BLACK Lives Matter’s belief statement calling for an end to the nuclear family structure has disappeared from its website, drawing accusations that it is trying to cover up its aims.
The movement’s “What We Believe” page now states, “Sorry, but the page you were trying to view does not exist.”
While the mission statement of sorts has been taken down, it still lives in the web archive.
The group laid out its views on the nuclear family near the end of its now-deleted lengthy message: “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and 'villages' that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”
The page also previously stated: “We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work 'double shifts' so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work.”
Among people who noticed the change was Republican Senator Mike Lee’s communications director Conn Carroll.
On Monday, Carroll tweeted that Black Lives Matter had deleted the page “which originally called for the disruption” of the nuclear family structure.
Critics of the movement have ripped the reference as pushing Marxist principles of communal children over the traditional American values of family unity and individualism.
Black Lives Matter faced criticism for the belief—even from some blacks.
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In late June, former NFL player Marcellus Wiley slammed the message, expressing that his mission in life is “being a father and a husband.”
“How do I reconcile that what I just told you with this, the [Black Lives Matter] mission statement that says, ‘We dismantle the patriarchal practice. We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement,” Wiley said.
The movement now has an “About Black Lives Matter” page that states: "We affirm the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. Our network centers those who have been marginalized within Black liberation movements."