Black Lives Matter removes controversial "What We Believe" page from website

by Joel Abbott · Sep 21st, 2020 12:39 pm

Last Updated Sep 22nd, 2020 at 5:53 pm

The Black Lives Matter organization has reportedly removed the "What We Believe" portion of its website, which was widely criticized for language deemed anti-family and pro-socialism.

On the now-deleted page, Black Lives Matter (BLM) had several statements that drew regular ire from conservative politicians and public figures. In several places, BLM directly attacked traditional family structures. While promoting "family-friendly" spaces, it argued against "patriarchal practices."

"We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children," the site previously read. "We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work 'double shifts' so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work."

The website went on to be more explicit about its vision for family, deriding the "Western-prescribed nuclear family" and omitting any mention of fathers:

"We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and 'villages' that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable."

The organization also advocated for the full adoption of LGBT agendas, vowing to "dismantle cisgender privilege" and free its network "from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking."

"We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence."

"We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise)."

The BLM organization was also criticized for its Marxist language, especially after a video surfaced of a BLM co-founder openly saying member of the group were "trained Marxists."

"We practice empathy. We engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts," the co-founder said.

An archived version of the website can be found here.


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