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Black Lives Matter (BLM) defended their purchase of a $6 million mansion using donations raised from loyal supporters and apologized for activists suffering stress from “inflammatory” reports on the purchase.
New York Magazine reported on the lavish home purchase last week describing the home as “far from a box.”
The mansion features “more than 6,500 square feet, more than half a dozen bedrooms and bathrooms, several fireplaces, a soundstage, a pool and bungalow, and parking for more than 20 cars, according to real-estate listings” they wrote, and was paid for with “nearly $6 million in cash in October 2020.”
“Black Lives Matter’s leadership had hoped to keep the house’s existence a secret,” adds the magazine, and the purchase “creates the impression that money donated to the cause of racial justice has been spent in ways that benefit the leaders of Black Lives Matter personally.”
So many red flags raised by the $6 million purchase of an L.A. mansion by the charity of Black Lives Matter.
BLM hasn’t come close to explaining this. And the Biden DOJ can’t ignore it any longer.
— Rep. Darrell Issa (@repdarrellissa) April 9, 2022
BLM’s $6 Million Mansion
Civil rights attorney Leo Terrell blasted Black Lives Matter for the mansion’s purchase accusing organizers of living like “the rich and famous.”
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“Black people were exploited,” Terrell said in an interview Tuesday.
“It is basically blood money,” he added, suggesting BLM has exploited George Floyd’s death and used Black Americans for profit ever since. “It’s sickening, and it’s embarrassing.”
Thus far, defense of the BLM $6 million mansion purchase has ranged from a detailed explanation to, you guessed it, accusing those reporting on the home of racism.
Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors said the report is little more than a “racist and sexist” attack on the movement.
“What’s happening to me and to our movement is both racist and sexist,” Cullors wrote in a lengthy Instagram post. “What is happening to me is not about accountability or healing. It’s about destroying my life and destroying a powerful movement.”
Cullors, in April of 2021, faced scrutiny over the purchase of four luxury homes collectively priced at around $3.2 million.
Sorry For The Distress
In a lengthy Twitter thread Monday, BLM defended their purchase of the $6 million mansion and admitted they needed to do more by way of transparency.
“Despite past efforts, BLMGNF recognizes that there is more work to do to increase transparency and ensure transitions in leadership are clear,” they said.
Still, they suggested any reports discussing the group’s finances were “inflammatory and speculative” and blamed them for “causing harm.”
— PragerU (@prageru) April 6, 2022
“We know narratives like this cause harm to organizers doing brilliant work across the country and these reports do not reflect the totality of the movement,” one of the tweets reads.
“We apologize for the distress this has caused to our supporters and those who work in service of Black liberation daily.”
Fortunately, anyone experiencing such ‘distress’ has a nice $6 million mansion with a pool and several fireplaces to kick back in and de-stress now.
We know narratives like this cause harm to organizers doing brilliant work across the country and these reports do not reflect the totality of the movement. We apologize for the distress this has caused to our supporters and those who work in service of Black liberation daily.
— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) April 11, 2022
BLM had claimed prior to the New York Magazine exposé that the $6 million mansion was meant to cultivate “joy” in the black community.
“The house will provide both living spaces for artists to be in residence as well as communal spaces for collaboration,” the BLMGNF told NewsOne.
“There will be a recording studio and production space on-site set up for artists and creatives to film, host live performances, garden, dream, mediate and build joy.”
An Associated Press report earlier this year indicates BLM raised $90 million in donations in 2020.