Patrisse Cullors, one of the founders of the “Black Lives Matter” movement will give the commencement speech at UCLA’s School of Public Affairs June 11th.
In a 2015 interview, Cullors referred to herself as a “trained Marxist” proclaiming “We are trained Marxists. 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 folk.”
Cullors said the same year “Palestine is our generation’s South Africa. If we don’t step up boldly and courageously to end the imperialist project that’s called Israel, we’re doomed.”
Patrisse Cullors will give the commencement speech at UCLA’s School of Public Affairs. @UCLA: “We do not condone racism, anti-Semitism or any form of bias”.
— Shahar Azani (@ShaharAzani) June 11, 2021
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Dean Professor Gary Segura said in a statement “Respect for diversity of opinion on matters of public concern is a key tenet of the educational philosophy of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and it’s important to remember that an invitation to speak does not represent an endorsement of all past or future statements by a given speaker.”
“We do not condone racism, sexism, anti-Semitism or any form of bias,” he continued. “The prerecorded commencement message from Patrisse Cullors is one of unity, tolerance and forgiveness. She suggests that a cooperative spirit can help heal old wounds and advance new solutions. I am confident that our graduating students will appreciate her perspective and find inspiration in her call to look forward without judgment in pursuit of a happier, more equitable society.”
Many conservatives on Twitter and supporters of Israel are not happy with UCLA’s decision and are sounding off.
Here is some of the backlash.
Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of BLM will give the commencement speech at UCLA…the same Patrisse Cullors who calls for the destruction of the only Jewish state.
Shame on UCLA!
— Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) June 11, 2021
Millions of African slaves in Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and daily slayings of the Igbo people in Nigeria.
Cullors/BLM ignores all & chooses to vilify Israel (nation proudly boasting a brown & black Jewish majority).
— StopAntisemitism.org (@StopAntisemites) June 11, 2021
A woman who explicitly called for the end of Israel is a commencement speaker at a major University. That’s all you need know about the normalizing- even the valorization- of anti-Semitic tropes. https://t.co/vJ9IhqhtkD
— David Wolpe (@RabbiWolpe) June 11, 2021