#BlackLivesMatter shows there are problems in American life that can't be blamed on the rich

The bad run-ins with #BlackLivesMatter activists that Bernie Sandersand Martin O'Malley had at the Netroots Nation conference were in part verbal gaffes, failures to identify in a linguistically appropriate way with the specific claims about racial justice that BLM activists are trying to advance.

But Julia Azari, a political scientist at Marquette University, points out that there's a deeper tension between economic populism and the cause of racial justice.

"Populism," she writes,...

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