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Money in them hills, black, white and indifferent, sigh. Take Black Lives Matter (please?). It's been a gold mine for some very deserving (con) people. Gotta hand it to them . . .
Some people rioted. Heck, our all-white block had a block party with a view to raising money. I took a long walk, however.
There are white con men and women, and there are black con men and women, white dupes and black dupes. In sheer numbers it’s whites in the majority in both categories. But there’s something poetic about the justice in the second-named transaction type as here discussed:
“Black Lives Matter is headed for insolvency after plunging $8.5M into the red – but founder Patrisse Cullors’ brother was still paid $1.6M for ‘security services’ in 2022, while sister of board member earned $1.1M for ‘consulting’” –
BLM’s Global Network Foundation, which officially emerged in November 2020, is in dire financial straits, according to its most recent financial disclosure, amid questions over where the money has been going, the Mail reports.
And many’s the donor, black or white, who may — just may! — feel put out at this news. Just sayin’.
On the other hand, the bright side:
Black Lives Matter Co-Founder: what’s good for Black America is also good for the rest of America
Black Futures Lab’s Alicia Garza is the co-founder of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement and a contributor to the best-selling "Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of Africa America 1619-2019,’ as well as the author of ‘The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart.”
She joins Ali Velshi to discuss the continued fight for racial equality in America and the constant myth that white Americans have to suffer in order for Black Americans to prosper. Says Garza, this is about “unrigging the rules that have been rigged for generations…to the disparity of all of us.”
Sock it to ‘em, kiddo. Oh. Date of this optimism: Feb. 28, 2021, about time this lady was pushing another arresting idea:
MSNBC|2 years ago
Alicia Garza . . . tells Ali Velshi that despite some progress that was made, racism is “everywhere, it’s like the air we breathe.”
As for defund [sic] the police, she says we need to “allocate resources in such a way that we actually address some of these problems that are not crimes.”
Oh yes, getting to the heart of the matter. On the money.
However, two short, if painful, years later, back to . . . the Daily Mail story linked in the first story . . .
Black Lives Matter's national organization is at risk of going bankrupt after its finances plunged $8.5 million into the red last year - while simultaneously handing multiple staff seven-figure salaries.
Financial disclosures obtained by The Washington Free Beacon show the perilous state of BLM's Global Network Foundation, which officially emerged in November 2020, as a more formal way of structuring the civil rights movement.
Yet despite the financial controversy and scrutiny, BLM GNF continued to hire relatives of the founder, Patrisse Cullors, and several board members.
Quick, before the money runs out.
[Her brother] Paul Cullors was also one of BLM's only two paid employees during the year, collecting a $126,000 salary as 'head of security' on top of his consulting fees. He is best known as a graffiti artist, with no background in security.
Patrisse Cullors defended hiring him, saying registered security firms which hired former police officers could not be trusted, given the movement's opposition to police brutality.
For the previous year, 2021, tax filings revealed that BLM paid a company owned by Damon Turner, the father of Cullors' child, nearly $970,000 to help 'produce live events' and provide other 'creative services.'
Cullors resigned in May 2021.
'I've created the infrastructure and the support, and the necessary bones and foundation, so that I can leave,' Cullors stated. 'It feels like the time is right.'
However, her departure comes after it was revealed last month that she has amassed a $3 million property portfolio, despite describing herself as a trained Marxist''.
Cullors faced fierce backlash over revelations about her personal spending - including the recent purchase of a $1.4 million home in a ritzy L.A. neighborhood.
It caused many to question what percentage of BLM donations were actually going towards social justice programs.
Etc., etc., etc. What a gal. Her timing throughout has been exemplary. Con people, take note, wherever you are . . .