By now most of you are familiar with the protest by two members of Black Lives Matter, a grass roots organization devoted to racial justice, at a rally in Seattle, Washington featuring Presidential Candidate U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Social Security. The protest, featured in the clip above, resulted in Sanders inability to participate in the event.
The most thoughtful response that I have yet encountered comes from Washington State Senator Pramila Jayapal published today, August 9, 2015 at the Stranger.com. I have reprinted a significant portion of her guest editorial here for you to read and for the full article go here.
Many people have been e-mailing and asking me how I am thinking about what happened yesterday at the event on social security and medicare, when some protestors identifying as Black Lives Matter got up on stage to challenge Bernie Sanders on race and racism, and ended up shutting down the event so Bernie could not speak. I'm struggling but in the spirit of community, here's what comes to mind.