(Patrisse Cullors  Pictured in the middle)

Black Lives Matter was birthed following the 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch psycho George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla.

The group, which is reportedly financed by the Koch brothers, became known internationally amid protests in Ferguson, Mo., after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man.

Founded by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, the movement seemed to make headlines daily during Obama’s presidency, but their presence appears to have waned in recent months.

However, Cullors — who is writing a memoir — tells the L.A. Times that BLM is more relevant than ever, as she reflected on the state of the group and its future.

Peep some excerpts below.

Does Black Lives Matter even matter today?

I think Black Lives Matter is very relevant today, especially given the rise of white supremacists and white nationalists across, not just this country, but across the globe. And so our work over the last four years has been putting anti-black racism on the map, talking about the impact anti-black racism has on this country, has on local government, has on policy and how it actually impacts the everyday life of black people.

Left-wing groups accuse BLM of not being visible enough under President Trump. Are they right?

I would actually challenge the media, because the media has in large part focused primarily on Trump and his administration. And so, as our folks have continued to organize locally, have continued to, not just hit the streets, many of our people are thinking about how to enact a political strategy. How do we build black power in this moment? How do we actually get people in office?

It’s not a hashtag that built the movement. It was organizers, activists, educators, artists — people who built an actual infrastructure so that a movement can exist and have life. And if the media was interested in the everyday strategy they would know that Black Lives Matter is not just still here, that it’s thriving and it’s doing some of its best work in this moment.

Trump has called BLM a threat. Is the door open to talk to him?

It’s not. And we wouldn’t take the invitation.

Why not?

We wouldn’t as a movement take a seat at the table with Trump, because we wouldn’t have done that with Hitler. Trump is literally the epitome of evil, all the evils of this country — be it racism, capitalism, sexism, homophobia.

He has set out some of the most dangerous policies, not just that impacts this country but impacts the globe. And so for us, the answer is not to sit with him but to resist him and to resist every single policy that he’s implemented that impacts our communities.

And … if I’m thinking about what I want my children to know in 30, 40, 50 years, I want them to know that I resisted a president at all costs, because this president literally tried to kill our communities, and is killing our communities.

What kind of influence do you want to have on policing?

I want to see Black Lives Matter be able to ultimately reduce law enforcement funding.

People often ask the question, why reduce their funding? Because they’re the one industry in our nation, and locally, in particular, that is given more money than education or access to education, resources to shelter, resources to people to have access to healthy food. Over the last 30, 40 years what we’ve seen is the pouring of millions of dollars into law enforcement and literally divesting from communities, especially poor communities. And so our argument is … they can start divesting from law enforcement and reinvesting into our communities.

Baltimore Protests

Where do you see BLM four years from now?

One of the biggest places that I see us will be in local and national government. I think you’ll see, not just black people, but black folks and our allies really pushing to be a part of local government, city government, and national government — to move to be mayor, the county board of supervisors, to be on boards.

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14 thoughts on “#BlackLivesMatter Co-Founder On Why The Movement Still Matters Under Trump

  1. ResponsibilityInControl on said:

    This article is CRAP at best. First and foremost African Americans are killing their own communities lets get that corrected first. BLM is a disgrace and has no clear direction she claims to be the founder well step up and be what you are taking credit for! BLM is totally ignoring the black on black crime down to most innocent of victims CHILDREN! When a child is killed due to thug on thug crime and no one cares to organize BLM to OUT the idiot thugs that commit these crimes that is a disgrace. Not speaking to the police when violent crimes happen in your neighborhood, not reporting drug activity because its a family member this and many other things have to stop! However BLM will burn down their own communities when one of these ignorant thugs is killed by a white cop! That is moronic! BLM isnt helping in any kind of way at all!

  2. Alberta on said:

    Trump is going to label BLM a hate group..this man is the Anti Christ I’m so sure about this or One of them because there are many. Esau ie: Caucasians, the White man is going to break the Civil Rights agreement & Affirmative action agreement because our people are without knowledge in regard to Rioting. I really believe they are going to tally all the losses & amend or modify those laws that are in place for our benefit. I myself & my family have become a victim of retaliation. They broke my family truck on purpose…when I had it serviced due to a “recall notice” via the manufacturer. They misdiagnose us on purpose I also believe they want vengeance because of all the recent Riots by our people…Yes they want pay back. Wouldn’t you? Our people need to KNOW that Esau has an agenda that concerns us. and Ya’ll better NOT burn down nothing else because innocent people are affected by you looting & burning down property that isn’t yours! Everybody gets Karma even US MLK won’t save us on that day so stop using slavery & oppression as leverage or an excuse for our sins.

  3. BLM should matter even more now that Chump is in office.

    However, BLM needs to get it’s priorities in order.
    First, it needs to address the issue of Black on Black crime.
    It is the catalyst behind police brutality and police killings of our innocent brotha’s and sistah’s.

    If we don’t RESPECT one another-why expect the Cops or any ethnic group to RESPECT US

    Once this issue is addressed, everything else will fall into place.

    March, MAKE NOISE-BECAUSE OUR EXISTENCE DEPENDS UPON IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. FallMornings on said:

    Yes, all life matters. We don’t hear about the white, asian or hispanic lives because we are the news. If the news was reported fairly and objectively then all lives that were taken would be reported.

  5. The Truth on said:

    When someone says to me All lives matters..then my response is if that’s TRUE and you feel that way then..why are Blacks lives the ones being Taken. Deal with the issues and why we are at this Point, what created this movement in taking this Stance. We all know all lives matter but its it really like THAT..REALLY

    • African American Woman on said:

      So,so,so,very inaccurate. We are the biggest killers of each other and whites have the highest murder by cop rates then any other group of people. We cannot and will not make any advances as a people if we cannot face facts…we have to start treating ourselves with respect if we ever expect anyone else to.

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