BLM proves that the fight against “racism” is about only two things: money and power.
In the past few months, “Black Lives Matter” could hardly complain about a lack of affection. Not only have the benevolent reporting in the media or the solidarity from politicians caused storms of enthusiasm, but the big US companies also outbid each other in the joint fight against “racism” and made donations amounting to millions. Whether Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Airbnb, Uber, Nike or Coca-Cola: everyone wanted to be on board. The only question that remained was: who actually received all the money? And what happened to it?
Well, apparently this is also being asked internally. The official foundation “Black Lives Matter Global Network” (BLMGN), which was founded in 2013 by the black activists Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi as a kind of umbrella organization, is being criticized. Meanwhile, there is a lot of rumbling at the base.
Some local offshoots – including those in the cities of Washington, Chicago, San Diego, Oklahoma City or Philadelphia – have teamed up and published a statement that has it all: “SinSince the establishment of BLMGN, our chapters have consistently raised concerns about financial transparency, decision making, and accountability, ” say the authors as they denounce the parent organization.
The money does not reach the base
“Despite years of effort, no acceptable internal process of accountability has ever been produced by BLMGN”. “Financial transparency” is completely lacking. The text speaks of “unknown millions of dollars”, which were “donated to BLMGN, which has certainly increased during this time of pandemic and rebellion.” However, the local chapters received “little to no financial support”.
The Daily Caller had already reported in June that BLMGN had paid out millions for consultants and employee compensation between July 2017 and June 2019. Specifically, the organization had spent nearly $900,000 on travel, $1.6 million on consulting, and $2.1 million on employees in fiscal 2017, 2018, and 2019.
But while the first dubious press reports surfaced, BLMGN promised to set up a fund of $6.5 million to support the local chapters. Since July 1, affiliated chapters have even been able to apply for grants of up to $500,000. Apparently by no means all of the offshoots were eligible: “in the last few months that selected chapters appear to have been invited to apply for a $500,000,” says the message from the local BLM sections. However, this money was only “generated through the work of the chapters”. This is “not the equity and financial accountability we deserve”.
Black Lives Matter activist criticized
The focus of the criticism is particularly aimed at BLMGN co-founder Patrisse Cullors, of whom it is said in the paper that she became executive director “against the will of most chapters and without their knowledge.” However, Cullors seems to have higher ambitions right now. She recently wrote an open letter to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris asking for “a seat at the table” for herself. Black voters have made the Biden presidency possible, so she should be able to dictate policy – no doubt with a hefty paycheque supplemented by skimmed donations.