Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Last Call For Rounding Up The Riff-Raff

Nothing quite like the age-old canard of "If black people would behave, racism would go away."  Juan Williams blames Black Lives Matter for angering white people and accuses them of "being their own worst enemy".

It lacks an agenda, it is antagonizing the black community’s top white political allies, including Democrats running for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination, and it is not finding common ground with any of the Republican majority in Congress.

The catalyst for the movement was outrage over the deaths of young black men like Freddie Gray, Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of police officers who arguably used excessive, even deadly force. But where is the list of solutions to the injustices it so often decries? 
The movement’s failure to get its collective act together carries real danger for the political clout of the African-American community in the 2016 elections and beyond.

With the movement potentially discouraging black American trust in Democrats, #BlackLivesMatter is increasing the odds of a sharp drop in black voter turnout in 2016. Already Democrats privately worry that without President Obama on the ballot, the black vote will decrease the turnout needed to keep the White House and win back the Senate.

Williams is already setting BLM up as the source of all the Democrats' problems in 2016.  You have to wonder what his reaction to the civil rights movement of 50 years ago would have been.  He goes on to say Rand Paul and Chris Christie are who black America ought to be listening to (after attacking black Democrats for not being faithful to the Democrats, mind you) and wonders why the movement isn't embracing them

If Williams can't figure that out, he's further gone than I realized.

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