It lacks an agenda, it is antagonizing the black community’s top white political allies, including Democrats running for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination, and it is not finding common ground with any of the Republican majority in Congress...
Blah, blah, blah, these protestors need to stop because they might hurt the Democrats.
When BlackLives activists denounce the Democratic National Committee for issuing a resolution in support of police reform, they are hurting themselves with party officials. When they say that all political parties try to “control or contain” black liberation, they are also damaging faith in the political system, especially among young people...
I used to find Williams one of the more insightful liberals around. Of course, that was a couple decades ago, when a liberal could still speak the truth on TV*. Today, it's obvious that he is calling his plays straight out of the dog-eared, old-school Black political playbook. According to those tried and true rules of political action, Blacks are supposed to act up and then immediately seek concessions** from politicians, usually white ones. That's how the game was played by the men of Williams' generation. And he seems genuinely confused that the protesters don't seem to appreciate the subtle beauty of that particular drop kick.
For better or worse, #BlackLivesMatter is not playing by that book. There are lots of reasons for it, but I suspect the main one is that the protesters realize that Democrats have nothing to offer them. Baltimore has a black Democrat mayor, a mostly-black, all-Democrat city council, a black (surely Democrat) police chief, a black Democrat State's attorney. Even two of the police charged in the death of (insert felonious martyr du jour here) were black, and probably Democrats as well. The problems of Baltimore's residents, to the extent they are not self-inflicted, are today inflicted on them by black Democrats. Only old-school black Democrats like Williams have trouble coming to grips with this undeniable measurement of black progress in America.
Which is, of course, why #BlackLivesMatter won't actually solve anything. The angst of Rand Paul*** aside, the problems of America's black underclass are not problems of law. They are not caused by white hooligans driving through their neighborhoods with guns blazing, but black ones. They are not caused by bad schools; they have bad schools because they are filled with bad students and run by bad (usually black) administrators. The problem is not that black people can't, but that too many of them have decided not to, do the things that bring peace and prosperity, not in their families, not in their schools, not in their neighborhoods. They relied on the old school playbook for too long; now they are throwing it away in despair.
Piles of dead young felons - some at the hands of police, most at the hands of other young felons - are not so much a bug in that playbook as a feature.
* Long gone are those days. Thankfully, no one watches TV anymore.
** Or, as Williams so charmingly puts is, "where is the list of solutions to the injustices [BLM] so often decries?" Don't forget to include price tags.
*** “I see an America where ... any law that disproportionately incarcerates people of color is repealed,” he says. Better get to work tossing those oppressive rape and murder laws.