Young Turks host Cenk Uygur chided the #BlackLivesMatter protest during Saturday’s Netroots Nation progressive conference, saying that the disruption had gained more attention than the message the movement wanted to deliver.
“None of this looks good,” Uygur said on Monday. “If you care about this movement, I don’t think today’s the day you celebrate and go, ‘Got ’em.’ I wish this helped, but I really don’t think it did.”
Uygur showed footage of the demonstration during town hall appearances by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, including the crowd jeering O’Malley by using the phrase “white lives matter, all lives matter” during one response. Critics have argued that adding those descriptors minimizes the issue of police violence in black communities.
“I’m not sure the answers were so great in that context,” Uygur conceded. “But if we shut down the conversation after that, you’re gonna alienate people. You don’t want to alienate people, you want to bring them into the conversation, because that’s the only way we’re gonna get change.”
The host also showed video of the movement’s co-founder, Patrisse Cullors, saying, “If I die in police custody, call my mom, then burn this sh*t down.”
The statement was a reference to the #IfIDieInPoliceCustody tag that gained interest following the deaths of Sandra Bland and Kindra Chapman, but Uygur argued that that type of statement did not help the situation. He also knocked activist Tia Oso for saying after the demonstration that the candidates “have a lot of homework to do.”
“I would challenge you and say you’ve got a lot of homework to do,” Uygur said in response. “In how to do this in a way to get people on your side.”
Watch Uygur’s commentary, as posted online on Monday, below.
Pennsylvania Dem unloads on GOPers who pushed to reopen as they hid colleague’s COVID-19 infection
Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims (D) lashed out at Republican lawmakers who remained silent after testing positive for COVID-19.
Democrats this week accused Republicans of withholding information after Rep. Andrew Lewis (R) tested positive for the virus.
"It's been a week, perhaps longer, that House Republican leadership knew that at least one of their members had tested positive for COVID-19," Sims explained in a Facebook post. "But they didn't go on quarantine until they were done serving alongside us, especially those of us that serve on the State Government Committee."
Video catches woman in Central Park falsely reporting ‘an African-American man threatening my life’
A video circulated on social media on Monday showed a woman in Central Park falsely claiming that an "African-American man" threatened her life.
Late Monday, Franklin Templeton announced that an "employee" had been put on leave after rumors circulated online the woman worked there.
The incident was said to occur between a man and a white woman over the Memorial Day weekend. Cell phone video shared on Twitter revealed a verbal confrontation as the woman was exercising her dog without a leash.
Mask-free customer berates Costco employee as he gets kicked out: ‘I woke up in a free country’
A man was caught on video berating a Costco employee after he was asked to leave the store because he refused to put on a mask.
The confrontation was said to occur at a Costco warehouse in Las Vegas.
In video shared on social media, the man can be heard telling the Costco employee that he has 3,000 Instagram followers.
"I work for Costco and I'm asking this member to put on a mask because that is our company policy," the employee states.
"I'm not doing it because I woke up in a free country," the customer replies.
At that point, the employee takes the customer's shopping cart.