BLM's Patrisse Khan-Cullors dubbed 'grifter' for reportedly eyeing Bahamas property after $3M real estate spree
Black Lives Matter movement co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors, who is already under fire for spending $3.2M on recent house purchases, is reportedly eyeing a property in the Bahamas. She faced further criticism after she said Black homeownership is a method of fighting "White supremacy". She took to Instagram to post an article on structural racism within the housing policies. The article noted that the policies including practices such as redlining hurt the chances of minorities being able to own houses.
Linking an NPR article on her Instagram post, Khan-Cullors said, "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. Images from @npr's IG story. Link to the full piece in my story!" Soon after she posted this, Khan-Cullors received major backlash with many calling her a hypocrite. Some even alleged that the BLM co-founder had used the funds allocated for the movement.
The news of Khan-Cullors going on a buying spree first emerged in April when details about the homes that she had purchased were released by New York Post. Some of the properties cited as belonging to Khan-Cullors include a $1.4M house on a secluded road, a short drive from Malibu in Los Angeles, in an overwhelmingly White neighborhood. Also cited was a Topanga Canyon homestead, which includes two houses on a quarter-acre.
In response to claims that she had used the profits from the BLM funds, Khan-Cullors explained that she had other sources of income that included two book deals, public speaking and teaching at a college. The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, where Cullors is a director, issued a statement on April 13 saying they had not paid for her house. Cullors was paid $120,000 since the organization was founded in 2013, and was compensated "for duties such as serving as a spokesperson and engaging in political education work". The foundation claimed she hasn't been paid since 2019. Yet, her post saw many labeling her a hypocrite.
One user wrote, "Oh look, the grifter who’s making millions off of claims that literally everything is racist, is claiming the housing market is racist," and added, "And right after she bought a few houses for herself." One user on Twitter quoted a New York Post report about the home that Khan-Cullors was reportedly eyeing in the Bahamas and asked, "So @IamHawkNewsome #BlackLivesMatter WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE INVESTIGATION." Khan-Cullors reportedly also eyed property in the Bahamas at an ultra-exclusive resort where Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods both have homes.
When some had claimed on Twitter that Ford Foundation was making a donation of $100M to Black Lives Matter movement, that had brought on the wrath of trolls who pointed out that Khan-Cullors can now buy more homes with the money. One tweeted, "Wonderful. Now, Patrisse Khan-Cullors can buy a few more mansions in white neighborhoods." Another troll said, "Truth or fiction? Ford Motor donates $100 million to BLM? If so, there another 3 or 4 mansions for BLM founder and raving "Communist" Patrisse Khan-Cullors."
Wonderful. Now, Patrisse Khan-Cullors can buy a few more mansions in white neighborhoods. https://t.co/SXganTo0Fi— Susan Keener (@susieq2cute) May 14, 2021
Truth or fiction?— 🇺🇸🇺🇸TexanForTrump. God Bless Trump🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲 (@BlueWaterPalms) May 14, 2021
Ford Motor donates $100 million to BLM?
If so, there another 3 or 4 mansions for BLM founder and raving "Communist" Patrisse Khan-Cullors pic.twitter.com/2JI2iCDNT1