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A Black Lives Matter founder on its evolution, future and Trump
The Metro ^ | August 10, 2017 | Nikki M. Mascali

Posted on 08/11/2017 12:36:01 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

In four years, Black Lives Matter went from a hashtag about social injustice to a full-fledged global civil rights movement.

Metro spoke with Patrisse Cullors, who cofounded Black Lives Matter with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi in 2013, about its evolution, fighting racism in the age of Trump, her upcoming memoir and what saying “all lives matter” really means.

What is the biggest misconception you find people have about Black Lives Matter?

Patrisse Cullors: That we just started a hashtag. That it isn’t a sophisticated set of ideas that would lead to a larger strategy to build out, a powerful network. That Black Lives Matter is every black organization — we are one of many black-led organizations across the country. That Black Lives Matter only cares about black people in America.

How do you feel when someone counters “black lives matter” with “all lives matter?”

You definitely don’t care about black folks if you say “all lives matter.” We all know that all lives matter, that’s a very obvious take, but what people are missing when they refuse to say “black lives matter” is that black folks have the shortest end of the stick — they have historically, and they do currently. Until we address and end black racism, we are not going to see the freedom of all human beings.

Do you think America will ever be racism-free?

I do — if we remember that the popular vote did not get Trump in office. That’s a great sign. Will it be in my generation or my child’s? I don’t think so, but many people didn’t think we’d see a black president, and we did.

We are living in a country that will elect one of the most progressive people in the history of America, and then elect one of the most regressive racists, so anything is possible (laughs). Only in America.

What are your thoughts on President Trump?

What we’ve seen in the last few months with this administration that’s dubbed “the law and order administration,” they privilege police and law enforcement over the lives of the people most vulnerable, which are black folks and other marginalized groups. Where he encouraged law enforcement to brutalize individuals that they take, I think they have made it clear that Black Lives Matter isn’t a friend to this administration, and they see it as a foe.

How has BLM adapted to his administration?

One thing is the deep desire to build coalitions with other groups of marginalized people. We were the first ones to show up when the Muslim ban happened to airports in New York and L.A. to stand up for the Muslim community. There’s support for the Affordable Care Act, and we’ve been on the front lines fighting for Planned Parenthood and reproductive rights and maternal justice.

What, to you, is the most important BLM focus?

They’re all of equal importance, but because so much of the focus of the media is on the Trump administration, we’re not seeing much of the conversation around the killing of black people by law enforcement. I think that’s deeply unfortunate because we haven’t seen law enforcement be accountable.

You’ll publish a joint memoir with Asha Bandele in January. What can you tell me about “When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir?”

This is the story of what it looks like to grow up in the ’80s and ’90s from a young black girl’s perspective in Los Angeles.

You’re going to hear about me living in a community that was over-policed and over-incarcerated. You’re going to hear about my coming-out story and what it meant and what it means to be a person who had to live a lot of my life visiting people inside jails and prisons and how all of that really brings me to helping create the start of Black Lives Matter.

For many people, they only know me for Black Lives Matter, but I’ve been doing movement-building work, advocacy work and grassroots work since I was 17, and I’m 34. Black Lives Matter was a moment and a hashtag and now a global movement that I helped start, but it isn’t the beginning of the end for my work.

Were there passages that were difficult to write?

I think the passage and the chapter that was most difficult for me to write was on my brother, Monte, who is my hero and who has also been really demoralized by the police state and spent a lot of time in prison and suffers from schizoaffective disorder.

I wrote about his imprisonment and the impact it had on me and the work I did and the work my community did to help get him out of prison and keep him from getting a life sentence and, once he came home, supporting his stability. That chapter was a lot of tears and feelings about this country.

Like so many at that age, you left home at 16 because of your sexuality. What kept you going?

My friends, my community, all the other queer kids that I was with. For young, queer kids and trans kids who are often isolated in their towns, communities and their own homes, this is a book to remind folks that the power is in our community and building a community who really can and will take care of us.

What is the future of Black Lives Matter?

I see a continuation of what we’ve been doing the past four years and a continued evolution. I think that’s what makes our movement really powerful. We’re willing to evolve, so I think continued evolution, continued work and a very dedicated presence around fighting and winning against the current administration of the right and conservative party.


TOPICS: Heated Discussion
KEYWORDS: ashabandele; astroturf; astroturfing; blacklivesmatter; blacks; bookbribes; bookdeals; books; dependency; lgbt; queers; racism; safetynet; soros; tet; trannies; trump

1 posted on 08/11/2017 12:36:01 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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No matter how you write it, the BLM is still anti-capitalist, anti-police, anti-white middle/working class, racial supremacist, neo-Marxist, and a set-up organization for mob violence (i.e. Ferguson, Baltimore though the communists did a lot to throw gasoline on the fire there), DC, St. Louis area, Philadelphia, etc.

Apparently the concept of self-responsibility is not in the BLM playbook. Need I say more?


2 posted on 08/11/2017 12:44:17 AM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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I just cannot remember BLM’s name. My disrespect for such a racist group based on such lies . . . I cannot retain the name in my memory.

So, as a dreaded white person, I call it “Black Like me”.

It's the best I can do.

3 posted on 08/11/2017 1:00:56 AM PDT by donna (Police State tactics are commonplace in authoritarian 3rd World dictatorships-and Mueller's office.)
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Until BLM addresses black on black crime, there is nothing they can say that I will listen to.


4 posted on 08/11/2017 1:04:49 AM PDT by MagnoliaB (You can't always get what you want but if you try sometime you might find, you get what you need.)
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Black Lives Matters only is here for one thing: To acquire money and power for its founders. If Black lives really mattered, they would scream every time a black kills a black, but of course they only scream when it will benefit themselves.


5 posted on 08/11/2017 1:32:38 AM PDT by Uncle Sam 911
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Until we address and end black racism, we are not going to see the freedom of all human beings.

So they openly admit to wanting to enslave humanity unless their demands are met. Sounds a lot like the moooslimes!

6 posted on 08/11/2017 1:33:38 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (TETELESTI Read em and weep Lucy! Yer times almost up.)
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Paid for thugs on-call to destroy the republic.


7 posted on 08/11/2017 1:43:36 AM PDT by Jacquerie (ArticleVBlog.com)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
the power is in our community and building a community who really can and will take care of us.

And we shall name it Teatsberg.

8 posted on 08/11/2017 2:04:14 AM PDT by piasa
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Like so many at that age, you left home at 16 because of your sexuality. What kept you going?

Prostitution and an EBT card?

9 posted on 08/11/2017 2:09:40 AM PDT by piasa
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to a full-fledged global civil rights movement.

Blah blah blah. Do whites have these 'civil rights'? So called civil rights is a lie.

10 posted on 08/11/2017 2:11:00 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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Wonder who is funding the books?


11 posted on 08/11/2017 2:14:47 AM PDT by piasa
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My message to sista girl is “sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind”. I have no sympathy for her, or her fellow Trayvon Martins and Gentle Giants.
12 posted on 08/11/2017 2:48:25 AM PDT by Governor Dinwiddie
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Until we address and end black racism,

LOL. He can start by looking in the mirror!

13 posted on 08/11/2017 2:50:41 AM PDT by NorthMountain (The Democrats ... have lost their grip on reality -DJT)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

It sure isn’t a “sophisticated set of ideas”. It isn’t even a coherent set of ideas.


14 posted on 08/11/2017 3:31:10 AM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Once again, I have come to the inevitable conclusion that there are far worse things in the world than racism.


15 posted on 08/11/2017 3:33:56 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
From the article:

Until we address and end black racism, we are not going to see the freedom of all human beings.

I agree with this statement but I don't think Cletus thought it out before speaking it. It dispels the myth that blacks can't be racist. Black racism is one of our many problems today.

16 posted on 08/11/2017 3:44:37 AM PDT by BlackbirdSST (We are the unOrganised Militia. We are "We The People"! BLOAT.)
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They are revolutionary communist and their stated goal since the 60’s is the violent overthrow of the US. They put it on their pre-printed protest signs. Just Google images of BLM RevCom.US


17 posted on 08/11/2017 3:53:37 AM PDT by DocRock (And now is the time to fight! Peter Muhlenberg)
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To me it sounds like they are holding up a militant fist with one hand against “whites” while holding out the other hand for a handout. Not using their hands to pull themselves up or to work towards self-reliance.


18 posted on 08/11/2017 4:11:23 AM PDT by MissEdie (I am South Carolina Strong.)
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You can not end racism by continually pushing racism. In fact, you tend to make racism become more of a reality to a larger percentage of people.


19 posted on 08/11/2017 4:42:44 AM PDT by Robert DeLong
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when the Muslim ban happened to airports in New York and L.A.

When did that happen? Did I miss it?

20 posted on 08/11/2017 4:47:21 AM PDT by spintreebob
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