Black Lives Matter Statement: Resentful White People Elected a White Supremacist

Resentful white people elected a white supremacist as president according to Black Lives Matter’s statement published on

“What is true today — and has been true since the seizure of this land — is that when black people and women build power, white people become resentful. Last week, that resentment manifested itself in the election of a white supremacist to the highest office in American government.”

The statement also asserts that, “White supremacy fortified the decision to disregard racism and sexism as serious variables in the outcome of this election.”

Despite the fact that Trump’s election follows the two consecutive terms of the nation’s first black President, and despite the fact that 217 of the counties that voted for Trump had voted for Obama in 2012, the statement says:

“We also need and deserve an elaborate strategy to eradicate both white supremacy and implicit bias towards it. We must reckon with the anti-blackness of America’s history that led to this political moment.”

Near the conclusion the statement declares:

“And today, like every day before it, we demand reparations, economic justice, a commitment to black futures and an end to the war on black people, in the United States and around the world.”

Alex Nitzberg is an intern at the American Journalism Center at Accuracy in Media and Accuracy in Academia. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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