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Former leader of Black Lives Matter slams the organization for stances on Black families and education

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Story at a glance:

  • Rashad Turner of BLM in St. Paul, Minn., said that the organization wants to disrupt the nuclear family structure, which he thinks is an “attack” on Black kids.
  • “After a year on the inside, I learned they had little concern for rebuilding Black families,” Turner said.
  • Ninety million dollars was raised last summer thanks to supporters following the deaths of George Floyd and Breanna Taylor.

Rashad Turner, founder of Black Lives Matter (BLM) in St. Paul, Minn., has disassociated himself from the civil rights movement after publicly questioning its leadership — its nonprofit arm.

Now the leader of a pro-school choice group called Minnesota Parent Union, Turner says that BLM does not actually help Black families and puts “direct attacks” on Black kids, Fox News reported.

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“In 2015, I was the founder of Black Lives Matter in St. Paul. I believed the organization stood for exactly what the name implies – Black lives do matter. However, after a year on the inside, I learned they had little concern for rebuilding Black families,” Turner said. 

Turner published a YouTube video that states that BLM has a desire to  “disrupt the nuclear family structure.”

“And they cared even less,” Turner added, “about improving the quality of education for students in Minneapolis. That 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.”

In the summer of 2020, BLM received more than $90 million from supporters following the deaths of George Floyd and Breanna Taylor.

When asked about donating the money to Black families, the founders have said that they do not publicly announce or disclose who they gave the money to or how much.

As Changing America previously reported, the organization has been under a lot of scrutiny since co-founder Patrisse Cullors of BLM Global Network Foundation stepped down.

The controversy surrounding the self-described “Marxist’s” four homes that are estimated to be more than $3 million has followers of the movement questioning its leadership’s motives.

“That is the most tragic aspect,” Rev. T. Sheri Dickerson, president of an Oklahoma City BLM chapter and a representative of the #BLM10, told the Post. “I know some of [the families] are feeling exploited, their pain exploited, and that’s not something that I ever want to be affiliated with.”

Cullors said her reason for stepping down had to do with her book and TV deal.