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Which is what sectarian thugs like BAMN and the RWL count on in their violent strategies. [Emphasis in the original] If they can destroy alternative coalitions at the grassroots, they can count on lazy or ignorant national leaders to endorse them as the only available game in town.
What is most frustrating it that major progressive groups seem to continually fall into this pattern of endorsing thuggish sectarian groups, instead of building real democratic coalitions of their own. It was only recently, with the major February 15th mass marches against the Iraq War, that mainstream peace organizations formed a real national alternative to the Workers World Party front group, ANSWER, which had seized leadership of peace rallies for nearly a year.
Hopefully, just as ANSWER is being marginalized by new democratic antiwar coalitions, BAMN will be marginalized in the affirmative action movement [Emphasis in the original] as mainstream civil rights groups realize what a thuggish organization they have gotten into bed with.
Nathan has tons of links making the case; check it out.
Regardless of one's stance on affirmative action, violent tactics such as BAMN's are absolutely not to be tolerated and should not be rewarded with a de facto leadership position in whatever movement. I hope those of us who beleive that individual organizations do not condone BAMN's tactics will spread the word and urge them to take their support elsewhere.