A Black Lives Matter co-founder and self-proclaimed “trained Marxist” raised his eyebrows when he bought a $ 1.4 million house in Los Angeles, in a largely white neighborhood.
Patrisse Cullors, a 37-year-old “artist, organizer and freedom fighter”, has purchased a three-bedroom, three-bathroom home in Topanga Canyon, with a separate guesthouse and expansive backyard, reports
The house is described in the real estate listing as having “a large large room with vaulted ceilings and exposed beams”.
Realtors write that the large backyard is “ideal for entertaining or quietly contemplating views of the canyons surrounded by mature trees.”
The AP reported that Black Lives Matter collected $ 90 million in donations last year. It is not known whether or how Cullors is paid by the organization, as its finances are opaque.
Patrisse Cullors, seen accepting the 2016 Glamor Woman of the Year award, has a new home
The property, with its high ceilings and expansive backyard, is in the Topanga Canyon area
Cullors’ new home has high ceilings and a sliding door leading to the tree-lined courtyard
The bright and airy home is only 20 miles from where she grew up, but in a world with style
The property has its own cubicle (right) which the estate agent says could serve as an office
Expansive new Cullors home offers canyon views and peace among the trees
In its new postcode, 88% of residents are white and 1.8% black, according to the census.
The house is only 20 miles from his childhood home in Van Nuys, but is a world of its own.
In her 2018 memoir, she recounts being raised by a single mother with her three siblings in “a poor neighborhood,” where she lived “in a two-story beige-colored building where the paint was peeling and where it was. there is a door. that doesn’t close properly and an intercom system that never works.
Cullors grew up in the Van Nuys neighborhood of Los Angeles, which she described as “poor.”
Some critics have argued that living in a million dollar house contradicts its mission of social justice.
Vallejo for Social Justice, a movement that describes itself as “Abolition + Socialist Collective in the Struggle for Liberation, Self-determination and Solidarity of the Poor Working Class,” said it was a misjudged display of wealth.
“We are talking about generational wealth outside of the dead and the struggle of black people here,” they tweeted.
The founder of Justice Teams Network & BLM paid $ 1.4 million for a house.
“Last week we bought a bed for our black older friend who was not housed to keep him off the floor. “
One LGBTQ activist described the BLM as “racketeering”.
Sports reporter Jason Whitlock tweeted: “She had a lot of options for where to live. She chose one of the whitest places in California. She will have her choice of white cops and white cops to complain about. It’s a choice, my brother.
Author and activist Andy Ngo tweeted: “Cullors identifies as a communist and advocates the abolition of capitalism. »
Paul Joseph Watson, a UK YouTube host, said she chose to live in “one of the whitest parts of California”.
Another Twitter user called Cullors a “fraud” and said his brand of “Marxism” apparently included the purchase of a $ 1.4 million home.
Tucker Carlson told his Fox News viewers on Friday night that Twitter had even started removing the reference to the property.
Carlson noted that Whitlock posted a link to the original property story on Twitter, on the celebrity property blog The Dirt.
He posted this on Twitter. I have just made the obvious point. What? What happened? His account was locked by Twitter, ”Carlson said.
“It was news on the real estate blog. He posted it. Lots of other people posted it. But when Jason Whitlock, who is an extremely effective voice for reason, who speaks clearly and honestly and is, therefore, a threat. They arrested him. Incredible, on many levels.
Cullors founded BLM with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi in 2013, in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who killed Trayvon Martin.
It’s unclear whether Cullors is being paid by the group, which is currently riven by deep divisions over leadership and funding.
Black Lives Matter protesters are seen outside the Los Angeles mayor’s residence in November
Protesters stop traffic in Los Angeles outside the Los Angeles mayor’s house in November
Protesters take to the streets of Los Angeles in October
Protesters clash with deputy sheriffs in Westmont, south Los Angeles, August 31
Cullors co-founders left, and last summer Cullors took over the leadership of the Black Lives Matter Global Network – the national group that oversees the vagaries of the vaguely organized movement.
Cullors’ decision was not universally welcomed, Politico reported in October.
Local organizers told Politico they saw little or no money and had been forced to resort to crowdfunding to stay afloat. Some organizers say they could barely afford gas or accommodation.
BLM’s global network filters its donations through a group called Thousand Currents, Insider reported in June – which made tracking the money even more complicated.
Solome Lemma, Executive Director of Thousand Currents, told the site: “Donations to BLM are limited donations to support BLM activities. ”
Last month, AP reported that BLM grossed $ 90 million last year, leading Michael Brown Sr. to join other Black Lives Matter activists demanding $ 20 million from Black Lives Matter. Global Network Foundation.
Brown, whose son Michael Brown Jr., was killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, says he and his advocacy group were bypassed by the larger BLM organization.
“Why didn’t my family foundation receive any help from the movement? Brown asked in a statement.
Cullors has not yet responded to DailyMail.com’s comment request.
The activist, who married Janaya Khan, a non-compliant BLM leader in Toronto, in 2016, has been in high demand since her 2018 memoir became a bestseller.
In October, she released her follow-up, Abolition.
She also works as a professor of social and environmental arts at Prescott College in Arizona and, in October 2020, signed a global agreement with Warner Bros.
The deal is described as a wide-ranging, multi-year agreement to develop and produce original programming across all platforms, including broadcast, cable and streaming.
“As a longtime community organizer and social justice activist, I think my work behind the camera will be an extension of the work I have been doing for twenty years,” she said in a statement obtained by Variety .
“I look forward to amplifying the talent and voices of other black creatives through my work.”