This apparently is Cullors’ FOURTH house. Marxism and Black Lives Matter activism pay very well in capitalist America.
It’s been barely a year since George Floyd’s killing re-invigorated the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, but for its co-founder, Patrisse Cullors, a lot has changed for the better. While millions of Americans remain unemployed due to months of COVID shutdowns, Cullors—a self-described trained “Marxist”—reportedly just dropped $1.4m on a fourth house.
It’s no secret that the Black Lives Matter movement and its co-founder Patrisse Cullors accuse American capitalism of fundamental, systemic racism, and of “wiping out entire communities“; these assertions are core tenets of multiple official BLM organizations.
She describes herself as a trained Marxist:
Still, since last May, Cullors has seamlessly parlayed her position as BLM frontrunner into a number of apparently lucrative, decidedly capitalist enterprises—including a “multi-year and wide-ranging” contract with Warner Brothers.
We reported on Cullors’ partnership with the media conglomerate—and the adverse reactions from many BLM supporters—in our October 2020 post, “Trained Marxist” and BLM Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors Signs Warner Bros. TV Deal.
BLM Founder Patrisse Cullors Inks Deal With Warner Bros. TV Group – Variety – It pays to build orgs on the backs of dead black men. https://t.co/zQgWAX9x6v
— Johnathan Lee Iverson (@lastringmaster) October 17, 2020
Still, Cullors has retained her vaunted reputation among social justice activists and eagerly ‘woke’ corporations alike. She’s set to publish a new book in October (an expansion of an article she wrote in 2019 for the Harvard Law Review), launched a project partnership with the UGG apparel company and the Los Angeles-based Hammer Museum, and has been nominated alongside BLM for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. And, as the Associated Press revealed last month, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation—seen as the central “steward” for the BLM movement and led by Cullors herself, took in an astonishing $90m in donations in 2020 alone.
But questions and skepticism among some BLM acolytes have arisen yet again since the AP‘s report; many wonder how BLM’s tremendous windfall is being distributed (if at all). Others have demanded more transparency from the Foundation about its financial practices, with multiple BLM chapters claiming they haven’t seen a dime of the money.
On March 2, Michael Brown’s father appeared in a video posted on Twitter in which a Ferguson, Missouri activist complained of being “forgotten” by the movement. Asserting that local organizers and “political prisoners” in dire need of assistance have been “left behind”, he demanded some $20m from BLM’s coffers to “continue the work” his and other groups have been doing in the area.
Even before the article that @aaronlmorrison came out #Ferguson Mike Brown Sr. and many Black community members have had questions about the money #BlackLivesMatter was raising. Here is their statement pic.twitter.com/ykpGZ5Z4KJ
— TheIBFA (@THEIBFA) March 2, 2021
In response to the anger, Cullors took to Instagram on March 6 to complain about being “lied on by my own community”, which, she accused, “lifted up right wing propaganda” instead of supporting BLM unconditionally.
Now, news of Cullors’ newest property acquisition—with its beautiful setting, affluent neighborhood, and gorgeous amenities—has once again landed Cullors in the hot seat.
Patrisse Khan-Cullors, 37, also eyed property in the Bahamas at an ultra-exclusive resort where Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods both have homes, The Post has learned. Luxury apartments and townhouses at the beachfront Albany resort outside Nassau are priced between $5 million and $20 million, according to a local agent.
The self-described Marxist last month purchased a $1.4 million home on a secluded road a short drive from Malibu in Los Angeles, according to a report. The 2,370 square-foot property features “soaring ceilings, skylights and plenty of windows” with canyon views. The Topanga Canyon homestead, which includes two houses on a quarter acre, is just one of three homes Khan-Cullors owns in the Los Angeles area, public records show.
The Daily Mail added,
In her new zip code, 88 per cent of residents are white and 1.8 per cent black, according to the census.
The house is only 20 miles from her childhood home in Van Nuys, but is a world away.
Indeed, the New York Post pointed out,
In her memoir, Khan-Cullors describes growing up in a housing project less than a mile from the affluent and largely white neighborhood of Sherman Oaks, a community of wide lawns and pools where “there is nothing that does not appear beautiful and well kept.” The four kids were mostly raised by her single mother who worked 16 hours a day to support the family, she writes.
Growing up, Khan-Cullors lived in “a two-story, tan-colored building where the paint is peeling and where there is a gate that does not close properly and an intercom system that never works,” she writes. “The only place in my hood to buy groceries is a 7-Eleven.”
Khan-Cullors embraced activism and Marxism at a young age. “It started the year I turned twelve,” she writes. “That was the year that I learned that being black and poor defined me more than being bright and hopeful and ready.”
Do you even comprehend my take? She had a lot of options on where to live. She chose one of the whitest places in California. She'll have her pick of white cops and white people to complain about. That's a choice, bro. https://t.co/rBkOnSjb4u
— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) April 9, 2021
Incensed, activists have vented their frustration with Cullors—and her reaction to the scrutiny—on Twitter.
I never saw huey, angela davis, kwame ture, etc. take an endorsement deal but we supposed to believe these clowns are cut from the same cloth as them.
— B. (@bigbd0e) April 10, 2021
These people have no shame. Just vibes and million dollar Topanga Canyon Compounds…
— Free Mumia Abu-Jamal (@_Rawilcox) April 10, 2021
and the activism in question isn’t even organizing or doing labor for their communities. It’s literally posting on social media and profiting off gofundmes that were created for families in need. Disgusting individuals.
— they/them || STREAM INDIGO (@jd_occasionally) April 11, 2021
The problem is with someone with creature comforts the people who propelled this movement into common consciousness don’t have proclaiming they are in danger in order to gain public support.
Meanwhile, they sign million dollar deals for TV, movies and property.
— ashley yates (@brownblaze) April 11, 2021
Patrisse Cullors getting Black academics to sign letters of support for her is the goofiest thing I seen all week. Every single person who signed that shit should be ashamed and now we know you’re complicit in the commodification of the deaths of Black people.
— Don’t Argue With Me If You Dont Have Any Citations (@JamelTheCreator) April 7, 2021
I understand how tempting the opportunities are, some of them opening up for the first time. I understand that we all have bills.
But do understand that doors washed with blood that isn’t yours comes w/an extremely high debt, and you cannot get mad when it’s called out.
— No Quarter Will Be Given (@chaedria) April 11, 2021
As I wrote in October, Black Lives Matter has made a name for itself by equating American capitalism with racism, police brutality, and injustice of all stripes; as a movement, BLM has long sought to discredit the traditional “up-by-your bootstraps” ideals of the American dream—ideals which, if Cullors’ memoir is to be believed, she herself has exemplified. A Black child who grew up in an underprivileged, single-parent home, Cullors has overcome those circumstances and leveraged her activism into a wildly successful brand and career—with lots of personal property to show for it.
No wonder her less famous, less wealthy compatriots are angry with her: in her quest to incite Marxist revolution, she’s gone and proven that it’s not even necessary. Oops.
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