Some of the more wacky members of the Black Congressional Caucus are defending outrageous antics recently committed by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, claiming that its members are merely calling attention to race-based problems that have gone unchecked for too long.
But social media users think those same lawmakers have just been in office for too long.
On Wednesday night, the protesters disrupted a Jeb Bush speech in Las Vegas. On Saturday, they struck at a speech by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Seattle. The Vermont Independent senator was only able to get one sentence out before the small group of activists shut it down entirely.
“They really are speaking to the issues, and we’re really long overdue responding to those issues,” Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Texas Democrat said in a telephone interview with The Hill. “They’ve been pointed, nonviolent and strong, and I’m not offended.
“They’re asking for nothing more than to lift up a system to treat them with justice.”
(Actually, those Seattle activists weren’t speaking — they were screaming almost to the point of incoherence. But Jackson Lee might well not understand the difference.)
Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia agreed.
“For Black Lives Matter activists, the issue is literally a matter of life and death as evidenced by the continued killing of unarmed black men and women by police officers across the nation,” Johnson told The Hill in an email. “When presidential candidates fail to acknowledge how the current criminal system detrimentally impacts black lives, they [the activists] resort to disruptive tactics to force attention to the issue.”
Actually, as Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson noted in Harlem Wednesday, young black men are far more likely to be murdered by other blacks.
The reason unarmed blacks being shot and killed by the police makes the national news is precisely because it happens so infrequently.
“While disruption is uncomfortable, it does result in candidates acknowledging and addressing the issue with policy proposals,” he added. “When that happens, the need to protest is abated.”
Johnson can be best remembered for expressing concern that the Pacific island of Guam may capsize if too much military hardware is shipped over there.
Jackson Lee is even loonier — and more outrageous.
She’s remembered for a number of acts just as offensive as those committed by Black Lives Matter activists.
Most remarkable is the time during a 2009 town hall meeting when a cancer-surviving constituent was expressing fear over loss of her medical coverage under Obamacare.
Jackson Lee chose that moment to take out her cell phone and make a call.
“She’s not even listening. … Seriously? … I mean, come on,” someone can be heard saying in the background.
If it makes any difference, Jackson Lee is black, and the concerned constituent was white.
Statements she made during floor speeches have been equally outrageous, such as the time she claimed our Constitution was 400 years old, and another when she announced that “I am a freed slave!”
Social media users were left shaking their heads after hearing these two stick up for the loony Black Lives Matter hijinks. But as one user put it, “insanely stupid” summed it up nicely.
— Jon McPhalen (@JonMcPhalen) August 13, 2015
— Johnny West (@MsClitoris) August 13, 2015
— Crabby Appleton (@pie_and_dry) August 13, 2015
— Little Old Lady (@Walter_Lucas872) August 13, 2015
And for minds like these we pay them $174,000 per year? It doesn’t buy what it used to.
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