In a video posted to YouTube on Sunday, the founding member of a Black Lives Matter organization in Minnesota announced he was quitting the group after realizing the true aims of BLM's leaders did not line up with the needs of his hometown's black community.
"I believed the organization stood for exactly what the name implies—black lives do matter," explained Rashad Turner in the video announcing his decision to step away from BLM after helping create the chapter in St. Paul, Minnesota.
"However, 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 alongside the teacher's union."
"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, but I didn't quit working to improve black lives and access to a great education" says the now-president and executive director of Minnesota Parent Union, an organization created to help parents send their children to better schools.