GRIEVING moms have blasted BLM’s co-founder Patrisse Cullors, saying she’s “taken the money and run” after she stood down from the group.
Cullors' resignation came after what she called a smear campaign from a far-right group, though she insists her stepping down was planned before a scandal calling her personal wealth into question broke earlier this year.
Samaria Rice, the mom of a 12-year-old boy shot by Cleveland cops while playing with a toy gun, told the New York Post: “I don’t believe she is going anywhere.
“It’s all a facade. She’s only saying that to get the heat off her right now.”
Los Angeles-based mom Lisa Simpson, whose son was slain by police in 2016, also hit out at Cullors.
“Now she doesn’t have to show her accountability,” Simpson, 52, told The Post. “She can just take the money and run.”
Cullors’ resignation came after reports about several properties she owns across the US began circulating and critics began questioning where she got the money to buy them.
The self-proclaimed "Marxist" BLM leader came under fire after it was reported that she spent $1.4million on a property in a predominantly white Los Angeles neighborhood, Topanga Canyon.
When people started questioning how Cullors got the funds to buy the new property, BLM released a statement to quiet rumors, noting she served in a "volunteer capacity and does not receive a salary or benefits."
"Patrisse has received a total of $120,000 since the organization’s inception in 2013, for duties such as serving as spokesperson and engaging in political education work. Patrisse did not receive any compensation after 2019."
The co-founder also reportedly snapped up three other homes across the country over the past five years, in a real estate buying binge that cost $3.2million.
However, Cullors has maintained that her work with the organization remained altruistic.
"Those were right-wing attacks that tried to discredit my character, and I don’t operate off of what the right thinks about me," Cullors said of the scandal.
Rice, 44, first contacted Cullors, 37, to get the group to help in re-opening a federal investigation into her son’s death in 2014, according to the report.
“They are benefiting off the blood of our loved ones, and they won’t even talk to us,” said Rice, who has also blasted activists Shaun King and Tamika Mallory, whose speech at the Grammy Awards in March called on African Americans to “demand the freedom that this land promises.”
In March Rice joined with Simpson, the mother of Richard Risher, to blast BLM for, as Simpson put it, “raising money in our dead sons’ names and giving us nothing in return.”
BLM’s Los Angeles chapter is said to have raised $5,000 for her son’s funeral, but Simpson claimed she never received any of it.
“We never hired them to be the representatives in the fight for justice for our dead loved ones murdered by the police,” said the statement by Rice and Simpson posted March 16 by activist @Free Mumia Abu-Jamal. “The ‘activists’ have events in our cities and have not given us anything substantial for using our loved ones’ images and names on their flyers. We don’t want or need y’all parading in the streets accumulating donations, platforms, movie deals, etc. off the death of our loved ones, while the families and communities are left clueless and broken.”
The BLM movement was created nearly eight years ago to address injustices against black Americans.
With Cullors departing, the organization will bring in two new interim senior executives to help steer it in the immediate future.
Monifa Bandele, a longtime BLM organizer and founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement in New York City, and Makani Themba, an early backer of the BLM movement and chief strategist at Higher Ground Change Strategies in Jackson, Mississippi, will join the ranks.
"I think both of them come with not only a wealth of movement experience, but also a wealth of executive experience," Cullors said.
The US Sun has contacted BLM for comment.
Source: Read Full Article