BLM's Response to Questions About Patrisse Cullors Is Classic Gaslighting

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So I’ve been doing a lot of reporting on BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan Cullors, how she purchased four high-end homes, one though a corporate entity and the others in her own name, including a $1.4 mini-compound in Topanga Canyon, California. That’s one more than socialist senator Bernie Sanders.

Because of her position as the co-founder of BLM, she got a book deal and she also got a multi-platform deal with Warner Brothers television. We also reported how she formed a consulting firm with her non-binary spouse, Janaya Khan, which basically sold how to make entities more social justice friendly.

Many people called out the seeming inconsistencies of her alleged social justice goals, being a “trained Marxist” and buying multiple homes including in the very white area of Topanga Canyon. BLM activists in the streets had been pushing for more transparency as to where the money was going, why they weren’t seeing a lot of it, and that they felt their opinions weren’t being considered. Hawk Newsome, head of Black Lives Matter Greater New York, called for an “independent investigation” as to where all the donations that BLM had gotten were going.

Apparently, someone on Twitter didn’t like that some were sharing the story about her buying the $1.4 million home. Twitter locked out sports journalist and radio personality Jason Whitlock and Curtis Scoon for sharing a link about the purchase claiming they were sharing “private information” about Cullors. Whitlock and Scoon called out Twitter for the action against their accounts and also ripped apart BLM.

Now, Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation has issued a formal statement on Cullors’ behalf in response to the stories about her real estate purchases. They claimed the questions being raised were a “right wing” attack on Cullors that continued a “tradition of terror by white supremacists.”

The statement claims that while Cullors is their Executive Director, she serves as a volunteer and does not receive any salary or benefits.

From Post Millennial:

“Patrisse has received a total of $120,000 since the organization’s inception in 2013, for duties such as serving as spokesperson and engaging in political education work. Patrisse did not receive any compensation after 2019.

“To be abundantly clear, as a registered 501c3, BLMGNF cannot and did not commit any organizational resources toward the purchase of personal property by any employee or volunteer. Any insinuation or assertion to the contrary is categorically false.

They claimed her work “for Black people” has made her a target of “racist violence.” What has she actually done for black people?

“The narratives being spread about Patrisse have been generated by right-wing forces intent on reducing the support and influence of a movement that is larger than any one organization.

“This right-wing offensive not only puts Patrisse, her child and her loved ones in harm’s way, it also continues a tradition of terror by white supremacists against Black activists.

“All Black activists know the fear these malicious and serious actions are meant to instill: the fear of being silenced, the trauma of being targeted, the torture of feeling oneโ€™s family is exposed to danger just for speaking out against unjust systems.

“We have seen this tactic of terror time and again, but our movement will not be silenced.”

This might come as a surprise to Hawk Newsome, Jason Whitlock, and Curtis Scoon, all of whom are black. Bet they didn’t know that they’re now “white supremacists.” Apparently, the BLM activists in the streets who had concerns about transparency are white supremacists, as well. By the way, if she’s so concerned about white supremacists, why is she so hot to live in an area full of white people and only 1.4% black? Can we say deflection? Where’s that transparency people for which people are asking?

According to Influence Watch:

In 2020 it raised approximately $90 million, incurred $8.4 million in operating expenses, and disbursed $21.7 million in grants. Spending on get-out-the-vote campaigns during the 2020 U.S. general election totaled almost $2 million. The organization reported a balance of approximately $60 million after these expenses and grant disbursements.

In audits covering fiscal years 2018 and 2019, Thousand Currents reported $2,622,017 and $3,354,654, respectively, in donor-restricted assets for BLM Global Network Foundation. These audits also showed that 83.3 percent of BLM Global Network Foundation expenditures were for personnel, consultant, and travel costs during the three year period from 2017-2019, while about 6 percent were for grants to outside organizations, including to local Black Lives Matter Chapters.

HT: Twitchy