Monday, November 30, 2015

Robert George — A black Tea Party? How Black Lives Matter echoes the right

(New York Post)

Sen. Marco Rubio won himself points last week when his warning in September that Russia may launch air strikes in Syria proved prescient. Yet he’s earned fewer points for equally astute comments he made in August about the Black Lives Matter movement.

Fellow Republicans — and Democrats, too — would be as wise to heed those remarks as the ones about the Middle East.

In a much overlooked interview with Fox’s Megyn Kelly, Rubio sympathized with some BLM claims about how law-enforcement and the criminal-justice system mistreat African-Americans. And, one could add, behind BLM’s gripes is a goal not much different than what the Tea Party wants: accountability from public officials.

Democrats have had a rough time partnering with BLM. At a conference of progressives this summer, Sen. Bernie Sanders fled from BLM activists. Ex-Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley was forced to apologize for declaring that “all lives matter.”

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