This week House Speaker and Democrat California Rep. Nancy Pelosi was joined by other Democrats as they took a knee for George Floyd and Black Lives Matter.
They wore African garb, though Floyd was an American born in the United States, and made a spectacle of their support.
But a leaked document from 2015 shows that Pelosi and her Democrats did not support Black Lives Matter and referred to them as a radial organization, Breitbart reported.
The memo from the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) official, at the time, Troy Perry, who was the DCCC’s Director of Diversity and Public Engagement, laid out the concerns.
The memo was dated Thursday Nov. 19, 2015, and said that the Democrats’ 2016 presidential candidates “have struggled to respond to tactics of the Black Lives Matter movement.”
“While there has been little engagement with House candidates, candidates and campaign staff should be prepared,” he said.
Perry and the Democrats definitely did not want the media or the Republicans to get a hold of this memo and warned as such.
“This document should not be emailed or handed to anyone outside of the building,” he said. “Please only give campaign staff these best practices in meetings or over the phone.”
But the memo was found by the hacker Guccifer 2.0 in 2016 right after Democrat candidate and former senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had secured the nomination.
It said Black Lives Matter was a “Radical movement to end ‘anti-black racism,’” as it highlighted some of the key concerns.
“Though police abuses are a central component, the founders view the movement more broadly,” the memo said.
“Criminal Justice System reform: sentencing reform, ending prison industrial complex, police reform: referring to hiring, training, and unfair policing tactics. An end to police brutality, the killings of unarmed African Americans (the impetus of the movement being the acquittal of George Zimmerman),” it said.
The memo said the organization also wanted to “collect data on police shootings” and called for the “demilitarization of the police.”
“If approached by BLM activists, campaign staff should offer to meet with local activists. Invited BLM attendees should be limited. Please aim for personal or small group meetings,” it said.
The memo noted that “BLM activists don’t want their movement co-opted by the Democrat Party” and “They are (leery) of politicians who hijack their message to win campaigns.”
It warned candidates “Do not say ‘all lives matter’ nor mention ‘black on black crime’” because “these are all viewed as red herring attacks. This response will garner additional media scrutiny and only anger BLM activists” and said “this is the worst response.”
After their kneeling this week Democrats have taken some steps to change policing as they introduced a bill known as the “Justice in Policing Act of 2020.”
If made into law it would create a national registry of police misconduct and would allow police officers to be punished for violating constitutional rights “knowingly or with reckless disregard,” Fox News reported.
The White House is also planning to introduce its own police reform initiative this week and it will be done will much less spectacle.