The inspiration behind the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement – the individual cited by its founder and regularly quoted by its supporters – is a convicted cop killer who is on the FBI’s ‘Most Wanted Terrorists’ list.

‘Black Lives Matter’ was founded by militant feminists Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opel Tometi, with Garza widely recognized as the most influential of the three.

In an article which details the philosophical foundation of ‘Black Lives Matter’, Garza cites, “Assata’s powerful demand in my organizing work.”

Assata is a reference to Assata Shakur, otherwise known as Joanne Deborah Chesimard, a radical feminist and Marxist revolutionary who escaped from prison in 1979 while serving a life sentence for the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster.

On the night of May 2, 1973, Shakur, along with two other accomplices, killed Foerster execution-style at point-blank range during a routine traffic stop on the New Jersey Turnpike in East Brunswick.

For Shakur, the shooting was the culmination of years of militant radicalism during which she joined and left the Black Panther Party because it was not violent enough, before subsequently joining the Black Liberation Army, a domestic terror outfit responsible for bombings and assassinations throughout the 1970’s which claimed the lives of 13 police officers.

The Black Liberation Army was supported by the Weather Underground domestic terror organization, a group responsible for bombings targeting the United States Capitol and the Pentagon.

In 1971, Shakur also joined the Republic of New Afrika, a group committed to establishing a separatist black-ruled country within the states of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina.

After escaping from jail with the aid of three members of the Black Liberation Army, Shakur was given political asylum in Communist Cuba where she still remains to this day despite numerous attempts to extradite her.

In 2013, the FBI added Shakur to their ‘Most Wanted Terrorists’ – the first woman to ever appear on the infamous list. The reward for information leading to her capture was subsequently doubled and now stands at $2 million dollars.

A simple Twitter search reveals that fact that Shakur – a “most wanted” terrorist and a cop killer – is lionized by innumerable ‘Black Lives Matter’ supporters.

She is also routinely quoted by ‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstrators, including during last week’s riots in St. Louis.

BLM protesters also carry signs like the one below which reads, “Assata taught me how to fight.”

Assata is also venerated by popular hip hop stars like Azealia Banks.

On May 2nd, the day NYPD Officer Brian Moore was shot, ‘Black Lives Matter’ supporters celebrated convicted cop killer Shakur.

The fact that a domestic terrorist who advocated killing police officers as part of a race war is the icon of a movement that itself has called for killing cops is chilling, as is the plethora of positive coverage this movement has received from the establishment media.

The Obama administration has also met with leaders of this movement, many of whom have also championed Assata Shakur.

Potential future president Hillary Clinton has also promised to “change laws” to appease ‘Black Lives Matter’.

Given Shakur’s prominent role as the ideological guru behind ‘Black Lives Matter’ – is it any surprise that members of the movement have mimicked her violent, murderous behavior?

Last December, Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot two NYPD officers in the head as part of a “revenge attack” for the death of Michael Brown.

In June, two ‘Black Lives Matter’ supporters admitted to masterminding a plot to blow up a police station and kill numerous cops in Ferguson, Missouri, again in an effort to avenge the death of Brown.

Armed Black Panthers also called for the murder of police officers during an open carry march at the South by Southwest festival in March, chanting, “The only good pig is a pig that’s dead.”

Yesterday, Bryce Williams gunned down TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward live on air as part of his effort to inflame a “race war”.

Both the NYPD killings and the deaths of Parker and Ward were celebrated by supporters of ‘Black Lives Matter’.

Shakur’s message of violent liberation theology is shared by many prominent activists within the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, including Alicia Garza, who acknowledges that BLM “Is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.”

During last week’s unrest in St. Louis, BLM demonstrators chanted that they were “ready for war.”

Along with Garza, BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors has characterized ‘Black Lives Matter’ as a “black spring” on a par with the “Arab spring,” which led to the overthrow of numerous governments in the Middle East.

Given Assata Shakur’s role as an icon and an inspiration to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, is BLM really about addressing police brutality, or is it about the re-emergence of a militant leftist revolutionary movement that, with the aid of billionaires like George Soros, who has funded coups overseas, intends to use violence to change society?

If that is indeed the case, ‘Black Lives Matter’ cannot be described as anything other than a domestic terrorist organization.


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