Rashad Turner, founder of the St. Paul, Minnesota chapter of Black Lives Matter, posted a video to Youtube telling people that he was leaving the organization after coming to the realization that the leadership of BLM did not line up with what he envisioned for his community.
“I believed the organization stood for exactly what the name implies—black lives do matter,” explained Rashad Turner in the video announcing his decision to step away from BLM after helping create the chapter in St. Paul, Minnesota.
“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 teacher’s union.”
“I was an insider in Black Lives Matter and I learned the ugly truth… after a year on the inside, I learned they had little concern for rebuilding black families,” says Rashad Turner in a video explaining why he’s quitting the St. Paul, Minnesota BLM chapter he founded in 2015. pic.twitter.com/FmTvxNwUe1
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“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” says the now-president and executive director of Minnesota Parent Union, an organization created to help parents send their children to better schools.
Black Lives Matter has been rocked by controversy recently as the spending habits of top leadership officials proved to be too lavish for most activists. Rashad Turner will continue his life as an activist and his move to focus on education reform is one many on the political right can get behind.