Larry Wilmore talks to Black Lives Matter activists: ‘All lives matter’ is a ‘violent response’ to our demands
Larry Wilmore welcomed two of the Black Lives Matter activists who confronted Hillary Clinton in a widely viewed video clip.
Daunasia Yancey, founder of the group’s Boston chapter, and Julius Jones, of the Worcester chapter, appeared Tuesday on “The Nightly Show,” where they explained their so-called “methods of disruption” — which, as Wilmore agreed, means they make white people feel uncomfortable.
“When we’re talking about race in this country that’s often what happens — white people get uncomfortable,” Yancey said. “What we’re looking for is to push through that discomfort to really get to the root issues and get to the root solutions.”
Wilmore asked the pair about the apparent rift between the Black Lives Matter movement and the progressive movement represented by Sen. Bernie Sanders and his supporters.
“It seems like that would be a natural ally,” said Wilmore, who has not been shy about his support for Sanders’ presidential campaign.
“Sometimes in your friendships, you and your friend can be really honest with each other, and you can say, ‘I like you, I love you, but I think you’re acting up,'” Jones said. “But in this case, with Bernie Sanders and all the other Democratic (candidates), they are not showing up for black lives. The movement is happening — it’s live, it’s real. We are pushing the needle, and folks are not showing up in real enough ways. Bernie Sanders, for as much as he was walking with MLK — he ain’t walking that walk now.”
Jones said the activists want to hold Democratic candidates accountable for their current level of active support for civil rights, and Wilmore asked what they hoped to hear from the next president.
“There needs to be added to the requirements for president, like economic understanding (and) foreign policy understanding, there needs to be racial analysis,” Jones said. “We live in a pluralistic society — there’s all kinds of people — and these folks, when they’re confronted with Black Lives Matter, all they can say is ‘all lives matter.'”
“On its face, it seems like a very valid response,” Jones continued. “But actually, it’s a violent response, because the only time you hear it is in response to when somebody says ‘black lives matter.'”
Wilmore asked the activists whether President Barack Obama should be held accountable for his own support for black lives.
“Right now the focus is clearly this presidential race,” Yancey said. “But absolutely, Obama’s accountable. No president of the United States has ever stood up for black lives in a significant and real effective way — and he’s no different, to be quite honest.”
Jones recalled the controversy over Obama’s association with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
“After that, he gave this really impassioned speech where he showed exactly how nuanced his understanding of race was — and then it went away,” Jones said.
Wilmore asked the pair if Black Lives Matter planned to disrupt any of Donald Trump’s campaign events — and he begged them to say yes.
“All of the presidential candidates,” Yancey said, but Wilmore interrupted and insisted she say yes. “Yes.”
Watch the entire segment posted online by Comedy Central: