To the women who shut down Senator Sanders' rally: While I agree completely that Michael Brown should be honored and recognized on the one-year anniversary of his death, the way you went about accomplishing that goal was aggressive, abusive and inconsiderate. This, in turn, diminished the effectiveness of your presentation and caused many people to view the Black Lives Matter movement with disdain and distrust. Why on earth didn't one of you speak to someone in Bernie's camp and request permission to honor Michael Brown? I am confident he would have honored your request. This would have been a win-win situation - Bernie would have been able to carry out his planned rally; the thousands of audience members would have gotten what they came for - to hear Senator Sanders - and you would have been able to honor Michael Brown in a respectful and honorable manner on the anniversary of his death.
Senator Sanders is about the only person running for president who has a years-long track record of voting for civil liberties - and who has developed an entire platform of programs to decrease/eliminate racism - systemic and individual - on behalf of persons of color. What is puzzling to me is WHY you would interrupt his rally, force him to shut it down and then take it over! Bernie is not THE/YOUR enemy ladies!
Sadly, the end results of your aggressive advocacy tactics - allegedly on behalf of Michael Brown - have been: 1) to diminish the respectability and integrity of the Black Lives Matter movement; 2) to distract from your alleged purpose (honoring Michael Brown), and putting the focus on the aggressive and rude tactics employed by you to get on stage; 3) to distance yourselves from the ONE person who gives a damn about Black Lives Matter - and who has already developed potential programs to decrease/eliminate racism in America; 4) to piss a lot of people off - the people who came to see and hear Bernie Sanders speak - and instead, watched you shut him down entirely, while you took over the stage - allegedly to honor Michael Brown.
Well, ladies, I don't buy it. Under NO circumstances would Michael
Brown's parents want you to behave the way you did to supposedly honor the one-year anniversary of their son's death. You actually put shame on his memory and gave credence to the racists who believe all Black people are out of control, rude and pushy.
I don't believe you shut Senator Sander's rally down to honor Michael Brown; you did it for your own, self-serving, narcissistic agenda. And quite frankly, ladies, you were an embarrassment to the movement and a disgrace to the memory of Michael Brown.