A former Minnesota Black Lives Matter leader who quit after 18 months says he learned the “ugly truth” about the organization’s stance on family and education after working on the inside.
Rashad Turner, who founded the local BLM branch in St. Paul in 2015, released a video last week titled “The Truth Revealed about BLM.”
In the video, the 35-year-old said he eventually came to realize that BLM was “little committed to rebuilding black families.”
About becoming the founder of the local BLM branch, Turner said, “I believed the organization stood for exactly what its name implies: Black lives matter.
“But after a year from the inside out, I found that they were little concerned about rebuilding black families and even less about improving the quality of education for students in Minneapolis.”
Rashad Turner, who founded the local BLM branch in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2015, released a video last week titled “The Truth Revealed about BLM” in which he revealed he quit after hearing the “ugly truth.”
Turner, who now campaigns heavily for education, said his stance on BLM became clear when the organization called in 2016 for a halt to the growth of charter schools and further investment in public schools.
“I was an insider on Black Lives Matter and I learned the ugly truth…
“The moratorium on charter schools does not support the reconstruction of the black family, but it does create barriers to better education for black children.
“After a year and a half I resigned from Black Lives Matter, but I didn’t stop working to improve black lives and access to a good education.”
His video also highlighted how BLM’s website once stated that it wanted to “disrupt nuclear family structure.”
That sentence was removed from the national website last year.
The video was published online by an organization called TakeCharge Minnesota.
It serves as a promotion for Turner’s new role, as it does with the Minnesota Parent Union, which he says is dedicated to helping black parents find successful schools for their children.
He said he was “against forces that don’t want us to succeed” in his new role, but he didn’t elaborate.
Turner ran as a Democrat for the state legislature in 2016.
Turner’s comments about the BLM organization come less than a week after her national co-founder Patrisse Cullors revealed she would be stepping down.
Cullors, who has helmed the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation for nearly six years, has faced criticism in recent weeks after it was revealed she had amassed a $3 million real estate portfolio despite describing herself as a “trained Marxist.” ‘.
Turner said he eventually came to realize that BLM had “little concern for rebuilding black families” after being an insider with the organization. He is pictured above leading protesters at a BLM rally in St Paul St
On becoming the founder of the local BLM branch, Turner said, “I believed the organization stood for exactly what its name implies: Black lives matter.
The 37-year-old activist told The Associated Press that she is leaving to focus on other projects, including the upcoming release of her second book and a multi-year TV development deal with Warner Bros.
“I’ve created the infrastructure and support, and the necessary bones and foundation, so I can leave,” Cullors said. “It feels like the time is right.”
Cullors has been met with fierce backlash over revelations about her personal expenses, including the recent purchase of a $1.4 million home in an upscale LA neighborhood.
It prompted many to wonder what percentage of BLM donations actually went to social justice programs.
However, she insisted her resignation had been over a year in the making and had nothing to do with the personal attacks she faced.
“Those were right-wing attacks that tried to discredit my character, and I don’t assume what the right-wing thinks about me,” Cullors told the Associated Press.
Last month, she described the criticism as “racist and sexist” smear deliberately spread by the “right-wing media.”
But it wasn’t just conservatives who pressured Cullors over her finances.
The head of New York City’s BLM division called for an independent investigation into the organization’s finances after revelations about its real estate portfolio surfaced.
Turner’s comments about the BLM organization come less than a week after her national co-founder Patrisse Cullors revealed she would be stepping down
Cullors has faced fierce backlash over her personal expenses, including the recent purchase of a $1.4 million home in an upscale LA neighborhood (pictured above)
“If you call yourself a socialist, you have to ask yourself how much of her own personal money goes to charities,” BLM organizer Hawk Newsome told the New York Post.
“It’s really sad because it makes people question the validity of the movement and overlook the fact that it’s the people who carry this movement.”
Meanwhile, it was also revealed that a prison reform activist group founded by Cullors has spent $26,000 for meetings and “performances” at a luxury Malibu resort.
Reform LA Jails paid $10,179 between July and September 2019 for “meetings and performances” at the Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club, and an additional $15,593 at the resort-owned Malibu Conference Center.
A single night in a “cozy ranch chic” two-bedroom suite in July costs $1,200, and guests at the 200-acre resort have access to a five-acre private beach on the Malibu coast.
After the expenses were revealed by the Daily CallerFormer Fox host Megyn Kelly tweeted: ‘BLM should stand for… Babes Lounging in Malibu? Large amounts of money? Obvious lies about Marxism?’
The BLM foundation revealed in February that it cost just over $90 million last year, following the May 2020 murder of George Floyd, a black man whose death was at the hands of a white police officer and sparked worldwide protests.
The foundation said it ended 2020 with a balance of more than $60 million, after spending nearly a quarter of its assets on operating expenses, grants to black-led organizations and other charitable donations.
Critics of the foundation argue that more money should have gone to the families of black victims of police brutality, who have not had access to the resources needed to cope with their trauma and loss.
Cullors and the foundation have said they will support families without making public announcements or disclosing dollar amounts.
‘TRAINED MARXIST’ PATRISSE CULLORS’ $3M REAL ESTATE PORTFOLIO
In April, Cullors raised eyebrows when it was revealed that she had spent $1.4 million on a Los Angeles property — her fourth home and her third in the city — in a predominantly white neighborhood.
Located in Topanga Canyon, the plush property comes complete with a separate guest cottage and expansive backyard.
Cullors and her husband also bought a “custom ranch” on 3.2 acres in Conyers, Georgia last year for $415,000.
The residence has its own swimming pool and aircraft hangar.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNI: Cullors raised eyebrows when it was revealed she spent $1.4 million on this residence in chic Topanga Canyon
CONYERS, GEORGI: Cullors and her husband also bought a ‘custom ranch’ on 3.2 acres last year
Additionally, property records show that Cullors has purchased two other homes in Los Angeles in recent years.
In 2016, she is said to have paid $510,000 for a three-bedroom house in Inglewood.
In 2018, Cullors added another home to her real estate portfolio by paying $590,000 for a four-bedroom house in South LA, the Post says.
The New York Post reported that Cullors was also “looking at properties in the ultra-exclusive Albany resort outside Nassau in the Bahamas where Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods have homes.” The publication did not quote any sources for its information.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNI: According to property records, Cullors also owns this LA home
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNI: Cullors also owns a third property in LA