The Democratic Party has been surprised that the Black Lives Matter movement hasn’t gone easy on the Party that gets the majority of the African American vote, and even more surprised that private meetings and stirring speeches aren’t received with thanks and praise. Even though Republican candidates have taken a decidedly more oppositional approach to BLM, activists are right to keep the flames under the feet of both parties. 2015 was a year that lived in the shadows of Tamir Rice, Laquan McDonald, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and it’s been a year that has added many new names to that list like Freddie Gray and Sandra Bland. And while Republican leaders aren’t taking a good line on the underlying racial structures that led to their deaths, it’s by and  large Democratic Prosecutors who are flubbing their trials and raising questions about the justice system’s ability to deliver justice. Both parties must be held to account.

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