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Questions emerge in regards to Seattle activists’ connections to #BlackLivesMatter

After the interruption of a Bernie Sanders rally in Seattle this Saturday by activists claiming to represent the city’s Black Lives Matter faction, many in the progressive sphere were left scratching their heads.

[The title of this article has been updated to reflect the story more accurately] After the interruption of a Bernie Sanders rally in Seattle this Saturday by activists claiming to represent the city’s Black Lives Matter faction, many in the progressive sphere were left scratching their heads.

It was an awkward and confrontational spectacle, ultimately causing Sanders to leave without speaking and ending with the mostly liberal crowd booing and hissing the two women who commandeered the podium while speaking for this country’s fastest growing civil rights movement.

 

Now the focus turns to Marissa Jenae Johnson — the woman who grabbed the mic from Sanders — and story gets downright weird and confusing.

The Internet is awash in conspiracy theories on Johnson’s motives: She’s a a paid operative from the Hillary camp sent to sow turmoil among Sanders supporters; she’s actually a Sarah Palin supporter (a cursory examination of the comment thread on the Facebook post where this originated, reveals that Johnson was referring to her early political leanings in high school which have since changed); she’s a conservative Christian who supports Sarah Palin (it’s true that she spouts some pretty nutty religious rhetoric on social media — she’s definitely a devout Christian of some sort — but there is no evidence that she is a “conservative” Christian).

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, is confronted on the Westlake Park stage by Mara Jacqueline Willaford CQ over "Black Lives Matter" issues.  She and another activist took over the rally at this point leading to the Senator leaving the stage, making his way through the crowd which thanked him for coming, and getting in a car and being driven away. Saturday August 8 2015,

Via the Seattle Times

Conspiracy theories aside, Johnson’s affiliation with the Black Lives Matter movement is questionable.

According to a group familiar with BLM operations on the ground in Seattle, Johnson and fellow protester Mara Jacqueline are “opportunists” from a group called Outside Agitators 206 who co-opted the BLM label — an easy thing to do considering that BLM is essentially a leaderless movement.

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Mara Jacqueline (left) and Marissa Jenae Johnson (Facebook)

On the same Saturday as the Sanders rally disruption, a Facebook page claiming to represent a “registered” chapter of BLM in Seattle was created (apparently there are already two BLM-Seattle Facebook pages). Later that afternoon after the incident at the rally, someone posted a press release to the page, describing operation #BowDownBernie:

Today BLM Seattle, with the support of other Black organizers and non-Black allies and accomplices, held Bernie Sanders publicly accountable for his lack of support for the Black Lives Matter movement and his blatantly silencing response to the ‪#‎SayHerName‬ ‪#‎IfIDieInPoliceCustody‬ action that took place at Netroots this year.

That very same press release — listing Johnson as one of BLM Seattle’s co-founders — was posted to Outside Agitators 206’s website on Saturday as well.

Making things even more confusing, a rash of social media posts from a BLM faction calling on Johnson and Jacqueline to apologize to Sanders for their actions were subsequently deleted. The tweet below was later deleted along with the entire account that posted it.

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Screengrab via Being Liberal

At the very least, this suggests that there’s some infighting amongst BLM factions as to whether or not Johnson, Jacqueline and their cohorts should be embraced.

As of now, it looks like the two women who stormed Bernie’s stage on Saturday are part of fringe movement looking the use the BLM moniker to draw attention to their message. For all intents and purposes, it worked.

[Update, 8/10/15]: It turns out that the Twitter account from the screen grab above was operated by a teenager who was not officially representing the BLM movement in Seattle.

[Update, 8/10/15, 10:32 p.m.]: Apparently, the connections between Johnson, Jacqueline, and the group Outside Agitators 206 to the BLM movement are not as unclear as we believed. Posting on her Facebook page today, the Los Angeles co-founder of BLM Patrisse Marie Cullors-Brignac openly embraced the Seattle activists and defended them against attacks from bloggers and the media. Please see our important update to this story here. 

Featured image: Alan Berner/The Seattle Times 

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  1. Manny Naffa

    August 10, 2015 at 11:50 am

    How come they sent women to podium? Is there a theory behind that?

  2. Guy

    August 10, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Uh that response is not from Bernie Sanders Twitter account. Check the @ usernames

  3. alexis betancourt

    August 10, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    This was a disgusting show of shouting and disrespect to a man, Bernie Sanders, who has spent his life working or the civil rights movement. The Presidential candidates should be protected, especially at such close range as these women got to Senator Sanders.

  4. Sixto

    August 10, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    The theory is that women are capable of speaking just like men.

  5. Mad John (@John_de_Vashon)

    August 10, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    At the moment, the @blm_seattle Twitter account (the account that issued an apology) has been deleted, and possibly replaced by @blackn_seattle

    On Facebook, this (Black in Seattle) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-in-Seattle/523804057758154 seems to be run by the same person, and is active as recently as 9 hours ago.

    This one (Black Lives Matter Seattle) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Lives-Matter-Seattle/1537733223161214 hasn’t been active since January.

    Then, another (Black Lives Matter Seattle) page https://www.facebook.com/BLMSeattle seems to be associated with the Outside Agitators 206 web site. It has direct quote copies of the statement regarding the Seattle/Bernie Sanders/BLM but no new posts since August 8.

  6. ALS

    August 10, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    They?

  7. oneSTARman

    August 10, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    I knew Right Away these Obnoxious Women whose SOLE AIM was to Alienate the Crowd were NOT representing Black Lives Matter but just PAID to start a FLAME WAR with BLM and Bernie Supporters – Divide and Conquer – WATCH for the NEXT Wedge Issue Protests – It will be RNC Operatives again – NOW DO YOUR JOB Get the WORD OUT that we are UNDER ATTACK

  8. Diana Crumedy

    August 10, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Why not womyn?

  9. gringaofthebarrio

    August 10, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    The organization is not leaderless. They do have a website with a spokesperson. The website makes it clear Black Lives Matter has offered NO APOLOGY and disregards what BLM Seattle tweeted. I discovered this movement is not about racial equality. It’s not about righting social injustice. It’s not about lives matter because of a respect of life. It is solely about switching the classes of oppressed and oppressor. It is about power. It is about one group of people full of anger and hatred and wanting to become the ruling, powerful group so they can stick it to all the others they consider guilty for their lack of “healthy black life” (their words from their blog). This group blames ALL white people. This organization believes that ALL white society must pay. They blame white people for EVERYTHING that is wrong in the black community. White people were blamed for when things got out of control in the protests in Ferguson, MO (their words, their blog). Their interpretation of being black in America is if your are black, you are automatically a “victim”. Read their blog post about Ferguson. They consider the way law enforcement is managed in America to be the equivalent of the apartheid of Africa. Again, read their blog posts. They are angry that Obama did not support their violence against the police (contradiction because earlier that violence was blamed on the white supremacists for instigating). They call ALL white people white supremacists lumping all white people together with the likes of the KKK and White Nationalists. There are many social justice and racial equality organizations that I am proud to support and be a part of and are not racist organizations but are truly about racial equality rather than power and retaliation. I am welcome there. It is obvious I am not welcome in Black Lives Matter because I am white skinned, They are hypocrites. They are racists themselves. They are dangerous because they see violence as a way to achieve their goal of “liberating” themselves. They believe violence and disrespect against ALL white people is justified because ALL white people are white supremacists destroying the lives of ALL black people. They believe any white person who participates in their cause is either pretending or a plant to instigate trouble to make them look bad. Again, read their blog posts. These are their words, not mine. I hope the Black community wakes up and reorganizes behind another social justice group. My black son, black sons-in-law and black grandchildren will have nothing to do with it because they know and love their white mother and grandmother and recognize that a group like this would seek to destroy the person who loves them more than anyone else in the world.They should be more honest and rename the organization “ONLY Black Lives Matter”

  10. Steven

    August 10, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    This story is BS. They made significant change in the visibility of racial justice in his platform and should be applauded for their courage to not be “polite” and use their anger over injustice for power!

  11. sethes

    August 10, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    George Soros paid them to do it.

  12. brian nunziato

    August 10, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Looks like there was a little maneuvering going on after the Bernie incident… Either way, those two girls didn;t help the BLM movement at all. I was there and they came across as arrogant assholes…

  13. Chris Birkhimer

    August 10, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    all lives do matter, and so do manners

  14. Stephen Body

    August 10, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    In point of fact, the people who drowned out Bernie Sanders are nothing more than garden variety jackasses. Rude, self-absorbed jerks whose care, I promise you, a LOT less about what they said than in strutting around in front of an audience. Look at the two of ’em: pathetic, little fatheads whose defiant lip-jut was copied straight out of old Mussolini photos and what they think an activist looks like. If anyone from the Sanders campaign reads this, I want to humbly apologize for my imbecilic, self-important home town.

  15. Melizer (@melizer)

    August 10, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    “They” didn’t “send” anyone, get it?

  16. Dave

    August 10, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    I wouldn’t expect someone dumb enough to EVER have been a Sarah Palin fan to know jack about civil rights history and Bernie’s role in it way back before little Ms. Whosis was a twinkle in her daddy’s eye. She probably targetted him because he’s, you know, “some old white guy.”

  17. Christopher Markunas

    August 10, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Stone cold assholes. Just plain assholes. Using a serious movement to promote their own agenda.

  18. David Todd

    August 10, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    No one sent them. They are black Sarah Palins, opportunists and attention whores “goin’ rogue”

  19. Melanie Nathan

    August 10, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Kuddos to Bernie for being a true mensch. He stood back and let them have at it. Shame on BLM movement for being so disorganized – when on CNN they took ownership and spokesperson seemed to condone the behavior. Then all this back an forth about no connection. An organic movement so out control is a scary one indeed! Sad that the Bernie campaign has such poor security. A white skinhead could have popped him off in half a tick!

  20. 2rodgee

    August 10, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    damn hair hatted hooligans strike again. Bernie, get some big black security guys. That will negate the race card should someone else like them try this stunt.

  21. Chris

    August 10, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Bernie has been promoting equality for all before these bitches were even born

  22. Randy Jacobson

    August 10, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Bernie Sanders by letting these two women speak while standing in silent judgement of their behaviour instead of trying to score political points by shouting them down or having them forcefully removed from the stage displayed the kind of class and judgement that will serve all Americans well when he is President.

  23. befree

    August 10, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Maybe you could reframe your ENTIRE article considering you are implying that their actions, voice, speech and tactics are not valid because of what? official affiliation with a group? Plus BLM has officially noted on their page that they stand with the women. it is not okay to attack the beliefs of black women in order to invalidate their actions and perspective.

  24. Nebris

    August 10, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Fake ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ group “Outside Agitators 206” website’s IP address (54.68.196.65) belongs to the pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co.
    http://40.media.tumblr.com/304c6c8b8b67eaeaeb3bc01b5ecad218/tumblr_nsu8s88ZC31rtjtwxo1_1280.jpg

  25. Alexander Armitage

    August 10, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    I find this whole thing bizarre. They’re yelling at the only candidate who’s expressed on more than one occasion the disparity of institutionalized racism that exists today. He’s also a candidate who’s spent most of his time working with black community leaders and politicians.

    And they’re protesting his lack of support?? Are they delusional?

    How about showing up at a Trump or Cruz rally and pulling the same stunt!

  26. Sharon

    August 10, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Their actions were more akin to saboteurs than protestors trying to help the BLM movement. Or else two remarkably Ignorant children. They did NOT act like women by any means whatsoever. But what can you expect from someone that admits to supporting Sarah Palin?
    Childish behavior and Nothing Else in between their bloody damned ears!

  27. Joe

    August 10, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    “admits to supporting Sarah Palin?” Yeah, right. Now I’ve heard it all. Libtards blaming a radical organization’s consistent antics on SP. Nothing those two girls spouted reflects anything remotely resembling Palin’s beliefs. Might as well blame the BLM movement on W, too.

  28. Eric Susee

    August 10, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    “[Update, 8/10/15]: It turns out that the Twitter account from the screen grab above was operated by a teenager who was not officially representing the BLM movement in Seattle.” —- Suggestion: THEN TAKE IT DOWN..

  29. Barbara Lehner

    August 10, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Why were they aloud to get that far? I was under the impression that candidates for the presidency were guarded. This is just too screwy.

  30. Motherearth

    August 10, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    This literally stinks of Karl Rove! It would not surprise me at all that the GOP is behind this. I wonder how much money they got to do this?

  31. Morgana

    August 10, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Horribly misguided and unstudied attack on the wrong guy. If Bernie learned anything from this it is rigorous education reforms are needed. Bernie marched with MLK before these women were born for Chrissakes!

  32. Morgana

    August 10, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    … Unless they are full of s***.

  33. Rachman Cantrell

    August 10, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Now for something completely different! Bernie Sanders song with words below.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLx13XUpSaxm6dpDAxIfwz3dDCo_Ahyf1A&t=44&v=aFra_6CY89I

    Hey Bernie Sanders ~ by Brian Estes 2015
    —————————————-­—————————-
    C F C
    Hey, Bernie Sanders, I wrote you a song C F G

    ‘Cause I heard your voice ringing above all the wrong
    C F C
    I seen your hands waving around in the air
    C G C
    I seen your eyes burnin’ when they don’t play fair
    —————————————-­————————–
    No smiles and hairstyles and soundbites from you
    You say what you mean and that’s what you do
    You speak for the workin’ class woman and man
    You sometimes get angry ‘cause you give a damn
    —————————————-­————————– F C
    Hey Bernie, Hey Bernie, let’s take it all back G
    We raised fifteen million with no super PAC C F C
    And that oughta show them what the people can do G

    Hey, Bernie Sanders I’m votin’ for you
    —————————————-­————————
    You speak the words that we need to hear
    While others grow rumors like tumors of fear
    And when the mud-slingers mount vicious attacks
    You stand by your record and stick to the facts
    —————————————-­————————
    Hey Bernie, Hey Bernie, they’re runnin’ scared
    They say you’re too old and you’ve got messy hair
    They call you a socialist and you say it’s true
    And that’s when they know they got nothin’ on you
    —————————————-­———————————
    You stood for gay marriage before it was cool
    You stand with the students payin’ too much for school
    You stand with the middle class falling behind
    While the top one percent is robbing us blind
    —————————————-­———————-
    Hey Bernie, Hey Bernie, let’s take it all back
    We raised fifteen million with no super PAC
    And that oughta show them what the people can do
    Hey, Bernie Sanders I’m votin’ for you
    —————————————-­———————-
    And some folks might say, “Why bother to fight it?
    The whole game is rigged by Citizens United”
    But united we stand or divided we fall
    And I’d rather have false hope than no hope at all
    —————————————-­———————–
    Hey Bernie, Hey Bernie, they say it’s a dream
    The people can’t win against the corporate machine
    But ninety-nine percent is a heck of a lot
    And I say we give it whatever we got
    —————————————-­—————-
    Seems all politicians know just what to say
    And when to shut up so the donors will pay
    Sell favors to the slavers who butter their bread
    That’s why I’m voting for Bernie instead
    —————————————-­—————
    Hey Bernie, Hey Bernie, let’s take it all back
    We raised fifteen million with no super PAC
    And that oughta show them what the people can do
    Hey, Bernie Sanders I’m votin’ for you

  34. Philip Sevetson

    August 11, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Not so much during primary season. I believe they get protection once they’ve locked up the nomination, and definitely after the convention. I think there’s a custom of protection if a credible threat is found.

  35. Mike

    August 11, 2015 at 1:08 am

    Well, that makes it interesting. If true.

  36. Morgana

    August 11, 2015 at 1:13 am

    I totally just looked it up and that is NOT true . Please look for yourself. The website is associated with Amazon, which makes sense. The Reddit page announcing this Merck business has also recognized this isn’t true and changed it’s tune.

  37. Matt Walther

    August 11, 2015 at 1:24 am

    ” They ” picked the wrong candidate. Bernie might be the only one on there side. In that respect the two ladies just looked ignorant.

  38. Page Williams

    August 11, 2015 at 5:12 am

    Black lives no longer matter to me. I’m so of their childish tantrums and lack of integrity

  39. Dindu Nuffin

    August 11, 2015 at 5:15 am

    Great post Gringa, every word you said is true.

  40. Dindu Nuffin

    August 11, 2015 at 5:18 am

    There is a fine line between “being polite” and pissing off the best allies you have. This stunt they pulled at Bernies rally did nothing but anger their would-be supporters.

  41. Gump News (@GumpNews)

    August 11, 2015 at 5:42 am

    When did BLM institute a membership program? Are there applications and dues to be paid? WTF?

  42. Jeff

    August 11, 2015 at 6:50 am

    No it’s not. It’s in Amazon Web Services:

    NetRange: 54.64.0.0 – 54.71.255.255
    CIDR: 54.64.0.0/13
    NetName: AMAZON-2011L
    NetHandle: NET-54-64-0-0-1
    Parent: NET54 (NET-54-0-0-0-0)
    NetType: Direct Allocation
    OriginAS:
    Organization: Amazon Technologies Inc. (AT-88-Z)
    RegDate: 2014-06-20
    Updated: 2014-06-20
    Ref: http://whois.arin.net/rest/net/NET-54-64-0-0-1

    OrgName: Amazon Technologies Inc.

  43. Ray

    August 11, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Not to mention a current US Senator.

  44. Mike

    August 11, 2015 at 9:45 am

    You are a racist pig. Oink, oink, you disgusting piece of human filth.

  45. Mike

    August 11, 2015 at 9:47 am

    What’s that? You have no evidence anyone paid them? What’s that? You are just an ignorant piece of racist trash? Yeah, thought so.

  46. Jody

    August 11, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Excellent comment!

  47. maryvalentine08

    August 11, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Maybe you should also apologize for your name-calling.

  48. maryvalentine08

    August 11, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Chris, using the B word makes you look very bad, in case you are wondering.

  49. Mary

    August 11, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Cheers Cris!

  50. Faol

    August 11, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Just wanted to note the link to the facebook page cited at 8/10/15, 10:32 p.m. is now gone as well.

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  52. Robert

    August 11, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    How are they blaming Sarah Palin? They are implying that anyone who freely admit to supporting Sarah Palin show consistently poor judgment and are not to be taken seriously.

  53. Marcell

    August 11, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    This is a pretty inflammatory opinion. Given the amount of time and number of words you used, if also say it’s well thought out. That’s too bad.
    Given the level of oppression and systematic assault on the Black Community, I’d say it’s time the non black community wakes up and realizes that if we aren’t Standing in unison, if we aren’t speaking out in protest WITH THEM, then we ARE perpetuating the problem.
    The fact that you have mixed race or black children, and are leveraging their love for their (white) mother versus participation in the struggle they’ve been born into, instead of walking along side of them for change hurts my heart.
    I’m tired of hearing about the fear and pain that an entire people in my own “free” country are submerged in. I’m tired of hearing about young black men being targeted and killed by white people of power. I’m ready to hold white people accountable for their backsliding, ignorance, and unwillingness to make effective change.
    The most effective way for me to do my part right now? The best way for YOU to do your part right now? Shut up and listen.
    Those women wouldn’t have been able to get close to the stage, much less to the microphone at a republican speaking engagement. Bernie did what we should all be doing. He stepped back and let them have the stage. Why? Because he knows their message needs to be heard, and this was a great way for them to garner national attention. Why would a man running for president allow two angry black women to speak, and not say anything? Because their pain and anger need more validation than his message. Because Bernie Sanders knows what so many in that crowd, and so many in the comfort of their homes just don’t seem to get: BLACK LIVES MATTER!

  54. Ali Razeghi

    August 11, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    and they could have just called which would have worked out even better, letting everyone hear their message with a receptive voice. They got negative attention, not positive.

  55. Imani S Latif

    August 11, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Your lengthy comment is ridiculous. There are white allies involved with Black Lives Matter. And I don’t care how many Black relatives you have, the movement is not about hating anyone. It’s about justice.

  56. John Beardsley

    August 11, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Bernie is a natural ally. and his supporters are too. They attacked allies of the goals o BLM. It was a stupid destructive thing to do. and yours is a dumb comment.

  57. L.d. Dixon

    August 11, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    These punk bit- ches need to be kicked off in the fat part of the dumb asses.

  58. Jeff

    August 11, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    No it’s not; It’s in AWS.

    Amazon probably bought that IP range from Merck a long time ago.

  59. Andrew

    August 11, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Nobody else wants to comment on this? Seems pretty shady to me…

  60. kimbis

    August 11, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Baloney. If ANYONE “paid them to do it” it would have been the RNC. You see, the expected to see those two idiots hauled off in handcuff instead of just letting them PROVE themselves fools.

  61. kimbis

    August 11, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    You obviously have not been paying attention. Sanders has been fighting for civil rights since he was getting himself arrested protesting segregation in the 1960s. He has been mentioning the names of victims like Brown for WEEKS.

    These two are obviously right wing shills, acting in a way they fully expected would get them arrested and hauled off in handcuffs so they could smear Sanders and 50 years of fighting for equality. They didn’t get what they wanted.

  62. mary jane miller

    August 11, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Marcell….right on and thank you
    !!

  63. Bix12

    August 11, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Great post. Unafraid, ballsy & the truth. Obviously, there are a lot of people that would prefer not to have this known and will fight to NOT give you the right to say it.

  64. alpha3146

    August 11, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    What did she that was untrue? She sourced it from the BLM website.

  65. Cynthia Davis

    August 11, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Sigh – the “divide and conquer” tactics of WHOEVER is behind this may have ALREADY WON. I didn’t want to believe what I was told months ago – but as things unfold sadly it does look to be true. I DESPISE DYNASTIC control – but it looks like the worst possible outcome ( a JEB BUSH PRESIDENCY) is being handed to him on a silver platter…
    The psychological manipulation going on is beyond anything I could have imagined and so many – including me – are being drawn in and controlled by it. It’s a lost cause now as the GOP will use this to ensure Bernie gets OFF MESSAGE and DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE of “special interests” following smoke and mirrors away from the fixable and onto a DILUTED , FRACTURED message.
    Better that I guess than having him become another Bobby Kennedy..
    I’ll vote for someone other than another Dynastic ruler – even if it’s Mickey Mouse but pretty obvious it’s rapidly becoming a race between 2 UNTOUCHABLE puppet dynasties that will carry out the exact same thing using different words and minions.

  66. dezmund balzack Nuutz

    August 11, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    This post wins.

  67. Ubi

    August 11, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    “Race Card” – lmao – so sorry you are victim of that racist phrase. Bernie stepped down because despite their poor representation, (and perhaps even their lack of legitimacy), he knows the issue of race is more sacred than that one single rally. Thank God we won’t hear Bernie use that phrase/excuse for stereotyping “Race Card”. I can’t stand people who use that phrase. I suppose there would be no “Race Card” to pull without that dirty little history of several hundred years you keep wanting to side step like a slip with a broken waistband. Doesn’t work that way as you can see. 😉

  68. Ubi

    August 11, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    I especially love that those who use the word “Libtards” barely speak over a level of 70 IQ. You might want to reread everything and try again – lmao – http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/09/1410399/-One-of-yesterday-s-BLM-protestors-is-was-a-SARAH-PALIN-SUPPORTER-WTF

    …but I’m sure you aren’t interested in facts, only interested in disparaging people who want everyone to have a fair chance in life.

  69. Mike Harris

    August 11, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Short version: “Shut up,” he explained.

  70. Curtis Enlow

    August 11, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Baloney.

    Mara Jacqueline posted in her Facebook page all about her trip to B4LM Cleveland and thanking the co-founder of BLM for making it possible for her to go.

    (Her FB page is still public, check it out for yourself – she is VERY MUCH BLM. https://www.facebook.com/mara.willaford?fref=ts

    “Mara Jacqueline
    23 July at 22:52 · Edited ·

    On my way to ‪#‎M4BL‬ in Cleveland!
    So thankful for Anita Nichole Patrisse Marie Cullors-Brignac Maurice Moe Mitchell & Gabby Garcia for sending me on this trip & always looking out for me.
    && Kandace Montgomery Michael Mcdowell & Miski Noor for holding space for me.
    &&& Ashleigh Shackelford & Danielle Stevens & Tsige Tafesse for being fabulous. For reaching out. For sharing Black love & affirmations.
    Thank you all for supporting my work, my spirit, & my journey….

    See More — feeling blessed.”

    What is also not mentioned is that Clinton’s BLM outreach staffer attended the same convention and met discussing strategies and cooperation.

  71. Jason DePolo

    August 11, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Befee, it is perfectly OK to question the tactics and actions of a group, even if you agree with their position. What they did was tacky and inflammatory and will probably ultimately hurt their cause more than help it. Also, what do you think will happen if Bernie shows up at one of their events and tries to hijack their mike? He’ll be lucky to make it out alive, is what. That’s hypocrisy and people have every right to criticize it.

  72. Sammy

    August 11, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Bernie capitulated way too easily to the women. That makes me think he organized it in order to get the black vote by saying he allowed them his speech time to make their comments.

  73. REALTeeReaL (@REALTeeReaL)

    August 11, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Those two are a disgrace! Period.

  74. Greg Logan

    August 11, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Thanks – my thought exactly.

  75. Greg Logan

    August 11, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Thanks – working together produces MUCH better results – esp. in this context.

    What would Martin Luther King have done?

  76. Wayne

    August 11, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    This is a paranoid and falacious rant. You say your children and grandchildren love you. Do you love them? BLM is not about subjugating White people. That is ridiculous. It has MANY White members. It is about exposing and changing systematic racism in America, of which the system of disenfrachising and murdering Black people through the legal system and criminal policing is a substantive component. It is also about disabusing White Americans and in particular White liberals of their false belief of social progress and equal opportunity in America.

  77. mattsandine

    August 11, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Awesome reply

  78. gringaofthebarrio

    August 11, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    I do not deny the level of oppression and systematic assault on minorities. I never made that statement in my comment. In fact, I made it clear I participate in social justice organization. However, I choose to participate in ones that are striving for racial equality and inclusiveness using peaceful methods. BLM has led 2 protests in the same state for the same cause within one year and the tree has borne the same fruit twice. Their methods lead to violence. As far as being in unison, articles on BLM’s website indicate they do not support the “colorblindness” of peaceful coexistence between all races. A quote from their website: “the concept of colorblindness, instigating the bowels of black rage.” They criticize Al Sharpton for the same reasons. Their website also contains an article teaching that Christianity obligates a violent revolution within the black community and to reject “colorblindness”, or, the peaceful coexistence with other races: “America must undergo a revolution of values. The question is: will that require a revolution of violence?… under conditions of white supremacist terror, revolutionary violence can be an expression of Christian love… Presenting nonviolence as the only possible Christian response to racial terror is not only unreasonable, but unrighteous. It denies black humanity… reconciliation is a theology of colorblindness [remember, BLM rejects reconciliation]… the “thing” for black people in America is revolution!.. Christian love is the black power to say No! to white supremacist terror, even if saying No to racial terror means saying Yes to revolutionary violence.” That is the doctrine their website teaches, violence against others is an expression of the love of Christ. I never use anything to leverage love from my multi-race children and grandchildren. These are topics of conversation that we have in love. We speak the truth in love, even if the truth is an ugly truth. They were not born into a struggle. They were born into a family that has always and will always love them for who they are and just the way they are. We are a supportive family that helps one another achieve and build a life. We are a family who contribute to the community around us. We are a family with members who have immigrated here from other countries during the midst of bloody revolutions and witnessed family members assassinated and tortured. These are people who understand the power of peace and that violence never solves anything, it only makes things worse. I’m also tired hearing about the oppression in the black community and how people within these communities are targeted by violent policing. But I cannot support violent methods to stop it. I do not have to shut up and listen. Such a statement reveals that you are so angry at white people that even if a white person has wisdom to share, you will reject it simply because it comes from a white person. You have pre-judged every white person as being irrelevant to the cause. In your frustration and anger and zealousness to fight against social justice and racism, you have become a perpetrator of social injustice and a racist. I agree Bernie did the right thing. But those women did not do the right thing. The cause may reap benefits because of it, and you may feel that is all the justification needed. But, that is a moral and philosophical slippery slope to begin to travel on, the ends justify the means. That philosophy is exactly the philosophy belying the history of oppression perpetrated by white dominated society against black society. The tables turn. The oppressed becomes the oppressor. That is not social justice. That is not racial equality. That is not peaceful coexistence. That is not progress. It is simply the same story with roles reversed. But, that actually may be your goal. I suspect it is you are just not bold enough to claim you do not believe in peaceful coexistence with other races. You may not be bold enough to claim you are a Black Nationalist, as BLM claims. When the term Nationalist is used in a social-political context, it refers to the supremacy of that group. You may not be bold enough to admit you are a Black Nationalist, a black supremacist, seeking racial dominance over other races. You may not be bold enough to admit you look forward to a violent and bloody revolution to achieve this. That’s okay. To each his own. As for me and my family, we will seek to make the world a better place for all people through peaceful methods.

  79. Antithesis

    August 11, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    “Libtards”? Go get a vocabulary instead of spewing this same tired old line. Let me guess, you like to spout “sheeple” and “drink the kool-aid” as well, don’t you? Ah, and by the way, Sarah Palin is a twit.

  80. Charles Hill Sr.

    August 12, 2015 at 12:14 am

    “However, I choose to participate in ones that are striving for racial equality and inclusiveness using peaceful methods.”

    The oppressor will never take away the tools of oppression they placed in the hands of the oppressed lest you force them to take it back, which cannot be done by peace alone.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLgIIjnpZyU

    http://www.vox.com/2015/8/11/9127653/bernie-sanders-black-lives-matter?utm_campaign=vox&utm_content=feedback-prompt&utm_medium=social&utm_source=feedback-prompt%3Afacebook#

  81. Martha

    August 12, 2015 at 12:26 am

    After reading all this bs I’ve decided to vote for Bernie Sanders them two ladies helped make it easier. I just wished they would’ve pulled that stunt with Hillary….right move wrong candidate

  82. misa joo

    August 12, 2015 at 12:38 am

    Thank you!!! If they are not members of Seattle local, recruit them!!! Brave warrior women, advanced the issue, and now Black Lives Matter is Presidential — as it should be in a white supremacist country at the moment the People have raised up and said NO MORE! The President, after all, is the head of the Executive Branch which the police have promised to uphold and yet are not held accountable for violence against Black men, women and children

  83. bascoda

    August 12, 2015 at 1:40 am

    They picked the wrong target. Mr. Sanders record of involvement in civil rights goes all the way back to his friendship with and support of Dr. King.

    He handled the encounter with far more class than those who chose to disrupt his speaking engagement. Attacking, and make no mistake, this was an attack, the one candidate most willing to positively address the issues these activists purport to champion is self-defeating.

    Comments from Senator Sanders white supporters are irrelevant at this point. This is an issue that must be addressed by the black community.

  84. george milton

    August 12, 2015 at 1:53 am

    Not sure why they felt the need to hijack the political process when their boy Obama has already hijacked the entire nation

  85. Marcia Johnson

    August 12, 2015 at 2:02 am

    I think it’s a little irresponsible to bring up Hillary with no evidence, unlike your other theories. Seems there’s no known connection, but by stating that you are implying one. Bernie wants a clean fight, something many of supporters forget.

  86. Marcia Johnson

    August 12, 2015 at 2:07 am

    A pretty racist statement, especially considering you are the mother of a black child. As am I. But calling out the members of a group like BLM, where anyone can say they are members, like Occupy, is just showing your ignorance of the movement. It would be like saying every Christian is racist, KKK, because some are. We need to judge people as individuals. Isn’t that what the last few decades have taught us? You have black conservative politicians. And whites fighting very hard for the civil rights movement. Open your mind and quit stereotyping.

  87. Karen Chun

    August 12, 2015 at 2:48 am

    Far fewer white allies than before these two women pulled this.

  88. jess2248

    August 12, 2015 at 5:30 am

    Hooah!!

  89. Matthew Malthouse

    August 12, 2015 at 5:37 am

    That is incorrect.

    #$ host outsideagitators206.org
    outsideagitators206.org has address 54.68.196.65

    #~$ whois 54.68.196.65
    NetRange: 54.64.0.0 – 54.71.255.255
    CIDR: 54.64.0.0/13
    NetName: AMAZON-2011L
    NetHandle: NET-54-64-0-0-1
    Parent: NET54 (NET-54-0-0-0-0)
    NetType: Direct Allocation
    OriginAS:
    Organization: Amazon Technologies Inc. (AT-88-Z)
    RegDate: 2014-06-20
    Updated: 2014-06-20
    Ref: http://whois.arin.net/rest/net/NET-54-64-0-0-1

    The geolocation data is dependent on ISP databases being updated and if one looks at a site such as https://www.iplocation.net/ of the the 6 results returned 5 show Amazon or 206, only one — the oldest — shows Merk. This sort of adjustment is commonplace as ISP resources shift and one has to be aware that first results may be erroneous.

  90. Ronald Woodman

    August 12, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Wow! Your a very Mentally ill women… Your so steeped in White Supremacy no doubt supported by your Super Ego and Narcissistic and Arrogant nature… Stop taking them Blue Pills

  91. sdfrenchie

    August 12, 2015 at 7:35 am

    This whole comment section is exactly the problem in America today. Ever since President Obama was elected and Mitch McConnell uttered the words that they were there to make Obama’s presidency fail, McConnell and the rest of the Republican Tea Party at the order and through bribes by Charles and David Koch, have made it their mission to not only make Obama fail but to divide and conquer the people of this nation.

    The disagreement is constant in social media newsfeeds. The word “idiot” is thrown around like it was just discovered. And the behavior of the people in these comment sections makes that word well-deserved on both sides.

    Wake the hell up. Those girls were right to raise their voices but they were wrong to not set up a chance to speak prior to Sen. Sanders’ speech. He does allow that to happen. The girls are terribly wrong to believe that all white people are white supremacists because we are not. If anything, they’re showing more of a ‘supremacist’ behavior than whites who are not supremacists. Violence has brought this country to its knees and that behavior is highly approved of by the Republican Tea Party.

    What we really need is to all join together as all lives matter and what matters even more is how we have abused our planet. We should all be standing behind Bernie Sanders and the few in Congress who share his rhetoric and agenda, such as Elizabeth Warren and Alan Grayson.

    Let’s act like we have a modicum of intelligence and simply stand with each other, to include all races, all religions or non-religious, especially the American Indian, women and LGBT community and face the people who live off our tax dollars and are giving away this country to an Oligarchy of filthy rich individuals who have no feelings for any of us.

    You can complain all you want about Ms. grinaofthebarrios’ wordiness but her point should be well-taken. She was replied to as though she was part of the problem when she was trying to solve the problem.

    If we don’t get our shit together we will all be walking in servitude to the fascists who are now busy overthrowing our government so they can continue destroying the planet with no corporate regulations and the continuing abuse of the working class.

    If the girls who stormed the stage in Baltimore and in Seattle want lives to matter, they’d best realize that they’re acting just like those fundamentalis fake christians who will insist that we all live in their belief structure and that most of the people who do not deserve to die. That is in no way relevant to the teachings of Christ. The Fourth Reich is up and coming in the United States and it takes a man like Bernie Sanders to stand up to it with the support of all Americans behind him. He supports all people, not groups of people like the Republicans claim to support. The only group they support are the ones they’re helping to steal our country out from under us. So, girls who claim that all white people are supremacists, either join us or not, we want to move this nation forward and violence is not in our agenda.

  92. sdfrenchie

    August 12, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Are you kidding, Joe? Sarah is such a hater. She and Ted Cruz got all boozed up the day of the “million man march” that turned out to be the two of them and a small group of drunk veterans carrying the Tennessee Confederate Battle Flag. The desecrated the WWII Memorial on the way to stand drunkenly in front of the White House and demand that Obama put down the Quran, get off his knees, come outside with his hands up and admit he was guilty of closing down the government.

    That was Ted Cruz’ dirty work, closing down the government. The Tea Party freaks will never admit to their guilt in anything but foist the blame onto others. Obama has more Christianity in his little finger than Ted Cruz, who was told by his father that he is the Second Coming, has in his whole Canadian body. Cruz is among the most dangerous men in this world and Palin is a dangerous woman because she is part of the team that keeps this nation divided with her whining about a war on Christianity. It’s her type of false christianity that is waging a war on the rest of the world, not just atheists or Muslims or gay people.

  93. revelationsbook

    August 12, 2015 at 8:52 am

    No one had to tell me, I knew when I saw these 2 yahoo’s they were imposters. You have to be blind cripple and crazy not to know this. They came there with one goal in mind and that is: To destroy BLM and Bernie Sanders at the same time. One don’t have to guess who would like to see BLM and Bernie Sanders out of the picture in this battle for human equality. Most white people just don’t get it. They are either ignorant to the facts and don’t give a crap or they know and don’t give a crap. A day is coming when we will all stand before God in judgment and many people will have to answer to why didn’t they help their brothers and sisters when they saw they were in need. Some white people care more for animals than they care about blacks who are humans made in God’s image. Black people are tired of being treated like dogs and less than human. If you mistreat a dog to long he will eventually bite to protect himself. God brought me into this world 70 years ago and I have seen enough evil done to blacks to last me if I live a thousand more. I have seen the hand of satan at work through the hands of those who hate blacks and it’s not a pretty picture. Gods going to bring an end to this evilness he said so in his word. Hear what the word of God is saying: Sin speaks to the wicked deep in their hearts; they reject God and do not have reverence for him. Because they think so highly of themselves, they think that God will not discover their sin and condemn it. Their speech is wicked and full of lies; they no longer do what is wise and good. They make evil plans as they lie in bed; nothing they do is good, and they never reject anything evil. The wicked plot against good people and glare at them with hate. But the Lord laughs at wicked people, because he knows they will soon be destroyed. The wicked draw their swords and bend their bows to kill the poor and needy, to slaughter those who do what is right; but they will be killed by their own swords, and their bows will be smashed.

  94. Max Curtis

    August 12, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Ignorant, smug, rude little brats. I’m not a violent person but their faces are just screaming “punch me!”

  95. Doni R. Miller

    August 12, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    BLM is important. But Storming a stage to make your point just pisses people off. There are better ways.

  96. Edward Childs

    August 12, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    as a union orgaizer i look at this objectively . the team that had the action at the sanders rally had an objective . the objective was very clear , to get the sanders campaign to address the racist attacks by police and attacks on civil rights ( like voting rights) . this was done else where in the country . it worked the sanders campaign was forced to put an anti-racist piece in their platform , hire Black activist as campaign leaders and address the issue at campaign speeches . at new orleans when he raised the issue of condemning police killing in the Black community he got the largest applause.
    the sanders campaign had been headed to a racist tradition by avoiding the anti-racist movement ; take the audience and support of the white progressive and liberals and funnel them away to issues that they see affect them . this was done many times and is doomed to failure . while trump and all the others are whipping up a war against Blacks and immigrants and you do notnanswer it your weakness dooms you . also if you do not trian your movement and audience to answer war moves against the number of attacks the pentagon is conducting we are doomed

  97. foxfixer

    August 12, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Cospiracy theory’s…he said – she said – the rumors – it’s possible she did it – its possible she didn’t do it — people are saying – yada yada ya…………… ???

  98. duuude

    August 12, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Do you have any evidence they weren’t?

  99. Philip Sevetson

    August 12, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Congresscritters are pretty much on their own for security outside of the Capitol District. Federal buildings are pretty well locked down and the Mall is actively patrolled, but outside of that, event organizers have to arrange their own security, and Congresscritters have staff but not dedicated security assets.

    Again, the existence of an active credible threat would change all that.

  100. Laurence Schechtman

    August 12, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    “if we aren’t Standing in unison, if we aren’t speaking out in protest WITH THEM, then we ARE perpetuating the problem.”

    Fine, Marcell, but which THEM are we supposed to be standing in unison with? There are a lot of Black organizations, and even within BLM there are disagreements, as evidenced by the apology that was later deleted.

  101. Peter Vollan

    August 12, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    They failed. They failed to create a race riot in order to discredit the Sanders campaign. The prevented Sanders from speaking, but only temporarily. They failed to create the division that they wanted, in fact many black leaders are coming out in favour of Bernie. The problem it is a long way to next November and thugs such as them are not done.

  102. Peter Vollan

    August 12, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    He had no choice. The only alternative was to have the cops kick their ass and drag them off kicking and screaming, which would have been shown on television throughout the world, which is what they really wanted. Make no mistake, they were physically pushing people around as well as being obnoxious.

  103. Adrienne Weller

    August 12, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    The Los Angeles co-founder of BLM Patrisse Marie Cullors-Brignac openly embraced the Seattle activists and defended them against attacks from bloggers and the media. She posted on Marissa Jenae Johnson’s FB page.

  104. maryvalentine08

    August 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Thank you for your explanation; we simply did not understand.

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  106. ckingvermont

    August 12, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    I think what we need to really take away from this, is that the BLM movement needs to be heard. This day in age, there is no reason why there should be racial profiling, and racial inequality. If you haven’t noticed, Bernie has actually taken note of the protestors demands, and is work on developing policies that address the issues they have. Why? Because he actually cares about all people, not just white people.
    No matter where these two women came from, they’re spreading an important message. Their tactics might seem harsh, and a bit rude, but people have tried to peacefully spread their message for years, and it has fallen on deaf ears.
    It’s easy for us white people to say “I’m not racist” but we’re still turning a blind eye to a broken system that isn’t taking care of certain demographics that make up this country. We suffer from white entitlement, whether we know it or not, and sometimes it’s easier for us to ignore issues, and simply say “It doesn’t effect me, because I’m not racist”
    We need to wake up, because in 2016 it really is time for a change.

  107. Husker

    August 12, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    So Donald Trump is using the incident to indict Sanders for being weak in letting them take his mic. Trump also challenged BLM to try and take his mic. I don’t know if their intention was to help the GOP front runner but, it did.

  108. steve13565

    August 13, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Is there anyway you can think of to undo the damage that your article has created? It is being cited all over the internet as proof of something you have come no where near proving.

    “Questions emerge” indeed. You have found with this article how easy it is to pose a question, and how hard it is to get a reliable answer.

    “According to a group familiar with BLM operations on the ground in Seattle,” indeed. Do you have any proof of their familiarity other than a Twitter account. We all know how unassailable is the information from unverifiable sources of Twitter accounts.

    If you want to claim to be sources of new and information, you need to grow up and try some journalistic integrity. I guess that would have been better advice to give you before you destroyed your own credibility.

  109. Rob S

    August 13, 2015 at 2:03 am

    The movement is not about justice – if it were, it would point to and protest ALL police brutality and be called “All Lives Matter”, not (just) “Black Lives Matter”. The Black Lives Matter is divisive, and therefore, will not accomplish all that much, it will only sow more division among our races and lose support of the majority of liberals it needs to flourish.

  110. Rob S

    August 13, 2015 at 2:06 am

    Great Post – I agree. “All Lives Matter” might actually accomplish something. Black Lives Matter is divisive and, IMO, will not succeed at anything but more racial division.

  111. paul (@skybluepm)

    August 13, 2015 at 6:25 am

    And calling ALL white people white supremacists and racists is justice in your mind?

  112. paul (@skybluepm)

    August 13, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Turns out this outsideagitators206.org is a defunct group that lasted a few months. These pair of nitwits still have access to the passwords (as they did all the media stuff), so they are using this to “legitimise” themselves!

    If they think their antics are going to win over black democrats – they are kidding themselves. Let’s hope security do their jobs this time and evict beavis and butthead from wrecking the only chance america has of getting a half decent president

  113. maryvalentine08

    August 13, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Hillary talks about their issues.

  114. maryvalentine08

    August 13, 2015 at 11:40 am

    You forget: they have already tried everything else. Good for them. Good for Bernie for listening. His supporters have a lot to learn.

  115. maryvalentine08

    August 13, 2015 at 11:42 am

    The young women who had the courage to talk with him at a largely all-white rally made their point and won their cuase. Sanders listened. His supporters should learn more about their own racism.

  116. Candide Thirtythree Gunn

    August 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    No one sent them, they are just tea party kooks who like the sound of their own voice. She even admitted that the only reason she did it there was because of lack of security and that she would do it Clinton but she has secret service protection.

  117. Candide Thirtythree Gunn

    August 13, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    sethes, that is just stupid, that girl is a sarah palin fan and uber christian fanatic with tea party ties trying to bring down the democratic party with some group called Outside Agitators 206. Why would Soros, who does not even live in the US any more, pay her for anything?

  118. steve13565

    August 13, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Nobody disputes or doubts that “all lives matter” or at least “white lives matter”. The whole point of “black lives matter” is the irony of needing to even say it. If your response to “black lives matter” is “all lives matter”, then that proves that you still don’t get it.

    The more you fight against “black lives matter”, the more obviously obtuse you are. Try listening for the message instead of trying to shout it down or disparage it. Then you might be able to let go of your white supremacy attitude.

  119. steve13565

    August 13, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    If you can’t see that worrying about being killed by the police every day of your life, whether you leave your house or not, might be more important than income inequality, especially when you have sufficient income, then you are blinded by something. What causes your inability to consider what other people have to live with?

  120. steve13565

    August 13, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    That proves to me that Trump is the a**hole that I am proud to say Bernie is not. Sure doesn’t make me want to vote for Trump. You may be right, but i hope you aren’t, that Trump’s remarks draw white voters to him and away for Bernie Sanders. That would certainly prove the point about racism that Black Lives matter is trying to make.

  121. steve13565

    August 13, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    The chant that Symone Sanders recommended at the Portland Rally is definitely not the way to go. I think something like “Right on, sister. tell it like it is” would be a better chant.

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  124. Dude Wilson

    August 13, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    If you think democracy is about stealing peoples microphones and whining that is a laugh. Black supremists are a huge problem, just as white supremists. I live in Detroit, where all poor people are persecuted. I am tired of taking the blame and blind aggression from people of color when i am a lifetime hippy… it really is a crazy condundrum today. Also extremist feminists and extremist gay culture people, extremist muslims, they are all here in Detroit in great numbers and i have learned a lot about their movement and how they pride themselves on stealing from others using their excuses of victimization. I almost died once when i stuck up for a black friend and got a gang after me. I have stuck up for women and gays, but i have a boat load of stories about how all of these groups have applied their blind anger towards myself and others. I do not help these groups and i do not get in their way. Let them expose themselves. Upon Jesus’s belt is the word “justice”.

  125. Damian Mann

    August 14, 2015 at 1:03 am

    You throw that racist tag around pretty loosely. Maybe YOU are the ignorant one in this otherwise civil discussion

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  127. davehall

    August 14, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Sarah Palin couldn’t shave aid it better. Try attacking the Republic side new no w…who know the one the wages wars on Black lives. Just suggesting a different an effective tactic.

  128. Rick Rosio

    August 14, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    dear Mike… as a Washington resident and advocate for the sick and suffering I am surprised by your willingness to use the racist comment..really? oneStarman is right about the possibility of divide and conquer on those within the RNC…

  129. clarke

    August 14, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    great song – good work!

  130. clarke

    August 14, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    I agree with your point of view – God is the final and rightful judge. One thing I can’t understand though is why so much anger is expressed when a black is killed by a white while little anger seems to be expressed over the far greater number of blacks killed by blacks.

  131. ganji

    August 14, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    It’s gonna be fun watching the left soil the bed their sleeping in. It always happens that way. Like the protests at the Democrat convention in 1968, or the mindless self destruction in Ferguson and Baltimore, the left always cuts off its nose to spite it’s face.

    Mud wallowers. LOL

  132. ganji

    August 14, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Yes, it’s Karl Rove. It’s also a Zionist plot!

  133. ganji

    August 14, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    It’s actually a Zionist plot!

  134. sharla laurin

    August 14, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    ‘this is a disgusting, racist, smear article and you should be ashamed of writing and publishing this drivel. i am furious that you would use a photo out of the original context of these two brave women in a way that makes them look humbled as if they are standing in shame for your/our white approval. it’s disgusting!

  135. Ralph Fletcher

    August 15, 2015 at 11:47 am

    These ladies should be Jailed Or Fine By pushing & Bully a Government speech spokes person!

  136. Sean Shamblin

    August 15, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    How could Bernie or the people putting on the rally for Medicare have possibly responded that would have made these narcissistic brats happy? They said they would let them speak and that wasn’t good enough. One thing that I haven’t seen brought up about this is the fact that they shut down a SPEECH and then demanded that there be SILENCE. Its so ironic and frustrating.

  137. Maggie Bailey

    August 17, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    The #BLM protest in Seattle was so important and should be embraced. It forced the news media to sit up and pay attention to both #Bernie and #BLM. Without the protest in Seattle, the Lis Angeles rally would have been a blip in the news cycle.

  138. Joseph Edward Bodden

    August 17, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    I think the ‘theory’ is grandstanding and attention whores.

  139. Joseph Edward Bodden

    August 17, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    if black people ONLY unite with black people… then they are promoting racism… pure and simple. Eradicating racism is not about one group or another struggling for supremacy (supremacy usually denoted by casual use of violence, malice and cruelty) – it is about us all seeing one another as human beings and respecting that.

  140. Todd

    August 17, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Excellent post! BLM does not represent African Americans at all.

  141. gringaofthebarrio

    October 28, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Marcell, every child is born into the struggle of right and wrong, regardless of skin color. If more people would simply focus on that, the skin color issue would fall by the wayside. When BLM started all of their ruckus my kids & I discussed what was going on several times. Not so I could tell them what to believe, but so they could tell me their opinion and experience. NONE of them had any respect for BLM because it is about hating white people. Those were the conclusion my kids drew on their own. You think because they are black & I am white it would be another way, that I would dictate what they could think and do? Mm hm. A racist perspective. You think just because my kids and grandkids are a particular color of skin they are obligated to feel as if they have been treated with prejudice? That’s a racist perspective. You think because I am white I am unable to truly love my black children and grandchildren and have to manipulate them by playing the “love” card in order to persuade them not to get involved with BLM? Marcell, how many white people are in your family? How many white loved ones do you interact with every day? I don’t see in color like you. I see right and wrong. How BLM is managing their rhetoric to inspire certain behaviors within people is wrong. THAT is manipulation. My children and grandchildren as well as myself know there is a need for change, but some of that change must also come within the black community itself and self-accountability and lifting oneself up by the sweat of the brow is something BLM does not want to discuss. They want to discuss reparations and displacement. They want to demonize all law enforcement. My oldest black son walked our neighborhood at all times of the day and night, sometimes past curfew. The cops would pick him up and bring him home. He was at an underage party that got raided. Cops picked up the kids (of all races), took them to the station and called their parents. He was walking through a neighborhood with another black friend when a home got robbed two blocks over. They got picked up and questioned. They didn’t get beaten. They didn’t get tazed. They didn’t get shot. You know why? Because they behaved with respect toward law enforcement. They had common sense enough to know they would use those weapons if they had to. They did not cause trouble then cry victim. I live in one of the largest cities in the U.S. I don’t see black men getting killed by white supremacists. I see black men getting killed by other black men. That’s the truth whether you want to believe it or not. My kids did not experience racial discrimination at the school they went to. They didn’t go to an all black or an all white school. They went to a fully integrated American school where they rubbed elbows with every race and religion under the sun. BLM is a group that practices self-segregation, separation from whites. Whenever a person lives separate from another group of people, they become ignorant of how those groups of people really are and form judgments based on such ignorance. I don’t deny the horrible past of my nation, but I will not tolerate the lies of social injustice being widespread throughout a populace because the “whites” are out to get the “blacks”. Black failure to thrive is solely the responsibility of individual blacks. If whites were truly oppressing blacks systematically in this country then there could be no logical explanation for the thousands upon thousands of immigrants who arrive here with little or no money, cannot speak the language, without the support of their family and friends, and no access to the support of our welfare system yet manage to further their education, maintain meaningful employment and eventually achieve the American dream of home ownership and raising a family and sending their kids to college. This also includes the Africans who immigrate from Africa and the Afro-Latinos from the Caribbean & South & Central America. I live in an immigrant community. I am married to an immigrant. They do not fail to thrive in the same system BLM claims is racist and the reason black people cannot succeed. If a black person cannot succeed or is constantly in trouble with the cops, I say, “Look in the mirror. THAT’s problemo el numero uno.”

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