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NAJEE’S NOTES: Black Lives Matter member beg for mercy

The nine black activists from Black Lives Matter Los Angeles who are currently facing felony charges for shutting down the San Diego (405) Freeway Dec 23 are now asking Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey not to file criminal charges against them.

The activists and their lawyer are stating that their protests were in the tradition of Martin Luther King Jr. I actually saw the press conference that was televised on local news when the appeal was made by Black Lives Matter for leniency.

My initial reaction was this is one of the most disturbing press conferences I’ve ever witnessed. To see black activists and their lawyer whining and begging for mercy from Lacey was hilarious.

First of all, King promoted and practiced non-violence his entire life of activism. His protests were always calling for peace.

King and his followers never engaged in activism that led to violence or criminal acts that were classified as felony charges. Stopping traffic on the freeway isn’t a felony. It’s a misdemeanor. But spray-painting the freeway is felony vandalism.

Black Lives Matter Los Angeles has to be the most backward chapter in the nation. I have never met an activist in my 25 plus years of activisms that would be dumb enough to engage in activism that is going to lead to felony charges.

But that’s what happens when you have no strategic planning in your movement. That’s what happens when you begin to believe your own press clippings that proclaim you the most influential black activist movement in the city.

And on that note, I should advise Los Angeles news publications with a primarily white audience to stop trying to select and anoint black leaders, especially leaders who don’t have the support of the black community.

These are the facts. The list of five demands of social change that Black Lives Matter L.A. presented to the media, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti has no support from anyone but themselves.

U.S. Reps. Maxine Waters and Karen Bass, county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles City Council members Herb Wesson, Curren Price and Marqueece Harris-Dawson and the traditional civil rights organizations ranging from the NAACP to the Los Angeles Urban League have never signed on and supported those demands.

Black Lives Matters L.A. activists showed disrespect last year at Holman Church when they stormed the stage at a community meeting with Mayor Garcetti and disrespected the African-American community who were there to hear from the mayor on key issues concerning South L.A.

Somehow storming the stage and disrupting the meeting wasn’t good enough for them. The Rev. Kelvin Sauls, the pastor at Holman, was cursed out and threatened with violence by Black Lives Matters activists inside the church sanctuary.

Black clergy throughout the city became aware of the disrespect of the black church demonstrated by Black Lives Matter activists under the leadership of Melina Abdullah, who to this day has refused to apologize for their actions. So when you hear Black Lives Matters activists trying to compare themselves to King, it’s the biggest joke in the community.

At the end of the day. I doubt very seriously that Lacey will show mercy to a group of activists who stated they were protesting her lack of leadership. That’s what led to their protest and stoppage of traffic on the freeway. You can’t protest and demonize the district attorney and then ask her for leniency. Black Lives Matter L.A. activists have made their own bed now they have to lay in it.

Oscar’s update. The boycott and tune out of the Oscars is still scheduled to happen Feb. 28, the date of the Oscars telecast.

The National Action Network issued a statement this week, saying it “is grateful for the leadership of Cheryl Boone Isaacs as president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. We commend her and the Board of Governors for their announcement of the proposed changes to increase diversity within the academy. This is long overdue.

“But the Oscars boycott is in response to no African-American nominees in the major acting categories for the second year in a row. That’s simply unacceptable and we must take a stand. If no African-Americans are nominated why should we watch and support an all-white Oscars? It sends a message that an African American host Chris Rock can be the host and African Americans can participate as presenters.  But no African-Americans are worthy of a nomination.

“The job of African-American talent at the ceremony is to entertain and present white people their Oscars awards. Our goal is to continue the global boycott of the Oscars to send a message also to the movie studios that we also plan on coming after you. We’re demanding a complete overhaul of a system in Hollywood that still has roots of racism and sexism. It’s critical that we continue our fight to increase diversity and opportunities for women.”

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