New York’s Black Lives Matter chapter chief calls for an independent investigation into the organization’s finances after it was revealed that a co-founder bought a $ 1.4 million home in an upscale neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Patrisse Cullors, 37, co-founder of BLM and self-proclaimed “Trained Marxist,” recently purchased lavish property in Topanga Canyon with a separate guesthouse and expansive backyard.
In Topanga Canyon, 88% of residents are white and only 1.8% are black, according to the census.
Meanwhile, the New York Post reports that Cullors has also purchased three other homes in recent years at a total cost of around $ 3 million.
The AP reported that Black Lives Matter received $ 90 million in donations last year, but it is not known whether or how Cullors is paid by the organization as his finances are opaque.
The news angered Hawk Newsome, the head of Black Lives Matter Greater New York City, who said an investigation into Cullors’ finances was needed.
“If you call yourself a socialist, you must ask yourself how much of his personal money goes to charitable causes,” he told the publication.
“It’s really sad because it makes people doubt the validity of the movement and overlook the fact that it is the people who carry this movement.
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
In addition to the Topanga Canyon property, the New York Post reports that Cullors and her husband also purchased a “custom ranch” on 3.2 acres in Conyers, Ga., Last year.
In addition to the Topanga Canyon property, the New York Post reports that Cullors and her husband also purchased a “custom ranch” on 3.2 acres in Conyers, Georgia last year for $ 415,000.
The residence comes with its own swimming pool and an aircraft hangar.
In addition, the publication claims that property records show that Cullors has bought two more homes in Los Angeles in recent years.
In 2016, she reportedly paid $ 510,000 for a three-bedroom house in Inglewood.
In 2018, Cullors added another home to its real estate portfolio, depositing $ 590,000 for a four-bedroom home in South Los Angeles, according to the Post.
The Post reports that Cullors “was also looking at ownership of the ultra-exclusive Albany resort outside of Nassau, Bahamas, where Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods have homes.” The publication did not cite any sources for its information.
Cullors’ Conyers Residence would come with its own swimming pool and aircraft hangar
The Post reports that Cullors “was also looking at ownership of the ultra-exclusive Albany resort outside of Nassau, Bahamas, where Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods have homes.”
However, the news that Cullors bought Topanga Canyon’s $ 1.4 million residence raised eyebrows on social media earlier this week.
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”.
Jason Whitlock, sports reporter, 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. »
Another Twitter user called Cullors a “fraud” and said his brand of “Marxism” apparently included the purchase of a $ 1.4 million home.
Cullors’ new home has high ceilings and a sliding door leading to the tree-lined courtyard
The property has its own cabin (right) which the real estate agent says could serve as an office
Cullors grew up in the Van Nuys neighborhood of Los Angeles, which she described as “poor.”
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.
The co-founders of Cullors 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 were 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-conforming BLM leader in Toronto, in 2016, has been in high demand since her 2018 memoir became a bestseller.
In October, she published 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 deal 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.”
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