Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors said in a newly surfaced video from 2015 that she and her fellow organizers are “trained Marxists”.
Cullors was the protégé of Eric Mann, a former member of the Weather Underground domestic terror organization, which bombed government buildings and police stations in the 1960s and 1970s-Cullors spent years absorbing the Marxist-Leninist ideology.
In the video, Cullors is interviewed by Jared Ball of the Real News Network and discusses the direction of the BLM movement.
“The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers,” she said. “We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think that what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk.”
One of the most oft-cited and criticized goals of the Black Lives Matter organization is its stated desire to abolish the family as we know it. Specifically, BLM’s official website states:
We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.
“Disrupting” the “nuclear family” is not new, and is a usual stated goal among Maxist organizations. Given that BLM’s founders have specifically claimed to be “trained Marxists,” it should not be surprising that the organization’s leadership has embraced a Marxian view of the family.
This idea originates with the theories of Marx and Engels, and their views that an earlier, matriarchal version of the family rejected private property as an organizing principle of society. It was only later that this older tribal model of the family gave way to the modern “patriarchal” family, which promotes and sustains private property.
The destruction of this family model will make it easier to abolish private property as well.
America may well be way ahead of BLM already.
U.S. Census data from 2010 reveal that more African-American families consisted of single mothers than married households with both parents. In 2011, it was reported that 72% of black babies were born to unmarried mothers. White single-parent families are near 20%, and on the rise.
How is the destruction of the nuclear family supposed to be helpful?
If we have learned any policy lesson well over the past 25 years, it is that for children living in single-parent homes, the odds of living in poverty are greatly increased. The policy implications of the increase in out-of-wedlock births are staggering.
Being raised in a married-couple household led the poverty rate for black children to go down 73 percent compared to mother-only households and 67 percent compared to father-only households. And as evidence of the power of family structure to transcend race, 31 percent of white children raised in mother-only households live in poverty, versus just 12 percent of black children living with their married parents. (Source: Characteristics of Children’s Families, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education. Last updated: May 2019).