BLM Chapters Seeking Transparency Amidst Lavish Spending of Co-Founder

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Black Lives Matter (BLM) chapters seek more accountability and transparency from the BLM global network. This is happening in light of an increased examination of BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors’ exorbitant lifestyle and spending.

Patrisse Cullors, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter, is receiving heightened analysis due to her extravagant spendings. This includes purchases of various houses, calculated to cost at least $3 million; the installation of electric gates around those houses is also included. Because of this, the BLM chapters are now asking for more transparency from the BLM global network. 

Meanwhile, as questions surrounding her spendings heightened, Cullors announced that she would step down from her role as the executive director of the BLM foundation. Yet, she denied that the reason this has anything to do with rising controversies. Cullors also insisted she was planning to step down from her role for over a year.

However, Cullors’ decision to resign from her post is not enough to settle the growing demand for change within the organization. The BLM chapters’ new group, the “BLM 10 Plus,” is now calling for more accountability and transparency from the “BLM 10.”

BLM co-founder and her million-dollar house

On Friday, BLM 10 Plus made a statement saying that the number of chapters supporting their call for accountability has doubled. They also added that some of these BLM chapters also made a statement; in these statements came repeats of their demands for accountability, democracy, transparency, and internal transformation. 

The statement continued, saying that BLM 10 Plus is continuously calling for clarity and responsibility in the BLM Global Network.

Double Standards and Hefty Spending

Recently, BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors has reportedly constructed an electric fence around her $1.4 million home in Los Angeles. Cullors bought the 2,380 square foot property in March.

According to reports, the wooden fencing at the million-dollar home in Topanga Canyon is estimated to cost around $35,000. 

To add more to the controversy, Cullors home was allegedly paid in cash. A local realtor who checked the title of the property added that there is no mortgage holder on the property. It was also bough under the name of “Abolitionist Entertainment, LLC.”

The BLM foundation revealed that last year, it took in over $90 million in donations. This is after the May 2020 death of George Floyd, the black man who died while a white Minneapolis officer is pressing Floyd’s neck with his knee. This sparked protests globally and an outpour of donations from all over the world.

Cullors said that “right-wing attacks” seek to ruin her character; she then claimed that what right-wingers believe of her doesn’t impact the ways she operates.

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In February, the BLM Foundation revealed the tens of millions of dollars that it raked in.