A former Black Lives Matter (BLM) activist recently spoke out about why he chose to leave the organization. In a short YouTube video, he explained that the group is not as concerned about safeguarding and improving black lives as they would have us believe.
Rashad Turner, the executive director of the Minnesota Parent Union, posted a video in which he explains how he “learned the ugly truth” about BLM. He discussed how the hard-leftist group is not concerned with building black families and improving education for black children.
It took Turner only one year working for BLM to realize that the organization was not pushing towards actual progress for the black community. In the video he discusses his upbringing after his father was murdered when Turner was only two years old:
My mother wasn’t able to take care of me, so I was raised by my grandparents. They told me that if I was going to change my life for the better, education was the answer. So, I worked hard in school. I got into Hamline University, and earned a college degree, the first in my family. Then, I went on to earn a master’s in education from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. I am living proof that no matter your start in life, quality education is a pathway to success.
In 2015 Turner helped to found Black Lives Matter in St. Paul, Minnesota. “I believed the organization stood for exactly what the name implies, black lives do matter,” he recounted. “However, after a year on the inside, I learned they have little concern for rebuilding black families and they cared even less about improving the quality of education for students in Minneapolis.”
The activist realized how little BLM cared about education when they condemned the existence of charter schools. “The moratorium on charter schools does not support rebuilding the black family, but it does create barriers to a better education for black children,” he said.
BLM’s aversion to the black traditional family was showcased on its website on a now-deleted page where it argued that its objectives could only be realized through doing away with the “Western-prescribed nuclear family structure.”
While Turner left the organization after only a year, he did not stop working to uplift the black community. “Today, I serve as the president and executive director of Minnesota Parent Union. We’re dedicated to helping parents move their children from failing schools to successful schools,” he said.
Poor-quality education has been one of the most devastating issues plaguing many predominantly black communities. These cities, which are governed mostly by Democrats, have failed black children when it comes to promoting solutions that would allow them to obtain the skills they need to thrive in American society.
During my interview with Lenny McAllister, CEO of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools, he discussed how the teacher’s unions in these cities oppose charter schools because they fear losing money as more parents place their children in these learning institutions. In another example demonstrating how leftists push back against educational solutions for black children in particular, an organization called the “X” for Boys was stopped from purchasing a building in which founder King Randall plans to establish a school for disadvantaged kids. (See: Black Conservative Veteran Says School Board Is Preventing Him From Helping Disadvantaged Youth)
None of this is a surprise, right? The hard left cares little for black lives whether it involves police brutality or education. After decades and decades of running the cities in which black Americans are faring the worst, they have still failed to develop any real solutions to the problems they face. Indeed, they have been in control of predominantly black and Latino communities for so long that it could make one speculate that the Democratic politicians that govern them aren’t failing at all, but are maintaining these conditions deliberately.
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