After the unexpected resignation of one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter (BLM), Patrisse Cullors, different organization branches across the country have expressed their disagreement with the movement’s leaders and are demanding greater transparency and accountability in their actions and directives. The claims and resignations of leaders have exposed the institutional crisis faced by the group.
Although many of the conflicts are not new, they exploded recently after the resignation of Cullors, who was involved in a scandal after being accused of buying millionaire mansions in luxury neighborhoods during the past few months.
Cullors vacated her position as executive director of the BLM foundation and the infighting has not stopped since then.
In this context, a sort of subgroup called BLM 10 Plus, which refers to the 10 original BLM headquarters and other new ones that emerged later, has been demonstrating against BLM Global Network Foundation (BLMGN) and its directors.
Through a public statement, BLM 10 Plus, demands detailed “accountability” from BLMGN and its co-founder Patrisse Cullors.
“Hide nothing from the masses of our people. Tell no lies. Expose lies whenever they are told. Mask no difficulties, mistakes, failures. Claim no easy victories,” reads the beginning of the statement.
In the statement, it was revealed that on November 30, 2020, the top 10 headquarters had already written a public statement demanding greater accountability from their managers.
The most controversial part of the matter is that after the release of this statement, the names of the sites were quickly removed from the BLMGN website as an apparent punishment for the public outcry.
In the new statement, the signatories claim that the number of venues lined up in support of the previous year’s statements has nearly doubled. Some of these chapters have made their own statements echoing the call for accountability and the call for transparency, democracy, and internal transformation of the central organization.
According to BLM 10 Plus, the organization’s leadership is not even efficient in its functions to achieve the organization’s basic objectives for the vindication of the rights of black people, but rather is lost in individual ambitions.
It also denounces the suspicious concealment of BLMGN and the lack of transparency of its directors, organizational forms, partnerships, and funds.
“The little we do know, has come from persistent requests for transparency over the years. We have only known some of the staff and contractors for BLMGN and the little information we received about their roles has been inconsistent. The salaries, such as those of Patrisse Cullors, other founders, and staff have never been reported to Chapters.”
BLMGN also allegedly failed to promote communication between the various headquarters resulting in a lack of knowledge and mistrust about the transfer of funds to each and the manner used to decide how much money to send to each headquarters.
All this comes just days after the BLM Global network reiterated its commitment to “grassroots work on the ground by organizers, sites and communities around the world.” It also announced the addition of new sites both in the U.S. and other parts of the world.
This whole situation exposed the institutional crisis of the controversial leftist organization that, during 2020, was criticized by a large part of the society for wreaking havoc in almost every city in the United States, under the protection of the hegemonic media, leftist politicians, and globalist business people.