Written by ‘Classical Liberal’
In a previous article entitled ‘Black Lives Matter is a Marxist Revolutionary Movement’, I provided a brief overview of the radical ideological influences behind Black Lives Matter (BLM). I am deeply troubled by how BLM is tricking people – especially our young people, who have already been brainwashed by an education system obsessed with political correctness – into supporting them by pretending to be concerned with police brutality, racism and social justice, when they are really trying to foment a Marxist revolution. In this article, I will expand upon the Marxist influences behind BLM in order to leave no room for doubt about how much of a threat BLM poses to liberal democracy.
BLM’s founders brazenly declare that they have been heavily influenced by revolutionary movements from the 1960s and 1970s. These influences include the Black Power Movement, the Black Panthers, the Black Liberation Army and the Weather Underground, all of which plotted to violently overthrow the US political and economic system. ‘We were and are their progeny’, BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors wrote in her autobiography.
The Black Power Movement, active in the 1960s and 1970s, rejected the non-violent methods of the mainstream civil rights movement, which campaigned for black integration into a white-dominated society. The Black Power Movement, which advocated militant black separatism, inspired the formation of militant groups such as the Nation of Islam and the Black Panther Party.
The Black Panther Party was a revolutionary political organisation, established in 1966 by Marxist college students in Oakland, California. The Black Panther Party advocated the use of violence and terrorist tactics to promote a ten-point program of communist revolution. A 2016 documentary – ‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution’ – compared the Black Panther Party with BLM. It demonstrated that many of BLM’s demands, including abolishing the police and prisons, were taken from the Black Panther movement.
The Black Liberation Army was an urban guerrilla group, established in 1970 by disillusioned members of the Black Panthers. The Black Liberation Army’s declared aim was to ‘weaken the enemy capitalist states’. It employed a highly decentralised cell structure similar to the one used by today’s BLM, Antifa, Extinction Rebellion, and most terrorist groups.
The Weather Underground, a radical left-wing terrorist group that aimed to bring about ‘the destruction of U.S. imperialism and form a classless communist world’, was responsible for numerous bombings and acts of violence during the 1970s. Their 1974 manifesto, ‘Prairie Fire’, stated: ‘We are a guerrilla organization. We are communist women and men, underground in the United States …. Our intention is to disrupt the empire, to incapacitate it, to put pressure on the cracks’. Former members of the Weather Underground were involved in the formation of BLM, have trained its leaders, and continue to provide administrative and financial support.
BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors was taught to be a Marxist activist at the Labor/Community Strategy Center (LCSC), a Los Angeles-based grassroots training organisation established by Eric Mann, a former member of the Weather Underground. Mann is a white communist revolutionary, who has been called the ‘grandfather of Black Lives Matter’. He also served eighteen months in prison for conspiracy to commit murder.
Mann, most likely inspired by the Marxist theorist Herbert Marcuse, has said that he believes that black revolutionaries should lead the fight against capitalism. Marcuse, in his essay ‘On Liberation’, argued that ‘in the United States, the black population appears as the “most natural” form of rebellion’. He explained:
‘The ghetto population of the United States constitutes such a force. Confined to small areas of living and dying, it can be more easily organized and directed. Moreover, located in the core cities of the country, the ghettos form natural geographical centers from which the struggle can be mounted against targets of vital economic and political importance.’
In his 1974 book about George Jackson, a black revolutionary who co-founded the Marxist-Leninist Black Guerrilla Family, Mann proposed that the communist revolution in America should start in the inner cities and that African Americans should take the lead in overthrowing the current system. Investigative journalist Lee Stranahan observed: ‘It would take almost 40 years for radical activist Mann to see his vision spring to life as the Black Lives Matter movement, created by his disciple Black Lives Matter co-founder, Patrisse Cullors’.
In his 2011 book Playbook for Progressives, Mann stated that he ‘recruited’ Cullors. In a January 2018 interview with Democracy Now, Cullors said that the LCSC was her ‘first political home’ and that Mann is ‘my mentor’. In November 2018, Cullors disclosed that she joined the LCSC when she was seventeen years old and that Mann then mentored her in revolutionary organising for over a decade.
The LCSC proclaims that it builds ‘consciousness, leadership, and organization among those who face discrimination and societal attack – people of color, women, immigrants, workers, LGBT people, youth ….’ In 2018, the LCSC explained that its primary focus was on organising ‘Black and Latino communities with deep historical ties to the long history of anti-colonial anti-imperialist pro-communist resistance to the U.S. empire’. The LCSC elaborated:
‘We teach and study history of the Indigenous rebellions against the initial European genocidal invasions …. We appreciate the work of the U.S. Communist Party especially Black communists…. We applaud the great work of the Black Panther Party…. We also have roots in the new communist movement of the 1970s and 1980s.’
Cullors and other BLM leaders – including Alicia Garza, who has accused the US government of perpetrating ‘genocide’ against African Americans – have repeatedly acknowledged the fugitive terrorist Joanne Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur, as one of their key influences.
Chesimard, a former member of the Black Liberation Army, is the first woman to have been designated a ‘Most Wanted Terrorist’ by the FBI. She is wanted for escaping from prison in New Jersey in 1979, where she was serving a life sentence for killing a police officer, shot at point-blank range like an execution. Chesimard sought asylum in communist Cuba in 1984.
One of those charged with helping Chesimard to escape from prison was Susan Rosenberg, a member of the terrorist group called the May 19th Communist Organization (M19). M19’s members were overwhelmingly lesbian and, like the co-founders of BLM, opposed heteronormativity. They shared ‘a disdain for their own whiteness’. M19, which has been described as America’s ‘first and only women-created and women-led terrorist group’, was an offshoot of the Weather Underground. M19 waged a two-year bombing campaign in New York City and Washington DC.
Rosenberg served a mere sixteen years of a fifty-eight year prison sentence for her part in a number of terrorist bombings and killings, including of two police officers, before being pardoned by US President Bill Clinton in January 2001.
Today, Rosenberg is on the board of directors of the left-wing charity Thousand Currents, which manages the donations made to BLM.
BLM claims to oppose police brutality. However, BLM co-founders Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi have lauded the communist dictator of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, whose government is known for its ‘brutality, torture and political persecution’, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). HRW also found that Maduro’s government has employed ‘extreme and at times lethal force’ against anti-government protesters, resulting in dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries.
In April 2013, Cullors delivered a keynote speach at a rally in New York City called ‘An Urgent Call to Defend Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’.
In December 2015, Tometi met with Maduro in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela. Tometi wore a jacket emblazoned with the logo of the National Electoral Council of Venezuela, which had been accused of manipulating elections in Maduro’s favour. She tweeted: ‘Currently in Venezuela. It is a great relief to be in a place where there is intelligent political discourse’.
Also in December 2015, writing for venezuelanalysis.com, Tometi claimed:
‘In these last 17 years, we have witnessed the Bolivarian Revolution [of Venezuela] champion participatory democracy and construct a fair, transparent election system recognized as among the best in the world.’
In November 2016, two days after the death of the communist dictator of Cuba, Fidel Castro, BLM Global Network praised ‘El Comandante’, who was responsible for the deaths of up to 100,000 Cubans:
‘We are feeling many things as we awaken to a world without Fidel Castro. There is an overwhelming sense of loss, complicated by fear and anxiety…. As Fidel ascends to the realm of the ancestors, we summon his guidance, strength, and power as we recommit ourselves to the struggle for universal freedom. Fidel Vive!’
The Alliance for Global Justice (AFGJ), the anti-capitalist group that funds BLM’s Movement for Black Lives, has repeatedly expressed support for the communist dictatorships of Cuba, Nicaragua, North Korea, and Venezuela.