|Photo Credit: The Raw Story/KTRO Channel 7 Washington State -- Protesters claiming to represent the "Black Lives Matter" Movement interrupt Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders rally in Seattle, Washington August 8|
UPDATE: A Statement by the Black Lives Matter Group of Washington State, was issued on Twitter on August 8, 2015 at 6:48 pm ET amounting to a public apology to Senator Bernie Sanders for the trolling of his event, by whoever the group "Outside Agitators" rather loosely associated with #BLM claims to represent.
At this point, it is unknown if the "Outside Agitators" group has any association with Black Lives Matter - Washington or, just used the name #BlackLivesMatter to receive press coverage with trolling Senator Sanders Seattle Rally.
There are two groups claiming the title of #BlackLivesMatter-WA according to investigative reporting compiled by a Twitter Search of @BLM_Seattle. The noted Twitter account issuing the statement at 6:48 pm ET August 8, has been deleted.
Black Lives Matter or a group of individuals claiming association in some aspect with the #BLM movement, started a quest to troll Democratic Progressive Presidential Candidate & U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at the Netroots Nation Phoenix, AZ Conference in July.
As described in this earlier IU News Talk article, a group of attendees repeatedly heckled Sanders despite being invited by Netroots organizers to speak at the dubbed "Progressive" conference.
The participants succeed in achieving what is widely assumed they desired. National corporate media press coverage of the trolling in live and living color.
CNN, ABC, NBC and even the fading "Progressive" network of MSNBC used footage from Netroots Conference and openly questioned it Senator Sanders had real, grassroots support of the Democratic Party Faithful as well as Independent-Left leaning voters, flocking to the Vermont Federal Legislators' campaign in droves.
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Amazingly, again - despite the elder son of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, MLK III, members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the SCLC CEO Dr. Charles Steele, the Drum Major Institute and of course Senator Sanders attendance at this important event; the associated trolling members as of late with the #BLM movement at Sanders speeches or rallies were not.
The question is why not.
If the cause of Black Lives Matter and of course one would believe the Right to Vote unfettered is of utmost importance to these random #BLM protesters, what better opportunity existed to express their "disapproval" of the Democratic Presidential Nominee contender than at Sanders speech on the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.
However, they being the #BLM "protestors", were not there.
Nor were these now instant corporate media "famous" protesters in attendance at the either of the seventeen Republican Presidential Nominees debate in Cleveland, Ohio just last Tuesday hosted by Fox News channel and broadcast live.
Candidates associated with the Grand Ole Party were broke up into two groups consisting of "Not a Chance in Hell" and "OMG Oh No" for each of the seventeen participants quest in seeking the Republican Party Presidential Nomination.
During the two sessions, not only did none of the candidates utter the words "Black Lives Matter" but, each failed to name one out of 300+ victims of color over the past seven years whose lives were taken either by a confrontation with law enforcement, private security personnel or a random citizen.
In fact, if one were to ask the #BLM Protestors to "Say The Name" for each of these 300+ victims of color who lives ceased by either a bullet, chokehold, van ride, walking on a porch asking for assistance, in a park with a toy gun, walking down the wrong way on a street, questioning a traffic stop or just unfortunately in the wrong place at the wrong time, they would not know either.
All of which makes the curious occurrence of some trolling protesters yet again, popping up at another rally hosted by Senator Bernie Sanders August 8, suspect at best.
News resource The Hill reported on the incident as so:
"Protesters who claimed affiliation with the Black Lives Matter movement stormed the stage during a rally for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in Seattle on Saturday, taking over the microphone and forcing Sanders to leave without ever speaking.
Moments after Sanders took the stage at Westlake Park, two women and one man climbed the stage and confronted the Democratic presidential candidate, demanding a chance to speak.
After several moments of confusion and confrontation, an event organizer took the microphone and said the protesters would be allowed to speak before Sanders. Some in the crowd booed.
One protester, who identified herself as Marissa Johnson, began by saying, “I was going to tell Bernie how racist this city is — with all of its progressives — but you’ve already done that for me.
Thank you.” Johnson spoke, among other things, about police violence in Seattle, mentioning a federal investigation into the city's law enforcement that resulted in the appointment of a monitor to make sure Seattle police were complying with the terms set forth by the Justice Department.
“Bernie says that he’s all about the people and about grassroots. The biggest grassroots movement in this country right now is Black Lives Matter,” she added.
She then mentioned the anniversary event that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement — the shooting of an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. last year.
Johnson requested four-and-a-half minutes of silence from the crowd, to honor the four-and-a-half hours Brown allegedly laid dead in the street after being killed.
Some in the crowd jeered the protesters and yelled “get off the stage,” but others replied “let her talk.”
At times, shouts of “arrest her” were audible. After the four-and-a-half minutes, protesters did not relinquish the stage.
"If you care about Black Lives Matter, as you say you do, you will hold Bernie Sanders specifically accountable for his actions," Johnson continued."Say what? Bernie Sanders need to be "held" "specifically accountable" for "his actions"? What actions?
Did Bernie Sanders murder Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Renisha McBride, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland or any of the again 300+ victims of violence of color since 2008? Of course he did not.
In fact, Sanders has introduced, spoke or co-sponsored numerous pieces of legislation designed to eliminate or address the economic inequality existing in America on the struggle for true civil, income, voting and basic respect as a fellow U.S. Citizen rights in the so-called "Land of the Free, Home of the Brave".
Just because Sanders did not "Say The Name" of Sandra Bland, the late Renisha McBride at Netroots Nation or anywhere else in the U.S.A., does not make the sitting U.S. Senator any less worthy of respect than Hillary Clinton, Martin O' Malley, Lincoln Chafee or Jim Webb - the other Democratic Presidential Contenders.
Instead, it does lead directly and without passing "Go" to the logical question:
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Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton
What is the true motivation of trolling "Black Lives Matter" protestors and worse who is exactly paying these individuals to continually heckle Bernie Sanders?
However, not to equality harass any of the seventeen Republican candidates for President of the United States in 2016, even at their very own debate where none of the GOP contenders said any words like "Black Lives Matter" leaves the informed holding heads in a #FacepalmMoment type of way.
And the question in the Title of this piece hereby remains the right question corporate media resources and the public-at-large, should want and need to know.