Why are Elements of “Black Lives Matter” Targeting Bernie Sanders? The Answer is Actually Really Simple

bernie sanders 4For months I’ve been bashed by liberals whenever I’ve called out the “Black Lives Matter” movement for mostly just dividing people even more in this country. What was once a movement to bring about attention to the injustices African-Americans face as it relates to racism in America, I believe has now been hijacked by people who can often be every bit as racist as the “white supremacists” about whom they often speak.

For example, here’s are the co-founders of the Seattle branch of BLM literally calling white progressives “utterly and totally useless”:

The problem with Sanders’, and with white Seattle progressives in general, is that they are utterly and totally useless (when not outright harmful) in terms of the fight for Black lives.

Yes, that’s really the sort of rhetoric that brings people together. And for the record, no, the official BLM page did not condemn the Seattle chapter as many seem to be claiming.

But being that this is the second event Bernie Sanders has been scheduled to speak at that’s been interrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters, naturally it hasn’t set well with a lot of people – especially Sanders supporters.

Combing through several comment sections of the articles I read concerning the events on Saturday seemed to yield two main themes:

  1. Many Sanders supporters seem to think these people are being paid by Hillary Clinton to go after Bernie Sanders.
  2. People in general are growing sick and tired of BLM and don’t quite understand why they’re not going after Republicans.

If you’re someone who believes these are ploys by the Clinton campaign to go after Sanders – I’m sorry, but I’m not even bothering with you. I’ll refer to my rule concerning my belief that it’s pointless to use reason or logic when dealing with people who are totally unreasonable and illogical.

But the truth is, this isn’t really that complicated. It has nothing to do with conspiracies or even any logical political strategy concerning our nation’s two largest political parties – it’s about opportunity.

The Black Lives Matter movement has been taken over by opportunists who like attention, and there are two huge things Sanders is doing right now which has drawn them in:

  1. He’s drawing large groups in very public places all across the country.
  2. He’s bringing a lot of media attention, especially from much of the liberal media.

For the most part, Hillary Clinton has kept her campaign appearances small and far less frequent. Sanders is out there trying to build support – Clinton already has it. There’s really no need for her to hold large rallies a year away from Democrats picking their candidate. Sanders needs bigger events, and a lot more of them, otherwise he’ll never come anywhere close to being a legitimate threat to Clinton nationally. Which is why he’s become an easy target for these BLM “protesters.”

They want attention and he’s the most well-known candidate who’s out there drawing larger crowds that will definitely be picked up by the national media.

These people couldn’t care less about Bernie Sanders the presidential candidate. Hell, the man marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and protested segregation in Chicago, so the fact that they’re targeting him shows how little they actually know about him.

Not only that, but they seem completely oblivious to the fact that Sanders supporters are often very far-left liberals who are many of the same people who’ve been some of the biggest supporters of BLM – at least at the beginning.

Though like most people blinded by emotion, arrogance and ideology – many of these BLM people are impervious to reality much of the time. Many aspects of the BLM movement have basically been taken over by aggressive militant-acting instigators who care more about getting attention for themselves than anything else. These aren’t people who want to have a real discussion about racism. What they want is for people to sit down, shut up and have them tell you how it is. If you dare question anything they’re saying or doing, you’re instantly labeled ignorant and a racist – which is probably what I’ll be called by many for daring to call out this group.

I’ll say this as simply as I can: You don’t combat racism with racism. And when you judge anyone based on the color of their skin – that’s racism.

The truth is, there are people within the BLM movement who don’t want to improve race relations. There’s nothing in it for them if they do that. They want to keep us divided – because that’s good for business for people who thrive on racial tension.

A big reason why MLK is so revered is because, while clearly emphasizing the need to bring about justice for the African-American community, he did so in a way where he pushed mending race relations together. He spoke about blacks and whites as humans and pushed the idea that the world we need to strive to build is one where we don’t group ourselves together by the color of our skin, but the content of our character.

It’s a stark contrast from these members of this group publicly calling white progressives “useless” and bashing anyone who even dares to suggest that all lives matter.

But those trying to find some complex and convoluted “reasoning” behind why BLM keeps going after Sanders are wasting their time. This isn’t about radical conspiracies or even rational political targeting – it’s just opportunists exploiting an opportunity presented to them by the crowds and media attention Bernie Sanders generates.

My hope is that leaders within the African-American community will stand up to these people who are trying to hijack and destroy a worthwhile movement. The truth is, we need real discussions about racism and how Americans of all races can come together to make this country better, and help fix some of the very real problems plaguing the African-American community and race relations as a whole.

Such as the example set by several North Texas pastors who organized a basketball game with Dallas police officers in a movement called #TogetherWeBall. That is how you act when your goal is to try to bring people together.

I believe we can come together as a country and do this, but it’s not going to happen overnight and it will never happen using aggressive bullying tactics to get attention while attacking anyone who might dare to disagree with something you say.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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