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Black Lives Matter Network Disavows Local Organizer After Incendiary Comments

The Black Lives Matter Global Network distanced itself from an organizer of a Black Lives Matter group, claiming the chapter isnt officially part of the network.

“Hawk Newsome has no relation to the Black Lives Matter Global Network,” the networks managing director Kailee Scales told the Associated Press late Thursday.

Newsome made incendiary remarks during a cable news interview late Wednesday, stating in part: “If this country doesnt give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it.”

President Donald Trump responded earlier Thursday, sharing the quote and adding: “This is Treason, Sedition, Insurrection!”

Trump described Newsome as a Black Lives Matter leader, the same description Fox News used. Newsome made the remarks during an appearance on Foxs “The Story.”

Newsome told The Epoch Times on Friday that he stepped down as the president of Black Lives Matter Greater New York to let Nupol Kiazolu take over.

He is now the chairperson of the group.

Epoch Times Photo
Nupol Kiazolu, seen in 2018, is now listed as Black Lives Matter Greater New Yorks president. (Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

Black Lives Matter Greater New York is not an official chapter of Black Lives Matter Global Network. Scales told the Associated Press that only chapters that have agreed to adhere to certain requirements are allowed to join the network.

Newsome told The Epoch Times that Black Lives Matter Greater New York is “dangerous for Black Lives Matter” because “we are funded by the people, we are accountable to the people.”

“There is no financial backer that could call us and say hey, stop protesting in front of Mayor [Bill] de Blasios house,” he said.

The global network, in his understanding, has such backers. The network didnt respond to a request for comment.

Newsomes group has had conversations about joining the global network but they havent gone through.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Newsome challenged Scales position, saying that the movement isnt one that anyone can claim ownership of.

Epoch Times Photo
A group of protesters affiliated with Black Lives Matter and other groups, congregate in a small park after spending the night outside City Hall in Lower Manhattan in New York City on June 24, 2020. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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