Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza in 2015: Capitalism must be abolished for black lives to matter

By Peter Hasson

Capitalism must be abolished in order for black lives to matter, Alicia Garza, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, said at a conference in 2015.

Black Lives Matter has experienced a resurgence of support in 2020 following the May 25 death of George Floyd. Celebrities and large corporations have poured millions of dollars into Black Lives Matter Global Network — BLM’s national arm — and other organizations that support defunding the police.

“It’s not possible for a world to emerge where black lives matter if it’s under capitalism,” Garza said in 2015 at the left-wing convention Left Forum. “And it’s not possible to abolish capitalism without a struggle against national oppression and gender oppression,” she added.

Left Forum is an annual meeting that “brings together grassroots groups, activists, academics, and countless people who are trying to understand and improve their roles in transforming our world,” according to the forum’s website.

Garza didn’t return the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment. The Daily Signal, the media arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation, first reported her comments on Tuesday.

Another BLM co-founder, Patrisse Cullors, described herself and Garza as “trained Marxists” in a 2015 interview.

“Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories,” Cullors said.

The Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of activist groups including Black Lives Matter, states on its website “that Black people will never achieve liberation under the current global racialized capitalist system.”

The Movement for Black Lives also calls for abolishing both police and prisons across the country.

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11 thoughts on “Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza in 2015: Capitalism must be abolished for black lives to matter

  1. Hey Ailicia, you can take your signs and followers to say countries like Cuba. Bingo!!!!! NO CAPITALISM!!! That sould make you happy.

  2. It is a sad state when the purported founder denigrates every Black American- that Black Americans cannot live in a capitalist society. That Black Americans need the assistance of government to survive.
    I know this to be false. Black Americans are very bit as capable as any other American, should they choose to be, the same as a caucasian or any other “color” American. Garza’s rants and demands prove positively that the writings of Thomas Sowell are true and factual. In fact Dr. Sowell and countless other Black Americans are proof that skin color does not correlate with ambition or ability. Today’s issues are directly linked to actions that the democrats took in the 1960’s, in the name of “Civil Rights” and “equality”.
    The actions of BLM today are polar opposite of what Dr. ML King fought and died for.

  3. Do Ms Garza and Ms Patrize truly believe that Black persons and women cannot work to provide for themselves.
    That they are incapable of holding a good job, doing good work, getting promotions with increased pay, loving their families? Prospering in their education?

    Can they look to any place that Communism, Nazism, dictatorship has “prospered” for the masses?
    Do they really thing Hitler was God?

    Would they prefer Venezuela today – which makes everybody equally hungry, unemployed, dependent, ruled by power mad MARXSISTS?

    Do they intent to be the rulers of this “New Venesuela” in North America? OF COURSE they do !!!!!

    • Can you imagine these two women trying to get Air Force One to fly them to view their domain.

      No fuel, no mechanics, no pilots, no flight control, no weather reports, airports closed, no repair parts.
      ALL THIS STUFF DOESN’T JUST HAPPEN !!

      They might find a team of fast horses! until the Buggy breaks

      And imagine what the White house would look like, after they had lived in if for a couple of years.

  4. I’ve got a great suggestion for the “trained Marxist”. Take your tribe of free stuff demands to Liberia and setup your own country in your homeland… we are quite happy with capitalism and our Representative Republic and will fight to keep it. You want
    socialism/communism you’ll fit right in on the African continent …

  5. It’s damn near Mission Complete on destroying Capitalism in Vermont..
    Between the scamdemic, the “Stop the Weather From Changing By Giving Us Your Money Plan” and now BLM.. sheesh.. ya’ll are gonna be living on love.
    I hope it feeds the kids and puts a roof over your head.

    • So true Laura, they want to take every penny we earn. And now Jon Stewart, the retired host of the Daily Show that fought for the federal gov’t to pay billions of dollars to 911 victims, is now fighting another cause for veterans. He said that the veterans that burned their garbage with jet fuel has caused them to get cancer. I would rather my tax dollars went to our veterans but when does it end.

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