It seems the global Black Lives Matter (BLM) organization can’t win for losing. The group has been under scrutiny for its lack of transparency regarding its handling of the billions in donations it has received over the past year.
Now, multiple local BLM chapters have banded together to demand that the global organization stop being funny with the money and give an accounting for how it has used the funds it has raised. But can they apply enough pressure to compel the leadership to be more forthcoming?
BLM Infighting Increases
A number of Black Lives Matter chapters have formed a larger coalition called BLM 10 Plus to demand answers from the global network. In a recent statement, the alliance made its intentions known:
“The number of chapters that have aligned in support of our statement has nearly doubled. Some of these chapters have made their own statements echoing not only our call to accountability, but also our experiences as we sought transparency, democracy, and internal transformation for years.”
The statement also claimed that some of BLM’s “grassroots” activist groups “have been co-opted across the globe,” and they call now for “transparency and most importantly, for principled accountability, in movement infrastructures.”
The coalition further stated that the global network’s senior staff members’ salaries “have never been reported” to the local chapters and accused Patrisse Cullors, co-founder and former leader of the global organization, of having “installed herself as the executive director,” which “immediately fractured the network.”
Cullors recently resigned from her position after her multi-million-dollar real estate portfolio was revealed. The Epoch Times reported: “Among those who have signed onto BLM 10 Plus’s statement is Michael Brown Sr., the father of 18-year-old Michael Brown, a black man who was killed during an officer-involved encounter in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014– which triggered lengthy, widespread riots in the St. Louis suburb.”
Cullors and other BLM leaders have been criticized by the mothers of black men killed by police for using their sons’ deaths to raise funds.
BLM 10 Plus also slammed the global BLM organization for refusing to allow a local chapter to be considered “official” if its political views did not line up. “The most alarming use of official and unofficial chapters was BLMGN’s willingness to position a chapter as unofficial if the chapter did not align with their personal political interest,” the statement read. “Chapters were often referred to as official in cities BLMGN was seeking to court prominent individuals and high-visibility opportunities.”
BLM 10 Plus indicated that a significant number of groups that wished to affiliate were ignored.
The global BLM organization has resisted calls for transparency and has not given a valid explanation for why it has refused to explain itself. Perhaps the leadership believes the issue will go away on its own?
They might be sorely mistaken. Indeed, internal criticism of the group has only increased in intensity over the past year, and it does not seem likely to abate anytime soon. One way or another, the leaders of the global BLM organization will face a level of accountability.
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