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As long as there are fucking idiots willing to give money........ there will be  fuckers taking it to buy mansions  .....look at these  religious  fools  buying  jets .......there is  no shortage of  wankers and fools ......they deserve all they get .....pure and simple .....if BLM buys a mansion  ...then its the idiots that helped  them  ........who wouldn't buy a mansion stands  to reason .....america  is corrupt ...... and there are no shoratges of  users  and  crooks 

In this article:
  • Patrisse Cullors
    American artist and activist

The co-founder of Black Lives Matter (BLM) slammed the U.S.’s "triggering" charity transparency laws after the organization's purchase of a $6 million Los Angeles mansion was exposed.

Patrisse Cullors, a BLM founder, said she found it "triggering" — emotionally compromising — when she hears about financial documents being made public.

"It is such a trip now to hear the term '990,'" Cullors said at the Vashon Center for the Arts Friday. "I'm, like, ugh. It's, like, triggering."


Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors under fire for using donations to purchase $6 million dollar mansion <span class="copyright">Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Viacom</span>
Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors under fire for using donations to purchase $6 million dollar mansion Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Viacom

"I actually did not know what 990s were before all of this happened," Cullors continued.

Cullors claimed that activists’ lives are put at risk and that they endure trauma by having to disclose their charities’ finances, while also claiming the system "is being literally weaponized against us," the Washington Examiner reported.

"This doesn't seem safe for us, this 990 structure — this nonprofit system structure," she said. "This is, like, deeply unsafe. This is being literally weaponized against us, against the people we work with."

A woman holds a Black Lives Matter flag during an event in remembrance of George Floyd and to call for justice for those who lost loved ones to police violence outside the Minnesota State Capitol May 24, 2021, in Saint Paul, Minn. <span class="copyright">Kerem Yucel / AFP via Getty Images</span>

"People's morale in an organization is so important. But if their organization and the people in it are being attacked and scrutinized at everything they do, that leads to deep burnout. That leads to deep, like, resistance and trauma," Cullors added.


Cullors blasted the media scrutiny of BLM as an "experiment" that will be used as a means to bring down other activist groups similar to her organization.

"They know what they're doing: how to create the infighting, how to create the distrust," she said. "We have to stop it before they do it. We have to shut it down. We have to be showing up against it."

Patrisse Cullors, one of the three co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, participated in a peaceful march in Hollywood June 7, 2020. <span class="copyright">Francine Orr/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images</span>
Patrisse Cullors, one of the three co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, participated in a peaceful march in Hollywood June 7, 2020. Francine Orr/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Cullors left her leadership post with BLM in May 2021 amid scrutiny of multiple real estate purchases.

She also used the $6 million mansion purchased by the BLM Global Network Foundation as a "safe place" for at least four nights during an FBI investigation into a death threat made against her.

Cullors is facing renewed scrutiny over the multimillion-dollar mansion, with the BLM co-founder defending the purchase in a lengthy Twitter thread Monday.

BLM leaders dismiss questions over use of donations after $6M home purchase revealedPatrisse Cullors

Taylor Jewell
In this article:
  • Patrisse Cullors
    American artist and activist
  • Melina Abdullah
    Activist and academic

Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement are dismissing allegations that they mismanaged millions of dollars after a scathing New York Magazine report revealed that they had purchased a $6 million home in Southern California with donated funds.

Patrisse Cullors, co-founder and former executive director of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, and Melina Abdullah, co-founder of BLM Los Angeles and co-director of BLM Grassroots, spoke to reporters Monday during a closed roundtable discussion, dismissing recent articles about the organization’s finances as media attacks and “misinformation and disinformation,” and claiming that any lack of transparency about the multimillion dollar property was out of concern for the leaders’ safety.

“Almost immediately upon closing, the attacks on me, and BLM, which also means Melina and others, escalated,” Cullors said, adding that she stayed at the home for four nights while the FBI investigated a death threat against her. “So we did use the campus as a haven, as a safe place. That derailed an announcement strategy. Conditions changed, and that’s it.”

Cullors was named executive director of the global network foundation in July 2020 and left the organization last spring.

The discussion came a week after the New York Magazine report by Sean Campbell renewed questions about the organization’s use of donations. The report revealed that the group secretly bought the 6,500-square-foot house in October 2020 as a hub and headquarters for its members to create content promoting social justice.

The report only fueled questions about the organization’s finances, just a year after the foundation revealed a detailed look at its funds for the first time. The Associated Press reported then that the foundation said it had taken in just over $90 million in 2020 and committed $21.7 million in grant funding to both official and unofficial BLM chapters, along with 30 other Black-led grassroots organizations. The foundation put its operating budget at $8.4 million.


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