In a video aired last week, Rashard Turner, the founder of the Black Lives Matter branch in St. Paul, Minnesota, said that he quit the movement after he “learned the ugly truth” behind the group.
Turner was born and raised in Minneapolis. When he was two years old, his father was shot dead. After the incident, Turner was placed with his grandparents because his mother was unable to care for him. Turner said that his grandparents emphasized the importance of education, The Post Millennial reported.
“They told me that if I was going to change my life for the better, education was the answer. So I worked hard in school, I got into Hamlin University and earned a college degree, first in my family. Then I went on to earn a master’s in education from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota,” said Turner. “I am living proof that no matter your start life, quality education is a pathway to success.”
In 2015, Rashard Turner established the BLM chapter in St. Paul, Minnesota. In his video, he expressed his desire that the organization would promote the dignity of black life, The Blaze reported.
“I want the same success for our children in our communities. That’s why in 2015, I was a founder of Black Lives Matter in St. Paul,” Turner explained in the video. “I believed the organization stood for exactly what the name implies, black lives do matter.”
However, as an insider, he saw that the group had little to do with what it claimed to be fighting for.
“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 teachers union,” said Turner. “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.”
Turner left the organization to become president and executive director of the Minneapolis Parent Union, which aims to help children transition to successful schools and prepare them for the future.
“It’s hard work, and we’re up against forces that don’t want us to succeed. But success is possible,” said Turner. “Just look at me and the hundreds of children and families we’ve helped to pursue a great education, break the chains of poverty and lead a life of success.”
What has been said by others?
Black mothers of persons slain by cops—and supposedly assisted by BLM in the aftermath—are speaking out against BLM as well.
According to the New York Post, Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy brutally shot by Cleveland police in 2014, accused BLM of exploiting black tragedies.
“They are benefiting off the blood of our loved ones, and they won’t even talk to us,” Rice said.
In April, Tamika Palmer, Breonna Taylor’s mother, slammed the Louisville branch of BLM, calling it a “fraud.”
“I could walk in a room full of people who claim to be here for Breonna’s family who don’t even know who I am, I’ve watched y’all raise money on behalf of Breonna’s family who has never done a damn thing for us nor have we needed it or asked so Talk about fraud,” Palmer said.