President Obama would never criticize Black Lives Matter from the White House. No, he had to be 3,662 miles away in London to take that step.
Once you’ve highlighted an issue and brought it to people’s attention and shined a spotlight, and elected officials or people who are in a position to start bringing about change are ready to sit down with you, then you can’t just keep on yelling at them.
And you can’t refuse to meet because that might compromise the purity of your position. The value of social movements and activism is to get you at the table, get you in the room.
Yet, they keep on yelling, and at home, Obama keeps egging them on.