A glimpse into the Black Lives Matter civil rights group was provided in a Buzzfeed interview that was released on Thursday in which an unnamed insider called the movement “tyrannical.”
Titled “What Happened to Black Lives Matter?”, the article quoted one of the organization’s members as saying that there’s a “do what you’re told” mentality in the group, calling it “a tyrannical element.”
In asking that their quotes be kept anonymous, the insider claimed that if higher-ups within the movement knew who was leaking such information about the disheveled organization, there would be hell to pay. “I think the fallout will be greater than the concerns that are troubling us,” said the source, adding, “I’m surprised people even wanted to do a story like this.”
Suggesting that the group’s notion of unity and belonging are really just for show, the insider explained that there are two major issues facing the BLM movement: lack of funding and lack of support from local chapters.
Florida BLM activist Donna Davis did go on the record to say that the organization is having problems, but this goes with the territory. “Does the talent to meet those challenges exist in the Black Lives Matter organization? Absolutely it does,” she stated, noting, “Problems that arise are an opportunity to get things right. But we can’t pretend that we’re not plagued by some of the issues and concerns that have taken down the movements in the past. We’re not immune to it.”
Margaret Haule, founder of Black Lives Matter’s Austin group, commented, “A lot of us were looking for support, cues or direction, and we weren’t getting it. If emergencies came up, there would be conflicting messages. [We watched as] some chapters were given more attention than others.”
Shanelle Matthews, Director of Communications for the Global Black Lives Matter Network, told Buzzfeed, “We are committed [to] keeping our people safe and building our power. We are also committed to building movements with more integrity, dignity, and inclusiveness than ever.”
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