These days, the words “black lives matter” may mean either of two things.
Any use could refer to an idea, or it could refer to an entity.
It could reference the fact that black people’s lives are valuable, or it could reference an organization that’s taken in $90 million.
Such financial windfall only covers 2020, to be clear.
As noted by The Associated Press, Black Lives Matter™ recently reported its donations for last year.
And whoa — it’s muy impressivo.
A financial snapshot shared exclusively with @AP shows the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation took in just over $90 million in 2020. The group hopes to be known for more than just protests. They want to see Black communities thriving. https://t.co/9FfNzvHq7W
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 23, 2021
Per the financial statement, individual amounts given averaged around $30.70.
Hence, if every donation was $30, that means the 8-year-old group received 3,000,000 donations — spread evenly across one year, 8,219 contributions/day.
As revealed by the report, ten percent of the donations were recurring.
The Daily Caller indicates this is the first time BLM™ has shared its financial details.
But surely 2020 was a banner year — in more ways than one.
As you well know, following the terrible death of Minnesota man George Floyd, riots broke out around America.
Every player, coach and ref takes a knee during the national anthem before the Pelicans-Jazz game pic.twitter.com/LZy1A6s8VM
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 30, 2020
Of course, BLM™ is about much more than black lives mattering.
As explained by co-founder Patrisse Cullors, the crew is Marxist:
“The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and [fellow founder Alicia Garza] in particular are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories.”
Your daily reminder that the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement admit: "We are trained Marxists." pic.twitter.com/18odcjQhHZ
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) September 14, 2020
Courtesy of Merriam-Webster:
: the political, economic, and social principles and policies advocated by Marx
especially : a theory and practice of socialism…including the labor theory of value, dialectical materialism, the class struggle, and dictatorship of the proletariat until the establishment of a classless society
Additionally, from the now-deleted “What We Believe” section of the official website:
We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.
Given the extras, not everyone’s a supporter.
As I covered recently, UK soccer player Lyle Taylor criticized BLM™:
“The racial inequality and the societal injustice needs to stop. But by the same token, we are hanging our hat on a Marxist group who are…looking to defund the police, they’re looking to use societal unrest and racial unrest to push their own political agenda, and that’s not what black people are. We’re not a token gesture or a thing to hang your movement on just because it’s what’s powerful and what’s going on at the moment.”
Still, with $90 million, I’d bet they’ll be okay without Lyle’s endorsement.
And according to the AP, the establishment’s eminently fine-tuning its focus:
The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is now building infrastructure to catch up to the speed of its funding and plans to use its endowment to become known for more than protests after Black Americans die at the hands of police or vigilantes.
BLM™ shared an impact report with the AP.
For the record:
“We want to uplift Black joy and liberation, not just Black death. We want to see Black communities thriving, not just surviving.”
Now if only the world could agree on just how to accomplish that.
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