When Black Lives Matter aligned itself with the Democratic presidential ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, some cynics predicted that the politicians would simply use the street-level movement to achieve their goal of ousting President Donald Trump from office and then discard the BLM activists as no longer necessary.
Now more than a month after the election, and with an initial request for a meeting and dialogue still unfulfilled by Biden’s camp, it is looking an awful lot to BLM like those predictions were accurate.
BLM has “heard no response” from Biden-Harris
The Daily Caller reported that in an Instagram post on Wednesday, BLM wrote: “It has been … 32 days since we’ve requested a meeting with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. We’ve heard no response.”
In the text accompanying the post, the organization complained that Biden, Harris, and team member Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) recently met with a number of civil rights leaders, but “we weren’t invited.”
“As the organization leading the largest global social justice movement, we demand a seat at the table. To ignore us — and the 64,000 of you who have signed our petition — is to ignore our generation’s most pressing demands for transformative justice,” it concluded, adding, “We are waiting.”
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“We want something for our vote”
Last month, Fox News reported that BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors sent a letter to Biden and Harris in the immediate aftermath of the election and claimed full credit on behalf of all Black voters for Biden’s apparent media-reported victory.
The letter also demanded, “We want something for our vote” — more specifically, “to be heard and our agenda to be prioritized.”
As was made clear by the BLM post on Instagram this week, though, that hasn’t happened yet. While being excluded from the virtual meeting with civil rights leaders may not be the last straw, it is obvious that the organization has little patience remaining.
Biden likely to disappoint progressives
As for that meeting on Tuesday with Biden, Harris, Richmond, and a number of civil rights leaders, the New York Post reported that Biden promised that his administration “would prioritize racial justice and form a diverse cabinet that can tackle those issues.”
That said, leaked audio of the meeting published by The Intercept suggest that BLM may not have been entirely pleased to be included in the meeting anyways. Biden appeared dismissive at times toward their concerns about some of his cabinet picks, expressed reluctance to rely on executive actions to win agenda victories, and stated opposition to the “defund the police” message that has been loudly championed by BLM.
While anything can happen, at this moment, it sure looks like the cynics were right. How the organization reacts once that realization fully sets in is anybody’s guess.