Black Lives Matter tend to get a lot of heat from a lot of people who don't understand what the movement represents, why it was created, or how it intends to change the current climate in America. But those who do get it can utilize and honor it as a powerful tool to get their shared message across. It's undoubtedly one of the most influential movements in recent history.
Donald Trump, the President-elect - who ran on a platform supported by white supremacy and anti-black, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQ rhetoric - has fueled the misinformation and misunderstanding about the movement as well. So has his partner-in-crime, Rudy Giuliani both in words and in actions.
BLM co-founders, Alicia Garza, Patrice Cullors, and Opal Tometi - three black women - have yet to say anything about the election publicly — until now. Here's the message these influential women conveyed to their supporters, published on Mic.
"Our mandate has not changed: organize and end all state-sanctioned violence until all Black Lives Matter," it begins. "What is true today — and has been true since the seizure of this land — is that when black people and women build power, white people become resentful. Last week, that resentment manifested itself in the election of a white supremacist to the highest office in American government."
"In the three years since Black Lives Matter organized, we've called for more safety. Not less. We've demanded an end to anti-black state violence. We've asked white people to organize their communities, to courageously help their loved ones understand the importance of solidarity and to show up for us, for themselves and democracy," it continues.
Later, they write: "Even if everyone didn't agree politically, at the very least, we deserved to have our collective humanity affirmed. We feel more than disappointed or angry — we feel betrayed."
"Donald Trump has promised more death, disenfranchisement, and deportations. We believe him. The violence he will inflict in office, and the permission he gives for others to commit violence, is just beginning to emerge."
"In the face of this, our commitment remains the same: protect ourselves and our communities."
"But we ask ourselves — how do we reconcile our vision for future generations' prosperity with the knowledge that more than half of white voting Americans believe a white supremacist can and should decide what's best for this country?"
Read the letter in full on Mic.
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