A leader in the Black Lives Matter movement is calling for an investigation into one of the organization’s co-founders.
According to reports, the head of the greater New York City BLM chapter wants answers in the wake of revelations that Patrisse Khan-Cullors spent more than $3 million on real estate over the span of just a few months.
“It’s the people that carry this movement”
Hawk Newsome questioned the expenditures and wants a deeper probe into how those at the top of the organization spend money.
Last month, Khan-Cullors bought a 2,370-square-foot mansion near Malibu, California, for $1.4 million. She now owns three homes in the greater Los Angeles area.
Although she describes herself as a Marxist and argues wealth should be shared among all people, her spending patterns have led to serious questions about her beliefs and the organization she helped establish.
Newsome has been particularly critical, stating: “If you go around calling yourself a socialist, you have to ask how much of her own personal money is going to charitable causes.”
He went on to call the situation “really sad,” noting that it “makes people doubt the validity of the movement and overlook the fact that it’s the people that carry this movement.”
Donations and business deals
BLM brought in over $90 million in donations last year, bolstered by a heightened profile in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minnesota and the protests that followed.
The organization has been around since 2013 and was founded after Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of charges related to the teen’s death.
Khan-Cullors signed a multi-platform deal with Warner Bros. last year to produce content for the media company, though it remains unclear where the money for her recent property purchases originated. As for her BLM salary, such information is largely unknown due to the organization’s complex finances and involvement of several related corporate networks.
She also earned an unspecified amount of money for penning her memoir, When They Call You a Terrorist, about two years ago. In addition to the four homes she already owns, Khan-Cullors reportedly looked at a multi-million dollar property in the Bahamas where several other prominent figures already own homes.
The situation highlights one of the major drawbacks to socialism in practice, which often allows leaders to abuse the system by allocating huge sums of money to themselves while others remain impoverished.