We use the term ‘Black Lives Matter’ as sort of an overall descriptor of the protesters. Yet there are actually multiple subset groups within that bigger categorization. One of them, the Black Youth Project 100, was one of the organizers of these protests in Chicago.
The officer who shot Laquan McDonald has been charged with murder. So what is it they are looking for with their protests? Do their list of demands ask to talk about and resolve questions about the handling of this particular case? Is it to seek to talk with those in Chicago to address police reforms? Not so much…
BYP100 organizes for the liberation of ALL Black people. In the wake of the release of the video showing the execution of Laquan McDonald, we are poised to continue our organizing across the United States. It is OUR duty to FIGHT for our freedom.
Here’s what we want:
We demand all local, state and federal budgets to defund the police and invest those dollars and resources in Black futures.
We want reparations for chattel slavery, Jim Crow and mass incarceration.
We want to end all profit from so-called “criminal justice” punishment – both public and private.
We want a guaranteed income for all, living wages, a federal jobs program, and freedom from discrimination for all workers.
We want the labor of Black transgender and cisgender women (unseen and seen, unpaid and paid) to be valued and supported, not criminalized and marginalized.
We want investments in Black communities that promote economic sustainability and eliminate the displacement of our people.
Elsewhere, the Black Youth Project makes it even more clear:
News broke today that Officer Van Dyke will be charged with murder. And, while this is a step in the right direction, it still doesn’t do the work of charging the systems of oppression in this country with genocide.
Laquan McDonald, Sandra Bland, Blake Brockington, Islan Nettles, Rekia Boyd, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and so many others are not individual cases that should be reduced to the conditions of their deaths. They are not singular random cases amidst a usually equitable society. They are Black and brown people whose lives were systematically erased and eradicated by White Supremacy in the United States. This is where we should focus. Period.
As we’ve stated previously, it’s never about the individual case or what the facts actually are. The issue is never the issue. The issue is always how to bring the ‘system’ down, whatever the vehicle.
Black Youth Project is a Soros-funded group. They received at least $350,000 in 2011 from Open Society Foundations which is Soros’s foundation.
Their purpose is not resolution, but pumping up the chaos. Here’s a picture as they decline meeting with the Mayor. You can see the director Charlene Carruthers in this picture, as well as Lamon Reccord, the teen who was blowing whistles and screaming in the face of the police.