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Progressive racial fissure ruptures at Netroots Nation (#NN15)(#BlackLivesMatter)

Progressive racial fissure ruptures at Netroots Nation (#NN15)(#BlackLivesMatter)

Class consciousness and race consciousness compete for supremacy in Democratic Party.

One of the big secrets of the Democratic Party is the deep racial tension between the mostly white elite progressive leaders and activists “of color.”

We examined this in detail in 2011, Dem Base Fractures Into Twitter War And Charges Of Racism Against Professional Left. In that post, we documented the Twitter war between black activists and Joan Walsh of and Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake:

What is clear is that there is a growing fissure in the Democratic “base” over criticism by the (mostly White) Professional Left, as reflected in this Twitter exchange:

Those tensions have simmered for the past several years, and grown in the past year as the #BlackLivesMatters movement insisted that its voice was not being heard even within progressive circles.

Particular anger was directed at Democratic politicians who used the term #AllLivesMatter, under the argument that caring for everyone equally diminished caring particularly for people of color. (Hey, I didn’t make this up, I’m just reporting.)

Netroots Nation is the organization that started as progressive bloggers, and now encompasses the progressive movement.

At the Netroots annual conference today, the racial fissure opened up when Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders were on stage. O’Malley broke the rule against saying “all lives matter” and Sanders was talking class warfare, not racial consciousness.

The #BlackLivesMatters activists in the room were enraged.

Here are tweets setting forth what happened:

The protesters took over the stage:

Then they staged a walk-out, and chanted outside the room:

The movement plans on working so “black and brown bodies” finally are heard in the Democratic Party, as reflected in this tweet from Dream Defenders (which, by the way, is anti-Israel):

Hillary Clinton avoided Netroot Nation’s conference.

I wonder what the #BlackLivesMatters movement thinks about someone who wants to speak for them, but will not show up to listen to them?


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Oh, my. This ugly split in the progressive movement might turn into a wound that will take years to heal.

Let’s all throw salt in it.

    NC Mountain Girl in reply to rinardman. | July 18, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Here’s a whole cellar full. What about the 16 plus million black babies who have been killed by abortion? The pro abortion movement has long been spearheaded by left leaning whites. Those black lives didn’t matter at all.

    Lanceman in reply to rinardman. | July 19, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Heh. My first thought, even before reading was “Where’s my gas can?”

Are there popcorn futures? I need to know if I can buy popcorn futures Monday morning.

‘Cause this is SAAAAAA-WEEEET…

    Estragon in reply to Ragspierre. | July 18, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    They had Joan Walsh falling all over herself.

    Son, it was worth a dollar a quart!

    persecutor in reply to Ragspierre. | July 19, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Me thinks the blacks are finally awakening to the fact that Hispanics are now the minority of choice of the Jackass party, and are a touch sensitive to it.

    Sorry guys, but you’re no longer a growth segment of the population (thanks to Planned Parenthood and the eugenics they espouse), and it’s going to take too long to nationally restore the vote to convicted felons to make a difference, so you’ll just have to get used to the fact that the Dems aren’t in to you as much as they used to be.

MacsenMcBain | July 18, 2015 at 7:03 pm

The left is finally starting to tear itself apart over which subgroup is the biggest lot of victims.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to MacsenMcBain. | July 19, 2015 at 1:36 am

    The ’16 dem convention is gonna make the Chicago ’68 one look like a Sunday school picnic……

    persecutor in reply to MacsenMcBain. | July 19, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Like Rags is suggesting, let’s pop some corn, get some cool adult beverages out and sit back. Fasten your seat belts, this promises to be a bumpy ride (for some)!

bobinreverse | July 18, 2015 at 7:10 pm

What I post for everything – the obama formula – nukes to iran and race riots here. It may seem sweet. But it it seems also like a combo of wwiij and civil war ii. Abd barry still has 2 years to go. He may not even wait for iran to nuke Israel and us. He mite do so himsel there and here.

mumzieistired | July 18, 2015 at 7:21 pm

When your coalition is based on skin color and grievance, somethin’s gotta give at some point.

It couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of folks!

NC Mountain Girl | July 18, 2015 at 7:24 pm

What? No appearance by Queer Nation? That would be the whip cream and cherry a top this confection.

Endomorph Lives Matter.

re: “Some white attendees ask black attendees to be quiet. They keep shouting. #nn15”

Hilarious! This just shows you how out of touch the white members are with reality. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a white person ask a ‘person of color’ (PC Term) to lower their voice, without having just the opposite reaction! Go ahead, Dummy, wave the red flag in front of the bull! LOL

Let’s just spit the truth out, like you would a sunflower seed hull. The majority of blacks cannot or will not work with whites in a mutually respectful manner. It’s just isn’t possible. Each much be given separate tasks or goals, even within the same organization. Without that separation, chaos and animosity ensues.

    stevewhitemd in reply to C. Lashown. | July 19, 2015 at 11:21 am

    The majority of blacks cannot or will not work with whites in a mutually respectful manner. It’s just isn’t possible. </blockquote.

    Not true. In the real world, blacks and whites work together quite nicely. We get along, we do our jobs, and we go home at night. Factories, offices, stores, universities: ordinary people of every color get along. Call it superficial if you wish, but we manage not to burn down where we work, shop and educate ourselves.

    It's the activists who can't get along, and Netroots is the perfect example of that. None of the people there represent the real world: that's why THEY can't work with people of other races. It's why THEY talk down to each other. They live in an imaginary, socialist world that they wish to foist on the rest of us. You just saw what life there is like and it's not a life any of us would want for ourselves.

    People get along in the real world. We cooperate well enough to get by. That's about all you can ask for, and it's far, far too much for Netroots.

One of the best things about the Obama era: all the racial healing.


Char Char Binks | July 18, 2015 at 8:43 pm

It’s a good thing black lives don’t matter to me, or I would have to care.

It was inevitable that in a party which is essentially a patchwork of interest groups competing for attention and benefits that they would turn on each other. It’s amazing it took so long.

But it is heartwarming to watch, especially the smug white leftists who’ve been lecturing other white people on “the race issue” for decades.

Squirm, baby, squirm!

Darwin Akbar | July 18, 2015 at 11:15 pm

The lesson to be learned from this: if you don’t want a bunch of loutish, nasty, fat SJW loudmouths to rush the stage and shout down the voice of (almost) reason, don’t close the buffet before the start of the lecture.

Hilliary Clinton of all people had the right idea on this one: Avoid the gaffe by skipping the Net-Nuts Conference.

These people will never pull anything other than a “D” lever, and while they’re active in primaries, the bad press from not showing up is less bad than showing up and giving an answer that one group (unreasonably) finds insulting.

The #BlackLivesMatter morons are making a play to hijack the Democrat Party because they’re tired of the “party” ignoring and taking for granted People of Color (aka Black and Brown People). They’re going to have a serious problem

I’m all for Rinardman’s plan: Let’s all through salt into the wounds.

The Clash of the Titulars…

Netroots Nation is a class of functional mental disorders involving distress and including delusions and hallucinations. Netroots Nation’s extreme neurotic behavior is typically seen among its Progressive patients (e.g., “who’s the base” or “who’s on first”?).

Those blacks should get even with those Democratic whities by staying home in 2016.

Posts like this reaffirm my absolute certainty that, while we may not always get it right, the conservative/libertarian approach is vastly superior to what the left offers up.

For these people, BlackLivesMatter only when they are taken by whites.

And lets be honest here – if you need to declare that you matter, its very likely you don’t.

The blacklivesmatter group could always start their own party and nominate the leaders of their blm party to the ballots. That’d teach those pansy white liberals.

Char Char Binks | July 20, 2015 at 12:19 am