Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have stayed silent on whether or not they’d meet with Black Lives Matter founder Patrisse Cullors, at least publicly.
According to Fox News, the duo (being referred to as president-elect and VP-elect prematurely by the outlet) noted that they haven’t consulted or planned with the leader of the BLM movement. The reasoning is apparently a split in the idea over defunding the police:
Cullors requested a meeting with the Biden/Harris team last week to discuss the movement’s agenda and lay out expectations for the forthcoming administration.
The Biden transition team could not be reached by Fox News for comment on whether they’d given any thought to accepting the meeting.
“Without the resounding support of Black people, we would be saddled with a very different electoral outcome,” Cullors wrote to Biden and Harris in a letter. “In short, Black people won this election.”
Cullors insisted that Black people “want to be heard and our agenda to be prioritized.”
Biden has promised to create a police oversight board to combat police brutality, which launched Black Lives Matter to the forefront of the national conversation this summer following the death of George Floyd, a Black man, in police custody in Minneapolis.
But “defund the police,” a rallying cry that’s been spearheaded by BLM, has been the source of Democratic infighting in recent days.
To be sure, it’s a horrible idea that many in the Democratic Party have rejected outright. However, I sincerely doubt that the might-be Biden administration won’t meet with Cullors or BLM representatives. After all, it was partly integral to the Democratic presidential campaign and was often used as an avenue to calling Republicans and Trump racist.
Cullors is overstating that the Black community won the election for Biden, but she’s partly right.
The issue is that if (more accurately when) Biden meets with Cullors, it will be a strong signal to America where the Democratic Party’s loyalties lie.
As I’ve covered repeatedly, BLM has proven itself to be less about equality and justice and more about the implementation of socialism in America.
Cullors is an admitted Marxist, and BLM leaders also make it clear that their goal is to upend the current system and install a new one. They’re usually vague about what that new one looks like, but their followers are pretty clear about what that is.
If the Biden administration plans to plan with BLM, then we can be assured that these plans aren’t going to be very American friendly or even capitalist friendly. You can bet it will be as divisive as it is destructive.
At a time when Biden is promoting “unity,” the last thing he should do is team up with an organization known for burning down neighborhoods, looting businesses, resorting to violence, and even killing those who get in the way of its rioters.
Should Biden meet with BLM, there is no way that people will take the resulting plans made with any kindness. Further division will take place as the plans are resisted by one group and embraced by another. This will result in more protests and more violence.
This sounds like a grim prediction, but BLM isn’t known for being a peaceful group, and even their leaders have made it clear that if they don’t get their way, they’ll continue doing what’s necessary until they get what they want. There will be hell to pay.
If Biden wins this election, he should avoid BLM at all costs. If he truly wants unity, he’ll reject BLM.
But I sincerely doubt he will.