In an administration where school children have been prevented from touring the White House due to budget cuts, several rioters were granted audience with the President this week. One is known by the company one keeps. Ferguson activist Rasheen Aldridge, 20, one of the rioters in question, was just charged with assaulting a security guard at St. Louis City Hall.
Ashley Yates, Brittany Packnett, T Dubb-O, and Rasheen Aldridge were the delegation from Missouri. James Hayes from Ohio and New York’s Jose Lopez were joined by Florida’s Phillip Agnew who reported the events of the meeting. They claim it was arranged quickly and they were “skeptical.”
…We told President Obama that we were not the “People’s Spokespeople”. We told him that we had neither the power, positions, nor desires to stop the eruptions in the streets and that they would continue until a radical change happened in this country. We told him that we had no faith in anything, church or state. We told him that the country was on the brink and that nothing short of major capitulations at all levels of the government to the demands of the people could prevent it.
He listened. Intently. He responded passionately. He agreed with many of our points and offered his take on the current State of the Union. He presented the reforms that have dominated the discourse in the hours after our meeting. He cautioned us against demanding too big and stressed gradualism. He counseled us that the wheels of progress turn sluggishly and reminded us of the progress that got us to this point: a room full of black folk in the Oval Office. He asked for our help, harkening back to his organizing days when, in the streets of Chicago, the cries of the people shifted the landscape. We debated on the power of the vote and the lack of faith in the Democratic party.
The movement got this meeting. Unrest earned this invite, and we can’t stop.
It would appear the “activists” felt the President was sympathetic to their plight and agreed with their tactics and positions. What does that mean for the future of the nation? If “unrest earned this invite” does that mean cities across the United States can expect more rioting, looting, and lawlessness? Hurry up 2016, we need a new occupant in the White House.