Alicia Garza founded Black Lives Matter along with Patrisse Cullors. But now the 39-year-old is the principal of the Black Futures Lab, which is an advocacy group that works “with Black people to transform their communities.” However, it has recently come to light that Garza’s group has been accepting donations from a group closely tied to the Chinese Communist Party called the Chinese Progressive Association.
The Chinese group, which has connections to the People’s Republic of China, is based in San Francisco, California.
Cullors has previously referred to Garza as a “trained Marxist.” In the interview with The Real News Network, Cullors elaborated on this training and how it is fundamental to their process.
“We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think that what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many Black folks,” Cullors said during The Real News Network interview.
Black Futures Lab does not make it easy to see the fact that the Chinese group financially supports the initiative. However, once a potential donor clicks through, it outlines that the California-based Chinese group “fiscally sponsors” the innovation initiative.
Garza’s organization aims to “engage Black voters year-round” and to “use our political strength to stop corporate influences from creeping into progressive policies.” The group does this by combining “technology and traditional organizing methods to reach black people anywhere and everywhere we are.”
Meanwhile, the Chinese Progressive Association writes on their website that their work “educates, organizes, and empowers the low income and working-class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people.”
Although the link is faint, the Post reported that the CPA has ties with communist China. According to a writeup on Heritage.org, the CPA was founded in 1972 “during the heady days of the Marxist-oriented Asian American Movement.”
The website also links to a Stanford University paper that argues that “The CPA began as a Leftist, pro-People’s Republic of China organization, promoting awareness of mainland China’s revolutionary thought and workers’ rights, and dedicated to self-determination, community control, and ‘serving the people.’”
The paper also claimed that the CPA “worked with other pro-PRC groups within the U.S. and San Francisco Bay Area … Support for the PRC was based on the inspiration the members drew from what they saw as a successful grassroots model that presented a viable alternative to Western capitalism.”
China has a poor history of supporting the rights of Blacks. An advisory issued by the State Department indicated that Chinese law enforcement ordered bars and restaurants to stop serving Blacks.
“Moreover, local officials launched a round of mandatory tests for COVID-19, followed by mandatory self-quarantine, for anyone with ‘African contacts,’ regardless of recent travel history or previous quarantine completion,” the State Department advisory read. “African-Americans have also reported that some businesses and hotels refuse to do business with them. The US Consulate General advises African-Americans or those who believe Chinese officials may suspect them of having contact with nationals of African countries to avoid the Guangzhou metropolitan area until further notice.”
What do you think about the civil rights group’s ties to communist China?