The Black Lives Matter crowd apparently doesn’t feel like Democrats are pandering to them quite often enough.
The official website for the #BlackLivesMatter movement posted an online petition on Tuesday, demanding that Democrat National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz organize a debate focused entirely on racial issues.
Calling for more Democratic debates in general, the petition argues that “limiting the number of debates unfairly privileges some candidates over others.” Wasserman Schultz, however, has already rejected the idea of expanding the debate schedule, saying candidates will have plenty of other opportunities to engage with voters.
But it’s not just the number of debates that concerns the Black Lives Matter folks, they want an entire event catered to their race-obsessed message.
According to the petition:
It is not enough to poll the Presidential candidates on whether or not they think “Black lives matter” or “All lives matter” – we deserve substantive responses – including and in addition to criminal justice reform, what will the presidential candidates do to ensure that Black lives matter?
We deserve substance and not rhetoric.
Because #BlackLivesMatter – a group dedicated to portraying police shootings as a consequence of institutionalized racism rather than a culture of criminality in urban America – is all about “substance” over rhetoric, right?
Prominent activist Deray McKesson seemed to be a big fan of the concept, except he would rather see a town hall campaign event than an actual debate.
I think a presidential Town Hall/Forum closer to the SC primary would be a better format re: race than a debate — q’s from the audience.
— deray mckesson (@deray) October 20, 2015
Maybe the first question at the town hall should be about the complete lack of diversity in the Democrat primary.
Or is that not the kind of “substance” that activists had in mind?