In the spring of 2021, the three leaders of BLM at that time -- Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Melina Abdullah -- sat around a table on a luxury property to complain about how "right-wing media" outlets were critical of Cullors' purchases of four homes at a cost of more than $3 million the previous year.
“For me, the hardest moments have been the right-wing-media machine just leveraging literally all its weight against me, against our movement, against BLM the organization,” Cullors said, as the three discussed the one-year anniversary of Floyd's death. “I’m some weeks out now from a lot of the noise, so I have more perspective, right? While I was in it, I was in survival mode.”
She was making reference to an April 2021 New York Post article revealing her purchases, which led many critics to believe the group's leaders essentially helped themselves to the millions in donations while on-the-ground activists and local BLM chapters were essentially starved for funds.
A few days after the late May 2021 chat, which was posted to YouTube, Cullors resigned as head of the organization, which led to even more speculation that she was dirty.
“I think they’ve attempted to cancel us, but they have not been successful in canceling us,” Abdullah said during the chat.
“They’ve attempted to say — and I’m just gonna say it — ‘She bought some damn houses. We gonna cancel her.’”
At that point, Garza cut in with a comment that appeared to be addressed to critics: “Y’all don’t know shit about what it takes to live in a box here.”
Only, none of them actually live in boxes, as per New York Magazine:
None of the women acknowledged the house behind them. It’s far from a box, with more than 6,500 square feet, more than half a dozen bedrooms and bathrooms, several fireplaces, a soundstage, a pool and bungalow, and parking for more than 20 cars, according to real-estate listings. The California property was purchased for nearly $6 million in cash in October 2020 with money that had been donated to BLMGNF.
The transaction has not been previously reported, and Black Lives Matter’s leadership had hoped to keep the house’s existence a secret. Documents, emails, and other communications I’ve seen about the luxury property’s purchase and day-to-day operation suggest that it has been handled in ways that blur, or cross, boundaries between the charity and private companies owned by some of its leaders.
"It creates the impression that money donated to the cause of racial justice has been spent in ways that benefit the leaders of Black Lives Matter personally," the report, by writer Sean Campbell, added.
Internally, the property is known as the "Campus," and in late March, Campbell asked the organization several questions about the property. After he posed the questions, BLM leaders put out an internal strategy memo that contained several potential responses, including "Can we kill the story?" and "Our angle -- needs to be to deflate ownership of the property."
The internal memo also included several bullet points:
-- “Campus is part of cultural arm of the org — potentially as an ‘influencer house,’ where abolition+ based content is produced by artists & creatives.”
-- One bullet is headed “Accounting/990 modifications” and said in part: “[N]eed to first make sure it’s legally okay to use as we plan to use it.”
-- It also describes the property as a "safehouse" for leaders whose safety has allegedly been threatened.
The two separate explanations -- that the property is both a confidential safety refuge while also being a place where content is created for the widest possible audience -- are in direct conflict, and the memo noted that as well: "Holes in security story: Use in public YT videos."
It is an abomination that these three thieves have managed to elevate themselves to a life of luxury under the false premise of 'justice' for black people. If we had a functional Justice Dept. that wasn't politicized, it's likely these three women would have already been indicted.