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Black Lives Matter says the backlash laid upon co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors is “right-wing offensive” and “continues a tradition of terror by white supremacists,” according to The Blaze.
Jason Whitlock was reportedly suspended from Twitter for chastising Cullors regarding her recent “real estate buying binge.”
“Black Lives Matter founder buys $1.4 million home in Topanga, which has a black population of 1.4 percent.”
“She’s with her people!”
Hawk Newsome stated there should be an investigation into BLM and its finances.
“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.”
“We need black firms and black accountants to go in there and find out where the money is going,” he added.
Cullors most recent purchase in real estate was a home that cost her $1.4 million in Topanga Canyon, California.
From The Blaze:
The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation said in a statement that Khan-Cullors is a “volunteer” and does not take a salary from her role with the organization, having earned only $120,000 through her work there “for duties such as serving as spokesperson and engaging in political education work.”
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“Patrisse did not receive any compensation after 2019,” the statement read.
The New York Post then revealed that, actually, Khan-Cullors has purchased four homes in the U.S. over the past five years, three in California and one in Georgia. According to the Post, Khan-Cullors even considered buying property in an exclusive area of the Bahamas where Tiger Woods and Justin Timberlake reportedly own property.
The news triggered renewed scrutiny about the finances of Black Lives Matter, which raked in more than $90 million in 2020 alone.
Patrisse’s work for Black people over the years has made her and others who align with the fight for Black liberation targets of racist violence.
All Black activists know the fear these malicious and serious actions are meant to instill: the fear of being silenced, the trauma of being targeted, the torture of feeling one’s family is exposed to danger just for speaking out against unjust systems.