(RepublicanWire.org) – Controversies have surrounded the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. Federal probes have been launched into the foundation over their lack of financial transparency.
Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors is stepping down as executive director over public outcry after it was revealed that she used charity funds to purchase multiple million-dollar mansions while BLM chapters across the nation never received the donations.
Besides splurging on herself, Cullors paid Trap Heals LLC, a company owned by Damon Turner, nearly $970,000 for “creative services” and to help “produce live events.” Turner is the father of Cullor’s child.
The foundation paid more than $840,000 to Cullors Protection LLC, a security firm owned by Patrisse’s brother, Paul Cullors, for providing “security services.”
Shalomyah Bowers, who previously served as deputy executive director of BLM Global Network Foundation, defended contracting Paul Cullors’ security firm because the foundation felt its protection could not be entrusted to former police officers.
The foundation invested $32 million in stocks from the $90 million of donations it received in 2020, which is expected to become an endowment to ensure the foundation’s work continues in the future.
Now Cullors has taken a break from her donation cash-funded lavish lifestyle to blast BLM’s donors, claiming the group is flooded with “white guilt money.”
Cullors made the remarks during MSNBC’s “Into America” podcast posted Monday afternoon.
She was speaking in response to a question from host Trymaine Lee, who had asked if the organization’s “tsunami of flooding” was shocking.
Lee asked Cullors if BLM had guardrails in place to ensure its cash was “being directed in the proper ways.”
“Yes, it was a major shock,” Cullors said on the podcast.
“It was also a lot of like, ‘Oh, wait, I did not see that coming.'”
“You know, contrary to what, you know, has been reported, much of the funding that came in was from individual donors,” Cullors continued.
“That was a lot of white guilt money,” she alleged.
“There’s a lot of white folks being like, ‘We just got to put the money.”
Cullors, however, did not directly answer if guardrails were in place for its spending.
She has maintained they did not misuse its funds.