Ellen McGirt at Fortune Magazine reports that the Black Lives Matter movement will receive millions of dollars in funding from the Ford Foundation. The Foundation states, in one of the more sickening pieces I have read in some time (read the whole thing if you have the stomach for it):
By partnering with Borealis Philanthropy, Movement Strategy Center, and Benedict Consulting to found the Black-Led Movement Fund, Ford has made six-year investments in the organizations and networks that compose the Movement for Black Lives. . . .
As we continue to engage with and learn from the movement, we’re eager to deepen and expand this community of social justice funders. We want to nurture bold experiments and help the movement build the solid infrastructure that will enable it to flourish. As we do so, we believe it’s essential that our funding not dictate or distort the work underway.
Sickening though the Ford Foundation’s piece is, I got a kick out of the last sentence.
How much money will the Ford Foundation and its partners funnel to BLM? According to Edmund Kozak at PoliZette, the above-mentioned Borealis Philanthropy says the goal is to “bring $100 million in new resources to the Movement for Black Lives.” Without distorting BLM’s work, of course.
No one should be surprised that the Ford Foundation will fund BLM. It is a thoroughly leftist operation and has been for decades.
The folks at the Foundation surely were thrilled by the recent wide-ranging set of BLM demands, which I discussed in a post called “From a lie to a revolution.” I suspect that the document was written with an eye towards obtaining funding or in collaboration with potential big funders or people closely connected with them. This is probably why the BLM demands touched so many leftist bases (though I’m not sure it explains the demand to help prostitutes).
Black Lives Matter has taken the place of Occupy Wall Street as the vanguard of a concerted, lawless, and if necessary violent push for the radical transformation of America — “total social upheaval” and “systemic change,” as BLM activists put it. The movement is, as several of its founders have said, the vessel through which all progressive causes can flow. And it is a far more serviceable vessel than Occupy Wall Street.
BLM’s push for total social upheaval and systemic change will be aided and abetted by outfits like Ford Foundation that strike uninformed Americans as mainstream. It will also be aided and abetted by politicians who are viewed as mainstream liberals.
The left may be overplaying its hand. It’s one thing for BLM organizers and activists to be giddy. They say they have never before felt such a sense of hope and excitement that “total social upheaval” and “systemic change” can be realized in their lifetime. Having little to lose, they naturally want to seize the day.
It’s another thing for organizations and politicians who pose as mainstream to view the BLM moment as the right time to remove the mask and embrace a group that encourages lawlessness and violence against the police. They have plenty to lose and probably won’t be able to benefit from the Donald Trump diversion much longer.