By: Konrad Holden
Rashad Turner founded the St, Paul, Minnesota chapter of BLM in 2015. Now, he has renounced the organization completely, stating BLM does not care about black families and has been co-opted by teachers’ unions. He cited BLM’s dismissal of charter schools and their goal of “disrupting the nuclear family.”
St. Paul BLM chapter founder, Rashad Turner, called out the “ugly truth” about the BLM organization in a video posted in late May.
After running the St. Paul chapter, Turner stepped down to focus on helping black families move their children from failing public schools into more successful ones, including charter schools.
When the BLM parent organization denounced charter schools, Turner began to realize that they had more loyalty to teachers’ unions and politicians than to actual black communities. He said, “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 teachers' union."
Turner diagnosed one of the major problems in an interview saying, “If you took some time to look beneath the surface, you’d see that the Black Lives Matter movement has been co-opted. It’s been hijacked by others. Now it’s all about money.”
This comes amid other scrutiny about former BLM leader Patrisse Cullors’ recent $3 million real estate spending spree and the organization’s 2020 income of $90 million. Other former BLM chapters have also called out the organization’s intransparency and partiality towards certain cities when it suits their political interests.
"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." - Rashad Turner, former St. Paul BLM chapter founder