Black Lives Matter is growing weary with the Biden / Harris Administration and they haven’t even taken office yet.
After Biden met with a group last week to discuss systematic racism, Black Lives Matter went public that they were not invited and have used social media in recent weeks to express their displeasure.
Writing on social media, Black Lives Matter said “Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Rep. Cedric Richmond met with several civil rights groups yesterday. @blklivesmatter—as the largest social and justice movement in history—was not invited.”
Hours after the presidential race was called, the co-founder of BLM, Patrisse Cullors, sent Biden and Harris a letter requesting a meeting.
In it, Cullors said that she would hold their administration accountable to their demands.
Those demands include passing “the BREATHE Act” in their first 100 days in office.
The Act will take away federal funds and resources from prisons and law enforcement and invest them into nonpunitive, non-carceral approaches to community safety.
That, BLM suggests will protect “Black lives — including Black mothers, Black trans people and Black women; allocate new money to build healthy, sustainable and equitable communities; and hold political leaders accountable to their promises and enhance the self-determination of all Black communities.” according to reports by the Hollywood Reporter.
Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Rep. Cedric Richmond met with several civil rights groups yesterday.@blklivesmatter—as the largest social and justice movement in history—was not invited.
https://t.co/RYdoXmvSpw via @politico
— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) December 9, 2020
Odd that their demands in the name of protecting blacks are backfiring in the cities that have embraced many of those demands.
“We want to be heard and our agenda to be prioritized,” Cullors wrote in her letter. “We issue these expectations not just because Black people are the most consistent and reliable voters for Democrats, but also because Black people are truly living in crisis in a nation that was built on our subjugation.”
Additional demands include the immediate ending of cash bail and grant amnesty to protesters that were arrested over the summer.
Although someone that actually knows the law, would know that it was “rioters” that were arrested.
There is also a demand to pass a COVID-19 Stimulus Bill specifically to the Blacks, Latinos and Native Americans.
After all, nothing says ending racism like selecting “specific” races over others.
There are talks of reparations but what Cullors seems to be the most concerned with right now is what appears to be silence from Biden and Harris.
Despite the demands to have a “seat at the table” and an onslaught social media campaign, there has reportedly been no communication from the incoming Biden Team and Black Lives Matter.
Congress Woman Rashida Tlaib, who supports Black Lives Matter, said she is optimistic about the chances of police reform passing under a Biden administration. The Black Lives Matter movement will not let up on pressuring a Biden administration, she said.
In general, making demands isn’t exactly a great way to get what anyone wants. Law Officer Author Leonard Sipes says that Biden is in a proverbial hard spot when dealing with Black Lives Matter.
He knows he doesn’t have the legal authority or money to make substantial changes. He also understands that Democrats lost big via the House, Senate, and state races partially based on cops and crime. He understands that it could happen again.
Mr. Biden was a staunch supporter of law enforcement and tough on crime approaches. He’s not as confused as his remarks indicate regarding an impossible to enforce COVID national mask mandate and a willingness to cut the prison population by more than 50 percent without having the legal authority to do so.
Mr. Biden’s been around long enough to understand that you need cops to be appropriately proactive to cut violence and those arrested for crimes of violence need prison terms.
The more proactivity you create, the greater the chances of use of force issues, which is why cops are backing off and violence is increasing.
I don’t envy Joe Biden. He’s placed himself between forces crucial to his success and reelection. National commissions will not solve his problem. Yes, allied advocates will insist that violence is down or greatly exaggerated or that Americans should be ashamed for their unrealistic fear of crime, but per polls, no one believes them.
To rebuild high poverty areas and to create high paying jobs, violence needs to be significantly reduced.
To do that, Mr. Biden needs the support of appropriately aggressive-proactive cops. For that to happen, they need community understanding.
In the minds of thousands of cops leaving the job or refusing to be proactive after intense criticism, no justice, no peace.