Liberal group #1 vs liberal group #2…Ready, GO!
What happens when Black Lives Matters faces down America’s first openly gay presidential candidate?
Red State Reports:
We’re about to find out: A couple of BLM leaders have set up camp in Indiana to oppose South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Last Wednesday, a meeting was held in Pete’s town headlined by BLM LA’s Dr. Melina Abdulla.
The restaurant get-together was attended by relatives of Eric Logan, the 54-year-old black man who was shot and killed by a white cop in mid-June — while Pete B. was out campaigning as part of his crack at the 2020 Democratic nomination.
Quickly after the incident, Pete flew home for a town hall of sorts. But holy cow that didn’t go well (here and here).
Also present Wednesday: former union organizer Greg Akili, who was mentored by labor leader and activist Cesar Chavez.
Melina told the crowd of about 75 it’s time to rumble:
“What we saw with the murder of Eric Logan at the hands of police really is an opportunity to revisit and re-engage around the questions of police violence in black communities.”
Those present were ready to mobilize against Buttigieg.
The effort is also set to benefit from a new local group founded by attendee Jorden Giger: BlackTavists.
Jorden described the purpose of the meeting to the Sount Bend Tribune:
“This was about getting everybody in a room and empowering each other and moving forward.”
So what was the situation surrounding the cop shooting? In part, this, from the Tribune:
Sgt. Ryan O’Neill shot Logan after responding to reports of car break-ins. Authorities have said Logan approached O’Neill with a fixed-blade knife and ignored repeated orders to drop it. The knife had been taken from a car in the area, authorities have said.
O’Neill, who resigned from the force this week, did not have his body camera turned on at the time of the shooting.
And, as reported by Huffpost:
A police sergeant who shot and killed a black man in South Bend, Indiana, over the weekend faced internal allegations of racist and derogatory comments, according to court documents obtained by HuffPost.
On July 13th, BlackTavists attended a Black Lives Matter rally, at which they issued a list of demands for Mayor Pete, which included him paying reparations to Eric Logan’s family, firing or demoting the town’s police chief, and — at the time — firing Sgt. O’Neill.
As per The Daily Wire, Pete’s in the hotseat. Having temporarily suspended his presidential bid following the shooting, he’s got no clout among black voters:
The Indianapolis Star reports that recent polling shows Buttigieg “at near zero percent with African American voters,” adding, he “kept hearing smatterings of ‘Black Lives Matter’” during an appearance at the Young Democrats of America Convention last Thursday night.
He’s trying to reverse the tide. Just days ago, he made what, in my view, appeared as a really, really pitiful and desperate political Hail Mary:
While campaigning in Iowa over the weekend, Buttigieg told ABC News that white supremacy “could be the lurking issue that ends this country.
From Red State