American News Nov 29, 2020 3:00 AM EST

BLM organizer says Biden took advantage of their movement

The lead organizer of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, Dr. Melina Abdullah, accused Joe Biden of capitalizing of the movement's efforts to defund law enforcement.

BLM organizer says Biden took advantage of their movement
Matthew Miller The Post Millennial
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The lead organizer of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, Dr. Melina Abdullah, accused Joe Biden of capitalizing of the movement's efforts to defund law enforcement.

Abdullah said Biden "capitalized on our efforts to defund the police, and then tried to condemn the words at the same time," in an Instagram video from Tuesday morning. She made the video while protesting Democratic Mayor Eric Garcetti, attempting to thwart his potential for receiving a Biden cabinet position.

While many supporting the Black Lives Matter movement also supported Joe Biden in the 2020 election, many on the far left see Biden as unwilling to execute on any substantial reform that would help black Americans.

Biden has previously said that he is "totally opposed to" defunding the police and has generally been supportive of law enforcement throughout his long political career.

"We want to be very clear that as we happily usher out the Trump regime, we will not accept liberal white supremacy in the White House in the form of Joe Biden," Abdullah said.  

"It doesn’t matter to me that Kamala Harris is your vice president if you’re using her black woman body to usher in oppressive systems and oppressive people like Eric Garcetti," she added.

The Black Lives Matter movement is widely opposed to law enforcement as a concept, claiming it exists to maintain an oppressive capitalist superstructure in society.

An omnibus bill presented by the Electoral Justice Project of the Movement for Black Lives called the "BREATHE Act" seeks to radically change the law enforcement and public safety concepts in the United States.

Its four stated goals according to the BREATHE Act website are, "Divest federal resources from incarceration and policing."

"Invest in new, non-punitive, non-carceral approaches to community safety that lead states to shrink their criminal-legal systems and center the protection of Black lives—including Black mothers, Black trans people, and Black women."

"Allocate new money to build healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities."

And "Hold political leaders to their promises and enhance the self-determination of all Black communities."

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