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Black Lives Matter derails important Garcetti meeting; victims, survivors hijacked
REPUDIATE THESE PEOPLE! — Well, Melina Abdullah and her name-calling, foul-mouthed band of activist wannabes came out of their shells the other evening and enraged a large number of Black Angelenos, when she and her Black Lives Matter followers hijacked the meeting convened by Mayor Eric Garcetti and his Black constituents for a town hall discussion of the myriad of problems troubling many of us in this city. I was born and raised in this city and no mayor in my lifetime has ever assented to, let alone proposed such a meeting.
As you know, I have never been a fan of Garcetti, but I feel I must publicly acknowledge that the thwarted town hall meeting he arranged was exactly what we followers of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense wanted when we fought for the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1960. We didn’t have any Black people in high places and the White politicians wouldn’t listen to what we had to say about our condition in this city, state, and country. If they had been willing to discuss our problems, we wouldn’t have had to march on Washington and Fannie Lou Hamer and them wouldn’t have had to organize the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party so Black folks’ needs could be heard by somebody.
Goals and aspirations being sabotaged
And yes, there was a bit of violence associated with the Black Panther Party, but it was, nonetheless, the most influential Black movement in the country and was supported by most Black people — except “bougie” Negroes who thought they were White. And why were the Black Panthers so popular among Black people? Because they had a broad 10-point agenda. Black Lives Matter is concerned about nothing but the killing of Black people by White cops, whereas police brutality was only one of 10 issues which earned the Panthers‘ attention. Some the other issues they fought for included full employment, better housing, better education, effective health care, the murder of Black people (yeah, some of that was going on then), the affirmation that we, Blacks, are a freed people and must be treated as such.
The Panthers did nothing to sabotage Black people’s goals and aspirations, but that’s all Black Lives Matter does. Before they hijacked the town hall meeting with the mayor, their only other actions were, on several occasions, to clog the South L.A. bound freeways during rush hour making it difficult for tired Black people to get home from work. If Black lives matter so much to them, why didn’t they get on the Ventura Freeway and the 18 Freeway and keep all those tired White people from getting home from work?
Black Lives Matter violates sanctuary
But no, they show up at Garcetti’s meeting with the people and proceed to disrespect the ministers, violate the sanctuary, curse and call long-time community activists “house n—ers!!” Can you believe that?! And what was really a pitiful a sight after BLM hijacked the meeting was Anya Slaughter, mother of the unarmed 19-year-old Kendrec McDade, who was killed by Pasadena police three years ago, weeping outside the church. She said she had come to the meeting to get information on victim’s and survivor’s rights. But, thanks to Black Lives Matter, she got nothing. Between tears, the mother said: “This is not right. I didn’t expect it to end like this.
There is a lot of rancor in the community over this. Several ministers and community groups are disassociating themselves from BLM and I’m getting a lot of telephone calls from people who are questioning where these Black Lives Matter people live, being as how no one has ever seen them anywhere in the community before. They’re calling Abdullah, who is a professor and chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, “the nutty professor.” They are also calling her something else, which I don’t want to hear again, so cut it out! (You’re as bad as she is!!)
Garcetti: “Black lives matter in a unique way”
Everybody’s talking about what BLM said that night, but I’d rather relate the little bit that Garcetti managed to say before BLM turned the meeting out: “I hate this back-and-forth we hear nationally, where people say Black lives matter and politicians say all lives matter. Black lives matter in a unique way, and you and I see eye-to-eye on this. If you just try to say all lives matter, you write people out of history. You write slavery out of history. You write oppression and violence out of history. You write racism and lynching out of history.”