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It appears that capitalism and equal opportunity in America have paved the way to significant success for anti-capitalist and self-proclaimed Marxist, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter organization.
The public recently discovered that a $1.4 million mini-compound in L.A.’s Topanga Canyon was sold to a corporate entity that is controlled by Patrisse Khan-Cullors. Situated in an 88% white and very exclusive neighborhood in L.A., the home feature 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, vaulted ceilings, bamboo floors, a separate guesthouse, and is only a 15 minute drive to the beach.
It does seem curious that she chose to purchase in such an exclusive and majority white neighborhood. If it was really about black lives, you’d think she might have spent that kind of money in lower-income black neighborhoods in order to provide work opportunities or increase property values. Or she may have even purchased something significantly less expensive in a more cost-efficient neighborhood, and then reinvest the leftover hundreds of thousands of dollars into black businesses. You know, something that have might actually benefitted black lives other than her own. But it wasn’t ever really about black lives, I guess. It was about power and money.
Interestingly, this isn’t the only expensive property she’s purchased. Records show she has purchased a total of four ritzy homes to the tune of $3.2 million in the United States alone, and has also been property hunting at exclusive Bahamas resorts, where apartments are between $5M and $20M. Last year Khan-Cullors and spouse Janaya Khan purchased a “custom ranch” in rural Georgia, complete with a private airplane hanger with an above studio apartment; a 2,500-foot community runway for small planes; an indoor pool; and a mechanical repair shop for RVs, mobile homes, or small planes.
Khan-Cullors saw significant success following the publication of her best-selling memoir, “When They Call You a Terrorist,” and recently signed a “multi-platform” deal with Warner Bros. Television Group as a consultant to produce entertainment content for “black voices who have been historically marginalized.” It is unknown how much money was made in these various endeavors, nor is it clear how much she is paid by BLM, as their finances are complexly entwined in a web of non-profit and for-profit entities across the country and globe.
And hey, I think it’s great that she’s been this successful. It’s literally the American Dream. It’s exactly what has made America the greatest nation in the world. But it’s hilarious that she’s made millions by telling fellow people of color that the country wants to see them fail and that they can never be successful in this supposedly racist and unequal country.
Her own success undermines her message.
Some people in the country have always seen the parent Black Lives Matter organization as the financial grift that it really is, especially as stories have come out about various leaders defrauding donors and using donations for personal interests. Additionally, local Black Lives Matter chapters have accused the national organization of hiding “untold millions of dollars” from the local groups it is pretending to help. Records show that the organization raked in $90 million in donations in 2020, mostly from small personal donations averaging about $30.
But the revelations of multimillion dollar property purchases has even raised some eyebrows within the movement she founded. Hawk Newsom, who heads the Black Lives Matter Greater New York City group, called for “an independent investigation” seeking transparency in how the global organization spends its millions.
“If you go around calling yourself a socialist, you have to ask how much of her own personal money is going to charitable causes. It’s really sad because it makes people doubt the validity of the movement and overlook the fact that it’s the people that carry this movement.”
Yeah, that does seem kind of suspect, right? But when conservatives say it, it’s dismissed as racism and white supremacy.
Ultimately, Khan-Cullors has proven that racism and inequality activism pays pretty well in America, the land of opportunity.