Will the global Black Lives Matter (BLM) organization’s run come to an end in 2022 or do white progressive elites still have a use for the trained Marxist brigade? The group had quite a moment in the media amid the George Floyd riots and high-profile cases involving police brutality – both real and perceived. But it seems increased scrutiny and the hypocrisy of the organization’s leadership could have alienated most of those who previously supported the group.
BLM Gets Funny With the Money
Early in 2021, Black Lives Matter Global was widely criticized for the handling of its finances, especially in relation to how it was spending the millions of donated dollars it received. Leaders of local BLM chapters publicly castigated the parent group for not investing funds in those who were doing the work on the ground in cities across the country.
Liberty Nation’s Kelli Ballard explained:
“After the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in May 2020, monetary donations started flooding into the organization – an amazing $90 million estimated for just . And the new financial report has some members scratching their heads and wondering even more where all the money has gone.”
Of that $90 million given to the global BLM group, it appears only about 6% went to outside organizations, including local chapters, the ones who actually have boots on the ground serving their communities. In addition, the global organization, led by Patrisse Cullors, had unilaterally made key decisions on how the group would operate – such as getting involved in corporate partnerships and starting a political action committee (PAC), among others. Consternation at the local level spurred at least ten chapters to form a coalition called BLM10. The alliance banded together to hold the larger group accountable. Politico reported:
“They are furious that Patrisse Cullors, [BLM’s] remaining co-founder, assumed the role of executive director of the group and made these decisions without their input. That’s a move, that, to some, signaled a rebuke of its “leaderful” structure, which gave every member an equal say and kept anyone — including a founder — from overreaching.”
“There’s been intentional erasure,” of local activists, said Sheri Dickerson, lead organizer with Black Lives Matter Oklahoma City. “People assume that that money is distributed to local chapters. That is not the case. People also assume that when actions are made, that national [leadership] has the support and agreement from this collective that what they’re saying is representative of us. And that’s certainly not the case.”
But financial scrutiny is not the only problem the global BLM organization has faced. Later in 2021, Cullors resigned from her position amid questions about her apparent hypocrisy as a “trained Marxist.”
Despite establishing her bonafides as a far leftist, it eventually came to light that like most of her comrades from days past, Cullors wasn’t exactly living the way she was preaching. Despite proclaiming to be a Marxist revolutionary advocating on behalf of the black community, she reportedly has quite an extensive real estate portfolio. It was revealed that she owned several luxury homes in affluent – and mostly white – areas of Los Angeles.
Liberty Nation’s Andrew Moran discussed Cullors’ budding real estate empire, ostensibly funded by her consulting work and book sales. He wrote:
“She purchased approximately $3.2 million in real estate, later claiming that it was for her child, mentally ill brother, mother, and other family members. But [Cullors] is a symptom of a greater problem in a movement dedicated to changing unjust policing tactics and the justice system. Unfortunately, like many worthwhile causes, it seems to have metastasized into an enterprise designed to capture as many Benjamins as possible for a few at the top instead of the masses.”
The former BLM leader attempted to explain away her apparent duplicity by claiming she bought these properties to help her family members. However, combined with the fact that local chapters are still struggling to obtain funding, this did not assuage her critics, which is likely one of the reasons she stepped down in May.
Eric Adams is on the Scene
On New Year’s Day, Eric Adams was sworn in as New York City Mayor. His nomination and electoral victory were seen as a striking message to far-left progressives who had been advancing a soft-on-crime agenda all over the country, particularly in NYC. Adams’ vow to crack down on crime resonated with residents of the city, who had been on the receiving end of the anti-police sentiment fomented by so-called progressives pretending to be looking out for the best interests of black people.
Even before taking office, Adams clashed with Hawk Newsome, a local Black Lives Matter leader who objected to the incoming mayor’s declaration that he would be reinstating a controversial plainclothes policing program. The activist appeared to threaten more violence if Adams followed through with this decision.
After meeting with Adams, Newsome spoke to reporters and said, “if they think they are going back to the old ways of policing, then we’re going to take to the streets again.” He added, “there will be riots. There will be fire, and there will be bloodshed.”
Newsome later walked back his statements, explaining he was not trying to issue a threat, but to tell reporters how reinstating the program might prompt others to become violent. Nevertheless, Adams is not backing down, and as he retains the support of the city, it seems apparent BLM is no longer winning hearts and minds. And therein lies the crux of the matter.
BLM’s popularity, despite seeing a significant jump, has been on a gradual decline in the wake of the George Floyd riots. With the convictions of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for Floyd’s murder, Travis and Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan’s conviction related to the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, and the recent conviction of former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter, the group does not have much leverage with which to continue fomenting racial tensions.
These, and other factors, could signify the eventual end of the global Black Lives Matter organization. Of course, there is always the possibility that the activist media manages to capitalize on future instances of police brutality. This could possibly bring BLM back onto the national stage. But even if this happens, it seems doubtful the organization will ever enjoy the widespread popularity it had over the past two years.
~ Read more from Jeff Charles.