Photo by Anne C. Savage.
“Great way to build a political movement. Those of you who defended the Netroots Nation takeover by #BlackLivesMatter need to explain this.”
I’m on a number of private national listservs for progressive activists, bloggers, and organizers. This demand was thrown at those of us on one of them who defended the BLM protest at the 2015 Netroots Nation conference in response to a similar protest at a Bernie Sanders rally in Seattle last week.
When I had the audacity to challenge a well-known journalist on another listserv who argued for respectability politics – the idea that black protesters needed to be more respectful – he told me, “I wonder if you know who you are addressing when you write shit like this.”
Both of these things came from white progressives, people who are largely on the same side as me on nearly every progressive issue you could mention.…