#TWiBprime #719 | The #NN15 Debrief


#TeamBlackness recaps their time at Netroots Nation, the #BlackLivesMatter action, how Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley’s responses, and how to make the progressive space safer for people of color.

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3 Comments on "#TWiBprime #719 | The #NN15 Debrief"

  1. With regards to timing of the Netroots Nation protest, and a point that was made during this show:

    I absolutely agree that the action taken was correct and right, and should not have been talked down upon by white members of the gathering, The candidates who spoke definitely mishandled the situation, and have been forced rightly to address our issues. However, I decided to read MLK’s letter from Birmingham regarding timing, and part of his statements in this letter addressed his movement’s desire to await the outcome of an election in the timing of action on the street. In response to his letter from a Birmingham jail cell, how do you think that this applies to action during an election year today?

    To be clear, I’m asking about the following line:

    “Then it occurred to us that Birmingham’s mayoral election was coming up in March, and we speedily decided to postpone action until after election day. When we discovered that the Commissioner of Public Safety, Eugene “Bull” Connor, had piled up enough votes to be in the run off, we decided again to postpone action until the day after the run off so that the demonstrations could not be used to cloud the issues. Like many others, we waited to see Mr. Connor defeated, and to this end we endured postponement after postponement. Having aided in this community need, we felt that our direct action program could be delayed no longer.”


  2. Bernie sanders isn’t the lesser of two evils. He’s the first progressive in my lifetime to run for president as a democrat. Don’t let his fans fool you. He isn’t a democrat. He would be legions better than Hillary for black and poor people. I am black. Look him up for God sakes. His whole career has been fighting for struggling people. Medicare for all, raising minimum wage, free college education. He is an independent who has earned my vote over the last 40 years. This is mind boggling to me that black people would think Bernie is a run of the mill white liberal. He isn’t. Please learn about him before bashing him anymore. Gone.

  3. Nobody is talking about postponment. We are talking about apropritate targets. There is no question that Bull Conner was a racist by any definition. Whereas, King did not protest JFK, an ally, and said that if Kennedy ran again he would break his policy of not endorsing any candidate and endorse Kennedy. I agree that to much postponment leads to loss of momentum and etc. But protesting allys leads to total confusion, splintering, and the damage of both movements, something that people to the left of center can not afford at this point in time.

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