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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke July 29, 2020

These buses are for the Toronto Raptors, not BLM

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  • These are buses for the Toronto Raptors basketball team. 

A widely shared Facebook post claims to show sleek, black buses that the Black Lives Matter Foundation bought to ferry protesters to riots. 

"It’s been 7 years since BLM was formed," the post says. "They have raised over a billion dollars. They haven’t had 1 neighborhood cleanup, sent 1 poor black child to college, bought school supplies, feed the hungry or donated to a food bank or provided housing to 1 poor black family. Where is the money going other than to buy huge charter busses to transport members to riots!"

The post shows a photo of two buses with the words "Black Lives Matter" printed on the windows in white. Palm trees are in the background. 

This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) 

What the photo actually shows: buses that carried The Toronto Raptors basketball team — and reigning NBA champs — arriving at the so-called NBA bubble at Walt Disney World in Orlando on July 9 ahead of the league’s restart.

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The team tweeted the image that day and said, "Silence is not an option."

The buses have the Raptors logo alongside the words "Black Lives Matter." 

The photo also appeared with a story on the Canadian broadcaster CBC’s website about the Raptors resuming training at Disney. 

We rate this Facebook post Pants on Fire. 


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