At the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement back in 2014, critically thinking people were skeptical of the group's intentions. Was the organization truly interested in protecting black communities from harm? Or did it plan to tear down and replace the capitalist system, one that has lifted billions of people around the world out of poverty, in America?
We got our first glimpse of the BLM philosophy in a video featuring co-founder Patrisse Cullors. In it, she calls herself a trained Marxist.
"The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame," Cullors said during an interview with The Real News Network. "We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories."
Despite stores across the country being looted and burned last summer, resulting in $2 billion in damages and the most expensive rioting in U.S. history, corporate America was happy to appease the violence in the movement. Company after company released virtue signally statements and donated $90 million to the organization. Some even donated to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a BLM ally infamous for bailing murderers and rapists out of jail.
Cullors was cashing in and quickly purchased three different homes, one of which is in a predominantly white neighborhood in Los Angeles. She claims none of the money used for her real estate empire came directly from the organization, but audits and access to the group's finances have been limited.
"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," the New York Post reported in April. "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. The self-described Marxist last month purchased a $1.4 million home on a secluded road a short drive from Malibu in Los Angeles."
Cullors resigned from the organization over the summer, but her radical ideology remains.
Now, BLM is encouraging Americans to boycott white-owned businesses ahead of Christmas and calling the current economic system "white supremacy capitalism."
"#BlackXmas challenges us to shake off the chains of consumerism and step fully into our own collective power, to build new traditions, and run an offense as well as a defense. Let's harness our economic power to disrupt white-supremacist-capitalism and build Black community. #BlackXmas is about being self-determined and dismantling existing structures by building new, and more viable, beneficial ones…in the names of our mightiest and most righteous warrior Ancestors," BLM posted on its official website.
"Move your money out of white-corporate banks that finance our oppression and open accounts with Black-owned banks," it added on Instagram.
Not only is BLM an anti-American movement, it is a deeply racist one. Its mission is in stark opposition to E. Pluribus Unum. Calls to boycott certain businesses because their owners happen to be white shouldn't be tolerated. It isn't acceptable to discriminate against any business owner based on race.
Now that it's clear corporate America got fleeced and embraced a blatantly racist organization, will its leaders broadly regret their support for BLM? That's unlikely. After all, they're also happy to be in on the grift.