Black Lives Matter activists started chanting in unison while Martin O’Malley was on stage at Netroots Nation, and two of them ended up taking the stage so the former governor could hear their concerns.
The protesters chanted about black lives and the names of black women who have died in police custody. The women who took the stage spoke about the tragedy of black lives lost, “structural racism in the United States,” and how “we are in a state of emergency.”
The activists were also on stage to confront O’Malley about his plans to deal with racial issues and out-of-control law enforcement targeting minorities.
O’Malley’s conversation with Jose Antonio Vargas got sidelined for quite a bit of time, and Vargas was really trying to keep things going so O’Malley would have enough time to address their concerns. And after they left the stage, address them he did, talking about the “pain and grief” everyone feels when anyone loses their life.
But the protesters spoke up again to confront O’Malley specifically about black lives, and Vargas, a little frustratedly, told them to let O’Malley speak so he has to give them specific policy proposals.
(Some of the chanting continued into when Bernie Sanders spoke as well.)
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