Black Lives Matter founder quits after learning the ‘ugly truth’ about the group
Rashard Turner, the founder of a Black Lives Matter in St. Paul, Minnesota, revealed that he quit the organization after a year and a half after he “learned the ugly truth” as an insider.
“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,” Turner said in a video released last week.
Turner says he grew up in Minneapolis, and his father was shot and killed when he was two years old. He explains being raised by his grandparents and being told that in order to change his life for the better, education was the answer.
“I am living proof that no matter your start life, quality education is a pathway to success,” he said. 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.”
Turner says he realized the group had little desire to better the education of young black kids after they publicly denounced charter schools and school choice. Turner explained that education was the main reason he became a successful black man today, being the first in his family to earn a college degree.
“I was an insider in Black Lives Matter. And I learned the ugly truth, Turner proclaimed. “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.”
Watch Rashard Turner’s video, “The Truth Revealed About BLM” below:
Turner’s revelation about Black Lives Matter comes after the group’s co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors received criticism for purchasing four high-end homes for $3.2 million in the US alone.
The self-described Marxist purchased a $1.4 million mansion in Los Angeles in March. The 2,370 square-foot property features “soaring ceilings, skylights, and plenty of windows” with views of Topanga Canyon.
Khan-Cullors’ real estate buying binge caused the head of Black Lives Matter Greater New York, Hawk Newsome, to call for an “independent investigation” into how the global organization spends its funds which are largely generated through donations.
“If you go around calling yourself a socialist, you have to ask how much of her own personal money is going to charitable causes,” he said. “It’s really sad because it makes people doubt the validity of the movement and overlook the fact that it’s the people that carry this movement,” Newsome said at the time.
Donations, corporate sponsors, and individuals poured more than $90 million into the non-profit movement, according to Khan-Cullors. She said $21.7 million of that was committed to grant funding and to aid 30 black-led groups across America.