BLM Cofounder Patrisse Cullors resigned from the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation yesterday. She finally stepped down following weeks of criticism over her lavish lifestyle. This includes spending millions of dollars on home purchases. Cullors is leaving the organization Friday.
BLM cofounder Says ‘The Time Is Right’
In April, the self-described Marxist received heavy criticism after the media found out about her multiple home purchases. Reports show that Cullors purchased a $1.4 million home in a predominantly white neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.
In addition, allows also purchased four high-end homes totaling more than $3.2 million.
“I've created the infrastructure and the support, and the necessary bones and foundation, so that I can leave. It feels like the time is right,” the BLM cofounder told the Associated Press.
She deflected the accusations regarding the purchases, saying the criticism comes from the right. In fact, her decision to leave has nothing to do with the controversy.
“Those were right-wing attacks that tried to discredit my character, and I don't operate off of what the right thinks about me,” Cullors said. She also posted a video to her YouTube account about her resignation.
“I stayed in it and withstood a lot of s***,” she said in the video. However, she gave very little detail about the accusations leveled about her lifestyle. Instead, she said she’s leaving to focus on a book and TV deal.
For its part, the Black Lives Matter official Twitter account issued a statement praising Cullors after she announced her resignation.
“After almost 8 years, we say see you later to the last of our founders, Patrisse Cullors, who's served BLM whole-heartedly. We reflect on the impact Patrisse had on BLM, & we are in deep gratitude,” they tweeted.
BLM Takes In Donations
Last February, the BLM foundation said that the organization received over $90 million last year, following the May 2020 murder of George Floyd.
Floyd is a Black American who died at the hands of the police. His death outraged many and inspired widespread protests, often organized by Black Live Matters.
After spending over a quarter of the funds for operations, grants-giving, and charitable contributions, BLM said they have a balance of $60 million.
Critics say that the organization says that the money should go to families of Black victims of police brutality. These families do not have access to much-needed resources to deal with their trauma and loss.
However, BLM denied the accusations. Cullors and BLM said they support families without making public announcements or disclosing dollar amounts.
“That is the most tragic aspect,” said the Rev. T. Sheri Dickerson, president of an Oklahoma City BLM chapter. Dickerson is also a representative of the #BLM10, a national group of organizers that publicly criticizes the foundation over funding and transparency.
“I know some of (the families) are feeling exploited, their pain exploited, and that’s not something that I ever want to be affiliated with,” Dickerson said.
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