BLM Co-founder Patrisse Cullors who has sparked criticism for purchasing 4 homes since 2016 criticized “racism inside the housing market.”
Cullors wrote on Instagram “Thank you @npr for highlighting the history of racism inside of the housing market and why Black homeownership has always been a way to disrupt white supremacy.”
Cullors has purchased 4 homes since 2016 and has been blasted by many conservative commentators for purchasing a $1.4 million dollar home in predominantly white Topanga.
Last month, Black Lives Matter issued a statement denouncing criticism of Patrissee Cullors real estate purchases, claiming the criticism “continues a tradition of terror by white supremacists against Black activists.”
The statement reads “Patrisse Cullors is the Executive Director of Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF). She serves in this role in a volunteer capacity and does not receive a salary or benefits. Patrisse has received a total of $120,000 since the organization’s inception in 2013, for duties such as serving as spokesperson and engaging in political education work. Patrisse did not receive any compensation after 2019.”
“To be abundantly clear, as a registered 501c3, BLMGNF cannot and did not commit any organizational resources toward the purchase of personal property by any employee or volunteer. Any insinuation or assertion to the contrary is categorically false,” the statement continues, “Patrisse’s work for Black people over the years has made her and others who align with the fight for Black liberation targets of racist violence.
“The narratives being spread about Patrisse have been generated by right-wing forces intent on reducing the support and influence of a movement that is larger than any one organization. This right-wing offensive not only puts Patrisse, her child and her loved ones in harm’s way, it also continues a tradition of terror by white supremacists against Black activists. All Black activists know the fear these malicious and serious actions are meant to instill: the fear of being silenced, the trauma of being targeted, the torture of feeling one’s family is exposed to danger just for speaking out against unjust systems. We have seen this tactic of terror time and again, but our movement will not be silenced” the statement concludes.
The organization did not allow public replies to their tweet.