In a strong repudiation of all political affiliations, the Black Lives Matter network has disavowed an endorsement by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), saying all parties “have historically attempted to control or contain Black people’s efforts to liberate ourselves,” reports The Guardian.
During its summer meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Friday, the DNC voted unanimously to adopt a resolution to work in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, the report notes. But the Black Lives Matter network, which represents 26 chapters nationwide, rejected the endorsement Sunday on its Facebook page.
“We do not now, nor have we ever, endorsed or affiliated with the Democratic Party, or with any party,” the Black Lives Matter network said in a response posted to its Facebook page on Sunday. “The Democratic Party, like the Republican and all 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.”
In the resolution, the DNC called on Congress to pass laws that seek to reform the criminal justice system, end racial profiling, demilitarize police forces and support programs that offer alternatives to jail time. The proposals are in step with those outlined last week by a coalition of civil rights protesters.
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