By: Konrad Holden
In late May, Black Lives Matter Co-founder Patrisse Cullors announced her resignation amid controversy about the group’s finances. Initially, Cullors said the two were not connected, but recent pushback from parties within the group indicates otherwise.
Patrisse Cullors resigned from Black Lives Matter Global Network (BLMGN) in late May shortly after she purchased a $1.4 million home in California. Her recent real estate purchase, only 1 of the 4 properties she owns, sparked conflict with other BLM-affiliated groups.
The 10 original BLM chapters and other chapters from across the country formed a new organization, BLM10Plus, after repeated pleas for transparency. They want to know how BLMGN, their former parent organization, spends its money.
On Friday, BLM10Plus released a statement protesting its own former leaders saying that everyone should know more about how BLMGN operates, including staff salaries.
“The salaries, such as those of Patrisse Cullors, other founders, and staff have never been reported to Chapters,” the statement said.
The splinter group also criticized BLMGN for arbitrarily deciding which chapters were “official” when it benefited them. This caused some chapters to receive money while other chapters went without.
All this infighting over money, Cullors’ four homes, and the BLMGN’s $90 million income in 2020 seems to indicate that the group exists only to enrich those at the top while benefiting from the deaths of young black men.
“After 7 years seeking internal accountability, it was no surprise that Patrisse would leave in a manner that continued to evade accountability and shield BLMGN from it.” - Statement from BLM10Plus