Monday, July 20, 2015

Some Unsolicited Advice to Sen Sanders Regarding Black Lives Matter Protests

When you have been a justice fighter all your life, it is sometimes very hard to be confronted and challenged by people much younger than you are as if your experience and history means little. This has happened to me on numerous occasions when commenting on race issues. And the temptation is to respond in anger. But I have learned, through experience, that sometimes these critics are right, that I have said or written something which is insensitive or arrogant or takes the discussion to a place which smothers voices which need to be heard. And so I force myself to listen to the attacks, try not to take them personally, and change my approach to the issues when such a change is called for.
Do I always do this smoothly and tactfully? Hell no! Sometimes I have administered a smack down to the people calling me out, only to then do, over time, exactly what they suggest.
But insofar as I have remained relevant in discussions of race and social policy, it is because I have tried, if not always gracefully, to listen to and learn from people who have attacked my positions. And to respect their right to attack me.
I suggest that Senator Sanders do the same with Black Lives Matter protesters at Netroots Nation who disrupted his talk. There is much to be learned from their actions and words about what is really going on in this country. And how people who have been left out, pushed aside, ignored and marginalized feel about it.
If you don't learn from your critics, it is on you, not on them.
or as a famous hip hop song once reminded us
"Check yourself before you wreck yourself"

11 comments:

SpotMyMusic.com said...

I get the frustration. I am upset every time I hear about any black person that is killed by police or any racial injustice. This is real.. Real sad that in 2015 some things havent changed. I get it seems to be over looked because other than media coverage there has been no legal steps to eradiate it. So I get the movement, I am all for the movement. What I am not all for is how the movement decided to go about getting the issue discussed. It was very rude &

bothersome that they decided to yell, make jokes & dismiss bernie association with any civil rights events. It was like they took all of their frustration, well deserved, at bernie. I would have rather someone brought it up as a discussion bc im sure it would have been more productive. If he referred back to economics then explain thats its deeper than that. But dont berate the guy. He has taken great steps to improve upon his mistakes and shies promise to improve on his knowledge about racial issues & solutions but its still seems not good enough. I know for a fact that bernie sanders is the best candidate for our black community. I am all for challenging him. He will continue to improve as he is continually challenged. But challenge him fairly, in a productive manner that leads to a disscussion & help him understand deeper rooted issues. Dont yell and berate him. Please dont think that one group or one person represents the whole black community because I for one, although upset at racial injustice, am a black voter for bernie sanders & i know many others. Hillary is history for me.

SpotMyMusic.com said...

I get the frustration. I am upset every time I hear about any black person that is killed by police or any racial injustice. This is real.. Real sad that in 2015 some things havent changed. I get it seems to be over looked because other than media coverage there has been no legal steps to eradiate it. So I get the movement, I am all for the movement. What I am not all for is how the movement decided to go about getting the issue discussed. It was very rude &

bothersome that they decided to yell, make jokes & dismiss bernie association with any civil rights events. It was like they took all of their frustration, well deserved, at bernie. I would have rather someone brought it up as a discussion bc im sure it would have been more productive. If he referred back to economics then explain thats its deeper than that. But dont berate the guy. He has taken great steps to improve upon his mistakes and shies promise to improve on his knowledge about racial issues & solutions but its still seems not good enough. I know for a fact that bernie sanders is the best candidate for our black community. I am all for challenging him. He will continue to improve as he is continually challenged. But challenge him fairly, in a productive manner that leads to a disscussion & help him understand deeper rooted issues. Dont yell and berate him. Please dont think that one group or one person represents the whole black community because I for one, although upset at racial injustice, am a black voter for bernie sanders & i know many others. Hillary is history for me.

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