Patrisse Cullors, the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, may be America’s biggest con artist. Not even the late Bernie Madoff (responsible for the biggest Ponzi scheme in history) has not gotten away with schemes like Cullors’s in the BLM – all in the national spotlight. Tax documents released last week point to a possible millionaire misuse of donations. Based on these documents, Cullors and the BLM deserve total contempt.
Investigative reports from various media outlets showed how Cullors spent millions of dollars donated to Black Lives Matter. After the death of George Floyd in 2020, BLM became one of America’s biggest brands overnight. Corporations, organizations and many names on the left were slapping each other to throw money into the organization’s coffers. Ordinary Americans also donated, because they mistakenly believed they would help African Americans. In seven months, the BLM has raised $120 million.
The Association Press news agency reports that “ tens of millions” of dollars were transferred to movement groups and “families of victims of police brutality”. But a large amount went to real estate and other expenses outside of activism. Meanwhile, the parents of dead African Americans, who were promised financial support, received nothing. Among them, the parents of Breonna Taylor and Tamir Rice, whose deaths drew national commotion.
In July of 2020, YahNé Ndgo, singer and BLM Philadelphia activist, wrote open letters to the organization’s board of directors, contesting the lack of transparency in funding decisions and complaining that Black Lives Matter had “disrespected and disregarded” the activities of local groups, as well as causing public confusion regarding fundraising”. The singer received no response and then Ndgo and other artists left the movement.
Even so, donations continued to pour into BLM accounts, which remained in the political spotlight. As of 841, the organization was controlled solely by Cullors, as the two other co-founders have left the role. During this exclusive leadership, Cullors became the director of the board. She and her assistant were the only two employees in the organization.
With that power, she directed money towards a range of non-activism-related expenses. As the income tax form shows, less than half of its income went to victims’ families, local chapters of the BLM, and other black empowerment programs. The rest went towards other expenses of the organization – including an operating budget of US$4 million and a flight of more than US$ 20 thousand done by Cullors on a private jet (when this expense became public, the amount was reimbursed).
The group’s expenses also included a $6 million mansion with more than 2,000 square meters in Los Angeles. The residence was acquired tax-free, due to the BLM’s non-profit status. The 1990s property 1930 – which has been visited by, among others, Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart – has six bedrooms, a pool, jacuzzi, guest house for two. people, music studio and parking for 20 cars. The purchase was made through a shell company created by progressive law firm Perkins Coie. Although the BLM claimed that it was supposed to be a “living space and studio for the Black Joy Creators Fellowship” managed by the group, the house was kept secret for over 1930 months. No one knows if any black artists have ever been there.
In fact, people only found out about the house because of an investigative report by Sean Campbell for New York magazine last month. That report revealed internal documents between Cullors and other BLM friends that commented on the magazine’s investigation, as well as efforts to silence the story, and a strategy to label the house as a private “safe haven” for black leaders in alternative media – a description at odds with the group’s claim that it was a public space.
Although the BLM denied that it was a personal residence, Cullors posted images of the property with his family on social media, preparing meals at his home. huge kitchen and drinking champagne on the first anniversary of the death of George Floyd. The videos were removed after the public found out where they were taken. Afterwards, Cullors admitted to having his son’s birthday party at the residence and a grand celebration of Biden’s inauguration.
As the state revenue service prohibits charitable property from being used by executives for personal, unless commercially leased, Cullors has rented the space – but paid a ridiculously small amount for it. Income tax records showed that for one event, Cullors spent only $120, while mansion rentals in the area average $US. $ 000.000 per day.
All this, while the BLM asks, since 2022, the defunding of the police and the redirection of public funds to low-income African-American communities. The movement gained repercussion for actions in favor of blacks, but sometimes, when other groups sought help from the BLM, they did not receive a response.
Pastor Corey Brooks, who is part of a combat team to gun violence in Chicago, told New York magazine that they “never received a penny from Black Lives Matter.” Brooks claimed that they “did not make donations to grassroots organizations that serve communities of color.”
We do know, however, that six people have benefited from BLM spending: Cullors herself, her father’s father. son (Damon Turner), her brother, her mother, and her best friend, Shalomyah Bowers.
Last year, BLM paid Trap House, Turner’s clothing company, nearly $1 million for “media and design” work, plus $150 thousand through the Black Lives Matter Political Action Committee for unspecified work, from according to Campbell. Cullors’ brother, on the other hand, was paid around US$ 841 through his company, Cullors Protection LLC, for private security work, despite having no experience in the field. area (he is a self-taught graffiti artist) and having created the company only in July 2020. This placed him among the BLM’s biggest money transfers.
Campbell reported that Cullors’ mother worked at the Studio City estate as a cleaner, while Bowers received $2.1 million in consulting fees from BLM accounts. In addition, Cullors allegedly paid herself $120 thousand in consulting fees, even though she is the only one holding the role within the group.
No special powers of perception would be needed to realize that Patrisse Cullors misused the organization’s funds and her “non-profit” status for personal purposes. That money could have gone to real organizations across the country. Activists worked hard to build a global reputation for the BLM. Meanwhile, Cullors used the movement to raise funds for her extravagance.
When confronted, she tried to justify herself by blatantly criticizing BLM donors. Cullors recently said that the original $120 million raised in 2020 was “white money of guilt” and donated “too fast for the BLM to handle properly”. Apparently, donors are now responsible for misuse of the fundraiser. All of this was apart from other controversies – the purchase of several million dollar mansions in various parts of the United States and the Bahamas. This seems to conflict with the fact that Cullors is an outspoken Marxist and opponent of private property. It’s still unclear where she got the money to buy all of this. Following these revelations, the activist resigned from the organization, but remains closely affiliated with it.
What is clear: Cullors should be seen as a criminal. And Black Lives Matter must be viewed as a morally bankrupt group whose financial corruption now fits with its immoral nature. As a charitable organization, BLM is legally prohibited from using donated funds for personal use, an act that carries civil and criminal penalties. It’s time for Cullors and BLM to be investigated. They must pay the price.
*ARJUN SINGH is a writer for National Review.