The founding father of a Black Lives Matter chapter in Minnesota mentioned he quit after learning the “ugly truth” concerning the activist group’s priorities.
“In 2015, I was the founder of Black Lives Matter in St. Paul,” Rashad Turner, the president and government director of Minnesota Parent Union, said in a YouTube video known as, “the truth revealed about BLM.”
“I believed the organization stood for exactly what the name implies – black lives do matter,” he mentioned within the video for TakeCharge Minnesota, a bunch opposing the concept systemic racism is in charge for issues in US society.
“However, after a year on the inside, I learned they had little concern for rebuilding black families,” he insisted.
He mentioned BLM “cared even less about improving the quality of education for students in Minneapolis,” saying it was “made clear when they publicly denounced charter schools alongside the teachers’ union.”
“I was an insider in Black Lives Matter and I learned the ugly truth – 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 insisted.
“I resigned from Black Lives Matter after a year and a half. But I didn’t quit working to improve black lives and access to a great education,” he mentioned.
Turner mentioned he first began the native BLM chapter within the assumption the group would wish to battle for black individuals from troubled backgrounds to get educated and discover success, identical to he had.
“When I was two years old, my father was shot and killed. My mother wasn’t able to take care of me, so I was raised by my grandparents,” he mentioned, detailing how he went on to turn into the primary particular person in his household to get a level, occurring to get a grasp’s diploma in schooling.
“I am living proof that no matter your start in life, quality education is a pathway to success,” he mentioned.
Resigning after realizing that BLM wouldn’t assist him acquire “the same success for our children and our communities,” he now leads Minnesota Parent Union, which goals to deliver mother and father and educators collectively.
His video was first posted final Wednesday — a day earlier than BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors, 37, announced her own resignation from her group, blaming “attacks” making an attempt to “discredit” her.
It appeared on the YouTube channel for TakeCharge Minnesota, which calls itself a “new organization committed to countering the prevailing narrative … that America is structured to undermine the lives of black Americans.”
“We acknowledge that racist people exist in the country, but explicitly reject the notion that the United States of America is a racist country. This is a subtle, but significant difference!” the group says in its aims.
“We also denounce the idea that the country is guilty of systemic racism, white privilege and abhor the concept of identity politics and the promotion of victimhood in minority communities,” the group says.
Instead, its goal is “to inspire and educate the black community and other minority groups in the Twin Cities to take charge of their own lives, the lives of the families and communities as citizens fully granted to them in the Constitution.”
The group’s “coalition of community champions, academic professionals, and business leaders” seeks to rework the native black neighborhood “by embracing the core principles of America – not rejecting them,” it says.
“These principles are embedded in the belief of hard work, education, faith, family, and free enterprise in the personal pursuit of dreams that can be realized by anyone regardless of race or social standing,” the group insists.
Black Lives Matter media representatives didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.