‘Black Lives Matter’ Is Changing the Presidential Election

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has given its blessing to the Black Lives Matter network to host a presidential town hall.

A few short years ago, it wouldn’t have seemed possible that a grassroots civil rights organization would become a powerful force in the election of the next U.S. president. Yet, in the wake of numerous police killings following the national outrage over the death of Trayvon Martin at the hands of a neighborhood watch member with a gun who continues to have documented racist perspectives, Black Lives Matter emerged as the voice of nonpartisan demands for meaningful change toward racial equality.

Amy K. Dacey, chief executive officer of the DNC, wrote in a letter to leading activists:

‘We believe that your organization would be an ideal host for a presidential candidate forum — where all of the Democratic candidates can showcase their ideas and policy positions that will expand opportunity for all, strengthen the middle class and address racism in America.”

Not only did Dacey describe the group (which scares Fox News so badly it tried to smear the activists as a “hate group”) as “ideal” to host its presidential candidates, she added: “The DNC would be happy to help promote the event.”

Black Lives Matter is important because it refuses to be subservient to any political party and hesitates to offer endorsements of political candidates. Instead, the group works toward forwarding a 10-point platform described as Campaign Zero. The points include ends to broken window policing and for-profit policing, along with promises of independent investigation and prosecution of police misconduct. Community representation, police body cameras and demilitarization of the police force are also on the platform.

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(Photo Credit: Campaign Zero)

The campaign has held in-depth talks with Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton and democratic socialist candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, but hasn’t endorsed either candidate. Although Sanders and O’Malley’s positioning on the scorecard suggests a higher favorability than Clinton’s. (Clinton is, however, the overwhelming choice of Black Americans.)

That the DNC is willing to subject front-runner Clinton, who has the most to lose given her existing favorability with Black voters, to a forum on these issues shows how effectively Black Lives Matter has pressed racial consciousness into the public sphere.

Even Republicans have begun a discussion on criminal justice reform, with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) acknowledging that the status quo has a racist outcome.

Despite criticism for some of Black Lives Matters’ tactics, the methods of disruption and refusal to be placated by insufficient measures are resonating with millions of people.

We can only hope the efforts of Black Lives Matter result in a long-overdue civil rights awakening that ends the disgraceful disparities in treatment and opportunity that Black Americans face on a daily basis.

Photo Credit: Fibonacci Blue via Flickr


Siyus Copetallus
Siyus C2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Jim Ven
Jim V2 years ago

thanks for the article.

William J.
William J.2 years ago

BLM clowns are not changing anything in this election. The crook Hillary Clinton will be the nominee and will do more of the same.

You're fools if you believe this malarkey! Someone has seriously bought into some BS (the author of this drivel)!!!

Janis K.
Janis K2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Paul B.
Paul B2 years ago

Cletus... Hillary has no record to run on.. she lied to you, to everyone about some stupid video causing the attack at Benghazi and all of that was brought to light as she " gracefully and publicly" admitted such in front of the world. She can't even appropriately manage a server under her control, keeping sensitive information secure, although she does know how to "cover-up" her failures by deleting all incriminating evidence concerning her dealings with foreign entities and her Clinton Crime Foundation.

How anyone can consider her Presidential eligible is beyond comprehension, and most everyone knows it. The ONLY reason she still garners support is that she is the ONLY Dem candidate left in the race with any hope of winning, and even that support is fading.

But thanks for playing and continuing to support the cause.. you are a real trooper, even though what you support is further damaging what is left of this country. It really goes to show how little real talent there is in the Dem party... left with only hard partisan political hacks.

Nancy Wrightington
Nancy W2 years ago

STanding O to the DNC

Paulinha Russell
Paulinha R2 years ago

Thank you

Regus Slantei
Regus S2 years ago

Dan B. and Paul,

My use of the word 'moran' was intentional. It is an archaic Teatard form of 'moron', used only on special high-holidays on Teatard protest signage.

"Our lord, Jesus" counceled me to use it, as a means to bridge the increasing intellectual and communication gap, since it was your species that started the tradition of using that word.

You two cannot really wonder why the rest of America is laughing at you Teatards....can you??!!

Regus Slantei
Regus S2 years ago

-- cont. --

..... It would be one thing to try to sell a partisan story on her lack of leadership at some generic point in time.....but to attempt to do so just days after she gracefully and publicly dismembered what passes for YOUR [R] leadership in Congress?!!! It takes no special love of Hillary or [D]s to call-out that abysmal level of blind partisan stupidity.

Your BLM nonsense is just that. According to you, BLM is the cause of crime rates going up? That's another good fairytale....please send me the study which supports that contention. What you are really after, as usual, is any excuse to spin a negative story about ANY group which supports [D]s.

Once again, there is a simple bottom line: BLM, and blacks in general, will continue to vote for the party that DOESN'T send out its apparatchiks like you to purvey racist apologetics for police killing unarmed black people.


Regus Slantei
Regus S2 years ago

Paul B.,

You don't need an "invitation" to discussion; you just need some balls and a semi-cogent approach to defending the uber-partisan nonsense you consistently spew. So, do you hide behind the skirts of an "invitation" because you sense that you lack one of those items or both of them?

My so-called "pathetic spews" have served for some time now to consistently highlight the vomiting of your own obedient fealty to anything [R]ightwing on these Care2 threads, including your incessant apologetics for those animated gonads which currently masquerade as the [R] leadership in Congress, a leadership which has been having a particularly difficult time finding their collective a$$ with both hands -- I think they now have hold of one cheek, but the other still continues to elude them.

But really, you should think back a moment to your OWN need to lovingly excuse and defend all types of malignant rightwing ideology, which has come with your OWN mixture of partisan demonization thrown in for good measure. And perhaps then, aware of your own unmitigated HYPOCRISY, you can finally start your own search for YOUR own a$$.

Finally, do please note that I didn't bring up Hillary out of the blue because of some special "love" for her, but in response to a specific inaccuracy which your political snuggle-buddy Eric attempted to blindly sell. It would be one thing to try to sell a partisan story on her lack of leadership at some generic point in time, but to attempt to do so jus