Rashad Turner, the founder of Black lives Matter (BLM) headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota, claims that both the leftist group and many active Democrats have been co-opted by the teachers’ unions, which he blames for declining education while claiming it is the only tool to combat the lack of opportunity.
Turner left the BLM after becoming disillusioned with its internal workings. A video of him was recently released in which he mentions the group’s “ugly truth” regarding its positions on family and education.
Fox & Friends First interviewed Turner on Wednesday, June 2. He stated he left the group for not prioritizing education, arguing that it should be the focus if it is truly trying to “do what’s best for Black Families.”
During the interview, he elaborated on his recent comments regarding the group, trying to make it clear that what black society in the United States needs most is education and strengthening family ties, and that BLM is far from being concerned about these issues, but rather seems to have intentions of hindering any idea of improving it.
“When you call for a moratorium on charter schools, that is a direct attack on Black families, on Black children.” Turner said expressly and went on to say, “The question I always ask folks: How can Black lives matter if Black minds don’t matter?”
The former BLM leader’s remarks aim to raise awareness that any disparity in America has to do with education. “There isn’t a disparity in this country that doesn’t start with people who can’t read,” he asserted.
In this regard, he argued that if you are really thinking about black children and doing what is best for their families, you precisely have to start with education, and both BLM and the teacher’s unions run afoul of this idea.
“BLM has been co-opted by teachers’ unions, specifically at the national level, the American Federation of Teachers and here locally in Minnesota, Education Minnesota,” Turner said.
Both BLM and the teachers’ unions are big opponents of private education and free choice in education. And this idea, according to Turner, “kills the hopes and dreams of our children.”
Turner is a big proponent of school choice, and went on to assert that “anyone who opposes school choice” is “racist.”
“We know that charter schools are creating opportunities,” Turner explained. “We know that that money that is supposed to be educating our children, that’s not happening here in Minnesota,” he continued, noting that the “outcomes don’t show that we are spending millions upon millions of dollars to try to educate children.”
In the video released Sunday by Turner, he can be heard lamenting that he believed the organization stood for exactly what its name implies: black lives do matter. However, after a year on the inside, he came to his senses. He said he realized that the organization cared little about rebuilding black families and even less about the education of those they claim to advocate for.
Turner left the organization to become president and CEO of the Minneapolis Parents 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.”