An anti-police protest movement is farewelling one of its most controversial leaders.
The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation will lose Patrisse Cullors who resigned after being widely criticized for her business conduct.
“I have got to go [because] I am extremely tired and had the second (CCP Virus) vaccine shot, [and] felt like I was drunk off the vaccine,” the founding executive director said in a video shared on YouTube. [I am] kind of winding it down, heading out with my [5-year-old] kid.”
Cullors revealed she previously resigned from the organization in 2019, because she wanted a younger successor to continue the movement’s legacy of challenging law enforcement officers. However, she reluctantly returned to work after being invited back.
“I really wanted to see the next generation of leadership lead,” she can be heard saying. “When the uprising happened last year, folks inside of Black Lives Matter asked me to come back … and it was always supposed to be intermediary–and so now is my time [to leave.]”
The 37-year-old made the remarks after she was accused of hypocritically claiming to oppose white supremacy while, at the same time, making major real estate investments in predominantly white neighborhoods.
Although Cullors claimed to promote equality, she still bought at least four luxury homes worth a combined $3.2 million, according to property records obtained by the New York Post.
The BL understands the most expensive property is located at Topanga Canyon, an exclusive part of western Los Angeles County, where almost 90 percent of owners are white and wealthy.
Cullors also raised eyebrows after openly declaring she was a “trained Marxist,” which appeared to be at odds with her earlier claim to be a socialist and social justice activist.
Cullors initially called the allegations part of a “right-wing attack” without specifically defending or denying them.
“Those were right-wing attacks that tried to discredit my character, and I do not operate off of what the right thinks about me,” she said according to the paper.
According to the Associated Press, Black Lives Matter quickly amassed more than $90 million in donations after the 2020 death-in-custody of George Floyd.
Cullors promised the money would be used to fight anyone who thinks white people are better than those belonging to another race.
“Thanks to all of y’all’s donations and overwhelming support, and being able to cut through the [expletive] we have options,” she said in the video. “It is the first time ever that a black liberation movement in this country has been given the necessary resources, so that we can actually challenge white supremacy.”
However, she suggested very little of the money would be spent for at least 12 months due to budgeting and planning requirements.
“Most organizations our size take about a year to figure out what they are going to do, so they can manage the money well [and] so they can manage processes well,” she can be heard saying. “This team is going to take time to really figure out what the next steps are for this organization.”
The organization also reported that it ended 2020 with a balance of more than $60 million in its favor after spending nearly a quarter of its cash on alleged operating expenses, grants to black-led organizations and other charitable donations.
Rev. T. Sheri Dickerson, a Black Lives Matter affiliate president from Oklahoma City and representative of # BLM10, believes the foundation should be more transparent about how funds are spent.
“I know some of (the families) feel exploited, their pain exploited, and that is not something I want to be affiliated with,” he said according to the New York Post.