Just a short one cuz I’m still recoopin’ and these vicoden make me fuzzy.
The rise of Black Lives Matter has presented opportunities for Clinton and her opponents, who are seeking to energize black voters to build on the multiethnic coalitions that twice elected Barack Obama. But the candidates have struggled to tap into a movement that has proved unpredictable and fiercely independent. It is a largely organic web of young African American activists — many of them unbound by partisan allegiances and largely unaffiliated with establishment groups such as the NAACP that typically forge close ties with Democrats.
Led by several dozen core activists, many of whom voted for the first time in 2008, Black Lives Matter has organized protests — at times drawing hundreds of participants — in more than two dozen cities and colleges. Many of the movement’s leading activists are among Twitter’s most influential users — with the ability to pump messages out to hundreds of thousands of people, often prompting topics to trend nationwide.
At times, they have pressured media outlets to cover stories surrounding race and justice, and they have leveled sharp critiques of politicians and celebrities that often go viral. In one such instance, activists blasted Clinton when she appeared at a black church near Ferguson last month and said that “all lives matter” — a phrase that struck the demonstrators as dismissive of the unique discrimination against African Americans by law enforcement officers.
The activists say they are ready to make their voices heard in the presidential race. Although they are pressuring candidates to talk more about police brutality, they say they intend to carve out a broader agenda encompassing other issues relating to systemic racism.
“If you are running to be the leader of the free world, it is your responsibility to seize the opportunity that the protest movement has created,” said Brittany Packnett, 30, a St. Louis-based activist who serves on a White House task force formed after the Ferguson protests to study policing issues.
The Obama years have seen the emergence/birth of three separate political movements – the Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street, and Black Lives Matter. Of the three, the media has depicted two positively and one negatively.
The Tea Party has been depicted as a bunch of angry anti-government racist loons who are hellbent on restoring Jim Crow. They are considered dangerous radicals. But so far there hasn’t been a single Tea Party riot. They have managed to elect a few new members of Congress by challenging GOP incumbents.
Occupy Wall Street was depicted as a bunch of idealistic social justice activists who were challenging income inequality and corporatism. There were numerous confrontations between the police and OWS, and to the best of my knowledge they haven’t elected anyone to anything.
Now we have Black Lives Matter. Like OWS they are getting mostly positive treatment from the mainstream media. Like OWS they are a left-wing movement. The Tea Party leaned to the right.
Can you see where I’m going with this? I hope so because it’s 2:30 am and I’m too groggy to go any farther.