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The Democratic Party Does a Lousy Job Protecting Black Women | The Root

“Why are you wearing all black?” I asked my friend, noticing her wearing a long sleeve black shirt, black...

“Why are you wearing all black?” I asked my friend, noticing her wearing a long sleeve black shirt, black jeans and black sneakers in the 1,000-degree Arizona heat despite being in an air-conditioned convention hall.

She leaned over to me and said: “I just want to warn you, we’re about to do some real disruptive shit right now!”

Seconds later, she, along with over a dozen other black men and women—also wearing black—stood up and began chanting “Sandra Bland” and “Say her name” in the crowded convention hall. Local activist Tia Oso bumrushed the stage, got her hands on the mic and demanded that the man on stage address the concerns of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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