Doug Miller: BLM’s idealogical framework |

Doug Miller: BLM’s idealogical framework

The Other Voices column of Oct. 1, “Fear Mongering,” is persuasively written, but asserts, among other things, that the organization calling itself Black Lives Matter is not Marxist-influenced, despite claims by others. He found, reviewing their beliefs, no support for such indictments.

A quick search led me to a different conclusion, based on a YouTube interview with the organization’s co-founder, Patrice Cullors, on Jared Ball’s The Real News Network, July 22, 2015, in which she states, “We actually do have an ideological frame; myself and Alicia [Garza] in particular are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists. We are super versed, on, sort of, ideological theory, and I think that what we really try to do is build a movement to be utilized by many, many black folks …”

This segment, titled A Short History of Black Lives Matter, is still available, as of this writing, at the following link: The quoted statement appears around the seven-minute mark.

Whether you agree with the organization’s positions and goals is irrelevant. The fact remains that, unless those have been fundamentally transformed in the intervening five years, the Black Lives Matter organization can accurately be described as Marxist.

Doug Miller

Grass Valley

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User


Mark Johnson: One question …


Every single person I know … every acquaintance that I have spoken with recently … is 100% against reopening the Idaho-Maryland Mine. The destruction of our valued way of life looks like it would be…

See more