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WATCH: Black Lives Matter Disrupts Jeb Bush Rally In Nevada—His Supporters Chant 'White Lives Matter'

August 13, 2015 in Blogs

By Adam Johnson, AlterNet

Jeb Bush rally was interrupted by a group comprising BLM as well as Planned Parenthood, immigrants and “children”.

Wednesday afternoon, a broad coalition in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement disrupted a Jeb Bush town hall in Las Vegas with chants of “Black lives matter”. These chants were met with pushback from the largely white and Republican crowd who countered with cries of “all lives matter” and the even more problematic “white lives matter”. 

Earlier, two #BlackLivesMatter demonstrators had been kicked out for starting a similar chant. Bush's PR team said that he had met with “advocates” of the “Black Lives Matter” movement earlier in the day and had discussed criminal justice reform and “barriers to upward mobility”. It's unclear if these “advocates” were the same ones who would ultimately disrupt his town hall.

Eventually, things settled down and the former Florida governor fielded questions from some of the protestors. According to the LA Times:

Bush, responding to a woman's query about the disproportionate number of minorities killed by police and their treatment in the criminal justice system, said there was no question that racism still existed in the United States and that leaders needed to engage in communities that felt disenfranchised.

Like a good corporate-friendly candidate, Bush insisted the solution to black poverty and racism was more charter schools: 

He then turned to his education record as Florida's governor, saying that achievement scores among minority youths rose during his tenure. “I have a record of empowering people in communities that” were told “they had no chance,”

Unlike other disruptive actions of late, this group seemed a bit broader in scope. A Netroots posting on the protest described the group as being composed of “Planned Parenthood, teachers, undocumented people, immigrants, children, women, men, the trans community, and some from the white community.” 

Bush told several of his supporters later in the evening that he found the protest action “disrespectful”.

UPDATE: As I suspected, it appears Bush's claim that he had “met with Black Lives Matter advocates earlier in the day” is pretty much bogus.

Here's what the LA Timeswrote:

Bush's campaign said the candidate met with Black Lives …read more


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