Black Lives Matter To Bernie Sanders: We Matter, You Don’t, So Shut-Up. Sanders To Black Lives Matter: Okay.
[guest post by Dana]
Remember that time two white guys were heckled and booed and shut down by the Black Lives Matter crowd? Well, it’s happened again. This time to Bernie Sanders.
In an ugly confrontation at a campaign rally in Seattle, Sanders found himself aggressively confronted by two Black Lives Matter protesters who obviously don’t believe in other people’s right to free speech, and threatened to shut down the event if they didn’t get the microphone. And what did Sanders do? He did what was expected of him: he caved.
Sanders was unable to regain control of the microphone, or of the event itself.
Later in the day, Sanders spoke at the University of Washington before 12,000 supporters. He addressed the issues that were the subject of the protesters earlier in the day:
“No president will fight harder to end institutional racism and reform criminal justice system,” he said, according to The Associated Press. “Too many lives have been destroyed by [the] war on drugs, by incarceration; we need to educate people. We need to put people to work.”
There’s something funny about a poor old white guy who is confronted, verbally harassed and told to shut-up by militant blacks, and yet continues to vow to fight institutional racism…
ADDED: Commenter Beldar brings this our attention, via Althouse:
Bernie Sanders didn’t want to stand too close to Marissa Johnson, which she just might consider evidence of how racist he is … like all those other white progressives who think so well of themselves. And so Bernie couldn’t get close to the microphone, and Bernie gave up trying and left — in a white Jeep — to go to the Comet Tavern where people had paid $200 to $1,000 to hear Bernie proclaim that “When we stand together, when black and white stand together, when gay and straight stand together, when women and men stand together… when we stand together, there is nothing, nothing, that we cannot accomplish.”