BET Founder Wants BLM Political Party. Good or Bad for Conservatives?
Written by Luis Miguel
Maybe Joe Biden’s eloquent “you ain’t black” rhetoric didn’t have the intended effect.
Robert Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), has proposed that the Black Lives Matter movement break away from the Democratic Party and form its own independent political party.
“I think it’s time that African Americans form an independent party, not be an appendage of one party or ignored by the other party,” the 74-year-old Johnson told CNBC.
He made the same case last week in a letter specifically directed at Black Lives Matter:
I am writing to you with a suggestion that Black Lives Matter (BLM) consider establishing a formal independent political party. The party could be founded on the principle articulated by the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1971. That formative principle stated, “Black people have no permanent friends, no permanent enemies.…just permanent interests.”
Noting that the idea of a third party is “not a new idea among Black people,” Johnson went on to argue that BLM is well-positioned to succeed where other attempts at a third party have failed because the movement “has, in a manner not seen since the civil rights movement, effectively mobilized and passionately motivated people, Black and white, to join in and support your righteous fight against racial and economic injustice, particularly on the matter of unjustified police killing of Black people.”
“Your cause has triggered a determined reaction calling for change, heard not only in America, but around the world,” he added.
Furthermore, Johnson believes that “had African American interests been fully embraced by one of two of the dominant parties, we wouldn’t have the tremendous social and economic racial issues that we have now,” as he told CNBC.
In his mind, the party would run candidates at all levels of government, from local to state to federal. While admitting that it’s too late to do anything about it for this election, he said now is the time to begin having the discussion in preparation for the next election cycle.
Such a party would put Democrats on alert, Johnson maintains. “As you can see, the Democrat Party is terrified of the notion that black folks might either vote a protest vote at the top of the ticket or decide to sit this out,” he said.
He pointed to Joe Biden’s comment that African Americans who don’t vote for him “ain’t black” as an example of how Democrats take the black vote for granted, calling the remark a “horrific statement [that] reflects the need for a black independent party. That someone can be so presumptuous that you have to vote for a Democrat or otherwise you are not identified as black.”
For Johnson, having a Black Lives Matter Party would make it so that black Americans are “not taken for granted by the Democrats and ignored by the Republicans.”
Because Johnson has praised some of President Trump’s economic gains for black Americans, such as record low unemployment, some on the Left, such as the Daily Beast’s Sam Stein, have suggested he is doing so to split the Democrat vote in this election.
But despite Stein’s claim that Johnson is “relatively close to Trump,” he supported Hillary Clinton in 2016 and acknowledges that the effort he proposes wouldn’t launch this election — so it wouldn’t affect the president’s reelection chances one way or the other.
Moreover, Johnson’s politics are clearly on the progressive side. He has called for $14 trillion in slavery reparations.
Johnson’s Black Lives Matter Party idea could either be really good or really bad for constitutionalists. It could certainly end up splitting Democrat votes down the road, paving the way for Republican and, (to the extent elected Republicans are actually conservative) thus, conservative victories.
But Johnson makes a valid point about parties taking their voting blocs for granted. For all their rhetoric, Democrats do very little to actually improve the lives of black Americans.
In the same way, the Christian Right’s alignment with the Republican Party helped to make social conservative gains at the onset, but has since led to the GOP’s taking Christians for granted and often failing to fight hard on social issues.
Once a political party assumes it has a given demographic in the bag, it no longer feels it has to serve that group and instead spends its time trying to win over other demographics.
What that means is that a Black Lives Matter Party could achieve exactly what Johnson wants. While such a party would likely partner with Democrats most of the time, the belief that its loyalty is in play would lead Republicans to begin adopting some of its political aims in order to court its support.
Luis Miguel is a marketer and writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American