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Is China Backing the Rioters in Our Streets?
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The Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal website earlier this week produced a bombshell report that contained information more shocking than surprising; namely, that there is a significant connection between the official Black Lives Matter organization and the Chinese Communist Party:

One of the co-founders of the official Black Lives Matter group, Alicia Garza, is reportedly partnering up with a Chinese organization that has deep ties to the Chinese Communist Party — and that group now appears to be funding one of Garza’s ventures, according to an investigation by the Daily Signal.

Garza is one of several co-founders of the official “Black Lives Matter” group, and in 2018, she launched a project called “Black Futures Lab,” which aims, its website says, to help activists in the black community maintain interest in civic participation and civic activism year-round. The group “gathers information about the ways that policy affects Black communities and one that uses that information creatively to educate and challenge policymakers.” It also lobbies on behalf of BLM’s interests at the local level.

The Daily Signal’s Mike Gonzalez, though, discovered that donations to the Black Futures Lab don’t seem to go directly to the foundation itself but rather to a group called the “Chinese Progressive Association” — a group that has deep ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

“According to an authoritative 2009 Stanford University paper tracing its early days to the present, and which can be found on, ‘The CPA began as a Leftist, pro-People’s Republic of China organization, promoting awareness of mainland China’s revolutionary thought and workers’ rights, and dedicated to self-determination, community control, and “serving the people,” ’ ” Gonzales reports.

“To this day, the CPA continues to be a partner of the PRC in the United States. Three years ago, the Boston chapter teamed up with China’s Consulate General in New York to offer Chinese nationals the opportunity to renew their passports, getting praise from China’s official mouthpiece, China Daily,” he continues. It also helped raise the Chinese flag over Boston City Hall to honor the anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s takeover of China.

“It is clear, then, that CPA works with China’s communist government, pushes its agenda here in the United States, and is regularly praised by China’s state-owned mouthpieces,” Gonzalez says. “It is clear, too, from, this perspective, why the CPA would sponsor a new enterprise by Garza: They espouse the same desire for world communism.”

Garza called herself a “trained Marxist,” though she didn’t outline who provided her with her Marxist training.

Three months ago at the Epoch Times, Trevor Loudon offered a good bit of evidence that Chinese influence in organizations supporting the Black Lives Matter and Antifa protests in various cities around the country is real and pervasive.

Loudon’s report focused on a pair of organizations, both formerly named Freedom Road Socialist Organization, which originated from remnants of Maoist outfits like Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the Weathermen, Revolutionary Communist Party, League of Revolutionary Struggle, Communist Party USA (Marxist-Leninist), Communist Workers Party, and others. The smaller of the two, FRSO-FightBack!, has material ties to terrorist organizations and was in fact the target of multiple FBI raids a decade ago:

In September 2010, the FBI raided the homes of 23 FRSO-FB members and supporters in Minnesota, Illinois, and California looking for evidence of “material support for terrorism,” according to The Washington Post.

“Search warrants, subpoenas and documents show that the FBI has been interested in links between the activists and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Hezbollah.”

Despite considerable documentation being seized and the first-person evidence of an FBI informant inside FRSO-FB, no prosecutions were carried out. The fact that several of the arrestees were tied to President Barack Obama through Chicago activist circles may have been a factor in that decision.

FRSO was involved in re-forming an old domestic terrorist organization, the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (NAARPR). NAARPR is the outfit former Communist Party terrorist Angela Davis fronted in the 1970s. But the current iteration was more than a little involved in standing up “mostly peaceful” protests almost immediately following the death of George Floyd:

On May 25, the day George Floyd was killed, the NAARPR issued a call for a National Day of Protest that weekend:

“Cities across the country are picking up the call for a National Day of Protest on May 30th ‘to stop the racist murder and violence that this administration has willfully unleashed’ on the many people trapped in jails, prisons, and detention centers many of which are becoming death camps in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

NAARPR produced a quick list of 11 major cities where protests were planned — almost all to be led by known FRSO front groups:

  • Minneapolis–St. Paul–Twin Cities Coalition Justice 4 Jamar
  • Chicago–Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
  • Dallas–Dallas Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression
  • Los Angeles–Centro CSO
  • Jacksonville, Fla.–Jacksonville Community Action Committee
  • Salt Lake City–Utah Against Police Brutality

Many more cities were added; many more marches were planned and continue to be planned. Almost all were led by FRSO front groups or allied communist organizations.

If you found it peculiar how fast those George Floyd riots blew up all over the country, almost as though somebody was just waiting for a spark to ignite the bonfires they had pre-positioned, Loudon wants you to know you weren’t crazy.

Another organization formerly calling itself Freedom Road is now known as Liberation Road, and its exploits of late have been significant:

Liberation Road is so strong in Virginia that by signing up hundreds of thousands of minority voters for the Democrats, they have flipped the state from red to blue. This was with the help of super-focused computer-generated electoral mapping done by Liberation Road comrade Steve McClure working out of Wuhan University in China.…

We’ve all heard the story about three young black women — Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi — who were sitting around after the 2012 killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin grieving for the young black men being systematically persecuted and murdered by law enforcement. They just happened to come up with the hashtag “Black Lives Matter” — which then just happened to spark a worldwide movement.

In reality, the hashtag gained traction because FRSO/OSCL and their armies of sympathizers in the social movements and the media pushed to make it happen. Communists have been doing this daily for more than a century now. They are very good at it.

All three young women are seasoned far-left activists in the orbit of FRSO/Liberation Road.

Garza worked in Liberation Road-aligned organizations People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER), the School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL), the Right to the City Alliance, and contributed to the War Times newspaper.

In 2014, she was involved in a Mapping Socialist Strategies retreat in upstate New York, which was organized by the New York affiliate of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation—a German-based group founded and led by senior members of the former East German Communist Party.

Currently, she is a leader of LeftRoots, an FRSO/Liberation Road spinoff organization.

Tometi was executive director of Black Alliance for Just Immigration. Her predecessor was Gerald Lenoir, a former leader of the Maoist-leaning Line of March group.

On June 4, 2015, she visited the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Berlin, where she spoke about police violence in the United States and the accomplishments of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Cullors was mentored in Los Angeles by Eric Mann, a lifelong Maoist and former member of SDS, the Weathermen, and the League of Revolutionary Struggle.

In January 2015, she traveled to Palestine with a delegation of Black Lives Matter activists “to witness firsthand the effects of Israeli apartheid and occupation,” according to a Facebook post.

One of Cullors’s fellow American delegates, “Dream Defender” Ahmad Abuznaid, is the son of a Nabil Abuznaid, a “close friend” and adviser to Yasser Arafat, the late leader of the terrorist Palestine Liberation Organization.

And now you know where the Marxist training came from.

We already know there is a great deal of parallel between what’s going on in America’s streets, and in American media and culture, and what Maoists in China perpetrated during the Cultural Revolution in that country, at a time when so many of the current graybeards in the American communist movement, the people who trained the current generation of BLM and Antifa revolutionaries, were making their bones with SDS and CPUSA.

The real issue, then, is how much material support, beyond simply ideological support — and moral support, which we’ve seen publicly — comes from China to organizations like Liberation Road, FRSO, Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and others.

We’ve seen hints at an answer coming from our government. National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has mentioned China as one of several countries fomenting civil unrest in America. Attorney General William Barr has made similar statements. To date, though, American corporate legacy media has been wholly uninterested in investigating that subject. One gets the sense that any well-resourced investigation would turn up a wealth of evidence supporting O’Brien and Barr’s statements.

But so far, nothing. Which is unsurprising.

And yet shocking. Those riots have done more than a billion dollars in direct economic damage, which is a drop in the bucket compared to the indirect and long-lasting losses the cities BLM and Antifa have burned and looted will suffer.

Who benefits?

Who benefits from an America intent on tearing itself apart and, should the revolutionaries in our streets win the day, turning away from the capitalist economy that made it the strongest, richest, and freest nation in world history?

The question isn’t really whether China is backing those revolutionaries. It’s what we’re going to do about it.

Scott McKay
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Scott McKay is a contributing editor at The American Spectator  and publisher of the Hayride, which offers news and commentary on Louisiana and national politics, and, a national political news aggregation and opinion site. Additionally, he's the author of the new book The Revivalist Manifesto: How Patriots Can Win The Next American Era, available at He’s also a writer of fiction — check out his three Tales of Ardenia novels Animus, Perdition and Retribution at Amazon. Scott's other project is The Speakeasy, a free-speech social and news app with benefits - check it out here.
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