Rashard Turner, who founded the local chapter of Black Lives Matter (BLM) in St. Paul, Minnesota, recently posted a video of why he is left the organization. It seems that once he was inside BLM, he learned its “ugly truth.”
The Daily Wire provided a excerpt form Turner’s resignation speech:
I was born in Minneapolis in 1985. We called the north side home at that time, 18th and Queen. 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. 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 Hamlin University and earned a college degree, 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 life, quality education is a pathway to success. I want the same success for our children in our communities. That’s why in 2015, I was a 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, and they cared even less 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. 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.
This is not the first time, that Black Leaders from Minnesota have publicly criticized the policies of BLM, that also includes defunding police as one of its major platforms. READ: ‘Absurd, Crazy, Ridiculous’: Black Leaders Slam Minneapolis City Council’s Plan To Defund The Police
Turner was not the only BLM founder resigning this past week. Patrisse Cullors, a self-proclaimed Marxist and co-founder of Black Lives Matter, also resigned after taking heat for buying several homes costing upwards of $3 million. READ: BLM Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors Resigns Amid Controversy
The New York Post provided additional information on Cullors’ buying spree:
As protests broke out across the country in the name of Black Lives Matter, the group’s co-founder went on a real estate buying binge, snagging four high-end homes for $3.2 million in the US alone, according to property records.
Patrisse Khan-Cullors, 37, also eyed property in the Bahamas at an ultra-exclusive resort where Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods both have homes, The Post has learned. Luxury apartments and townhouses at the beachfront Albany resort outside Nassau are priced between $5 million and $20 million, according to a local agent.