As a progressive, it deeply bothers me when progressives turn on each other rather than on the real current enemy, Donald Trump and his Republican enablers.
All too often progressive groups fall prey to extreme political correctness, where the slightest deviation from left-wing political purity is met with extreme vilification.
This has befallen the founder of the Wall of Moms movement, Bev Barnum.
Barnum is a Mexican-American mother who wanted to do something to protect Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland from the aggressive tactics of federal agents sent by Trump to supposedly guard the federal courthouse, while the real goal seemingly was to bolster Trump's fading reelection chances by appealing to voters energized by a law-and-order mentality.
The Wall of Moms movement has been a huge success. Spin-off groups have formed all around the country. But as the Biblical saying goes, no prophet is accepted in his own home town. Or in this case, her home town.
For me the first clue that something was amiss with the Wall of Moms movement came when I noticed that the twitter feed for Wall of Moms had stopped talking about the Black Lives Matter protests and was all about bashing Bev Barnum.
Why? Well, the Wall of Moms twitter feed shared a message from Barnum that seemed completely reasonable to me, but obviously didn't comply with whatever purity test was being used by whoever now controlled "WOM OFFICIAL."
So Barnum, the founder of Wall of Moms, came up with the idea of making Wall of Moms a movement that could be used to support causes in addition to Black Lives Matter. It's hard for me to see what could be wrong with that.
Why not have a Wall of Moms at rallies supporting efforts to combat global warming? Or immigration reform. Or health care for all. Or a $15/hour federal minimum wage. Or stopping pipelines slated to cross Native American lands.
But since the first Wall of Moms was in support of Black Lives Matter protests, the politically correct progressive police decided that only Black women should be in charge of the Portland Wall of Moms. A Mexican-American woman wasn't enough of a person of color to count, I guess.
Sure, it makes sense that Black Lives Matter groups should be led by Black people. But it makes no sense that other groups wishing to support the Black Lives Matter movement also have to be led by Black people.
It's such a waste of energy when progressives outdo themselves to see who can be the Purest of Them All, forgetting that the real enemy aren't those who fail to attain some mythical standard of political correctness, but those in this country who are leading us down the road of authoritarianism, racism, militarism, and other undesirable "ism's."
Bev Barnum forms a non-profit Wall of Moms organization. Good for her. If anyone doesn't like that, they can do something different on their own. What happened to women supporting women rather than tearing other women down?
I can't understand why whoever is running the OFFICIAL WOM twitter feed is so set on disparaging Barnum when they should be focused on making sure that federal agents leave Portland and police reforms occur in Oregon's largest city.
The Oregonian newspaper has a story about the dispute within the Wall of Moms movement, "Portland's Wall of Moms crumbles amid online allegations by former partner, Don't Shoot PDX." What were the shocking allegations? Here's some of what the story says.
Portland Wall of Moms, a group formed in recent weeks and quickly recognized as a staple of nightly downtown protests, was accused publicly Wednesday of “anti-Blackness” by leaders of an existing, Black-led community group.
Wall of Moms, whose members said they aimed to support and protect other Black Lives Matter protesters near the fence in front of the federal courthouse, announced Friday that its white leadership had rescinded their positions to allow women of color to be in charge. New leaders announced Friday include Teressa Raiford, executive director of Don’t Shoot Portland, Demetria Hester and Danialle James.
But less than a week later, Don’t Shoot Portland took to Instagram to urge people against supporting the Wall of Moms, saying that it was no longer working with the moms group.
“The lies are finally clear and we are sad but ultimately not surprised that anti-Blackness showed its ugly head,” read the post published on Wednesday by Don’t Shoot Portland, a local Black Lives Matter and mutual aid group founded in 2014.
The Wednesday post alleges that Wall of Moms founder Bev Barnum filed for business registrations without consulting the newly instated Black leaders and that the safety of Black members at the nightly protests in downtown Portland was overlooked.
Barnum has not yet commented publicly about the allegations.
The post said that issues of Black mothers’ safety have only come to light in the past 24 hours.
Barnum appeared to file three business registrations on Tuesday including one that makes The Wall of Moms a 501c3 nonprofit. Don’t Shoot Portland interpreted the filings to mean that Wall of Moms goal was to get federal officers out of Portland -- not to support Black Lives Matter, according to the Instagram post. The newly instated Black leaders were not told about the registrations, according to the post.
Wow. Bev Barnum wants to get federal officers out of Portland. She filed three business registrations. So this makes her "anti-Black"? I'm a strong supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, but not when leaders of that movement do or say crazy stuff. They owe Barnum an apology, in my opinion.
If you don't agree, fine. That's your opinion. We can agree to disagree without vilifying each other.
Thx for this info! Sad state of affairs.
I wish the BLM leaders would have gotten off the streets 6 weeks ago, written a slate of what they want done, arranged for a meeting with the police and the Portland City Council.
The continued protests have given Trump political opportunities. Sad.
Posted by: Aileen Kaye | July 29, 2020 at 09:55 PM
To clarify my previous comment: In my personal opinion, the protests were needed and successful. I just wish the leaders could have taken advantage of the moment and met with those who could implement the changes the leaders/ protesters want. I fear that the window is closing due to lack of proposed changes and the current violence. I hope I am wrong.
Posted by: Aileen Kaye | July 29, 2020 at 10:43 PM
This is big bowl of bullshit. Bev Barnum burned that group down for her own benefit. I watched it all happen in real time as she apologized profusely to Black leadership she proclaimed to have turned the group over to, only to then quickly derail their leadership by deleting them from the group as admin and posting her 501c3 rhetoric.
Shame shame, Bev Barnum. A lot of us took screen shots of your malarkey as proof of your hypocrisy.
Posted by: Lorraine | July 29, 2020 at 11:03 PM
Oh nooo you are missing some key information here sir. You are completely missing the story. Bev left a mama on her OWN with those horrible agents because of her own ego, promised everyone she’d turn leadership over the Black mamas then went behind their backs with major decisions, and then gaslighted everyone about it when they asked questions.
The real story is that the mamas in the group did not** stand for a woman touting to support antirascist work to be perpetuating violence on the very Black moms she enlisted to lead. They didn’t stand for her using it for her own gain and changing the agenda without consulting anyone. They saw her BS for what it was and decided to no longer follow her leadership. If you read through the thousands of posts that I have today, you’ll see a fuller picture of this woman who is not fit to lead.
Posted by: Gina | July 29, 2020 at 11:31 PM
Obviously you didn't see Bev in action on Facebook at 2 a.m. this morning. I did. She has deleted the posts because it shows her in a very bad light. She treated the black leaders of the group very disrespectfully by misleading them about her goals, capitalizing on their hard effort to help build the movement, going behind their back to make WOMs a "brand" without informing the leadership, then basically threatening to punish them in court. She was defensive, argumentative, and incredibly condescending. It's clear that she has hijacked this movement to gain notoriety. She even said that she hoped Michelle Obama would return her call. I think she'll be waiting a long time for that to happen.
6,000 women have already defected from Bev's private WOM Facebook group because they care about black lives and aren't interested in a publicity stunt.
So, thanks for speaking from your position of white, male privilege about a group you know nothing about, but no thanks.
Posted by: D Mort | July 29, 2020 at 11:48 PM
Bev is just another darn rabble rousing foreigner...
Posted by: Shanice | July 30, 2020 at 12:44 PM
The woke eating the woke and the "white" and “white Hispanic” “Liberal” woke learning what the new Jim Crow era is all about - racism by another “color”.
Posted by: KC | July 30, 2020 at 12:57 PM
Brother Brian said:
"Why not have a Wall of Moms at rallies supporting efforts to combat global warming? Or immigration reform. Or health care for all. Or a $15/hour federal minimum wage. Or stopping pipelines slated to cross Native American lands. "
Why not have a Wall of Moms, Dads, Brothers, & Sisters picking up tools, planting seeds, planting trees, DOING SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE??!!!
Protesting accomplishes nothing. Zero nada ziltch.
NONE of my attitudes, opinions, activities or life philosophy has changed by protests.
You want change in this world? Then roll up your sleeves, set your shoulder for the road amd make something happen.
"Protesting" is just another manifestation of failing, ultra-liberal group think.
Butm go ahead and waste all of the time you want. It's your life.
I'll continue to work and produce for the good of society.
Posted by: Skyline | July 30, 2020 at 07:01 PM
The problem in this case is a lack of transparency of the true agenda. It is not right to say you support a movement (BLM) then use that movement to build an organization that will ultimately sabotage that same movement, ignore the leaders of that movement, and not even inform them that the vision is something different. You can't authentically claim to support a movement and then not listen to the needs of the leaders of that movement. However well intentioned this might (or might not) have been, this was hijacking of a movement for ulterior motives, and is really harmful.
Posted by: Concerned | July 30, 2020 at 09:06 PM
Lol nobody cares fag.
Posted by: Victor Smith | July 31, 2020 at 12:35 AM