BLM Founder Patrisse Cullors is speaking out after being hit with some unflattering allegations. Earlier today, we shared a report from New York Magazine accusing the activist organization of using donation money to buy a six-million-dollar mansion.
She went on to clarify that “the property the reporter addressed was purchased in 2020 as a space where those within the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation and broader movement community could work, create content, host meetings and foster creativity.”
Seeing as Cullors left BLM in May of 2021, she shared that she cannot speak on how the property is being used at this time, but as of her resignation, it was serving its purpose as a creative space.
“The reason it wasn’t announced prior is not nefarious as the headline infers, the property needed repairs and renovation,” the activist continued. “I do not own the property, have never lived there and made that clear to the reporter.”
Cullors clarified that she will “always see [herself] as a part of the BLM community,” but she is no longer affiliated with the decision-making process of the foundation.
“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,” her explanation read before she went on to apologize to those in her community that “have to consistently engage with this kind of hateful and erroneous content.”
“I admittedly have not always responded and I know my silence has contributed to doubt,” Cullors’ wrote in her Notes app. “I apologize if it has caused you harm of any kind. But I’m asking you all to understand the enormous pressure and fear that comes with living under the constant threat of a white supremacist terror and real threats on my life and those of people I love.”
Read Patrisse Cullors’ full statement above, and let us know what you think of her response in the comments below.