When the Democratic National Committee announced it would let the Black Lives Matter movement host a town hall event with its presidential candidates, the backlash from the right wing media came quick. In response, one top conservative voice made a comparison between Black Lives Matter, and the Ku Klux Klan.
The Black Lives Matter movement sprung into the national spotlight after allegations that African-Americans were unfairly targeted by law enforcement and the criminal justice system. The movement has been met with praise and criticsm, with some cheering them on for pointing out injustice against African-Americans, while others questioning the true motives of those involved. After members of the movement crashed multiple rallies for top Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, it appears the DNC has caved to their demands. During the Oct. 21 edition of “Hannity” on Fox News, host Sean Hannity put the group on the level of the KKK.
Hannity showed highlights from the most recent Democratic debate, where each candidate stood in support for the Black Lives Matter movement. “Democratic candidates pledging their support to the Black Lives Matter movement at the debate,” Hannity said, but noted that it “doesn’t appear to be enough for this radical movement.” Hannity pointed out that Black Lives Matter are “demanding” their own debate, but will have to settle for hosting a town hall event with Democratic candidates. Hannity continued, ramping up his attack.
“Your Democratic Party, not all lives matter, black lives matter. Your Democratic Party is going to allow the “pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon” group to host a Democratic forum? What’s wrong with your party? Don’t you find that…why don’t you let the Klan host a party?”
While Black Lives Matter has brought attention to an issue worth focusing on, many within the movement appear to be focused on outside activities, acting in controversial and question behavior. The most highlighted example was in Ferguson, Missouri in Nov. 2014.
When the the grand jury announced that Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the killing of African-American Michael Brown, members of the Black Lives Matter movement rioted in the street, looted local stores, and burned buildings to the ground while cars were set on fire. This sparked outrage, even among supporters, that the movement should not be given blanket support, especially in their reaction to a jury decision that was made by people who saw the evidence and made their decision based on facts.