Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors rolling her eyes at ‘All Lives Matter’ during interview is all of us

Patrisse Cullors
Patrisse Khan-Cullors. (theGrio)

During a recent appearance on Good Morning Britain (the Brit version of Good Morning America), Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors found her eyes rolled completely up in her head when she was asked about that pesky “All Lives Matter” business.

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“Rolled all my eyes this morning on @GoodMorningBritain – one day I’ll never have to respond to #AllLivesMatter,” she posted on Twitter.

The eye-rolling was in response to a Good Morning Britain co-host asking about Trump’s “All lives matter” comments. Cullors responded, “What I say to that often is that Black Lives Matter is not an exclusionary phrase, it’s a focus and we get to focus on our community that’s being devastated by mass criminalization and by state violence.”

“Do I think that the Black Lives Matter movement has been able to change the landscape? I definitely do. I don’t think I would be on this morning show if we hadn’t been able to. Have the material conditions for Black people changed? No,” Cullors continued.

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Behind the words

Patrisse Cullors says she co-founded the “Black Lives Matter” movement out of love. But in a country plagued by longtime tension between law enforcement officers and communities of color, the killing of unarmed black civilians, and murders of police officers by radical individuals, her intent would eventually get distorted.

“Black folks have always been considered terrorists in this country,” says Khan-Cullors in an exclusive interview with theGrio. “I think the language terrorism is completely anti- black.”

History shows that black leaders from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Fred Hampton of the Black Panthers, were under surveillance by the FBI, often labeled troublemakers and a threat to public safety. Even Beyoncé wouldn’t go unscathed after her Super Bowl tribute.

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“There is not one day that goes by that a troll doesn’t say to me ‘You’re a terrorist organization’ and that was started by elected officials of this country,” says Khan-Cullors. “They started that rumor.”

The political and personal attacks have in-part inspired Khan-Cullors to team up with activist and writer asha bandele to write a new book, “When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir.”

The book recently earned a spot on The New York Times best-seller list, and is garnering praise for being a raw and personal look at Khan-Cullors life before activism and during the rise of the #BLM movement.