No Smoke Without Fire: What’s Behind the Scandal Over BLM Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors’ Buying Spree?

The unfolding scandal over Patrisse Cullors’ fancy property is hardly surprising given that the Black Lives Matter Global Foundation’s non-transparent money solicitation has repeatedly raised questions from both conservative pundits and BLM activists, says Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel and retired certified public accountant Robert Bishop.

On 10 April, the New York Post broke that Patrisse Cullors, the Black Lives Movement’s co-founder who once called herself a “trained Marxist”, has bought “four high-end homes for $3.2 million in the US alone” since 2016. Her latest acquisition – a $1.4 million secluded mini-compound in a predominantly white and rich community in Los Angeles – was described by Dirt on 7 April.

Although Patrisse Cullors has denounced the scrutiny over her property as “racist and sexist” insisting that she earned an honest penny by working multiple jobs across many organisations her entire life, the scandal is intensifying.

Scandal Brewing Within BLM Ranks

Earlier this year, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, founded by Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi, told AP that it had solicited a whopping $90 million in 2020 amid the protests over African American George Floyd’s death in police custody. However, at the same time, over a dozen Black Lives Matter organisations are complaining that they did not get their “fair share” of the funds, chastising the foundation for non-transparency.

The report describing Cullors’ buying spree has poured salt into the BLM activists’ wounds, with Hawk Newsome, the head of Black Lives Matter Greater New York City, which is not affiliated with the BLMGNF, calling for an independent audit of the foundation’s spending.

“If you go around calling yourself a socialist, you have to ask how much of her own personal money is going to charitable causes”, Newsome told the New York Post. “It’s really sad because it makes people doubt the validity of the movement and overlook the fact that it’s the people that carry this movement”.

In response, a spokesperson for the national BLM organisation threatened legal action against Newsome claiming that he is “illegally” using the BLM name while not being affiliated with the “official” organisation. However, according to the Daily Caller, no BLM entity has any legal rights to the phrase “Black Lives Matter”.

“So the issue has become my affiliation and not the use of funds”, Newsome told the Daily Caller. “Interesting”.

Meanwhile, it’s been reported that Facebook has barred users from sharing the New York Post report from last week about Cullors’ controversial property acquisitions.

“I’ve seen this movie”, tweeted Emma Jo-Morris, a co-author of the New York Post’s bombshell revelations concerning Hunter Biden’s purported laptop that were banned by Twitter and Facebook in October 2020.

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