Black Lives Matter co-founder Aislinn Pulley has rejected an invitation to meet with President Obama in Washington today, calling the meeting a “sham”.
Obama is currently holding a first of its kind meeting at The White House with Civil Rights leaders in honor Black History Month. BLM activist DeRay McKesson is in attendance as well as Al Sharpton, but Pulley says the meeting is nothing more than a “photo opportunity and a 90-second sound bite for the president.”
“As a radical, Black organizer, living and working in a city that is now widely recognized as a symbol of corruption and police violence, I do not feel that a handshake with the president is the best way for me to honor Black History Month or the Black freedom fighters whose labor laid the groundwork for the historic moment we are living in,” she writes in an editorial for Truth-Out.org.
Black Lives Matter organizers have shown reluctance in the past to discuss issues with politicians. Last year, Hillary Clinton was chastised during a meeting with BLM organizers Daunasia Yancey and Julius Jones who refused to discuss exactly how they wanted Clinton to help their cause. “I say this as respectfully as I can: if you don’t tell black people what we need to do, then we won’t tell you all what you need to do,” Jones said. “This is and has always been a white problem of violence.”
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