Earlier it was reported by New York Magazine that the founders of “Black Lives Matter,” used donations to purchase a $6 million home out in California. Now, Patrisse Cullors, one of the three founders, who resigned from her position last year, responds to the report.
In a statement posted to social media, Patrisse said, “Yesterday’s article in New York Magazine is a despicable abuse of a platform that’s intended to provide truthful information to the public. Journalism is supposed to mitigate harm and inform our communities. That fact that a reputable publication would allow a reporter, with a proven and very public bias against me and other Black leaders, to write a piece filled with misinformation, innuendo, and incendiary opinions, is disheartening and unacceptable.”
Patrisse did reference the home that was mentioned in the piece and said that it was purchased in 2020 and used as a “space where those within the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF) and broader movement community could work, create content, host meetings and foster creativity.”
However, after stepping down from her role within the organization, she mentioned that she cannot speak about what the space is currently being used for. Patrisse also shared that after the home was purchased, it was not publicly announced because “the property needed repairs and renovation.” Nonetheless, she made it clear that she does not own the property, nor has she ever lived there.
“I have never misappropriated funds, and it pains me that so many people have accepted that narrative without the presence of tangible truth or facts. Nevertheless, this will soon be made clear upon the release of the BLM 990s,” she added.
Check out her full statement below:
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As previously shared, reports about the home came about after a video of Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Melina Abdullah, the leaders of BLM, from last year surfaced and showed the ladies sitting outside the home. That led to the allegations of the home being purchased with donations to BLM.
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