The families of two iconic victim figures in the Black Lives Matter movement – Michael Brown and Breonna Taylor – are asking the group where the funding for the movement went. Taylor’s family even called the BLM branch in Louisville, Kentucky a “fraud.”
Earlier this month, the New York Post released a report, revealing that BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors went on a real estate shopping spree starting in 2016. Khan-Cullors reportedly purchased four houses since that year. Given this, Hawk Newsome, the BLM leader in the New York City area has called for “an independent investigation.”
Now, Newsome’s concerns are being echoed by other figures within the said movement. This comes after Khan-Cullors defended her purchases last week. She says buying homes form a part of her efforts to support her family. She also claimed that the money she used for them did not come from the organization itself.
Families of Black Lives Matter Movement Figures Ask: Where Did The Funding Go?
Breonna Taylor’s mother called the BLM branch in Louisville, Kentucky a “fraud” on Thursday. Taylor was an African-American woman killed by a police officer during a raid last March 2020.
Tamika Palmer, Taylor’s mother, claimed that she had never dealt with the BLM branch in Louisville. However, she sees them as a “fraud.”
On the other hand, the family of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American man who was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri by the police, questioned the BLM about their funding. Brown’s father asked: “Where’s all that money going?”
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A review of the financial documents of Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation revealed that the group managed to raise almost $100 million in 2020. However, only $40 million of that total amount was spent last year.
Last week, Khan-Cullors stated that BLM is not a “charity” group. She also said that people in the community who has financial needs should instead pressure the government and ask them for reparations for slavery.