In a newly unearthed video from back in 2010, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, who’s made a name – and millions of dollars – as a professional activist, bragged about her book having once been compared to Chinese dictator Mao Tse-tung’s “Little Red Book.”
According to the National Pulse, which dug up the now 11-year-old footage, Cullors was speaking at the United States Social Forum panel on “Transformative Organizing Theory” at the time.
“I was speaking to this young person from Arizona who’s trying to fight SB 1070, and he grabbed a book and he said, ‘It’s like Mao’s Red Book.’ And I was like man, that’s what I was thinking, and it was just really cool to hear him make that connection, and I was like how about you buy 10 to 15 of these books and you all have like a youth organizing group where you talk about it and you really try to engage this.”
“I think I have a really important role in speaking to youth. Maybe it’s because I came in the movement at 17-and-a-half, so I have just a knack for knowing how to organize young people into this organization,” she continued in the video.
BLM founder Patrisse Cullors, who describes herself as a “trained Marxist” said it’s “really cool” people think her new book “is like Mao’s Red Book” [from 2010] pic.twitter.com/ZjbJm63ort— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 7, 2021
First compiled in the 1960s, the “Little Red Book” is a collection of quotes and speeches from China’s Communist Party Chairman Mao Tse-tung, during whose “Cultural Revolution” based on Leninist-Marxist ideals, historians estimate that tens of millions of people were persecuted on political grounds and anywhere from hundreds of thousands to tens of millions were killed. As many as 55 million more died in the massive famine triggered by Tse-tung’s forced shift from an agricultural Chinese society to an industrial one.
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In the United States, the book was widely read and distributed by the Black Panthers in their violent crusade for civil rights. The book was also championed by militant groups like the Shining Path, the Brown Berets, the Weather Underground, the Black Liberation Army, and the Vietcong.
Ironically, given her self-proclaimed "trained Marxist" ideals and alleged devotion to social justice and equity, Cullors has recently come under fire for going on a house-buying spree and scooping up four homes worth a total of about $3.2 million, as well as for reportedly funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of business to a startup company owned by the father of her child.