Activist Leaves Black Lives Matter Because It Was ‘Hijacked’

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter
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The leader of Black Lives Matter St. Paul  announced he was leaving the movement because BLM has been “hijacked.”

Rashad Turner, who previously ran for a Minnesota state representative position, left Black Lives Matter because of its call for a temporary ban on charter schools, reports the 74 Million.

“For me, it was a question of integrity,” Turner said, according to the 74 Million. “Being that I am all for charter schools and ed reform, and as someone who is seeking educational justice for students and families, I could no longer be under that banner of Black Lives Matter.”

The Movement for Black Lives, a larger group that includes Black Lives Matter, issued a platform that spoke out against charter schools.

Turner, who reportedly fights for “educational justice,” said that he could not continue to work in education and stay affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Stepping outside of that banner personally meant that I needed to step down from a leadership role and any affiliation with Black Lives Matter if I’m going to do a great job in education and fighting for educational justice,” Turned said.

Turner is also known for leading the charge to get St. Paul high school teacher Theo Olson fired. Olson complained about the lack of discipline at his school over Facebook, which infuriated BLM activists. (RELATED: Teacher May Lose Job For Offending Black Lives Matter Activists)

Olson reached an agreement with the school and retired in August after being suspended without pay for two weeks.

Turner also organized a Black Lives Matter protest where demonstrators chanted “pigs in blanket, fry ’em like bacon.” Turner claimed that officers who disagreed with the chant were “cherry-picking” an otherwise peaceful protest.

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