The Black Lives Matter movement in Toronto has come under fire for a controversial tweet from one of its co-founders.
Yusra Khogali tweeted “Plz Allah give me strength to not cuss/kill these men and white folks out here today. Plz plz plz,” on Feb. 9, in a post which has since been deleted, according to Newstalk1010.
Khogali has not responded to requests for comments by Canadian new agencies.
Black Lives Matter activist Sandy Hudson blames the media for focusing on the tweet rather than the larger picture which involves police brutality against black people.
“This is extremely frustrating and emotional for me because we slept outside for two weeks to get somebody to care about death in our community and this is what you decided to focus on? It’s very, very, very irresponsible,” she said.
When Hudson was repeatedly asked to apologize for the tweet on behalf of the black rights organization, she essentially refused to do so by avoiding the questions altogether.
She went on to state that activists had a meeting with Premier Kathleen Wynne, where the issue of unlawful black deaths was addressed. Wynne, who conversed with the group on Sunday, said she cannot comment on the actions of one individual and whether a random tweet should provide a reflection of the BLM movement as a whole.
The black rights group came to discuss systematic racism in society that results in a high rate of black incarceration in prisons and a low number of black college graduates.
There is no denying the fact that there are a huge number of black deaths at the hands of police in North America. Yet, the fact remains that a marginalized group cannot hope to endear the media and the concerned authorities by posting offensive rants in public.