Many people of different races, different viewpoints, and different political parties have thoroughly questioned the motives behind 24-year-old Black Lives Matter protesters Marissa Janae Johnson and Mara Jacqeline Willaford attacking the one candidate, Bernie Sanders, that one would think they would be ardently supporting. However, after reading this interview that Marissa Janae Johnson gave to Elon James White and Imani Gandi of This Week in Blackness, I’ve figured out the very simple answer: Johnson has absolutely no idea what she’s doing.
Monday, Johnson opened the interview by saying she doesn’t “give a fuck” if her interruption of a Bernie Sanders rally in Seattle has hurt her cause in the eyes of white people.
The stunt has left many liberals at odds. Johnson and Willaford’s few supporters claim that the two women are acting with the urgency required in a situation where black people’s lives and bodies are being destroyed by police on a daily basis. However, critics say that the interruption amounted to little more than a clownish tantrum that drove as many people away from the Black Lives Matter cause as it could have attracted.
Johnson says she doesn’t care whether her tactics are alienating.
She is crazy enough to still think she did something to help and not harm her cause. –
“I feel good,” she said by phone. “I helped launch a national conversation around race and electoral politics and respectability that’s still going strong two days later. I could not be better.”
She really sounds insane with this excerpt which makes zero sense whatsoever –
“Going after Bernie Sanders is super important, because Sanders is supposed to be as far left and progressive as you can possibly get and in Seattle’s political context? I know that really, really well, right? We have hordes and hordes of white liberals and white progressives and yet we still have all the same racial problems. So for us locally in our context, confronting Sanders was the equivalent of confronting the large, white, liberal Democrat leftist contingent that we have here in Seattle who not only has not supported BLM in measurable ways but is often very harmful and is upholding the white supremacist society that we live in.”
Huh?? The white liberal progressives are harmful in upholding the white supremacist society that we live in??
She continued spewing nonsense with this line, “We have not disrupted any Hillary rallies because Hillary has better Secret Service than Obama.”
Oh I see. So you only go after candidates with limited security?!?! It doesn’t really matter what political party they represent or what they stand for?! Brilliant.
She goes on to brag about her craft. Something called “agitation work”? Sounds productive and helpful –
“The work that I do in particular is agitation work,” Johnson said, when asked why she never contacted the Sanders campaign to ask for a spot in the rally’s program. “People are having these conversations, people are forced to do their own work and do their own reforms because of work that I’ve done on the ground.”
“Well, what would you say to the people who say that you’re hurting your cause?” White asked.
“I don’t give a fuck about the white gaze,” Johnson replied. “I don’t. I literally don’t.”
She completes her disoriented babbling by describing her support for Sarah Palin, which officially makes her the most confused BLM protester in the history of the world. –
When asked about her admission that she once supported former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), Johnson explained that her parents, an interracial couple, are Tea Party supporters and that she was a supporter of the former vice presidential candidate when she was a high schooler in 2008.
Great work Marissa. Was this nothing more than a crazy person storming the stage and stealing the mic at any event?! I heard the Democratic National Convention intends to have minimal security, you should swing by.