Black Lives Matter accused the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee of trying to placate activists after a hacker leaked on Wednesday an internal party memo advising candidates on how to handle the movement.
The Nov. 9 memo to by former DCCC staffer Troy Perry urged candidates to listen but “don’t offer support for concrete policy positions”; limit the number of activists who meet with staff; and never say “all lives matter.”
“We are disappointed at the DCCC’s placating response to our demand to value all Black life. Black communities deserve to be heard, not handled,” Black Lives Matter said in a statement issued Wednesday. “People are dying.”
The group added that, “We expect that our elected officials will stop pacifying and take us seriously.”
Mr. Perry, who now works for the Hillary Clinton campaign, characterized Black Lives Matter as a “radical movement” and the memo as a “best practices” guide for candidates and campaign staff.
He warned that the document “should not be emailed or handed by anyone outside of the building.”
The hacker Guccifer 2.0 said the memo, posted online along with several other documents, was taken from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s personal computer.
DCCC national press secretary Meredith Kelly issued a statement Wednesday in support of Black Lives Manner, insisting that, “We will not allow this hacking to distract from our common goals nor disparage the BLM movement.”
The Washington Times