“We’re not going to be taking meetings with Donald Trump. We’re not going to be sitting with his attorney general. What we will be doing is protesting. What we will be doing is calling for an end to white nationalism and fascism.” – Patrisse Khan-Cullors to NPR reporter David Greene on 12 December 2016.
“Actually, we never planned to talk with Black Lives leadership about anything. Of course, now I can say ‘we would have loved to have a serious conversation about Black Lives Matter’s concern’s but they took even talking to us off the table.’ It makes us look a whole lot less racist now.” – Kellyanne Conway to Fox News host Maria Bartirom on 13 December 2016.
BLM didn’t like any of the 2016 democratic presidential candidates. Bernie’s record of civil rights activism was too old and he was too old and he was white and there were some other things too. Clinton was married to the guy who signed the 1994 omnibus crime bill twenty years ago. Patrisse was 11 when that happened – she has a good memory – but getting to the woman who knew the guy that did the deed seemed to right the hideous wrong. Gary Johnson was stupid. And Jill Stein was stupid too but didn’t count.
They hardly ever talked about Donald Trump. Obviously he was white supremacist. Obviously he demeaned women. Obviously he was going to send Hispanics back to where ever they came from and then lay into those colored folks who were driving big cars, voting and all that. Shoot, it was insulting to even talk about black people voting for the shithead who wrangled the republican nomination.
So how did BLM tell their sympathizers to vote? Don’t Vote. That was their answer. Sit out this damn election.
And so many of them did.
Look what happened – Hillary Clinton, Ms. BLM evil itself, lost Wisconsin by 23,000 votes, Michigan by 10,700, and Pennsylvania by 68,000. Black votes in all of these states were far fewer for Clinton than Obama. Had she gotten 2% more of the black votes, she would have won the election. [In Milwaukee, 47000 less people voted in 2016 than in 2012. Clinton received 44,000 votes less than Obama did then. Had she gotten half those votes, she would have carried the state. This story repeats in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida.]
How many black voters made the BLM choice? Well it is hard to say – none of the pollsters really asked blacks who did not vote, why they didn’t. But overall, Clinton received 11% less of the black vote than Barack Obama did. Again, had she picked up just a fraction of these votes, she would be president on January 21st.
So now Patrisse and her fellow BLM guys are ranting against the hateful Trump. We think that now, they would actually preferred to rant against Clinton. But they urged ‘no choice’ without a lot of thought about the consequences of their consul. Their world changed big time on November 8th; they are just starting to figure that out.
Clinton was a somewhat arrogant political hack that lasted beyond her time. But her heart on civil rights and people’s liberties was in the right spot. All Americans would have seen their lot improve under her. But if you not white, you better run – Donald Trump don’t like blacks or Hispanics or Muslims or just about anybody else that’s not like him.
If you want to end white nationalism and fascism in this country, you should have voted on November 8th. They both just got a big shot in the arm. You better run.