UPDATED 10:27 AM PT – Tuesday, May 18, 2021
A video resurfaced of one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter optimistically promoting a book she compared to infamous Chinese leader Mao Zedong’s communist red book.
During a speech in 2010, Patrisse Cullors highlighted a pamphlet titled “The 7 Components of Transformative Organizing Theory.” In the video, she told the story of how a student came up to her and compared it to Mao’s red book to which she enthusiastically agreed.
Mao was responsible for launching China into the so-called “Great Leap Forward” during the late 1950s and early 60s, which resulted in mass famine and the deaths of an estimated 4 million people. His red book was a propaganda pamphlet meant to reassert Mao’s position in China following the catastrophic results of his communist policies.
The pamphlet Cullors was touting was written by radical far-left activist Eric Mann who has expressed extreme communist sympathies. For instance, he wrote about his admiration for the Soviet Union in a 2017 Huffington Post article, noting “a great appreciation of the achievements of the Russian Revolution and the Soviet Union is a critical part of our revolutionary future.”
Cullors has a history of connecting herself and fellow Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza to Marxist and communist thinking, stating in June of 2020 that she and Garza are “trained Marxists.”