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Open letter to progressives: You're doing it wrong and it'll cost the Democratic Party

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Christian Taylor, 19. Amber Monroe, 20. Tyrone Harris, 18. Andre Green,15.

Those are just a few of the black people murdered last weekend. I'm sorry that your pep rally was interrupted but WE ARE DYING BY THE DOZENS in the streets. Have some perspective.

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When you posted about BLM activists having "no strategy;"
When you ranted about not understanding BLM activists' tactics;
When you railed about how Bernie is "the BLM candidate;"
When you lectured BLM activists because they "are working against their own interests;"
Did you also post about the anniversary of Michael Brown's murder and the Ferguson uprising?
Did you also rant about the 314 black people that have been killed by the police since August 2014?
Did you also rail about the 12 trans women killed this year, almost all of whom still haven't seen any justice?
Did you also lecture other progressives about how their privilege and comfort comes at a cost to others?

Did you do anything at all that would have actually helped the movement? Or were you so focused on advancing your candidate that you missed the very real human impact of hearing "progressives" boo when confronted with Black Lives Matter in "their" space?

If you support Black Lives Matter activists up until they do something you don't agree with, then you were never really in solidarity. If you support the Black Lives Matter movement but have never done anything to challenge systems of privilege and power, then you aren't actually an ally. You are part of the problem.

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At every single point of transformative change in this country, disruption has been key.Making your problem the entire country's problem is how social movements have advanced time and time again. Illustrating the moral dilemma is what makes the crisis real to those not directly affected or purposely obtuse. Being uncomfortable is the catalyst to moving this country forward.

Now white progressives, this is important: You don't hold the moral high ground. You don't get to decide the strategy of an oppressed group. Not everything is about you. And every time you talked about your frustration at being momentarily inconvenienced by Black Lives Matter, you show how white supremacy is benefitting you. This isn't your issue, right? You've done enough, right? Why are these uppity black folks still bothering you with this mess, right? That's what you sound like. And I'm being generous.

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