Meet Rashard Turner. His was exactly the tragedy-to-triumph success story that BLM supposedly exists to champion. Or so he thought when he joined them.
Rashard had a tough start to his life. Dad was shot dead when he was two and he was raised by his grandparents. But he was told that education was the path to his success. He worked hard, went to school, got a degree, and did well. He came out with a degree and a Masters in Education.
He believes that quality education is a pathway to success, because he, as the first in his family to get a degree, is living proof that it works.
Wanting to benefit others, Turner helped launch a St. Paul Black Lives Matter chapter in 2015 thinking that their vision of helping black families would be similar to his. He quickly learned how mistaken he was.
‘After a year on the inside, I learned they had little concern for rebuilding black families…’
‘…and they cared even less about improving the quality of education for students in Minneapolis. That was made clear when they publicly denounced charter schools along with teacher’s unions. I was an insider in Black Lives Matter and I learned the ugly truth. The moratorium on charter schools does not support rebuilding the black family. But it does create barriers to a better education for black children.’
I resigned from Black Lives Matter after a year and a half. I didn’t quit working to improve black lives, and access to a great education. Today I serve as the president and executive director of Minnesota Parent Union. We’re dedicated to helping parents moving children from failing schools to successful schools.
It’s hard work, and we’re up against forces that don’t want us to succeed. But success IS possible. Just look at me … and the hundreds of children and families we’ve helped to pursue a great education, break the chains of poverty, and lead a life of success.
This is what integrity looks like.
BLM was bending his vision into a contrary goal, so he walked away so he could focus on something that would make the difference HE was fighting to make.
This is the kind of REAL grass-roots change that makes a nation great. Not the astroturf ones that get big seed money from billionaires with unstated private agendas of their own.