#BlackLivesMatter Rejects DNC Resolution of Support

black lives matterBlack Lives Matter has rejected the Democratic National Committee’s resolution in support of the grassroots group’s efforts to address and overcome racial tensions in the wake of numerous shooting deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police officers.

Though not an official endorsement, per se, the DNC passed the resolution on Friday during its meeting in Minneapolis:

The DNC joins with Americans across the country in affirming “Black lives matter” and the “say her name” efforts to make visible the pain of our fellow and sister Americans as they condemn extrajudicial killings of unarmed African American men, women and children.

According to the response from Black Lives Matter on Monday, however, the movement neither accepts nor counter-endorses the DNC, nor any other efforts by major political parties to embrace (re: co-opt) the protest group’s efforts:

We do not now, nor have we ever, endorsed or affiliated with the Democratic Party, or with any party. The Democratic Party, like the Republican and all other political parties, have historically attempted to control or contain Black people’s efforts to liberate ourselves. True change requires real struggle, and that struggle will be in the streets and led by the people, not by a political party.

Check out the full statement below:

[h/t Danielle Tcholakian]
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