Black Lives Matter: “We Will Burn Down This System” – Part II

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Black Lives Matter: “We Are Trained Marxists” – Part I

  • A recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that more than two-thirds of Americans support the Black Lives Matter movement. While Gatestone Institute and doubtless many others wish that blacks and all minorities benefit from the equal opportunities and protections offered by the U.S. Constitution, the high level of backing raises the question: How much does the public really know about BLM?
  • BLM’s leaders openly admit that they want to abolish the nuclear family, police, prisons and capitalism.
  • Black Lives Matter uses Thousand Currents, which is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) organization, as its fiscal sponsor. Donations made on the Black Lives Matter website are processed by the left-wing ActBlue Charities, a donation platform affiliated with the Democratic Party, and then transferred to Thousand Currents, which then distributes them back to Black Lives Matter.
  • “If this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it. All right?… I just want black liberation, and black sovereignty. By any means necessary.” — Hawk Newsome, leader of BLM’s Greater New York chapter, New York Post, June 25, 2020.
  • BLM is also obsessed with U.S. President Donald J. Trump, who, arguably, has done more for African Americans than any other president in recent memory.
  • “In reality, this has nothing to do with black lives and everything to do with liberal Marxist anarchists having hijacked, as they always do, an important social issue with which they will undermine the very communities and people they claim to represent.” — Tammy Bruce, US commentator, The Washington Times, June 14, 2020.

Multinational companies, philanthropic foundations and private citizens have been donating tens of millions of dollars to Black Lives Matter (BLM), and a recent survey by the Pew Research Center has found that more than two-thirds of Americans support the BLM movement.

While Gatestone Institute and doubtless many others wish that blacks and all minorities benefit from the equal opportunities and protections offered by the U.S. Constitution, the high level of backing for BLM raises the question: How much does the public really know about BLM?

Part I of this series revealed the anti-American agenda of Black Lives Matter, which, under the guise of fighting racism, seeks to transform the United States into a communist dystopia. BLM’s leaders openly admit that they want to abolish the nuclear family, police, prisons and capitalism.

BLM leaders have threatened to “burn down the system” if their demands are not met, and are also training black militias.

Part II of this series examines:

  • As documented below, BLM has lifted much of its agenda from radical leftist groups active in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s. BLM is an ideological descendant of the Black Power Movement, the Black Panthers, the Black Liberation Army and the Weather Underground, all of which sought to overthrow the U.S. political system.
  • BLM’s innovation is two-fold: 1) it has successfully employed intersectionality and identity politics to stir up a broad range of grievances that extend far beyond race — including class, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, immigration status and other identity markers — thus assuring that BLM offers something for just about anyone claiming victim status; and 2) it has successfully leveraged social media to agitate mob hysteria and funnel societal rage into a political movement with a large online reach.
  • BLM’s ideological influences and sources of funding. BLM is at the core of a vast network of Marxist groups whose demands often coincide with those of Antifa anarchists, many of whom have been piggybacking on BLM protests to stir chaos and destruction. Left-of-center foundations including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Ford Foundation, as well as intermediaries including Thousand CurrentsBorealis Philanthropy and the Alliance for Global Justice and have provided tens of millions of dollars to BLM and the Movement for Black Lives, an umbrella group that coordinates BLM activism.
  • BLM is a revolutionary anti-capitalist movement masquerading as a civil rights movement. Its focus on racial issues is a smokescreen for a much larger effort to completely dismantle the American economic, political and social systems and rebuild them from scratch — according to Marxist principles.

BLM In Its Own Words

“The ONLY thing that will fix this is a REVOLUTION. Elections aren’t revolutions.” — Tania Faison, co-founder BLM Sacramento, March 5, 2020

“Ain’t no kneeling ass pig gonna stop the revolution!” — BLM Sacramento, June 1, 2020

“Stop getting sad and get angry. We need to fight.” — BLM Sacramento, May 7, 2020

“Revolutions don’t happen just once in a lifetime; may there be countless revolutions in our time towards Black liberation.” — BLM Toronto, March 24, 2019

“DEFUND. DISARM. DISMANTLE. ABOLISH. #DefundThePolice #BlackLivesMatter”. — BLM Toronto, June 19, 2020

“Get off our land white man!” — BLM Memphis, July 4, 2020

“CANCEL RENT IN #DC!” — BLM Washington, D.C., June 24, 2020

“Queer black people are working to get the larger black movement closer to an ideology that is intersectional.” — Patrisse Cullors, BLM co-founder, March 8, 2018

“We’re fighting against white supremacist patriarchal society. That’s why you need black women to fight it.” — Shamell Bell, BLM activist, November 9, 2015

“We absolutely have to deal with the way in which capitalism exploits us, and the way in which capitalism exploits Black people in particular.” — Melina Abdullah, co-founder BLM Los Angeles, June 23, 2020

“Capital can and should be used to fund the independence from capitalism and transition into community. But Capital and capitalism shouldn’t be the goal to fix community…. Black dollar is great… but let’s only look at money as a tool to attain liberation through COMMUNITY and not capitalism.” — Tania Faison, co-founder BLM Sacramento, January 31, 2020

“If this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it. All right? …. I just want black liberation, and black sovereignty. By any means necessary.” — Hank Newsome, BLM activist, June 25, 2020

“This is an uprising. A rebellion. A revolt.” — Melina Abdullah, co-founder BLM Los Angeles, May 31, 2020

“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children…. We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking.” — BLM’s manifesto

“We are anti-capitalist: We believe and understand that Black people will never achieve liberation under the current global racialized capitalist system.” — Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), a BLM umbrella group

by Soeren Kern

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