Dr. Melina Abdullah, a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Los Angeles chapter announced that she would not support Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s presidential campaign because he is a part of the “violent white supremacist” system.
The BLM representative told ABC News via a report, all about how the Black Lives Matter movement might affect the election.
“People are feeling dismayed that the choices are between, you know, a violent white supremacist and another person who represents that same system,” she said.
In addition, Biden has been clear in the thought that blacks are “expected” to vote Democrat, which does not bode well with the white supremacist accusations at all. Nor does the former vice president’s words in an interview earlier this year where he told radio host ‘Charalamagne tha’ God’ that if black voters couldn’t decide between him and President Trump, “then you ain’t black.” And his most recent racist comment came just this past week when Biden said that some people were able to quarantine during the COVID pandemic because “some black woman was able to stack the grocery shelf.”
Interestingly enough though, Abdullah is a California State University professor who has previously faced charges including battery on an officer from the LA Police Department which she incurred from her violent participation in the 2019 BLM protests. Pressure from the city to release the charges brought against her resulted in them later being dropped.
Abdullah was not the only BLM leader that is concerned about their choice of candidates. Lawrence Nathaniel, the co-founder of the “I Can’t Breathe” organization in South Carolina indicated he is anxious about the lack of change these candidates can offer as well.
“I think sometimes, Joe Biden and [President Donald] Trump, and our party on both sides are blinded by the struggles that the lower end of Americans are feeling today,” Nathaniel said.
Nathaniel added that he is considering voting for a third-party candidate in this year’s presidential election, while he and other Black Lives Matter supporters are using the supposed momentum from the protests in order to register younger black Americans to vote.
Meanwhile, according to a September poll conducted by the Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, support for the BLM movement has drastically fallen among Americans. According to the survey, only 39% of Americans support the movement — compared to 54% support in June from the same poll.
Clearly, the election results have no effect on the protests of the BLM leaders, as Abdullah said that no matter what happens in the November election, she still planned to continue protesting in the streets.
“In the midst of protest,” she said, “a recognition that no matter what the outcome is to any of these things, we have to stay in the streets.”