The head of New York City’s Black Lives Matter (BLM) chapter is now calling for an investigation into Patrisse Cullors—a cofounder of BLM—following her purchase of four homes worth millions of dollars.
Hawk Newsome—who leads Black Lives Matter of Greater New York City—went after Cullors by calling for an “independent investigation” into Cullors’s financial dealings and the operations of the national Black Lives Matter group.
“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.”
Newsome’s call comes amid reports that Cullors went off on a home-buying binge spending a total of $3.2 million on four different properties. The prominent Black Lives Matter leader has purchased a $1.4-million property near Los Angeles and a $415,000 “custom ranch” around Atlanta within the past year in addition to several other properties purchased since 2016, according to the Post.
One Twitter user posted: “America is so racist that one of the founders (Patrisse Cullors) of BLM , a 37 year old black woman just bought a $1,400,000 house here in L.A In a 89% white neighborhood.”
Another Twitter user expressed concern with Cullors not injecting more money into black communities: “YES, BLM co-founder, Patrisse Cullors, bought 4 luxury homes. But evidence is thin on if she used donations. BUT we DO know she got multi-million dollar deals from publishers & studios, and instead of investing in black communities, she bought homes in mostly white neighborhoods.”
The L.A. and Atlanta purchases came right after the publication of Cullors’s memoir, When They Call You a Terrorist, and after she signed a “multi-platform” deal with Warner Bros. Television Group.
Cullors’s national group—the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF)—reeled in an estimated $90 million in donations last year amid widespread unrest over the death of George Floyd. The trial over Floyd’s death is ongoing in Minneapolis.
Grassroots Black Lives Matter activists and local leaders have grown increasingly skeptical and openly critical of the BLMGNF. Just last year, ten local Black Lives Matter chapters accused the national foundation of hiding “untold millions of dollars” from activists and called for greater transparency in the organization. It is uncertain how much has been done to investigate and right the alleged underhandedness.
The Daily Wire reported:
Black Lives Matter chapters in Chicago, Denver, Hudson Valley in New York, Indianapolis, New Jersey, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, San Diego, Vancouver in Washington state, and Washington, D.C., signed onto a statement issued Monday condemning the Black Lives Matter Global Network (BLMGN) Foundation. The foundation, the statement said, has taken major actions without input from chapter leaders and refused until recently to make any effort to distribute millions of dollars-worth of donations to grassroots activists.
“Since the establishment of BLMGN, our chapters have consistently raised concerns about financial transparency, decision making, and accountability,” the statement says. “Despite years of effort, no acceptable internal process of accountability has ever been produced by BLMGN and these recent events have undermined the efforts of chapters seeking to democratize its processes and resources.”
The chapters also list several accusations against BLMGNF, which is led by Executive Director Patrisse Cullors—a co-founder and sole board member of BLMGNF. Cullors was installed as executive director of the national organization “against the will of most chapters and without their knowledge,” according to local chapters.