First, let’s recognize the three women behind the Black Lives Matter movement: Opal Tometi, Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza. These three women have been raked across coals ever since they formed the organization, and have even had those who ‘claim’ to be a part of it, turn their backs on them – in hopes of getting their own ‘shine’ on.
As the presidential race heats up, Garza recently spoke at the seventh annual Black Women’s Roundtable Policy Forum and gave information on who the organization will be endorsing.
The Black Lives Matter network will not give a presidential endorsement and will instead keep up its political activism by confronting candidates about the treatment of African Americans in the US, Garza says.
“Sometimes you have to put a wrench in the gears to get people to listen,” said Garza.
“Black Lives Matter as a network will not, does not, has not, ain’t going to endorse any candidates,” Garza said. “Now if there are activists within the movement that want to do that independently, they should feel free and if that’s what makes sense for their local conditions, that’s fantastic. But as a network, that’s not work we’re engaged in yet.”
“It’s too early in the development of the network and it’s too early in the genesis of the movement to rally around anyone in particular who hasn’t demonstrated that they feel accountable to the Black Lives Matter movement or network,” said Garza, who also works with the National Domestic Worker Alliance.
“What we’ve seen is an attempt by mainstream politics and politicians to co-opt movements that galvanize people in order for them to move closer to their own goals and objectives,” she said.
“We don’t think that playing a corrupt game is going to bring change and make black lives matter.”
One thing I find interesting is the fact that there are other ‘activists’ out there who are milking the Black Lives Matter movement for what it’s worth, even though they don’t want to align themselves with the organization. You would think that two groups with one common goal would be able to work together. But unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be the case.
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