Mike Gonzalez, Heritage Foundation senior fellow in the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy, released a new book Tuesday on the rise of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) organizations, and the radical, Marxist-inspired leaders behind them.

“BLM: The Making of a New Marxist Revolution” examines who these leaders and activists are, delving into their backgrounds and exposing their agendas. It demonstrates how their top leaders are avowed Marxists who want to dismantle our Constitution, our social institutions, and our very way of life. In pursuit of these aims, they and their willing fellow activists make savvy use of social media to spread their message and organize marches, sit-ins, statue-tumblings, and riots. And in 2020, they seized upon the video showing George Floyd’s suffering to unleash a nationwide insurgency.

In the book, Gonzalez shows how the riots and protests that rocked American society after Floyd’s death were not spontaneous events. Indeed, the 12,000+ demonstrations and 633 riots that followed Floyd’s death took organizational muscle and ideological commitment. Both were readily supplied by the various Black Lives Matter organizations.

“Few voices have been more eloquent or effective than Mike Gonzalez’s in shaping recent national conversations on identity politics and how it’s used as a hammer to further a socialist agenda in America,” said Heritage Foundation President Kay C. James. “Americans deserve to know that there is a clear difference between saying ‘black lives matter’ and the radical Marxists behind the Black Lives Matter organizations that seek to overturn our society and tear down everything we hold dear. Mike exposes all these truths in this book. I encourage parents, teachers, elected officials, community leaders, religious leaders, and anyone who is concerned about the intentional divisions being sown among the American people to read it.”

Praise is already pouring in for “BLM.” Ben Shapiro applauds Gonzalez for breaking down “dangerous falsehoods in hard-hitting fashion,” while Victor Davis Hanson calls the book “superbly argued” and “wake-up call sorely needed.” Ying Ma praises Gonzalez’s work as “A must read for patriots who wish to … fight back against BLM’s effort to tear down America’s most fundamental principles and institutions.”

Gonzalez, a journalist for two decades, a former speechwriter in the Bush administration, and an expert on socialism and identity politics, has been at The Heritage Foundation since 2009, where he now writes on critical race theory, national identity, diversity, multiculturalism, assimilation, and nationalism, as well as a broad variety of foreign policy matters. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed book, “The Plot to Change America,” published in 2020. He also uncovered links between the Chinese Communist Party and BLM last summer, and has conducted more than 300 broadcast interviews since 2020 on a range of issues, including BLM, critical race theory, socialism, Cuba, and identity politics.

– Heritage

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