Black Lives Matter Removes Goal of Disrupting Family Structure From Website

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber is a senior reporter for The Epoch Times based in Maryland. He covers U.S. and world news.
September 21, 2020Updated: September 21, 2020

The Black Lives Matter Global Network quietly removed one of its stated goals from its website with no explanation.

The network, the official group that started the Black Lives Matter movement, is fighting for freedom, liberation, and justice for black people, according to its website.

But the group has other goals.

“We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. 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 network’s website used to state on a “What We Believe” page that was removed recently.

“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 group also said on the now-deleted page that it was fostering “a queer-affirming network,” cultivating a movement “free from ageism,” and combating “state-sanctioned violence.”

The Black Lives Matter Global Network didn’t immediately respond to a request by The Epoch Times for comment about why the page was deleted.

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Patrisse Cullors attends an event in West Hollywood, Calif., on Feb. 13, 2020. (Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for The West Hollywood Edition)

Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013, in response to the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida, by activists Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi. Cullors has described herself and Garza as “trained Marxists,” or communists.

Supporters say the movement draws attention to deaths at the hands of police that shouldn’t have happened, while critics say activists push a racial injustice narrative that doesn’t have strong evidence behind it.

Many Black Lives Matter protests are peaceful, but researchers have found that hundreds have devolved into violence in the United States alone since late May.

In a rare public statement earlier this month, Cullors pushed back on criticism from televangelist Pat Robertson, who said on his show that “Black lives matter, but that legitimate thing has been hijacked by these radicals.”

“This is a stalking horse for a very, very radical anti-family, anti-God agenda,” Robertson said. “We don’t want to go along with a lesbian, anti-family, anti-capitalist, Marxist revolution.”

Cullors said in response: “We believe those of all religious views and backgrounds, or disbelief; all genders as equal; Black lives not being eradicated using guns and knees in our necks; the elimination of the constant betrayal of our poor and oppressed communities; and, certainly, continuing to foster a united country that works for everyone despite their actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, disability, immigration status, or intergenerational way of life.”