The relationship between Democrats and the Black Lives Matter movement has become a critical issue, not only for the presidential candidates but for all Democrats as well.
Because Black Lives Matter is a loose umbrella coalition of many groups and individuals, it has not been clearly reported in the press that there are actually two very distinct — and basically incompatible — political perspectives that exist within the broad alliance. It is absolutely vital that Democrats and liberal-progressives make a major effort to clearly understand and sharply distinguish between them.
The reason is simple. While the first perspectives sees liberals and the Democratic Party as lacking in genuine understanding and adequate commitment to addressing the urgent needs of Black America, it nonetheless views them as potentially useful actors in the national political process. The other perspective views liberals and the Democratic Party as utterly and hopelessly tainted by racism and therefore as active, fully culpable collaborators in “the system” that oppresses Black America.
Liberals and Democrats cannot avoid forming an opinion about these two perspectives and then deciding how to respond to them, particularly in regard to the second view.
We are therefore pleased to offer the following Strategy Memo that examines this critical issue.
There are two profoundly different political perspectives within the Black Lives Matter coalition. It’s extremely important for Democrats to understand the difference between them in order to successfully relate to this important social movement.
To read the memo, click HERE
We believe you will find the memo both useful and important.
The Democratic Strategist