Dems won’t hold BLM-themed debate but agree to bend over this way

Dems won’t hold BLM-themed debate but agree to bend over this way

Here’s a question for Democrats going into the 2016 presidential election: Who’s your daddy? The answer, in case the Donks don’t know, is the 13% of the American populace that self-identifies as black.

On Tuesday, “protest group” Black Lives Matter posted a petition at the website of Color of Change, the black empowerment organization co-founded by onetime Obama green czar Van Jones, demanding that the Dems hold a BLM-themed presidential debate. “It is not enough to poll the Presidential candidates on whether or not they think ‘Black Lives Matter’ or ‘All Lives Matter,'” the rationale begins, “we deserve substantive responses and policy recommendations. We deserve substance and not rhetoric. In fact, we demand it.”

Demands are usually accompanied by an “or else,” but in this case, no threat is implied or overtly stated. Then again, what could BLM threaten? To vote Republican? (Obviously, if there any chance of that happening, the petition, which is addressed to DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, would have put her RNC counterpart, Reince Priebus, on notice as well.)

In any case, the DNC refused to yield to pressure but came back with a counter-proposal. According to the Washington Post, the political arm of the Democratic Party has offered to “host a presidential town hall focused on issues of racial justice.”

In letters addressed to leaders of the #BlackLivesMatter network and prominent activist DeRay McKesson, the DNC invited the activist groups to coordinate and host a presidential town hall similar to those currently being planned by some state-level Democratic parties and some liberal groups including

It’s understandable that the DNC can go only so far in appeasing a single special interest group. As it is, the party went out on a limb exposing vulnerable candidate Hillary Clinton earlier this month, despite complaints from the front-runners Democratic rivals.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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