Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors once was ecstatic that a book she was promoting was compared to the "Little Red Book" by Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong, one of the most notorious mass murderers in history.
The unearthed video reportedly shows Cullors delivering a speech in Detroit during a United States Social Forum panel in 2010. Cullors, who would have been about 26 years old at the time, was one of five speakers who were "launching a movement-building conversation" and "building anti-racist, anti-imperialist politics in working-class communities of color."
In the video resurfaced by the National Pulse, Cullors promotes the book titled, "The 7 Components of Transformative Organizing Theory." Cullors, who has described herself as a "trained Marxist," said the radical left-wing organizing book was comparable to the "Little Red Book," a collection of 427 quotes from Mao released during China's Cultural Revolution to spread propaganda about communism, socialism, Marxism, Leninism, and class struggle.
"I was speaking to this young person from Arizona who's trying to fight SB 1070, and he grabbed a book and he said, 'It's like Mao's Red Book.' And I was like, 'Man, that's what I was thinking,' and it was just really cool to hear him make that connection," Cullors said in the video. "And I was like how about you buy 10 to 15 of these books and you all have like a youth organizing group where you talk about it and you really try to engage this. We need to build off of this."
Historian Frank Dikötter estimates that Mao Zedong's Great Leap Forward policy led to the deaths of up to 45 million people between 1958 to 1962, far more deaths than Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.
Also during the 2010 workshop, Cullors said racism was the cause of her father's death.
"My father passed away in December, what I say of racism. He was only 53 years old and he passed of racism," Cullors claimed. "Because this country killed him."
The speaker after Cullors then promoted a workshop titled, "Socialism for the 21st Century," which she billed as "Glenn Beck's nightmare."
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At the time of the video, Cullors was a community organizer with the Labor Community Strategy Center, a self-described "think tank/act tank" that is "building a matching to take on the system." The Los Angeles-based organization launches campaigns for "working class communities of color, and addresses the totality of urban life with a particular focus on civil rights, environmental justice, public health, global warming, and the criminal legal system."
Cullors said that she joined the Labor Community Strategy Center at the age of 17 when she was "really angry." She said, "I didn't have a direction, I just was spewing anger."
In 2018, Cullors told Democracy Now that the Labor Community Strategy Center was her "first political home," and said that the organization's founder and director Eric Mann is her "mentor."
In the 1960s, Mann was an active member of the Weathermen, the group that later became Weather Underground, a radical left-wing militant organization. In November 1969, Mann and 22 members of the Weathermen were arrested in connection to a shooting of the police station in Cambridge, Massachusetts, according to the Harvard Crimson.
"Three men — Eric Mann, James Reeves, and James Kilpatrick — were charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to attempt murder," the paper reported. "The rest of the 23 are being held on the conspiracy charge."
"Mann was eventually charged with assault and battery, disturbing the peace, damaging property, defacing a building and disturbing a public assembly, for which he spent 18 months behind bars," the New York Post reported.
During the workshop, the speakers were trying to sell copies of Mann's book "The 7 Components of Transformative Organizing Theory," a 58-page paperback published in 2010. Mann defines "transformative organizing" as "left-wing organizing as characterized by militant opposition to racism, war, and the abuses of Empire, strategized by people who self-identify as revolutionary, radical, liberal, and progressive."
According to Mann, "Transformative organizing seeks radical social change through the strategy of building an international united front to challenge the U.S. Empire." He proclaimed that the United States is a "structurally racist, imperialist power. Driven by the need to relentlessly expand — a characteristic of advanced capitalism — it operates to control the economies, governments, and peoples of every nation, especially in Asia, Africa, and Latin America."
Mann said the United States was "built on genocide, slavery, stolen lands, and stolen peoples."
Mann claimed, "Transformative organizing requires the leadership of society's most exploited, oppressed, and strategically placed classes and races" and must "put forth radical demands, and wage long-term battles."
In 2010 Mann wrote:
With the "Tea Party" rising in popularity and the Obama/Clinton administration busy pursuing the Empire's objectives abroad, there is an urgent need for the Left to organize and generate a new movement rooted in a creative, anti-racist, anti-imperialist politics among working class communities of color. The most effective framework for doing this is transformative organizing because: it is in revolutionary opposition to the power structures of colonialism, patriarchy, white supremacy, and capitalism in its current form, which is imperialism; it actually transforms the consciousness of people who participate in the process; and it empowers organizers to stand up to the Right, reach out to people, and take on the system.
Cullors was recently embroiled in controversy when it was revealed that the Marxist-loving BLM founder reportedly purchased four homes for $3.2 million over a short period of time. Cullors defended the property purchases by claiming that she is investing in her "family members."