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On #BlackLivesMatter:
The protection of black lives must not wait for the political stars to align, because they may never do so.

"Gov. Cuomo: It's time to prove that you think black lives matter", New York Daily News, 4 May 2015, http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/williams-robinson-cuomo-show-black-lives-matter-article-1.2207163/.

Black lives matter, especially now, because there’s a fear in these communities that, you know, justice isn’t working for them. But it’s about balance. [...] The community has to understand the challenges of police, and the police have to understand the challenges of the community.”

Alex Griswold, "John Kasich: ‘Black Lives Matter, Especially Now’", Mediaite, 13 August 2015, http://www.mediaite.com/tv/john-kasich-black-lives-matter-especially-now/

So far it looks like the demonstrators are presenting a far more relevant, compelling and insightful analysis than the gaggle of pols now rushing to catch up with the society they nominally lead.

"Why 'black lives matter' matters", New York Daily News, 9 December 2014, http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/errol-louis-black-lives-matter-matters-article-1.2038331

On Donald Trump:
I think that people are saying, 'Mr. Trump, we have come too far in this country fighting discrimination and bigotry. We’re not going back. And if you’re going to continue that effort, you’re going to have to take us on.'

Susan Page , "Sanders backs Trump protests, questions Electoral College", USA Today, 13 November 2016, http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/11/13/sanders-backs-trump-protests-questions-electoral-college/93767186/.

Protesting might make you feel better, it might win a few battles and it might attract attention. I’m sorry if you are angry at “the establishment,” but you need to work for it and within it if you want it to change.

Anne Applebaum, "Advice from Europe for anti-Trump protesters", Washington Post, 16 November 2016, https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2016/11/16/advice-from-europe-for-anti-trump-protesters/?utm_term=.0b470a4ebdd3

I would not advise people who feel strongly or who are concerned about some of the issues that have been raised during the course of the campaign, I wouldn’t advise them to be silent.

Brent Griffiths, "Obama to anti-Trump protesters: Don't be silent", Politico, 17 November 2016, http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/obama-to-trump-protesters-231558.