The temptation to start with something about “true colors shining through” is pretty strong.
At a Black Lives Matter protest in Philadelphia on Tuesday, a protest organizer was caught on video shouting at whites – including white media reporters – to move to the back of the crowd. Blacks were to move to the front. When people didn’t react immediately, the organizer shouted louder, adding a few F-bombs to emphasize her instructions.
Jillian Kay Melchior caught the sequence of events for Heatstreet:
“White media get to the back! Black media come to the front!” shouted an organizer with a bullhorn.
The organizer, annoyed that people weren’t immediately adhering to her instructions, began hectoring white journalists who hadn’t complied.
“Excuse me, sir!” she yelled. “Somebody needs to tell this person to get to the back…. Somebody needs to tell these folks to get to the back!”
“We are not afraid to put people out!” the organizer yelled. “White people to the back! Black people to the front!”
BLM activists told white media to get to the back today. pic.twitter.com/r1wyNHwgM0
— Jillian Kay Melchior (@JillianKayM) July 26, 2016
Melchior provided a round-up of the protesters’ grievances earlier in the day – which were heavy on the anti-police sentiment:
“This is an anti-police rally,” one local Black Lives Matter activist told a crowd, speaking from a microphone in the back of the pickup truck. At the march, which was called “Black DNC Resistance March Against Police Terrorism & State Repression” and began near Temple University, protestors chanted: “No Justice, No Peace, Take it to the Streets and F**k the Police.”
She observed one woman carrying a sign reading “Blue lives ain’t real.”
Thousands of police were on-hand to keep order, of course. Some of the protesters even suspected media of being undercover FBI agents, and tried to chase them away (with profanity).
There’s nothing new about BLM moving its “white allies” to the back of the bus. LU’s Howard Portnoy reported on a Michael Brown vigil in November 2014 at which white participants were given instructions to “avoid taking up space,” never be “at the center” of the main activities, and refrain from talking to the media. These rules were even captured by the Daily Mail from a BLM Facebook post, although the post was later taken down.
Howard alluded at the time to a 2010 speech by Barack Obama on the economy, in which he informed Republicans that they could join Democrats “for the ride, but they’d have to sit in back.”
The theme of putting people in the back may have been about Republicans in that instance, as opposed to being racial in character. And Hillary Clinton, in 2016, may not speak metaphorically about “putting people in the back” when it comes to “race” issues.
But she certainly intends to treat whites and blacks differently. As The Washington Times put it, after the massacre of police in Dallas, “she plans to lecture us [i.e., whites] on it.”
Hillary Clinton responded to the Dallas shooting of five police officers by essentially blaming white people – that we just simply don’t understand the suffering in black communities and the “systemic racism,” that still resides in America. …
“I’m going to be talking to white people – I think we’re the ones who have to start listening to the legitimate cries that are coming from our African-American fellow citizens,” she told CNN in an interview on Friday.
Presumably, she’ll move obediently to the back – wherever the back is – to do this. Call it her version of leading from behind.