Now here’s something you don’t see everyday — a rally by a socialist Democrat, Bernie Sanders, shut down by enraged blacks, who accused the nearly all white crowd of Sanders supporters of being racist.
The reaction of all the good little socialists was a mix of confusion and a desire to accommodate the lunatics who charged the stage just as Sanders began to speak and proceeded to scream incoherently a demand to be heard.
The look of befuddlement on the faces of Sanders’ staffers was priceless. You could tell they were asking themselves what they had done to deserve treatment usually reserved for conservatives and Republicans.
“If you do not listen … your event will be shut down,” one of the protesters told organizers, who offered to let them speak after Sanders. After a back and forth with the screaming protesters, organizers relented and said the demonstrators could go first.
Some in the largely white audience booed and chanted for protesters to let the senator talk. A few yelled for police to make arrests.
Marissa Johnson, one of the protesters, shot back, “I was going to tell Bernie how racist this city is, filled with its progressives, but you did it for me,” accusing the audience of “white supremacist liberalism.” She cited Seattle’s own police problems, including an ongoing Justice Department consent decree over use of force.
The activists demanded 4½ minutes of silence in memory of Brown, to symbolize the 4½ hours his body lay on a Ferguson street. While rally organizers raised their hands in support, some in the crowd yelled profanities.
After the few minutes of silence, the protesters said they wanted to confront Sanders for failing to address their concerns when he was similarly interrupted at a town hall for liberal activists in Phoenix last month. Johnson beckoned Sanders to stand closer as she spoke — he refused.
The Westlake protesters would not let Sanders take the microphone, prompting rally organizer Robby Stern to say the event was over because the demonstrators were determined to stop it.
Sanders left the stage and walked through the crowd, greeting supporters, before leaving in a white Jeep for a fundraiser at the Comet Tavern on Capitol Hill.
Police said later that organizers requested that no arrests be made. Indeed, this is a large part of the problem Democrats are going to have with the Black Lives Matter movement: blacks off the plantation and confronting their masters directly.
There appeared to be some resentment expressed by the sea of white faces at Sanders’ rally that these lunatic protesters didn’t recognize that progressives were on their side — usually — and that they should get credit for that. But no sane person, white or black, supports the violent, radical agenda of Black Lives Matter.
The following is from Breitbart, which offers a transcript from the Black Lives Matter disruption of the Netroots Nation meeting last month in Phoenix:
The nascent Black Lives Matter movement cannot claim that these statements were made by a few fringe members: the entire rant was orchestrated by Black Lives Matter Founder Patrisee Cullors, who can be seen in the video enthusiastically pumping her fist and shouting along with every incendiary statement.
Nor is Black Lives Matter a fringe group; they have been embraced and given fealty by the highest levels of the Democratic power structure. Cullors told a British interviewer, “We’re going into halls of power now. Many of us are meeting with mayors or meeting with local government. Some of us have met with President Obama himself to talk about the demands.”
How many Americans truly support their agenda?
If I die in police custody don’t believe the hype, I was murdered! Protect my family! Indict the system! Shut that s**t down!
If I die in police custody. Avenge my death! By any means necessary!
If I die in police custody burn everything down! Because no building is worth more than my life! And that’s the only way motherfu**ers like you listen!
If I die in police custody make sure I’m the last person to die in police custody by any means necessary!
If I die in police custody do not hold a moment of silence for me! Rise the f**k up! Because your silence is killing us!
Bernie Sanders can’t afford to diss the violent extremists because, as the BLM founder notes, they have embedded themselves in the mainstream of the Democratic Party. For future rallies, there may be an effort to keep them off the stage, but that will hardly shut them up.
The Democrats’ situation is analogous to what happened to Hubert Humphrey in 1968. No candidate represented liberalism the way that Humphrey did, but he was shouted down by radicals for his support of the Vietnam War. Night after night, the news featured video of Humphrey being prevented from speaking by scruffy looking hippies. Those images helped Nixon to build a huge lead, which ultimately shrank but do doubt contributed to Nixon’s final victory.
The mainstream media won’t touch Black Lives Matter and their violent agenda. No matter how extreme or violent, the nets will maintain the fiction of a “protest movement” to avoid being branded “racist.”
It remains to be seen if other Democratic candidate rallies will become targets of their rage.