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Here’s What the DCCC Thinks About Black Lives Matter

Leaked DCCC memo discusses Black Lives Matter
Leaked DCCC memo discusses Black Lives Matter movement. Pictured here: protest against protest the treatment of Marcus Abrams by St. Paul police.

Guccifer 2.0 has released another batch of files. These files, are allegedly obtained from Nancy Pelosi’s personal computer. They range from financial documents, immigration reform proposals, and discussions on ISIS and Benghazi. Some pertain particularly to Pelosi, but many concern the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) as well.

But what got the most attention on social media yesterday was the Black Lives Matter memo, which described the ways in which the DCCC recommended that candidates and campaign staff handle the topic of Black Lives Matter (BLM) and its activists.

The memo starts by describing BLM as a “radical movement to end ‘anti-black racism.’” It goes on to say that campaign staff should meet with activists in “personal or small group meetings” in order to “listen to their concerns.” However, the DCCC recommends, “don’t offer support for concrete policy positions.”

Those comments caused an uproar on social media with people criticizing the way the DCCC was approaching the BLM movement. And while the comments certainly aren’t great, the memo has more positive lines as well. This section in particular sounds promising:

Be a Partner & Lead From Behind

  • BLM needs partners to achieve their agenda and they want to be a part of the conversation.
  • However, BLM activists don’t want their movement co-opted by the Democrat Party
  • They are leary [sic] of politicians who hijack their message to win campaigns.

Then there’s a bolded line that says explicitly, “Do not say ‘all lives matter’ nor mention ‘black on black crime’” with one of the reasons listed being “this is the worst response.”

The suggested solutions by the DCCC also seem promising, including: that the issue of many communities feeling unfairly targeted by police must be addressed; reforms to properly train officers should be explored; the relationship between community and police needs to be rebuilt; and the country must try to address the history of systemic racism against the African American community.

Responding in an email to BuzzFeed News, DCCC spokesperson Meredith Kelly said, “We will not allow this hacking to distract from our common goals nor disparage the BLM movement. We continue to welcome further engagement with activists and BLM leaders nationwide.”

Therefore, I encourage you to take a look at the memo yourself and read it in full.

On Wednesday night, Anoa Changa, host of The Way with Anoa, and Michael Redwine, host of Louisa Project 2027, filled in as guest hosts for Benjamin Dixon’s The Benjamin Dixon Show. They were joined by Roy Tatem, former Deputy Director of African American Outreach for Bernie Sanders and current Senior Advisor to Jill Stein, who discussed the leaked memo about Black Lives Matter. Watch below!

WATCH: Roy Tatem Declares DNC Railroaded Black Lives Matter

 

Written by Raven Payne

Raven Payne

Recently awakened progressive in pursuit of truth in all things.

Raven Payne is an Editor and Writer for Progressive Army, and a member of its Editorial Board.

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Excellent analysis. I agree, in our attempt to bolster our position we often take one negative and portray an entire article or email as being negative. Perhaps that is the human condition, or the result of 140 character tweet bites. Yet, if we are the media we should take care to present a fair and balanced position and not promulgate an exaggerated narrative just because it fits our political agenda. Thank you for being a voice of reason. For sure the Democratic party has some serious issues, and this may be a part of it, but not nearly as big… Read more »
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Here’s What the DCCC Thinks About Black Lives Matter