One of the key architects of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, which contributed to more than $1 billion in property damage in last summer’s riots, is finding that activism pays off.
“Trained Marxist” and BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors has purchased four homes since 2016, Breitbart reports, for a combined $3.2 million.
In her latest buy, she picked up a $1.4 million “secluded mini-compound” in Topanga Canyon, California, not far from Malibu, Dirt.com reported.
A million-dollar mansion
Her new quarter-acre property features a guest house and “an expansive backyard,” the Daily Mail notes.
Khan-Cullors has purchased three other homes since 2016, the New York Post reports, and was recently looking at multi-million dollar properties at an “ultra-exclusive resort where Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods both have homes” in the Bahamas.
In 2020, she bought a $415,000 “custom ranch” in rural Georgia that features an indoor pool and a private airplane hangar, according to Breitbart.
Khan-Cullors also own two more homes in the Los Angeles area: in 2018, she bought a $590,000 home in South Los Angeles now worth $720,000, and in 2016, a $510,000 home in Inglewood now worth $800,000.
A professional activist
Khan-Cullors, who grew up poor in Los Angeles, is the author of the 2018 memoir, When They Call You a Terrorist. According to the Daily Mail, she started BLM, which positions itself as anti-capitalist and “anti-racist,” with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi in 2013, after the acquittal of George Zimmerman.
The activist once described herself as a “trained Marxist,” but her lifestyle is a touch bougie for the moniker, according to Hank Newsome, leader of Black Lives Matter Greater New York City.
“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 told the New York Post. “It’s really sad because it makes people doubt the validity of the movement and overlook the fact that it’s the people that carry this movement.”
Khan-Cullors’ revenue stream is unclear given the shadowy non-profit infrastructure of BLM, the Post notes. The group told reporters earlier this year that it raked in $90 million in donations in 2020, as its influence grew to new heights amid the unrest that followed George Floyd’s death and that caused well over $1 billion in property damage, according to Axios.
For Khan-Cullors, as for so many professional activists, “social justice” aligns pretty well with private advantage. It would be shocking, if it weren’t so banal.