“Dark Underbelly” of the BLM Movement- Part 1



By Israel Sullivan

This is the first in a series of four articles exposing the Black Lives Matter organization, underreported by “MainStream Media”.

Have you ever heard of a Pogrom?

If so, you probably picture a band of 18th-Century Cossacks riding through the Polish countryside on horses to loot and burn Jewish villages, or shtetls, killing women, children, and anything else that moves. 

Replace the 18th-Century Cossacks with young 21st-Century Americans, the horses with cars, and the Jewish shtetls with the Fairfax neighborhood of Los Angeles on the night of May 30th, 2020. 

The locals are calling it the “Shavuos Pogrom.”

In what is a widely underreported event, protesters from the Black Lives Matter group of Los Angeles purposely met in the oldest Jewish neighborhood in the region to destroy Jewish businesses, schools, and synagogues. In all, they managed to loot a large number of stores, three Jewish schools, and five synagogues. The next day, locals woke up to scrawled graffited images reading, “Fuck the Jews,” “Free Palestine,” and, perhaps scariest of all, “Kill the Jews!”

Congregation Beth Israel temple

On the night of May 30th, while the rioters looted and burned without the intervention of the local police, they chanted, “Fuck the Police and kill the Jews.”

It’s not a far cry from 18th-Century Poland, is it?

And lest you think that this was perhaps a small group of people who took advantage of the BLM protests to steal valuables and really had nothing to do with them, let me show you how that is not the case.

The “protest” was organized by BLM-LA’s leader, Mellina Abdullah, who has on numerous occasions said incredibly Anti-Semitic things, as well as endorsing and defending multiple outspoken Anti-Semites like Louis Farrakhan. It was clear why she decided to hold the looting in LA’s oldest Jewish neighborhood, rather than anywhere else in the vast city, when she made claims to the area’s “white affluence:” “We’ve been very deliberate in saying that the violence and pain and hurt that’s experienced on a daily basis by black folks at the hands of a repressive system should also be visited upon, to a degree, to those who think that they can just retreat to white affluence.” Never mind the fact that the majority of people affected were small, non-white business owners, most of whom sold non-resellable goods like bread, food, clothing, or medicine. 

But Abdullah’s deliberate Anti-Semitism doesn’t end there. She has often been seen speaking at Nation of Islam and Louis Farrakhan events, praising him and others. Farrakhan has repeatedly said that, “Those who call themselves ‘Jews,’ who are not really Jews, but are in fact Satan,” praised Hitler by claiming, “Hitler was trying to destroy the international bankers controlling Europe and often simply refers to Jews as “termites.” 

This sort of language hasn’t stopped Abdullah from praising and even defending Farrakhan. Abdullah’s daughter, Thandiwe,  has also hopped onto the hate train, claiming that the Jews have committed, “Genocide” against Palestinians in the Middle East. 

Again, Mellina Abdullah and her ilk or not isolated actors choosing to be racist in isolation. Mellina is the official head of BLM Los Angeles and a Professor of Pan-African studies at CalState. She has officially cemented the relationship between BLM and Nation of Islam, saying, “Minister Farrakhan was calling on folks not to spend their dollars with the White corporations that keep us oppressed, and so we partnered with the Nation and helped to amplify that call.”

What does all of this add up to?

Well, very little, in the eyes of the National Media. In a Front Page Magazine article, author Daniel Greenfield wrote that, “The media repeatedly described Abdullah as an activist against police violence while ignoring her affinity for a racist black supremacist hate group whose leader has described Jews as satanic and subhuman.” He goes on to say that it is scary how underreported the events that took place on the night of May 30th are. That is why I am writing this article for my local community here in Santa Barbara. I want the people here to know that Black Lives Matter, the organization, is far from perfect and should be scrutinized more harshly for harboring such Anti-Semitic characters as Mellina Abdullah.


People take jewelry from the Realm of the Goddess jewelry store on Melrose Avenue after the front window was smashed in, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Los Angeles. Protests were held in U.S. cities over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Please join me over the next few weeks as I explore the BLM charter and what it actually stands for, my clashes with BLM protesters in the Santa Barbara City Council, how BLM can adversely affect this community, and, finally, what you can do about it.  

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Mr. Sullivan is a Civil Engineering student living in Santa Barbara

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8 Responses to “Dark Underbelly” of the BLM Movement- Part 1

  1. Daniel Wexler August 1, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Apparently the thieves are white, from the photo. Not BLM. BTW the BLM movement is quite distinct from the disreputable BLM organization.

  2. Jack July 17, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    Thank you, Israel. Nice to see a fellow Laguna Blanca Alum helping to expose the truth. I’m assuming you saw the recent ‘open letter’ to Laguna Blanca that appeared on Edhat? Crazy.

  3. Camie July 16, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    Thank you so much for exposing these people!

  4. Michael July 16, 2020 at 6:42 am

    A person of a certain age or a person who has studied the not too distant past will recall a time when Blacks and Jews fought together for civil rights.
    It’s painful to see what we see here.
    It has been said that American Jews live their lives like Protestant Presbyterians but vote like Puerto Ricans. Maybe its time to reevaluate all that.

    • Michael July 16, 2020 at 8:11 am

      Addendum: This BLM woman mentioned here, Melina Abdullah. I did some research. Her paternal grandfather was Guenter Reimann a noted anti fascist German communist who immigrated to the USA. Ironically, he was born into a German-Jewish family. So the self loathing Ms. Abdullah is part Jewish. Oh the irony.

      • Sullivan Israel July 16, 2020 at 1:33 pm

        Wow, thank you for the research!
        Yes, sadly, this type of self-loathing is all to common and comes as no surprise. Just check out the New York Times, for example. Finally, prominent Jewish writers like Bari Weiss are leaving such institutions and speaking out about their Anti-Semitism:

  5. James Richardson July 16, 2020 at 6:41 am

    Thank you.


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