The Black Lives Matter movement marked its four-year anniversary Thursday since its inception in 2013.
The movement launched as a hashtag after George Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013 for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a black teen. The movement has since launched massive protests about police brutality, called for reparations and argued to get rid of police officers.
Here are five of the craziest statements from activists associated with the network to mark the four-year anniversary of the Black Lives Matter movement.
1.) A Black Lives Matter activist suggested police officers be abolished.
“The police force in this country began as a slave patrol…,” activist Jessica Disu said last year on the “Kelly File.” “We need to abolish the police, period. Demilitiarize the police, disarm the police, and we need to come up with community solutions for transformative justice.”
2.) The co-founder of the Toronto chapter implied that white people are genetically inferior.
“White ppl are recessive genetic defects. this is factual. White ppl need white supremacy as a mechanism to protect their survival as a people because all they can do is produce themselves. black ppl simply through their dominant genes can literally wipe out the white race if we had the power to,” Yusra Khogali reportedly wrote in a 2015 Facebook post.
3.) A Black Lives Matter protest featured a “fry ’em like bacon” chant about police officers.
The St. Paul, Minn., chapter of the movement had a protest where people chanted “pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon,” as they marched the streets.
4.) The Philadelphia chapter explained why it’s okay to ban white people from their meetings.
“Black-centered spaces provide black people with the opportunity to come together to strategize, organize and heal in fellowship without the fear of violence and co-optation,” said L. Williams, a BLM Philly member, about the decision to prevent white people from coming.
5.) The movement said it was necessary to defend Cuban dictator Fidel Castro after his death.
“We are feeling many things as we awaken to a world without Fidel Castro. There is an overwhelming sense of loss, complicated by fear and anxiety. Although no leader is without their flaws, we must push back against the rhetoric of the right and come to the defense of El Comandante,” the group wrote in an op-ed after Castro died.
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