The media coverage of Black Lives Matter has most people feeling that it is a benevolent organization concerned about racial injustice. But few people have been to their website and read their manifesto.
I did when they first appeared on the scene and found out that they were a radical Marxist organization pushing violent revolution. It was not disguised. They were quite proud of it.
When I went back recently, I found that the site had been cleansed of the Marxist references and radical background about the founders. They do still take pride in saying they are “radical” but apparently we are expected to believe they are now radical about peace and love and… Just trust me and click on this sweet, innocent apple attachment (sarcasm font).
Their current pictures have been given the Hollywood glamour treatment making them appear like Oprah instead of jungle fighters. There are still Marxist references to “comrades”, “solidarity, etc.” but I had to dig to find the background they deleted.
I have not vetted every word, but sans the editorial comments the description below is substantially accurate to my memory of the history of the founders that was on their website .
These three women who founded Black Lives Matter are not your average Americans.
All of them are radicals of varying degrees, all three share a Marxist ideology and all three appear to be taking their hashtag and their activism to the bank.
About Alicia Garza
Alicia Garza was born in 1981 and currently resides in Oakland, California and has described herself as a ‘queer Social Justice activist’ and an editorial writer. One of her heroes is Assata Shakur. Garza lauds Shakur’s contributions to the ‘Black Liberation Movement’.
For those unfamiliar with that name, Shakur is a Marxist revolutionary, a member of the Black Liberation Army, and a former Black Panther. In 1972, Shakur and an associate shot and killed a New Jersey State Trooper and injured another. In 1977, Shakur was convicted of seven felonies, including the murder of the State Trooper. In 1979, Shakur escaped prison and fled to Cuba in 1984, where she sought political asylum. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called for her extradition earlier in 2016.
Garza’s view is that Black Lives Matter is about reviving the Black Liberation Movement and subsequent theology. Garza sees Black Lives Matter as a vehicle for the promotion of “Black queer and trans folks”. Garza’s rationale is that these groups, “bear a unique burden in a hetero-patriarchal society that disposes of us like garbage and simultaneously fetishizes us and profits off of us.”
Speaking of profits, Garza directs the Special Project at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, which is a coalition of, “nannies, housekeepers and care workers”. This organization is a 501(c)3 which has received over $50,000 from George Soros’ Tides Foundation, who has also been a major funding source for Black Lives Matter. The group received $10,000 in 2013 and $40,804 in 2014.
Garza is also noted to be the on the Board for People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER), a Board member of the School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL) and she was the Board Chair in 2011 for the Right to the City Alliance (RTCA). All of these organizations are well-funded and appear have over-lapping partnerships, funding sources, and alliances.
About Opal Tometi
Born in 1984 and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Opal Tometi is the daughter of two Nigerian immigrants who are alleged to have entered the United States illegally. She attended the University of Arizona, where she graduated with a BA in history and an MA in communications & advocacy. Tometi now resides in Brooklyn, New York. While her two other co-founding partners are gay, Tometi is straight.
Tometi currently is the Executive Director a Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), which is a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Oakland, California. Tometi has been involved with BAJI since 2011. Tometi’s bio at BAJI says she is a “Black feminist writer, communications strategist and cultural organizer.”
BAJI has received funding from George Soros’ Tides Foundation and from NEO Philanthropy, a Left-leaning group whose mission is, “to increase funding for cutting-edge strategies that advance social change.”
Supplementing her role at BAJI, Tometi is also involved with a network called Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD). This organization primarily teaches black activists how to build a “social justice infrastructure.” and “organize black communities more effectively”.
BOLD appears to be aligned with The Praxis Project, which is a, “a nonprofit movement support intermediary that helps to build power in communities to improve health justice across the United States.” According to 2013 IRS filings, The Praxis Project pulled in $2,175,451 in total revenue with only just over $67,000 of that being from grants.
Tometi has a local connection to North Carolina. She serves at BOLD with Durham Black Lives Matter organizers and former Durham School Board member, Sendolo Diaminah. Diaminah resigned from the Durham School Board earlier this year after missing more than two-thirds of the meetings due to his ‘activist roles’ and ‘travel’.
Tometi is also a board member of the Puente Human Rights Movement, a group whose main purpose appears to be opposing any efforts that might stagnate the flow of illegal immigrants into the country.
Formed in 2007, the Puente Human Rights Movement website stated that, “Our membership and leadership has always been comprised of those most impacted by anti-immigrant policies and laws: currently and formerly undocumented people, those in mixed-status families, and people of color affected by rampant racial profiling.”
About Patrisse Cullors
Cullors was born in Los Angeles, California in 1984 describes herself on her website as an “artist, organizer, and freedom fighter” and also a “self-described wife of Harriet Tubman.” She holds a degree in Philosophy and Religion from UCLA and was a Fulbright Scholar. Cullors also says she is a performance artist.
Cullors is also extremely pro-Palestine, signing the “2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine“, which portrayed Palestine as a victim while demonizing any actions taken by Israel and likened the detention of Palestinians to the incarceration of blacks in the United States. Cullors also traveled to Palestine under the Black Lives Matter banner to meeting in ‘solidarity’ with those that Cullors says are ‘under occupation’ by Israel.