Black Lives Matter Wants to Create Black Christmas in Los Angeles
Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 11/28/2017, 4:34 p.m.
Activist group Black Lives Matter of Los Angeles (BLM) is calling for holiday shoppers to spend their money at Black-owned businesses in a push for a “Black Christmas” that aims to resist white supremacy through capitalism, reports Newsweek. Group leaders say it’s time for people to “resist white capitalism” and divest from businesses that contribute to racial inequality. Melina Abdullah, a BLM leader who is a professor at California State University, Los Angeles (CSU-LA), is encouraging shoppers to use their money to support economic empowerment for minorities. “We say ‘white capitalism’ because it’s important that we understand that the economic system and the racial structures are connected,” said Abdullah during her weekly radio show, “Beautiful Struggle.” “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.”