Black Lives Matter (BLM) sent millions of dollars to a charity run by the wife of co-cofounder Patrisse Khan Cullors. According to public records reviewed by the New York Post, this money was used to purchase a mansion that formerly served as the headquarters of the Communist Party of Canada.
M4BJ, the said Canadian charity based in Toronto, was set up partly by Janaya Khan. The non-profit purchased the 10,000-square foot mansion worth $6.3 million back in July 2021. Khan is the spouse of Khan-Cullors, who is a self-professed Marxist and who helped establish the Black Lives Matter Global Foundation Network.
Last year, Khan-Cullors stepped down from the organization following a probe that revealed that she spent $3.2 million on houses in Georgia and Los Angeles. She reportedly denied that she used donations to Black Lives Matter to purchase the said homes.
The purchase of the mansion in Toronto, which is also known as Wildseed Centre for Art and Activism, was criticized by people right within the organization.
“For BLM Canada to take money from BLM Global Network [Foundation] for a building without consulting the community was unethical,” Sarah Jama and Sahra Soudi, Black Lives Matter activists from Canada, recently said. “For BLM Canada to refuse to answer questions from young Black organizers goes against the spirit of movement-building.”
As per a recent probe done by the Washington Examiner, two activists who were meant to become the leaders of BLM following Khan-Cullors’ resignation abruptly left the organization in September.
Following Cullors’ resignation, BLM told reporters that the two new leaders will have co-executive leadership positions moving forward. However, this never happened.
“Although a media advisory was released indicating that we were tapped to play the role of Senior Co-Executives at BLMGNF, we were not able to come to an agreement with the acting Leadership Council about the scope of our work and authority,” wrote Makani Themba, one of the executives who were announced but never assumed office. The statement allegedly also represented Monifa Bandele, the other proposed executive.
“As a result, we did not have the opportunity to serve in this capacity. We wanted to be sure to inform our community of this fact as we move on to serve our movement in other ways,” Themba went on to say.