Dr. Melina Abdullah, a CSU-LA professor and member of Black Lives Matter, is encouraging allies to support “Black X-Mas”. The movement demands supporters not buy from “white corporations”. In lieu of presents, they want protestors to donate to black organizations.
Abdullah believes that “white capitalism” is racist. She wants African Americans to feel economically empowered. In a tweet from Black Lives Matter (Los Angeles chapter):
We’re dreaming of a #BlackXmas…where folks withhold dollars from White capitalism and use resources to #BuildBlackCommunity. Instead of spending, DONATE to a Black organization as a holiday gift for your loved ones or #BuyBlack. Go to https://t.co/klHABpJaeu for more.
— #BlackLivesMatter-LA (@BLMLA) November 26, 2017
From the “about” section of the Black X-Mas website:
We’re creating a #BlackXmas
No Spending with White corporations 11/24/2017 – 01/01/2018
#DIVEST from White corporations.
#INVEST in Black community.
If you must buy, #BUYBLACK
Go to www.backingblackbusiness.com for links to Black-owned businesses and download “Official” Black Wall Street and MyClickUrban to your mobile device for mapped businesses and Black events.
Donald Trump embodies White capitalism. If you are anti-Trump, you should hold back your resources from him and the like.
BUILD NEW TRADITIONS: Donate to Black-led community-based organizations in the name of your loved ones as holiday gifts.
We say ‘white capitalism’ because it’s important that we understand that the economic system and the racial structures are connected. We have to not only disrupt the systems of policing that literally kill our people, but we have to disrupt the white supremacist, capitalistic, patriarchal, heteronormative system that is really the root cause of these police killings.
Abdullah comes from a family of Marxist organizers, so her views are not very surprising. She brought up Black X-Mas on her KPFK radio show “Beautiful Struggle“. Dr. Anthony Ratcliff, another CSU-LA professor, joined her in the discussion. Last summer, he organized BLM’s first youth activist camp.
On the show, Dr. Ratcliff said:
Black Lives Matter and other organizations build a strong critique and understanding of racism and white supremacy and sexism and homophobia, transphobia, but we have to have as much hatred or vitriol against capitalism. Until we start to see capitalism just as nefarious as white supremacy, we will always be struggling.
The movement isn’t calling for a black version of Wal-Mart or African American billionaires. It’s demanding capitalism be completely dismantled.
Black X-Mas has been around for a few years. Previously, demonstrations in Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Los Angeles blocked traffic at malls and airports during peak holiday hours.
Last year, BLM-LA crashed a Christmas Eve brunch at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes. Protestors sang “protest carols”. Essentially, Christmas carols re-worded with anti-Trump and anti-white lyrics.
All of this sure sounds like a really pleasant way to celebrate the holidays. Imagine telling your children they weren’t getting any items on their Christmas list. Everything went to Black Lives Matter. In my opinion, this is just another fail from Black Lives Matter.