Even as Black Lives Matter protests figured prominently across the US, BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors seem focused on buying houses. According to property records, Khan reportedly managed to acquire four high-end homes worth $3.2 million in the US alone.
Los Angeles public records show that the self-described Marxist last month purchased a $1.4 million home on a secluded road a short drive from Malibu in Los Angeles. In addition, the 2,370 square-foot Topanga Canyon property is just one of three homes Khan-Cullors owns in the Los Angeles area. Recently, Khan-Cullors reportedly also sought to get a unit at an exclusive resort in the Bahamas. Specifically, the luxury apartments and townhouses at the beachfront Albany resort outside Nassau cost between 5 to 20 million dollars. Famous unit owners include golf pro Tiger Woods and pop star Justin Timberlake.
Last year, Khan-Cullors and spouse Janaya Khan acquired a fourth home, this time in Georgia. The acquisition is a 3.2-acre custom ranch featuring a private airplane hangar with a studio apartment above it. In particular, a 2,500-foot paved/grass community runway can accommodate small airplanes. It’s located 30 minutes from Atlanta.
Fellow BLM Activists Taken Aback
Meanwhile, fellow BLM activists expressed surprise with the revelations. Hawk Newsome, the head of Black Lives Matter Greater New York City, called for an independent investigation. Newsome wants to know how the global network spends its money. “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,” he said.
Recently, Twitter users started attacking the activist for her lifestyle choices. Many called her out for allegedly profiting from black Americans’ plight. Some even accused Khan-Cullors of being a fraud. “For somebody that claims to love Black people, it’s kinda strange that she chose a place to live that’s practically devoid of Black people,” one Twitter user noted, referring to Khan-Cullors’ purchase. Ironically, Topanga purchase is a predominantly white area. Meanwhile, another Twitter post called here a “fraud. In particular, the post noted wryly that her brand of Marxism apparently included buying a $1.4 million house.
However, the BLM co-founder does have her own sources of wealth. In 2018, she published a best-selling book, “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” and inked deals with other publications. Also, she signed deals with various entertainment companies to help produce shows that feature social and racial justice.
However, the problem might be in the packaging. Black Lives Matter is facing issues on transparency and how it spends the money it receives. The organization does not disclose the money it received from prominent donors. At the same time, nobody knows how much the founders, including Khan-Cullors, make in salary. Instead of straight reporting and audit, BLM finances split among both non-profit and for-profit entities, making money harder to follow.
BLM Awash In Donations
Black Lives Matter does have its own issues outside of its Khan-Cullors. Earlier in 2021, the group disclosed that it received more than $90 million during the previous year. In fact, BLM said the group is in the process of creating infrastructure to help distribute donations to community organizations and racial justice groups. “One of our biggest goals this year is taking the dollars we were able to raise in 2020 and building out the institution we’ve been trying to build for the last seven and a half years,” Khan-Cullors told the AP.
Watch the KCCI video report where Governor Kim Reynolds says she declined the request to house migrant children in Iowa:
Do you think the house-buying spree affects the stature of the Black Lives Movement? Or, is the behavior of the BLM co-founder unrelated to the movement?
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