Over the last year, the Black Lives Matter movement has staked a claim for themselves as a major force for civil rights. Despite the group’s controversial actions, civil rights has once again been brought to the forefront of American politics.
Black Lives Matter began following repeated police shootings and other deaths of unarmed African American men. With names like Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner being killed during confrontations with law enforcement, racial tension is a high not seen in the the U.S. in years. Recently members of Black Lives Matter have confronted Democratic presidential candidates, the political party that so often pushes for civil rights. This issue was discussed on the August 20 edition of “The Five” on Fox News.
Co-host Juan Williams played a recent clip of Black Lives Matter activists meeting with Hillary Clinton to speak about the issue of African Americans lives civil rights, who were not all that impressed with the answers given to them by the former Secretary of State.. Williams also showed a clip from the August 19 edition of “Hannity,” where African American Sheriff David Clarke criticized the movement, referring to them as “Black Lies Matter.” The panel was then asked to comment, and co-host Melissa Francis was happy to do so.
“I thought when Sheriff Clarke said that blacks are victims of the Democratic Party and what modern liberalism has done to the black family, that was a very strong statement,” Francis said. Continuing, Francis spoke about minorities who were “enslaved” by the social welfare system.
“We’ve heard in this election that when you look at social welfare and handouts, you know, some look at it as a safety net. Others see it as a way to buy votes, and then there’s another group that say that it’s a way to keep minorities enslaved, by giving them free stuff.”
Williams agreed with Harris’ statement, saying “that’s what black conservatives say,” noting that “there’s a lot of truth to it.” Citing the rise of out of wedlock births, poverty rates, and high unemployment in the African American community, Williams said that the country “needs new answers.”
Black Lives Matter has been controversial, but they are succeeding in getting the conversation of civil rights back into the main stream. While the political left and right continue to argue over where civil rights will go next, activists like Black Lives Matter appear to be taking matters into their own hands, whether people like it or not.