Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors is under investigation along with the other BLM founders after the organization allegedly bought a $6 million mansion with donation funds. according to a report Published in New York Magazine On Monday. After years of unconfirmed complaints about where donations to the organization go, this explosive report has allies of the movement questioning how the money has been inappropriately used and whether it is even being used to support the black community.
The first time the public took notice of the organization, which owns a lavish $6 million home in Studio City, was during a YouTube special commemorating the one-year anniversary of the police killing of George Floyd was filmed. In the video on the organization’s YouTube page, which has been strangely taken offline, The founding members toast champagne while the terrace and courtyard of the quaint mansion provide the backdrop.
The mansion, which the board said will be used to “promote BLM’s mission,” was purchased just two weeks after the organization received a $66.5 million payout in donations from its tax sponsor. As a result of Floyd’s killing, BLM received an inflow of $90 million in financial support from donors and companies like Cisco and Airbnb. Now BLM supporters and the community are outraged and riddled with questions about how the organization used its funds and who benefits from the accumulated wealth.
One of the biggest complaints was about the organization buying a house when that money should have been used to help the families of those killed by police brutality. Remarkably, those funds could have helped someone like Tamir Rice’s mother, who was forced to move into a homeless shelter during the lengthy investigation into her son’s murder in 2015. Then there’s the ethics and morals of using a $6 million house as the “living and studio space” for the Black Joy Creators Fellowship—shaky at best. The NYMag report notes that the grant was touted as a place to “provide recording resources and dedicated space for black creatives to publish content online” before noting that “there produced relatively little content over the course of 17 months.” became”.
It is particularly questionable that the organizers have not announced the location of the house or their purpose until they have been questioned. And many of the reactions from organizers felt more like an attempt to cover it up than an intentional plan to serve the black community. With rampant poverty, homelessness, and myriad other issues plaguing the black community, there have been many more tax-responsible opportunities that the organization could have grabbed with its funds—particularly in Los Angeles. On the face of it, some enduring and impactful options would have been to advance and create more health clinics (particularly for women), create more affordable housing, and donate to black educational institutions.
After Villa made headlines, Twitter activists like Shamira Ibrahim have expressed their long-standing skepticism about BLM. Ibrahim speaks openly in a lengthy Twitter thread about BLM’s “impact,” pointing out that much of the organization’s focus is on digital “engagement and fundraising, not on-site work.” She also noted that in examining what BLM offers its supporters, Professor Deva Woodly of The New School claimed the group provides “materials, guidance and a framework for new activists.”
“I was looking for her. The publicly available toolkits were paltry.” wrote Ibrahim.
Others, including those identifying as unsafe housing, spoke out about this alleged misuse of funds raised on behalf of black people who were murdered by police. One person called those behind BLM “vultures”.
This isn’t even the first time Cullors has been accused of reckless property purchases at BLM’s expense. Cullors has long been searched for her easy going of the BLM finances. Critics have questioned their intentions as evidence of suspicious activity mounted; They included some glaring problems neglect to file the organization’s 2020 taxes and the organization’s huge profits, as opposed to the money given to families who have lost someone to police brutality. The members of the Chapter finally held Cullors’ feet Fire for their opacity and Inconceivable in May 2021, resulting in Cullors stepping down as the organization’s executive director.
Now supporters and critics want answers to their open questions. TThe organization went to great legal lengths to cover up the 2020 cash purchase of the Studio City mansion, buying under The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation LLC. The intangibility raised questions like: If the plan all along was to use this space for the benefit of the community, where was the introduction? Where was the press release outlining the vision? BLM’s board of directors only responded to the public about the house after they were specifically asked about it, telling the public that the house is a “special space for black creatives to post content online and in real life.” Who asked for this?
Although Shalomyah Bowers, a BLM board member, claims the organization has always intended to post news of the purchase on its most recent tax returns, the whole situation has led to some polarizing opinions about BLM. The lack of transparency has led supporters to question their loyalty to the organization and critics to compound their skepticism and disapproval. What should be an organization founded to highlight racism and inequality is now clouded by secrecy, unclear vision and direction. If we cannot trust our own social justice organizations because they are guilty of the same corruption in business, then who can we trust?
https://jezebel.com/black-lives-matter-founders-allegedly-bought-a-6-milli-1848758277 BLM may have secretly bought a $6 million mansion with donation funds