by no means
Nathan Newman has the skinny on By Any Means Necessary, a so-called pro-affirmative-action group that has used violent tactics to insert itself into grass-roots rallies. Now BAMN is going mainstream with a planned rally coincinding with the Supreme Court's consideration of an affirmative action case. Worse, the group has chalked up a number of endorsements by groups that apparently hadn't bothered to check out BAMN's sordid history. Nathan:
In twenty years of political organizing, I have never seen such violent and thuggish behavior, a step beyond the worst sectarian acts I had ever imagined. ...Across the country, in southern California, Michigan (and here), and other areas, this group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) would disrupt student-led organizing around affirmative action, claiming it was the true civil rights leader and that all alternatives had to be destroyed or subordinated to BAMN.
...Unfortunately, after talking with leaders at a number of the endorsing organizations, most of them hadn't bothered to even research the group they were endorsing, even though the simplest Google search would have yielded up much of this violent history. A number were horrified but also seemed to feel in the short-term, with the Bush and Supreme Court assault on affirmative action, they just had to grab at the mobilization that was available.
(continued in the next post)