply can’t be done.

    The assumption that Hillary is “better” for minorities is based on lazy media stereotypes and nothing more. Have people already forgotten the racist attacks the Clintons leveled against Obama in 2008?? The entire birther movement stems from the Hillary campaign.

    Going further back in time, the actual record of Bill and Hillary Clinton towards the black community is utterly pathetic. Not only did Bill throw blacks under the bus in order to get elected, he slashed welfare and deregulated the banks leading to the subprime crisis which devastated black communities.

    Now if there is a viable alternate candidate out there I’m willing to listen. But right now it looks like a contest between Clinton and Sanders, with Sanders clearly being the better choice.

    • This protest wasn’t an attack on Sanders. It was an awareness-raising event. Only Sanders and his supporters are making this about him.
      My criticism is how he responded. If you actually read my piece carefully, you’ll note that I acknowledge that he is largely aligned with their positions.

      • OuttaTheEAA

        Chris, the problem is that the point you just made is not what people are taking away from it. What they’re taking away from it is that Sanders is out-of-touch, tone-deaf, and, in the words of several commenters already down the line, “racist.”

        People aren’t reading your piece carefully, they are cherry-picking what they want to see, then inferring from your position that Sanders lost a lot of credit as a way of saying that progressives shouldn’t support him anymore, regardless of Sanders’ prior, established positions on race, equality, and egalitarianism.

        As a result, everything you said in your piece about Sanders’ actual position does not matter because it’s not what’s getting repeated. It’s not “the real story” as some put it. People are looking for rotten eggs to throw, and despite the piles and piles of good eggs in the piece, people are pulling out only the bad ones and using them.

        You are perfectly within your rights to feel the way you do. I strongly disagree with you on how you got there, given what I saw of the conference video.

        The folks from BLM may have had the intent of “making us feel what they feel” but here’s the biggest point of all this: Two wrongs don’t make a right. The way these people treated both O’Malley and Sanders, regardless of their viewpoints was rude, mean-spirited, and flat-out wrong. You don’t invite someone to a debate and then talk over them. You don’t bring someone to discuss the issues and then not let them speak. This was not a civil discussion, it was a railroading, even if the issue at hand is extremely important and deserves just as much of our attention as our economy does.

        Had the people who heckled Sanders and O’Malley been waving Confederate flags, everyone would have characterized it as rude and offensive. Hell, if the people who heckled them weren’t doing that and instead spewing nonsense about lower taxes or some other important issue, we most likely would’ve responded to it as rude.

        But rather than treat the issue with the respect it deserves and have a civil, controlled discussion on it and how to address it, the decision is made that it’s somehow OK to be openly disrespectful on this issue because “white people need to understand how black people feel” — whatever happened to being better than the people who denigrate you?

  • Ana Elisa Amore

    I get it, we all get it, the injustice that the black community has suffered is massive but you are only hurting your cause by yelling and showing no respect to the candidates that took the time to be there to tell you what plans they have for the future of america. How are race issues and economic policies related? The movement for black lives matter hurt it’s own cause that day and no one walked away united.

    • Fedorus Autistus Maximus

      Sorry, but black lives are more important than whatever white men are up on the podium talking about.

  • jack

    Hillary, Bernie and O’malley clearly are not what America needs. O’malley said all lives matter, but he locked up 750,000 Baltimoreans who never got charged. He’s so much responsible for the Baltimore riots as anyone else, as well as a Republican running Maryland. DUDE TAXED THE RAIN. Hillary’s husband apologized for destroying over a million Black lives, and is clearly responsible for the militarization of US police departments, and let’s not forget 3 strikes and you do life legislation he passed. Blacks lives mean nothing to the Clintons. Bernie he’s from Vermont, and when given the chance to prove himself, he ran? Lol. What a joke! You gotta do more than talk the talk. #This is the best the Democratic machine can put out? # Republicans will win the presidency, bc I’ll rather vote for an open racist, than a closet racist like these 3.

  • beulahmo

    Ugh. This comment thread is full of white supremacist vermin hoping to maximize intra-party discord.

    Decent readers beware.

  • tinymouse

    The truth hurts. And part of the truth is that one person isn’t going to be the panacea to all societal ills. No one person is going to take all of the pain away. No one person is going to transform what needs transformation right here and right now. No one person is going be attuned to hearing everyone’s needs all the time – that’s God’s job, I guess. No one person is going to stop what they’re doing all the time and give us what we need in the moment. There are limitations, limitations, limitations to what any of us can do, say, respond with, feel, extend, offer, etc., at any one point.

    From all perspectives on this event, there is legitimacy and truth. Yes yes yes, Bernie could’ve made this more of a dialogue and teaching moment. That would be the ideal for someone who themselves was a protestor and disrupted business as usual. Protestors, ideally, could have given the event’s participants a chance to integrate what was being said and let the pieces fall where they may after intervening. But people are creatures with lots of emotions and limitations in dealing with them, and group dynamics can be powerful. Bernie has limitations it would seem. Fantastic. Who doesn’t? Thank god, he’s human. Reality, multiply-determined (i.e. ranging from the coffee he had that morning, to the subtle cues of audience responses, to his invisible privilege of living daily in white skin) trumped the longed-for ideal of how he’d respond. Protestors – in a large group and I’m sure totally juiced to interrupt business as usual and turn things on their head because it’s fucking necessary – want to be received and validated and acknowledged and empathized, especially here, in a venue in which pain could be expressed to someone who might actually be able to hear them. But the ideal that protestors could also listen in return was trumped by the reality of the moment, again, multiply-determined.

    All of these perspectives that have truth in them need to come into conflict from which dialogue and movement are born. But there has to be dialogue. To write off the protestors by saying they are disrespectful and hurting their goals and support would be tragic. So it would be to write off Bernie Sanders who, while a white Jewish man representing Vermont – and therefore having some real limitations in identifying fully with the lived experience of POC – has a long track record of subscribing to social justice causes. Let the dialogue commence! That is social justice. Let all come to the table repeatedly to converse and commiserate and be heard and to listen. AND TO TAKE ACTION TOGETHER. Let conflict be creative and not foreclosing of further dialogue, and keep taking it to the street, to venues like this, to defined events that can contain conflict like this, etc. Keep it real and keep it open.

  • TiberiusNugicus

    You say “white liberals” like a racist would say “n******.”

    • Suckaboo

      OMG, that is a comment I would have expected to see on Fox News from a republican… Just what we need, our own party eating each other up… Right before an election no less… How depressing.

    • TiberiusNugicus

      So you admit you’re racist?

      • TiberiusNugicus

        What the hell are you even talking about? Bernie Sanders isn’t a white supremacist.

        • TiberiusNugicus

          Awww, a conspiratard who thinks he’s smart. Isn’t that cute.

  • Curtius Simplus

    I hope the blacks target the progressives as it will only ensure that more of them come over the Reality which is ANYTHING but equal or color blind … Dumb Barbarians don’t they know those progressives are the ONLY reason they even have housing, food or clothes … That is a fact.

    • usedtobeconservative

      The future “is” only when seen retrospectively from a projected future. Being is penetrated by non-being. X = X + 1%!

  • Gene Merritt

    For anyone interested this is a link to Bernie Sanders voting record: https://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/27110/bernie-sanders#.VawV9BNVhHw

  • dialogic

    WOW the Clinton machine is out in full force to smear Sanders and protect the status quo. You say get on your feet and support the BLM protest. OK, fine, “rude” tho it may have been, they have every right to be in “emergency” mode.
    BUT, why are they not protesting Hillary? And the GOP? Really, no BLM protest in any Republican event — you know, those who actually cheer and break out the champagne every time an innocent black kid is murdered by a racist cop.
    VERY VERY convenient that it is Sanders who gets targeted.
    I call BS.

    • Fedorus Autistus Maximus

      We already know Hilary doesn’t care about black people. But it’s time Sanders steps up to the plate and stops being a typical politician for a change. Calling him out is a good thing that should be encouraged.

      • dialogic

        Imperfect tho he is, are you so obtuse that you can’t see how hurting Sanders strengthens all those who are worse than him — from the mildly worse to the full bore evil?
        Are you all aware of his positions? Do you watch his rallies? Do you listen to his speeches from the floor of the congress?
        Sanders is ON RECORD (and has been for years) calling for criminal cops to be PROSECUTED AND PUT IN JAIL.
        He says it out loud from the Senate floor and he says it out loud at his televised rallies.
        Maybe you ought to think about it, and consider the possibility that your movement has been corrupted from the top to seve alternative goals than those which you hold dear.

        • Fedorus Autistus Maximus

          We have to hold our own accountable first. If Sanders wants to shut out black voices like this, then it’s very telling of his complicity with the white supremacist system we’re stuck in already.

          I’ve been aware of him for a long time, and he talks a good game, but he’s always been just another politician sitting on the side collecting money, pandering when it’s convenient.

          • dialogic

            In so far as BLM is important and needs to be addressed forcefully, we are in agreement. Beyond that we will have to agree to disagree. There has not been a candidate anywhere near as honest and earnest in their desire to combat the status quo as Sanders since at least FDR and the New Deal.
            The Bernie Sanders candidacy is NOT one more in a long line of typical politicians. This is a one-shot deal, and if you’re going to contribute to weakening it and bringing it down, then the tragedy will be on all of us.
            The same went in 2000 when a bunch of self-important Nader voters in their justified disgust with the Democratic Party — handed the presidency to evil incarnate.
            How did 8 years of Bush help the environment? Poor people? Blacks? Browns? Gays? The world?
            Ideology and politics are NOT the same thing. They clearly have a large overlap, but they are not one and the same.

          • Fedorus Autistus Maximus

            Wow, spoken like a true sheep. We thought the same thing with others, like Obama. “Oh, he’s a great guy! Yes we can!”

            We’re only going to break the white supremacist system by getting more minorities in office, or breaking the country apart. Quit playing politics and start thinking about the lives of other people for a change. Bernie Sanders is a DC schmuck just like the rest of them. He’ll think helping the black community will mean throwing some money at them through his white man version of socialism.

            Don’t trust someone “on our side” when they won’t even let black people speak up, even though they know we’re in a white supremacist system and claim they want to fix it.

          • dialogic

            No sheep here brother. Voting for Sanders is the un-sheep move. You got it twisted. I don’t know what all-white suburb you grew up in, but I’m born and bred in Brooklyn and have lived around black people my whole life.

            I have nothing but respect for the black community because, while I haven’t had to experience the shit that is constantly dumped on them in this country, I have seen it with my own two eyes.

            You say “We thought the same thing with others, like Obama. “Oh, he’s a great guy! Yes we can!”” — Well, you know what, you’re admitting to ignorance. Yeah a lot of people fell for Obama’s smooth as silk bs, but I ain’t one of them.

            Obama had no track record of being a progressive. He is a DLC Democrat right out of the Clinton mold.

            If YOU believed his bs then that’s on you.

            Sanders is “a DC schmuck”? What an ignoramus comment to make. It’s time for you granola eating narcissists to wake the F up.

            Break the system getting more minorities in office? If only it were that easy. I’ve got news for you. Being anti-racist means accepting that some black folks are bad. No one is immune to being corrupt. Black politicians in office won’t help a damn thing if they are pro-corporate tools with a suntan.
            Obama was a minority, how good was he? Don’t get me wrong, I voted for Obama twice and would do so again over ANY republican candidate.
            But we need someone who is not an insider tool and if you are truly too stupid to see that Sanders is the furthest thing from a “DC schmuck” that is anywhere near being in this race, then I would pity you.
            I say “would” pity you because I now see HRC’s stink all over your posts.
            You are the one who wants to keep black people down in your soulless bid to put her slightly better than a republican ass in the oval office.
            This country has a shot now to break away from the lies and corruption and broken promises and elect someone who will really shake things up.
            The only sheep I see is you. Baaaah.
            –End of transmission–

          • Fedorus Autistus Maximus

            See, you admit that politics is self-serving and corrupt. Who does it serve? The white elites up at the top. He’s playing the same politics everyone else is playing. He should think more as a humanitarian first and a politician second. By not allowing blacks voices to be heard he has proven that he is complicit in maintaining this corrupt and evil system.

            He’s a white people socialist that will just throw a few bucks at the black community and hope problems go away. We need a candidate that actually understands minority issues and is actually one, too.

            I’m starting to wonder if you’re a troll that came over from some right-winger sight, because you claim to have grown up around black people your whole life, but want to stick them once again with another white man that will throw them a few bucks and give them a pat on the head. It’s like you’re not even trying to hide the racist attitudes anymore.

          • Bobs_Vendetta

            And you want to stick them with who? Hilary? Donald Trump? Ted Cruz?

          • Fedorus Autistus Maximus

            Neil Degrasse Tyson maybe? A real human being who’s smart and not part of politics already.

          • Fedorus Autistus Maximus

            He speaks a good socialist game, but do you really think any of that money will see the inner cities? It’s going to get lost in DC and end up magically back in the suburbs.

            We need to break this system down. Hope, change, and all that doesn’t come from DC, it comes from us. We need to march on the government and demand minorities in more positions.

            It’s incredibly problematic that you cannot see how disgusting it is that a so-called ally in our fight against injustice still sits in his ivory tower poo-pooing minorities trying to get their voices heard. And then idiots like your denounce them like you did in Baltimore when they vented their frustration by destroying things because nobody will listen. Well, maybe they need to be louder.

            Maybe if we just give Bill Clinton a chance… Maybe Obama… maybe… no, screw that. These politicians aren’t real people, which is what we need. People like you are no better than the neocons. You want to maintain the status quo of old white politicians simply because they can talk well. Bernie gets in office, then what? Democrat traitors and Republicans get the congress and senate again. The system needs radical reconstruction at this point. People who think otherwise (you) are sheep to the system that has sold us all out for decades.

            We need revolutionaries from all sorts of different backgrounds, not some old white man not letting blacks speak.

          • dialogic

            I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt that you mean well, but you are still a schmuck.
            The republicans take back the congress because people like you get excited about the rock star candidate like Obama and then sit on your hands after.
            2010, just two years after Obama was elected, the same short-attention span youth who came out in waves to elect him stayed home and 50 seats went back to the Republicans.
            When every racist cockroach in the country came out to vote against Obama in the midterms, where were you? You sat on your ass because no one exciting was on the ballot. Shame on you.
            You are living in a fantasy land due to ignorance. Sanders is nothing like Clinton or Obama. they are both DLC democrats and represent corporate interests and the status quo. I’m getting tired of repeating myself. If you are too ignorant to know what that means ask for help, don’t just keep regurgitating the same stupid bs about how Sanders is like Clinton. He isn’t. He has never been. He wouldn’t be.
            His entire political track record proves this.
            He voted against BOTH gulf wars. He voted AGAINST NAFTA, CAFTA, favorable status with China, and now TPP.
            All things that the clintons and Obama voted for. (Obama voted against the second gulf war).
            Regardless, you’ve made assumptions based on a lack of knowledge — the true mark of an ignoramus.
            Nor have you offered any sort of alternative.
            Finally, if you had listened to Sanders, which obviously you have not, he is calling on massive marches on Washington. Now. In front of audiences of thousands of people he is calling on massive marches.
            You simply don’t have any idea what you’re talking about.
            The status quo right now is shaking in their boots, scared to death about the prospect of Sanders winning — it’s because they know what you are so willing to ignore — that he, alone amongst the candidate for office today will dedicate his every waking breath to bringing about real change, not sparkle dust.
            I voted for Clinton twice as the lesser of two evils. I voted for Obama twice as the lesser of two evils.
            Sanders would be the first time I have ever voted for someone out of passion.
            You’ve simply gotten your head screwed on backwards — or you’re taking money from Clinton to muddy the waters and confuse people.
            I’m inclined in your case to believe the latter over the former.

          • Bob

            Who are you going to vote for? I am not voting for O’Malley or Sanders. The view I had of them at this event says that they cannot manage a Congress, because they cannot change and get their footing back in a debate. They will be ineffective. SO again who are you going to vote for, will it be a litmus test or the best fit that is available? The best thing about PBO was the complete ease he had at a republic meeting where he talk and held his own to the point that he was told that if wished he could leave, and he said “no problem I am doing just fine”. That’s what I am looking for, someone who can handle the opposition and make some progress happen. He has if you look at the republican strategy of opposing anything PBO wants. The litmus test in the case appears to be BLM. Not too many people are going to be a one cause vote.

          • Fedorus Autistus Maximus

            I’m going to vote for no one. I’m going to protest and demand a change in the system. Quit voting for the lesser of 2 evils because it’s still just evil.

          • Bob

            That’s great, then my vote will count without being countered by you.

          • Fedorus Autistus Maximus

            Still think your vote matters? Hahahaha, wow, what a sheep.

          • Bob

            The fewer of you that vote the more my vote matters. Or did you forget the last election with poor turn. Or why the republican gerrymander the election boundaries. More republicans in state houses are elected with few votes.

          • Fedorus Autistus Maximus

            You think the politicians are different? Hahahaha!

          • Bob

            Still doing the one line response with an attack how original.

          • Bobs_Vendetta

            You don’t know what you are talking about. How much is Hilary’s campaign paying you to say that?

          • Fedorus Autistus Maximus

            How much is Fox News paying you to come here?

    • Your characterizing this as a protest against Sanders is totally inaccurate.

      • Bob

        The article I read so how comes across as just that. O’Malley left the stage, and Sanders turned his back and walked off.

      • Bobs_Vendetta

        It DOES come across as a protest against Sanders, the candidate far more pen to your cause than any other in the field. It seems you must support Clinton, who will give nothing more than lip sservice to your cause. Or maybe you support none of them and concede the election altogether. But some of us on the left would like to try to win. I believe we have a chance to win together. But attacking each other (as happened at Netroots and a lot of the coverage since) leaves us with no chance.

    • James Kihn

      Bernie Sanders turned his back on a disrespectful crowd for one evening. I don’t really blame him BUT a president who is black himself has turned his back on African-Americans for the past seven (soon to be eight) years? That is not a coincidence! President Obama does not care about the welfare of black people in this country and I doubt that Hillary Clinton will as well.

  • Cultural Marxists attacked by their pets. Good stuff.

  • Annie Blanchard

    White allies need to stand when this happens and shout, “Let them speak” — it would have been awesome if Bernie had done that – Let Them Speak.

  • Wendy Fawcett

    I pose the following question with the disclaimer that I have not watched the video in its entirety so I don’t know how long the demonstration took place. But I’m curious as to whether and at what point were the demonstrators going to let the candidates engage in a conversation? I ask because there is criticism that this was a moment for the candidates to engage, but was that even a real possibility?

    • Bobs_Vendetta

      No, they were never given the option. Both Sanders and O’Malley tried, but could not utter more than a hasty sentence two before being shouted down.

  • Debbie Lusignan

    https://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=Ao4q_REgArjUeggZl27Xc4ybvZx4?p=bernie+sanders+black+lives+matter&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&fr=yfp-t-598&fp=1 They wouldn’t even let him speak. The commentator stated to please let him make his remarks, he told them he would answer their questions, and they just kept chanting.

  • Dr ExCathedra

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch. These Pale folks’ smug self-righteousness makes them very seriously misread their Sacred Victim Minorities’ nature and goals.

  • Jonathan Lister

    Anyone who says “protest the Republicans”- read the article again. The author clearly states that this was a learning experience, and the protestors probably intended it to be as such for the attendees. I agree with their actions.

    Now consider what would happen if a Donald Trump event or some other Republican event would have been crashed by BLM activists. Would Trump’s fanbase encourage him to support the BLM movement? Or would Trump then decide to push back, claiming it’s “time to take our country back” and enjoy another surge in popularity?

    MLK wrote in his letter from Birmingham Jail that the white moderates are the biggest obstacle to justice. Today, the white moderates are the ones who want activists to leave them alone on the grounds that they aren’t Trump supporters. They need to do better.

    Bernie Sanders can do better. The white moderates of today can do better. They need to do better.

  • Sirius Jones

    A welcome change from what your typical Sander supporters look like.

  • Diana Eidson

    They did give Black Lives Matter the stage so that they could be heard. If you were there, surely you saw that part (instead of just the parts you wanted to see–maybe you were in the restroom when BLM took the stage?). Perhaps you saw how the MC Vargas conceded his mic to the leader of this group. All she did was shriek about how they want to be heard. She sounded like a harpy. She was so hoarse from all the yelling she had done that I couldn’t make out most of what she was trying to say. So, instead of actually having a dialogue and getting candidates on board, all this group of hecklers wanted to do was get attention and co-opt the whole event for one issue and one group. Now, of course, all the media coverage of this event only focuses on this shameful display–it’s really the only
    thing they are talking about. Once again, they have discredited and marginalized this campaign, using this spectacle as ammo. Great. Bernie already gets the problem, and he’s been doing all he can to fight against racial profiling, sentencing laws, mass incarceration, and militarized police. He was fighting for civil rights long before you were even born, champ. These people are rhetorically tone deaf because they are alienating the only allies they have in this fight–Bernie Sanders and his supporters. I understand the anger. I share their frustration and
    rage, but they’re going about this all wrong. BLM destroyed their ethos by acting this way.

    The major problem with the Left is is that everyone splinters off into little interest groups and refuses to band together under the banner of CLASS. That’s what Bernie, as a good socialist, is trying to foreground. The Right wants us to be divided by race and other identities. We need to join in solidarity by class. That is how we win. It will help us ALL. We need to fight together.

  • nordski

    If you were there or saw the video of what this author is talking about, you can only call this hack journalism and a hit piece on Bernie Sanders. This writer must be on Clinton’s payroll.

    • Hilarious

      • Bob

        I am not laughing, did Sanders not live up to your expectations?
        Was it possible for him to live up to what you thought he should do?
        Or you just don’t like him and his platform? Given his age he is not going to be agile on his feet mentally and for that reason in my opinion not President material. Did he have expectations to be treated the same O’Malley was, I think so, if it was to be a fair chance and the same opportunity to represent what he wanted to do, then he should have had twenty minutes to talk without being interrupted. Then it would be possible to share the stage with BLM people. O’Malley recovered nicely with the interview TWIB, that was a good exchange, and that was what was missing from the other event. Sanders failed the litmus test, BLM.

  • James Kihn

    This is a perfect example of where young (and old) people have not paid attention in school or have not done their homework. For those of us who have, we know that Bernie Sanders has done more in support of African-Americans than any politician currently running for president. Bernie was there, marching for civil rights in the 1960s when it was very unpopular, sometimes even with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thanks to Bernie, Hillary Clinton cannot avoid the issues like she has done for so many years. If she is elected, the middle class, matter-of-fact all classes but the rich will not change. She has no plans to change things because this will go against her corporate sponsors that have been providing for her for many years now. President Obama has done much for the American people but he has failed and one thing, addressing the needs of the common citizen. The majority of us are that, common citizens who live our lives, going to work, paying the bills and trying to make ends meet. We have to struggle to send our kids to college, we have to face possible bankruptcy if we have a medical emergency. The current prison population that President Obama is trying to deal with rose dramatically during his presidency so he can’t blame that on anyone else but himself. It is welcoming to see if he wants to change things but this is a little too late considering he has just over one year left of his presidency to address these issues. Even if Bernie Sanders would’ve been so nonchalant with his comments like Hillary was last month when she said that “all lives matter” instead of stating the obvious with all the blatant racism that –black lives do matter–, we know that Bernie has done very much in support of this and as president he will put the people of this country first, not the corporations and not be looking for corporate (even Hillary Clinton) handouts for so many of the other politicians that are currently running for president. History has proven that Hillary Clinton has changed her tune on many occasions. The facts are there to prove it. She can’t be trusted!

  • devenh74

    I wonder….

  • DianeB5

    Bernie Sanders organized with CORE (the Congress of Racial Equality) in Chicago, and led a sit-in against segregated housing as far back as 1962.

    He attended the 1963 March on Washington, and saw Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., give his “I Have A Dream” speech in person.

    He endorsed Jesse Jackson for president, twice, in 1984 and 1988.

    He has a 96% rating from the NAACP.

    This is on his website: Sanders Statement on Voting Rights Ruling
    Tuesday, June 25, 2013
    WASHINGTON, June 25 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled today that Congress had not provided adequate justification for continued federal oversight under the Voting Rights Act of 1965:

    “The Supreme Court has turned back the clock on equality in America by striking down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. The landmark civil rights law that Congress passed almost five decades ago, and reauthorized with overwhelming bipartisan support only seven years ago, has been an important tool to protect voters in places with a history of discrimination. The law is as necessary today as it was in the era of Jim Crow laws. We must act immediately to rewrite this vital law.”

  • DianeB5

    Listen to this speech he gave on June 12th. Watch from 1:07:20 to 1:11:10.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=3990&v=IiJn63y3TF0

  • stillonline

    The hashtag for this movement should be #OnlyBlackLivesMatter. A Black man who had marched with MLL, been jailed with MLK and spent his live working for equal justice would not have been shouted down. But Bernie is all those things he’s just an old white guy and you treat him with such disrespect because of the color pf his skin. This is a racist movement that kicks off by attacking allies. This is almost as stupid as burning down your neighborhood to protest racism. White Progressives/Liberals with no skin in the game (like Bernie from Lilly White Vermont) have paid dearly for supporting Civil Rights and equal justice. From the assassination of John Kennedy to people who lost lives ,jobs, and family relationships because they defended Trayvon Martin. This is a fucking punch in the face. I’d like to say it won’t make me hesitate to stand up next time but it probably will. This same group
    shouted down Obama during his Selma Speech. Well, he is half white.

    • steve13565

      I don’t think you have made the transition yet. The reason why Black Lives Matter singles out Black Lives is exactly because the majority knows without being told that White Lives Matter, but there seem to be many who don’t know that Black Lives Matter. Black people are dying from that lack of understanding. To try to dilute their message or downplay it just shows how many white folk just don’t get it. As long as too many people don’t get it, Black Lives Matter will be forced to keep delivering the message. This is just what their forebears did. They refused to be silenced. That perseverance got them the measure of success that they achieved.

      • stillonline

        And I think you don’t understand what racism is. When you make assumptions about someone’s character, abilities or moral “transition” based on the color of their skin, then you’re a racist.

      • beulahmo

        Beware. There are a lot of white supremacist and right-wing trolls on this thread, looking to exploit a potential racial rift among liberal activists.

      • Zombie Forrest

        Then why do I see so many people encouraging White genocide? Why do people cheer Whites becoming a minority group in the U.S.? Why does no one bat an eye when a cop kills a White criminal?

      • Consign. 100%.

  • Excellent insight, Eclectablog. A fine piece of journalism. I was disappointed to see Bernie so quickly derailed. I guess his “not gonna take it anymore” speech ran into someone else’s “mad as hell” moment.

  • Craig Freger

    Fools! Bernie is on your side! Because it’s our side! It’s all one side. Yet, Blacks still overwhelmingly support Hillary. SMH. I see that her husband recently apologized for supporting and signing the crime bill that has put so many of your brothers and sisters in jail. Gee, that was nice of him….

  • steve13565

    The description of the transition from anger and frustration to one of understanding is just great. Being able to do so in so few words, is just plain eloquent.

  • beulahmo

    Read the blog post again. You’ve missed the point.

  • think4yrself

    Black Lives Matter, it seems to me, has had a much louder voice than
    Bernie Sanders, up to about a month ago. Unfocused, seemingly ignorant
    anger (did any BLM leaders behind this check BS’s civil rights record?)
    and bullying your way to the stage, instead of earning it, is not terribly
    appealing to me.

    • Frank Butler

      Earning it.

      Privilege isn’t earned.

  • Frank Butler

    May not seem nice, but I think pretty often at these things, we have people patting themselves on the back for agreeing what reasonable stances while not giving much if any air time to them.

    I want Bernie to be the next president and all, but I think waaay too often (even with his background) that the most immediate issues that are life-and-death for issue aren’t being talked about with the vigor or urgency that’s necessary.

    I wouldn’t take a Martin O’Malley seriously on the issue of black lives mattering, to be honest. Bernie Sanders is different, but no, this movement is about being heard. Everyday, there’s another story of a life lost for no good reason due to these racist people in power. There aren’t enough people in power talking about it, and that’s by design.

    Think about the people who regularly get to attend these events. Of course they don’t want to really dig into this problem – they don’t have deal with these problems every day of their lives.

    We shouldn’t expect Republicans or conservatives to ever care, but we should expect Democrats and liberals to and when they don’t respond – when they don’t try to hold people accountable – then we should heckle them. We should be disrespectful, because they aren’t hearing us, either. Their silence and their deafness is just as bad as what the racists are actively doing.

    And cut the crap with “All Lives Matter”. We know white life matters – that’s a given. We know that all too well – as just about everything is done to preserve it, even closing off debate to not hurt precious ears when it comes to race, fairly often. Fragility, it’s said to be called. Yes, indeed, we know yours matters. Your words, your ideas, your history, your feelings, your bodies, your existence. We know you matter here – you tell us everyday in the media.

    The phrase “Black Lives Matter” doesn’t take away from your white life or your privilege (and no, privilege doesn’t mean you’re automatically rich or get everything you want out of life). What it means is black lives SHOULD matter. We realize that they don’t right now. Not when we have to explain to you why racism is wrong or what racism is or how what’s done is racist. Police brutality is only one problem that black people have to deal with, but it’s often the difference between life and death – it’s always been a problem, we’re just seeing more video of it now and more instances of suspicious and unreasonable deaths in the news in the news the past few years. For all our history here, and all the progress, we know black lives don’t matter. We have to tell ourselves they do and should.

    Saying “All Lives Matter” is just a way to whitewash what is happening. To say, oh, well we should all care about one another… okay, but that’s not happening, so maybe we should focus on the people with the more dire problem of being erased and treated like a lesser? The government will always respond well to white people – you do not need an advocacy slogan. Stop trying to appropriate this one to try to diminish what’s happening.

  • jb

    If your strategy is to mimic the Tea Party, I think it’s a loss for us all. To say that the protestors’ tactics are challenging privilege, that this is a teachable moment, is correct only in examining their intentions (maybe–I’d be curious to hear those intentions iterated by the protestors themselves) and is to assume that the majority of people will understand the protestors’ message. The type of nuanced thinking on the author’s part with respect to his/her analysis of the situation is not so easily accessible to the average person. How does one best gauge the effectiveness of one’s methods? The intellectually aware and emotionally invested will follow you readily; ask the stupidest and most ignorant people in the room what they got out of the experience, and you’ll have your answer as to whether your approach is sound. As performance art, this demonstration is perhaps useful, if it truly reached some people in the way it did the author, but performance art isn’t necessarily an effective political or discursive strategy on this stage. It’s a shame that Sanders and O’Malley weren’t more gracious or prepared for this type of incident–the correct way to handle themselves being to remain silent, as there was nothing that could be said at that point when people are shouting you down–but their bumbling in the face of this pressure doesn’t change the fact that nothing was learned or resolved even within that room that day, that likely few if any minds were changed nor hearts were reached, and that, I’d imagine, nobody’s voice was actually heard. Is that the end goal, here? If so, it’s misguided and counterproductive.

  • SeparationOfCorp&State
  • SeparationOfCorp&State
    • Daniel

      Good video. Aren’t we glad that the hecklers “educated” Bernie Sanders?

  • Bobs_Vendetta

    You mischaracterize what happened at netroots in a most fundamental way. What these activists from Black Lives Matter did was not to “seize a teachable moment for themselves and use it to educate people who are, largely, their allies.” They didn’t make this a teachable moment at all. They simply trampled on the rights of (a) these two candidates to be heard, and (b) people in the audience to ask questions of these candidates. Had they done so in a manner which WAS teachable — engaging the candidates in dialogue, maybe teaching some folks in the audience some things — this might have been the teachable moment you purport it to be.
    But that isn’t what they did. They shouted down, ranted and raved, and made dialogue impossible.
    And, no, contrary to your self-righteous putdown of people who may disagree with you, my doing so doesn’t mean I see these Balck Lives Matter protestors as “a bunch of uppity black folks being disrespectful.” I see them as people who made an ass of themselves at a forum where they could’ve been heard and their concerns taken seriously if the conducted themselves in a serious manner.
    Anybody on the left who thinks this is the way to bring about change needs to go back to activist 101. This is not how you do it. This only breeds division with potential supporters and fear or disgust among those who don’t support you yet but who might.

  • cassie

    i’m disappointed though that they interrupted a discussion a forum on immigration though, like please demand more from politicians but why silence other people of color who need immigration reform.

  • Bobs_Vendetta

    Who are you and what are you doing here? Is that Nathan Bedford Forest you’re showcasing, co-founder of the KKK and their first supreme leader? You are idolizing a terrorist. Please go away.

    • Zombie Forrest

      You people wanted to dig me up, so here I am.

  • Malmborg Implano

    African Americans versus Jews! It’s Detroit 1967 all over again. We all know how well THAT turned out.

    • Bobs_Vendetta

      No, please share.

  • Zombie Forrest

    If black lives really mattered, all of these people would march into the gang strongholds and take care of all the killers, drug dealers, and pimps. Instead, they attack the people trying to keep the peace and create a distraction so people can loot and destroy.

    • Bobs_Vendetta

      Somebody get rid of this damn white supremacist!

      • Zombie Forrest

        Don’t name call because you don’t like the truth.

        • Bobs_Vendetta

          You are one. Don’t deny it. You’re a terrorist lover (that despicable thug Forrest).

          • Zombie Forrest

            There you go again with the name calling. Let’s try to be adults.

  • Bobs_Vendetta

    And somebody get rid of this damn racist! Why dn’t you trolls go over to Worldnet Daily or some shit. Get the hell out of here!

  • Daniel

    I understand the sentiment, but heckling speakers does less to “educate” anyone, and more to potentially alienate allies.

    • Whites pretending they are people of color’s essential allies and leaders is the height of condescension. I can’t wait for a colored majority nation.

      • Daniel

        I see. So white people can do nothing right.

  • SBells

    Patrick Bright’s comment says it all – “it wasn’t even THEIR event.”
    I think that’s the source of the problem; has Bernie the “socialist” even bothered to engage with African Americans in light of a year of black murders at the hands of thug cops? No?
    I didn’t think so.
    But yet you Bernie fans think black folks should support him for president? Why? Because 50 years ago he marched with a million other liberals? Get real.
    We face real problems that deal with real issues; brushing off the BLM folks was wrong.
    And the fact that they had to invade YOUR event speaks volumes.

    • Mr. BillyHounddog

      Try as I might, I just don’t buy it. People go to an event and it is completely disrupted. Supposedly if that annoys you or you disagree with that in any way you are a racist. No, you’re just annoyed.
      I don’t care who you support for President. The format was set up for Q&A and BLM could have asked all kinds of questions. I’m listening to a woman now saying all the candidates failed to address their issues. I don’t think that is realistic. Who the Hell could address anything being constantly interrupted. That is just reality and manners.
      Everyone is just supposed to understand and accept BLM’s rudeness and BLM apparently have no requirements to interact in any way that would be conducive to their own agenda. My mind only keeps going back to what I would tell the hoard of kids ranging in age from about 16 to 20 who come to my house, kids of all races, several times a week. And what I would tell them is there was no excuse for the rudeness and don’t expect the results you want if you can’t treat people better than that. If you can’t do it, neither do you get to expect others to treat you any better. It’s called treat others like you want to be treated.
      I really don’t think Dr. King would buy it either. A man who was a genius at communicating and getting the other side to feel and understand where he was coming from.
      You face real problems with real issues ? Yes, you do. But you are wrong if you think you’ve got a monopoly on that. BLM was not ” brushed off” they pushed everyone away and rejected them in this instance. The fact is they did not have to invade the event – it speaks volumes if you think they did. All they had to do was contact these people for an event focusing on BLM. I am sure they would have gotten it, if from no one else, at least from Bernie Sanders and probably from others too.
      And just because a march was 50 years ago does not mean that Bernie Sanders quit afterwards. Just because slavery ended in 1864 doesn’t mean it stopped affecting the American African either.

  • guitarfan29
  • SBells

    Interesting comments about Bernie being from the whitest state in the nation, but caring so much about black folks. it’s easy to “care” when there are no black constituents to deal with. He left Brooklyn and relocated first to a kibbutz and then to Vermont, where’s he’s been for more than 40 years.
    Please stop talking about 1963 and show all of us POC exactly what legislation he’s passed in the past 40+ years as an elected official from lily-white Vermont that has had any positive impact on the lives of black folk?
    Don’t tell me what he’s supported, tell me what he’s actually passed? What exactly has he done to help any aspect of our lives post the MLK assassination? Does he have black staff on his campaign? In his Semate office? As advisors? If so, they are invisible; if not, it speaks volumes.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/25/us/politics/bernie-sanders-lags-hillary-clinton-in-introducing-himself-to-black-voters.html

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/19/politics/bernie-sanders-african-americans-2016-netroots/

    • Bobs_Vendetta

      There is nobody in the Democratic Party better than Bernie Sanders when it comes to issues of economic justice. And that has been true for many years. And if you don’t think issues of economic justice are vitally important to black Americans, then Martin Luther King and Jesse Jackson, among others, would disagree with you.

      On issues of social justice, Bernie Sanders has an exemplary record, going back decades, of supporting issues of social justice. The NAACP gives him a nearly 100% rating on these issues. The difference is this: he has not shown the leadership on issues of social justice like he has on issues of economic justice.

      As a senator, that is okay. We cannot expect members of Congress to be leaders in everything. For example, I love Elzabeth Warren on issues of economic justice, but where has she been on restoring civil liberties and restraining the rise of the Natioinal Security State? She’s been mostly absent on those issues. But she’s a champion on issues of economic justice.

      When somebody decides to run for President, however, their administration — if they win the election — will be able to pursue action on all of these issues. So it is appropriate to expect a presidential candidate to broaden his or her areas of focus to include issues he or she hasn’t focused on as much in the past.

      Black Lives Matter won’t find a better political allie in this presidential campaign. Period. A dialogue with Sanders, and with his (so far, mostly white) supporters, could have been (could still be) a productive way of broadening his campaign merssage, and his potential governing agenda, through education and moral persuasion.

      Doing what Black Lives Matter did at Netroots accomplishes nothing. There was no attempt at dialogue or education. It was disruption for the sake of disruption. It was the kind of activity that was designed to create resentment and sow division. The only beneficiary of that fiasco was Hilary Clinton.

      So it is fair to wonder if there may be trolls for the Clinton political machine within the Black Lives Matter leadership. Look at her record. On issues of economic justice, she and her husband have beren champions of Wall Street all along. She is part of the proble, not part of the solution. On issues of social justice, she has a pretty good record, but — like Sanders — a lack of leadership.

      So if Black Lives Matter supports Hilary Clinton — and it seems mighty coincidental that she managed to be absent when they took over the Netroots conference — it’s fair to ask (1) why that organization doesn’t care about issues of economic justice, and supports a pro-Wall Street candidate, and (2) why they support a candidate who has shown no leadership on issues of social justice.

    • thegodemperor

      Tell me, how ignorant are you to think that one senator can make a bill they create a law? It requires at least 50 other people to vote for it and then those remaining 49 to do no more than vote no.

      You have no idea what our system is like, huh?

  • thegodemperor

    Protesting your supporters isn’t the way to go about it. Where are they at the GOP rallies then? Where are these people at the Obama speeches? Obama is part of the executive branch. He actually can do something actively about the incarceration rates. And yet the incarceration rates are higher than ever. No, I don’t support these people or their actions. They didn’t teach anything, they refuse to continue to even acknowledge the 50 years (not 50 years ago, but 50 years worth) of Civil Rights that Bernie Sanders has fought for. And not for just Black people, which is apparently all these protesters care about, but for ALL people. Homosexuals, transgendered, African Americans, Asians, Latin people, etc. He’s fought for them all. And they would spit in his face cause of what? Cause he won’t focus only on Black people?

    No, fuck these people. They have hurt everyone involved and only helped people like the establishment of SHillary Clinton.

    • I have had conversations with countless progressives who, in fact, DID have a change of perspective after the event and Sanders himself has already modified his stump speech so Imma go ahead and disagree vehemently with your statement that “they didn’t teach us anything.” Some of learned from this teachable moment, no question. And I’m one of them.

      • thegodemperor

        That’s fine for you, but I don’t get why some don’t understand this. I’d like the people thinking they are being critical of him and critiquing him to imagine, just for a second, imagine that for FIFTY YEARS you were fighting to help all people and end a lot of the bigotry and racism that goes on. FOR FIFTY YEARS you give your life helping people. And then those people who should be your allies come and protest you and won’t let you speak or to even say you aren’t doing enough? If I was Sanders, I’d have been way more livid. He kept relatively calm and handled it far better than most imo.

        How about realize this didn’t do much to actually help anyone. This just pissed off some, made others sympathetic to a group they were already sympathetic too. Nothing was accomplished except to help the candidates who will do the most harm to the nation.

      • Bobs_Vendetta

        Conversations with “countless progressives,” really? And they ALL agreed with the stunt BLM pulled? They were ALL educated by a disruptive shouting match? You damage your credibility and any sense of being a fair moderator when you make overbaked claims like that.

        • They don’t all have to agree for it to have made an impact.

          • Bobs_Vendetta

            Oh, what BLM did at Netroots certainly had an impact. This blog is one piece of evidence for that.
            But that’s not what you said. “Countless progressives” had a “change of perspective” you said. A disruptive shouting match which didn’t allow for dialogue somehow became a “teachable moment” you said.
            With all due respect…

  • Nathan Zimmerman

    No, the irony is that this was turned into a story (on the mainstream media, admittedly) about how black people can’t get behind Sanders despite the fact that SUBSTANTIVELY he’s completely in line with BLM. Somehow, the ONLY candidate that makes sense if you care at all about equality is the one most bruised by it…

    • Bobs_Vendetta

      You are right in your observations, which is why I suspect this event was staged by the Clinton political machine or its supporters. It is quite coincidental that she skipped an event which was going to be hijacked by BLM activists, with the primary effect of smearing the Sanders campaign.
      Clinton remembers Obama’s chances of defeating her in 2008 improved markedly when he made substantial inroads with the black community, which initially supported her. The Clintons are determined that won’t happen again.
      It’s worth noting that George Soros, a major financial backer of Clinton, is also a major financial backer of BLM. Yet another coincidence.
      And you see Clinton backers on this blog who don’t identify themselves clearly as Clinton backers. Instead, they express their loathing of Sanders, as if it was possible to support these progressive politics, yet “loathe” — I’ve read at least two bloggers here who used that word — one of the few politicians in Washington with a consistent record on these issues.
      The Clinton political machine is ruthless and truly machiavellian. They will stop at nothing.

  • When will elderly white men realize they can’t understand the colored experience and thus be able to govern for people of color?

  • Dee Porter

    I am a Bernie Sanders supporter and I found the protest very real and very moving. I agree with the way it was done. No one is paying attention when you ask nicely.How long must the black community be polite? It was very effective. I hope it will be a big issue in the 2016 elections. If we are true progressives we should never seek to silence protesters, especially a group who has been silenced themselves for far, far, too long. Hell, Bernie was a protester, and shouts people down in the Senate till this day! If you don’t get it, you just don’t get it. I fully support the BLM and their methods. #SandraBland #TrayvonMartin #TamirRice #KindraChapman #EricGarner #FreddieGray #blacklivesmatter. These are our countrymen and this IS their country! The time is NOW!!

  • Taperecorder13

    Cool Peeps, you might have just undermined your own goals. Have fun with Hillary, who was a proud “Goldwater Girl”, while Bernie Sanders was marching, organizing, and getting arrested during the Civil Rights Movement. If you can’t recognize this as this tactical mistake it was, then you are part of the problem.

  • Classic

    I guess if you think that the substance of what Sanders is saying is irrelevant, then your feelings are as important a topic of conversation as anything else. Of course, once that becomes your standard, a natural hatred of hypocrisy would prevent you from objecting when anyone else uses the same standards to behave towards you, even though it might leave you feeling frustrated and angry.

    Oh wait……

  • Dee Porter

    Geez….look at all the racists that come out when black people speak up. Too bad for you racists out there. Your time is short. We will not be silenced, we will not look backwards. Change IS coming and you can kick and scream all you want but change IS coming! #SayHerName #SandraBland #blacklivesmatter

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  • Andrew E Schultz

    Thank You for seeing something we all need to acknowledge. Not just so a candidate we like can win, but so we can really hear the urgency this movement is putting forth..trying to connect to white progressives, because they want so called Progressives to understand the urgency…and when he says that most white folks in the crowd where irritated and annoyed that points to the problem. I think Bernie Sanders is great, I really do (I’ve been rooting him on since 2012-2013, well before his Presidential run), but I think this tactic points to the need to be heard, to be included in the urgent discussion of not just the future of the nation, but in the present. It’s far too dangerous for black men and women in this country, law abiding or non-law abiding, they are treated with disrespect and deadly force, while people like myself can enjoy the privileges of not being the target of racist profiling or discrimination in my attempts to advance my personal career. It’s a hard pill to swallow but it’s the reality of so many. The police in this nation are supposed to serve and protect and allow a for due process…and even that still puts a heavier burden on minorities than it does on white skinned people. Just my observation, but yeah, this guy gets it…we need to understand the urgency this movement is putting forth.

  • Mr. BillyHounddog

    Change of perspective ? Yes. I would no longer attempt to deal with BLM. Find someone else.

  • Kizmet Paradigm

    They flat out lied about mike brown! Bless the african american senior citizens that tod the truth and exonerated officer wilson JUSTICE SERVED!!

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