Breitbart‘s Big Journalism covered a weekend event hosted by MSNBC’s Touré in Los Angeles that featured several “Black Lives Matter” leaders. The panelists convened on this first annual Politicon to discuss how the movement is going global and carrying its message of antipathy against white racism around the world.
“We’re trying to tie this to the global potential for this movement,” Touré began.
He then turned the microphone over to activist and BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors, who indicated that this movement was in no ways an accident, but “conscientiously crafted:”
We built not just a hashtag. It’s important people know that Black Lives Matter wasn’t just this hashtag that circulated around the internet, but we actually built an organization, a platform and a project out of the hashtag so here we are a couple of years later and the hashtag movement has gone global.
Cullors, as noted in the report and covered here at TruthRevolt, was part of a disruption at the progressive Netroots Nation event this summer in which she jumped up and shouted things like, “If I die in police custody, avenge my death by any means necessary,” “burn everything down,” and “rise the f*** up.” Her comments hadn’t improved by Saturday when she told Touré that Fox News viewers are “gun-toting white racists.”
Touré asked if any of the panelists have felt like targets in the same way Malcolm X has in the past. Cullor said, “I think a lot of us are,” but believes being a part of the movement far outweighs the risks.
The most egregious suggestion by Cullors was that “black-on-black crime is a myth” and any statements to the contrary are a “distraction” and “an unnecessary debate,” quotes Breitbart. She recommended the audience to immediately shut down any conversations that try and prove the pervasiveness of black-on-black crime.
Touré asked the difference between BLM and Occupy Wall Street and wondered if it would eventually fade into history like so many other movements before it. Cullors indicated that it has no signs of stopping any time soon:
I think that the difference between BLM and Occupy is that we’re really trying to build a mass movement that centers the conversation around racism and I think Occupy focused on class in a way that isolated a lot of people. And I think that our movement is trying to develop a mass movement, it’s trying to base build and organize.