The head of the Black Lives Matter chapter in New York City calls for an independent investigation into the organization’s finances after it was revealed that a co-founder bought a $ 1.4 million home in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood .
Patrisse Cullors, 37, who is a co-founder of BLM and self-proclaimed ‘trained Marxist’, recently purchased a luxury home in Topanga Canyon, complete with a separate guest house and expansive backyard.
In Topanga Canyon, 88 percent of the residents are white and only 1.8 percent black, the census
Meanwhile, The New York Post reports that Cullors has also bought three other homes in recent years as donations poured into BLM.
The AP reported that Black Lives Matter received $ 90 million in donations last year, but it is not clear whether or how Cullors is being paid by the organization, given that finances are opaque.
The news has angered Hawk Newsome, the head of Black Lives Matter Greater New York City, who says an investigation into Cullors’ finances is needed.
“If you’re going to call yourself a socialist, you have to ask yourself how much of her own personal money goes to charities,” he told the publication.
“It’s really sad because it makes people question the validity of the movement and overlooks that it is the people who support this movement.”
Patrisse Cullors, who received the Glamor’s Woman Of The Year 2016 award, has a new home
The property, with its high ceilings and expansive backyard, is located in the Topanga Canyon area
Cullors’ new home has high ceilings and a sliding door that opens out to the tree-filled garden
The light and airy home is only 20 miles from where she grew up, but a world away in style
The property has its own guest cabin (right) which the estate agent says could serve as an office
Cullors’s sprawling new home offers canyon views and tranquility amidst the trees
According to its new zip code, 88 percent of the residents are white and 1.8 percent black census
The house is only 20 miles from her childhood home in Van Nuys, but is a world away.
In her 2018 memoir, she talks about being raised by a single mother with her three siblings in ‘an impoverished neighborhood’, where she lived ‘in a two-story, tan building with peeling paint and a fence. . that does not close properly and an intercom system that never works. ‘
Cullors grew up in the Van Nuys neighborhood of LA, which she described as ‘impoverished’
Some critics have argued that living in a million dollar home was contrary to its mission of social justice.
Vallejo for Social Justice, a movement that describes itself as “ Abolition + Socialist collective in the struggle for liberation, self-determination and poor solidarity among the working class, ” said it was a misguided display of wealth.
“We are talking about the wealth of the generations over the death and struggles of black people here,” they tweet.
Justice Teams Network & BLM founder paid $ 1.4 million dollars for a house.
“Last week we bought a bed for our unmarried black older friend to keep him off the ground.”
One LGBTQ activist described BLM as ‘a racket’.
Jason Whitlock, a sports journalist, tweeted that: ‘She had many options for living. She chose one of the whitest places in California. She will have her choice of white cops and whites to complain about. That’s a choice, bro. ‘
Author and activist Andy Ngo tweeted, “Cullors identifies as a communist and advocates for the abolition of capitalism.”
Paul Joseph Watson, a UK YouTube host, said she chose to live in “one of the whitest areas in California.”
Another Twitter user called Cullors a “fraud”, saying her brand of “Marxism” apparently included buying a $ 1.4 million home.
Tucker Carlson told his Fox News viewers on Friday night that Twitter had even started removing a reference to the property.
Carlson noted that Whitlock posted a link to the original story about the property on Twitter, on the celebrity blog The earth
He posted this on Twitter. I just made the obvious point. What? What happened? His account has been blocked by Twitter, ”Carlson said.
This was a news story on a real estate blog. He posted it. Lots of other people posted it. But when Jason Whitlock, who is an extremely effective voice for reason, who speaks clearly and honestly and is therefore a threat. They shut him down. Great, on many levels. ‘
Cullors founded BLM with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi in 2013, in response to George Zimmerman’s acquittal, who murdered Trayvon Martin.
It’s unclear if Cullors is being paid by the group, which is currently split by deep divisions over leadership and funding.
Black Lives Matter protesters are seen outside the LA residence mayor in November
Protesters keep Los Angeles traffic outside the home of the LA mayor in November
Protesters take to the streets of Los Angeles in October
Protesters will take on deputies from sheriffs in Westmont, South LA on Aug. 31
The Cullors co-founders have left, and last summer Cullors took over the running of the Black Lives Matter Global Network – the national group that oversees the local chapters of the loosely organized movement.
Cullors’ move was not widely welcomed, Politics reported in October.
Local organizers told Politico they saw little or no money and were forced to crowdfunding to keep their heads above water. Some organizers say they could barely afford gas or housing.
BLM’s Global Network filters its donations through a group called Thousand Currents, Insider reported in June – making it even more complicated to trace the money.
Solome Lemma, executive director of Thousand Currents, told the site, “Donations to BLM are limited donations to support BLM’s operations.”
Last month, AP reported that BLM raised $ 90 million in donations last year, leading to Michael Brown Sr. joined other Black Lives Matter activists and demanded $ 20 million from the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation.
Brown, whose son Michael Brown Jr., was murdered by police in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, says he and his advocacy group have been neglected by the larger BLM organization.
“Why hasn’t my family’s foundation received support from the movement?” Brown asked in a statement.
Cullors has yet to respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
The activist, who married Janaya Khan, a gender-nonconforming leader of BLM in Toronto in 2016, has been in high demand since her 2018 memoir became a bestseller.
In October she will publish her sequel, Abolition.
She also works as a professor of social and environmental arts at Prescott College in Arizona and signed an extensive deal with Warner Bros. in October 2020.
The scheme is described as a multi-year and broad agreement to develop and produce original programming on all platforms, including broadcast, cable and streaming.
“ As a longtime community organizer and social justice activist, I believe my work behind the camera will be an extension of the work I’ve done for the past twenty years, ” she said in a statement obtained by Variety
“I look forward to using my work to amplify the talent and voices of other black creatives.”