A co-founder of Black Lives Matter is stepping down from the organization’s board of directors, but she insists her decision is unrelated to what she calls “right-wing attacks” meant to discredit her.
Co Founder of Black Lived Matter Organization – Patrisse Cullors
After nearly six years at the forefront of the movement to combat racial inequality, Patrisse Cullors said that Friday would be her last day. The 37-year-old campaigner said she has been planning her departure for over a year and is going to focus on a book and television deal. “I’ve built the infrastructure and support, as well as the essential bones and foundation, so that I may depart,” she stated.
It appears that the hour has come.”Her resignation, however, comes amid a squabble over the group’s finances and her own personal fortune. Those were right-wing attacks that aimed to denigrate my reputation,” Ms Cullors added, “and I don’t operate on what the right thinks about me.”
The Black Lives Matter Organization started as a Hashtag before going global
Following the May 2020 murder of George Floyd, whose death at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer provoked worldwide protests, the BLM foundation disclosed in February that it received just over $90 million (£63 million) in donations previous year.
After spending roughly a quarter of its assets on running expenses, donations to organizations, and other charitable contributions, the foundation stated it finished 2020 with a balance of more than $60 million (£42 million).
Critics of the foundation claim that more money should have gone to the families of black victims of police brutality who have been unable to get the help they need to cope with their grief.
“That is the most terrible aspect,” said Rev. T Sheri Dickerson, president of an Oklahoma City BLM chapter and a member of the #BLM10, a national group of organizers who have publicly chastised the foundation over financing and transparency.
“I know some of (the families) are feeling exploited, and their pain is being abused,” she continued, “and that’s not anything I ever want to be associated with.”