According to Alicia Garza, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, the network will not offer an endorsement to any of the 2016 presidential candidates.
“Sometimes you have to put a wrench in the gears to get people to listen,” Garza said in a recently published interview with the Associated Press.
Although she admitted that activists close to the movement are free to back any candidate independently, she was adamant that the Black Lives Matter network as a whole would not be endorsing any one person or party.
“Black Lives Matter as a network will not, does not, has not, ain’t going to endorse any candidates,” Garza said. “Now if there are activists within the movement that want to do that independently, they should feel free and if that’s what makes sense for their local conditions, that’s fantastic. But as a network, that’s not work we’re engaged in yet.”
Garza later revealed that in the future the movement may be more open to supporting certain parties. She even revealed that they may put forth candidates of their own but admits they’re not at that stage yet.
“It’s too early in the development of the network and it’s too early in the genesis of the movement to rally around anyone in particular who hasn’t demonstrated that they feel accountable to the Black Lives Matter movement or network,” she said.
“What we’ve seen is an attempt by mainstream politics and politicians to co-opt movements that galvanize people in order for them to move closer to their own goals and objectives,” Garza added. “We don’t think that playing a corrupt game is going to bring change and make black lives matter.”
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