(thepostmillennial)Mainstream media’s applauded Democratic ticket—who ran their campaign on racial equality—has ignored repeated meeting requests with the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“It has now been 32 days and we have yet to receive a response. To set up a meeting with civil rights leaders, without BLM, is unacceptable,” BLM’s official Twitter account tweeted two days ago in response to the conference that “the largest social and justice movement in history” was not invited to.
On Nov. 7, BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors requested a meeting with presumptive president-elect Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris to discuss the “expectations” she has for their time in the White House and “the commitments that must be made to Black people.”
“We want to be heard and our agenda to be prioritized. We issue these expectations not just because Black people are the most consistent and reliable voters for Democrats, but also because Black people are truly living in crisis in a nation that was built on our subjugation,” Cullors stated in her open letter addressed to Biden and Harris on the night of their purported victory.
She then alleged that the nation’s social justice efforts have been insufficient. “Up until this point, the United States has refused to directly reckon with the way that it devalues Black people and devastates our lives. This cannot continue,” she quipped. “Black people can neither afford to live through the vitriol of a Trump-like Presidency, nor through the indifference of a Democrat-controlled government that refuses to wrestle with its most egregious and damnable shame.”
Cullors emphasized the electoral power that came with her movement’s backing, highlighting the black community’s importance as a voting bloc. “We want something for our vote,” she pressed, reiterating her desire to be included in the Biden transition team’s planning and policy work.
“Without the resounding support of Black people, we would be saddled with a very different electoral outcome. In short, Black people won this election,” wrote Cullors. “Alongside Black-led organizations around the nation, Black Lives Matter invested heavily in this election. ‘Vote and Organize’ became our motto, and our electoral justice efforts reached more than 60 million voters.”
Black Lives Matter Global Network has since demanded “a seat at the table,” arguing that “Black voters give and give to this country and deserve a voice in the decision-making process of this future administration.”
“The Biden-Harris administration claims to be committed to diversity but has not yet met with leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement,” the organization charged on Action Network’s site.
The group additionally urged its followers to sign their petition to tell Biden and Harris to meet with BLM.
“We worked long and hard to ensure we did all we could to vote Donald Trump out of the White House — we succeeded,” their message read. “But the truth is, getting Trump out of office was not the end. The work is just getting started.”
The authors declared that their allies “must hold the new president-elect and vice president-elect accountable to their campaign commitments of addressing systemic racism.”
BLM has suggested that the duo’s compliance with the movement’s objectives would remedy past missteps, given their individual records.
Over the course of the 2020 campaign season, the former vice president was lambasted for his support of the 1994 crime bill, his opposition to federally-mandated busing, and his support of two pro-segregation senators.
Biden was also widely-condemned for his interview with African American influencer Charlamagne tha God in late May. “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Biden told the host of the popular morning radio show The Breakfast Club.
Meanwhile, Harris has faced criticism for her role as federal prosecutor. As California’s attorney general from 2011 to 2017, she refused to endorse a 2015 bill calling for a special prosecutor to investigate deadly police shootings, the Sacramento Bee reported in August.
Harris also rejected rallying cries from civil rights groups to investigate fatal police shootings in Los Angeles and San Francisco, following the 2014 officer-involved killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.