Allies Dig Deeper for Solutions: #blacklivesmatter at Netroots Nation 2015

I come at this a little differently than Eclectablog, who wrote about how white progressives responded to the disruption of regularly scheduled candidate questioning at the Netroots Nation 2015 conference in Phoenix, Arizona this week.

I’ve been listening and trying to learn and amplify the pieces I’ve found useful over the past many months where #blacklivesmatter organizers have worked to mobilize people. (Not asking for cookies so no need for any; this is ongoing work I do for myself. And I am not a white person responding in the way that Eclectablog noted of those around him, I’m an allied poc who was also there at the Netroots Town Hall.)

"Black Lives Matter protest" by The All-Nite Images Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

“Black Lives Matter protest” by The All-Nite Images Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The difference is that I affirm the movement’s need to assert itself at #nn15 during the Candidate Q&A Town Hall. I don’t think we need to get into establishing a “respectability threshold” for protest to ratify the incident. That’s beside the point. Everybody’s pent up rage and pain needed to be unleashed and demands for justice shouted to the rooftops; Bernie Sanders could’ve been a better, more empathetic, and receptive human being in the moment. I wish he had; perhaps he wishes he had too, who knows. I can only speak for myself.

That said, what I’m interested in are solutions.  I’ve been listening for a while, now I have some questions about possible solutions.

Author: Cynematic

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