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Questions raised over use of millions raised by Black Lives Matters

After New York Mafia thug Crazy Joe Gallo was murdered in 1972, many Manhattan socialites could suddenly no longer recall all the profound words of wisdom he had shared with them when he had been briefly a star turn along with the Black Panthers at parties in Lenny Bernstein’s and other happening soirees.

According to Bob Dylan’s tuneful but excruciatingly embarrassing paean on his 1975 album Desire, Gallo had spent his time in Attica penitentiary befriending black dudes who “seemed to understand what it’s like to be in society with a shackle on your hand.” Oh, and he read Nietzsche and Wilhelm Reich.

Which is a long roundabout way to open a conversation on what threatens to be another exposure of the propensity of the American white bourgeois to be gulled by radical grifters, even ones with pretty tenuous claims to be anything other than what they transpire to be.

In the past number of days, Black Lives Matter has been the focus of growing media attention in the United States over its dodgy finances. On January 27, the Washington Examiner posted a report regarding that organisations finances and raised questions concerning the whereabouts and control of some $60 million that are believed to be in BLM accounts.

No one appears to have been in charge at Black Lives Matter for months. The address it lists on tax forms is wrong, and the charity’s two board members won’t say who controls its $60 million bankroll, a Washington Examiner investigation has found.

BLM’s shocking lack of transparency surrounding its finances and operations raises major legal and ethical red flags, multiple charity experts told the Washington Examiner.

“Like a giant ghost ship full of treasure drifting in the night with no captain, no discernible crew, and no clear direction,” CharityWatch Executive Director Laurie Styron said of BLM.

BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors appointed two activists to serve as the group’s senior directors following her resignation in May amid scrutiny over her personal finances. But both quietly announced in September that they never took the jobs due to disagreements with BLM. They told the Washington Examiner they don’t know who now leads the nation’s most influential social justice organization.

Cullors resigned in May 2021 after black activists in New York and elsewhere had questioned where all the money that had been raised and which was supposed to channelled to BLM chapters had gone. This followed a New York Post exposé of Cullor’s having spent €3.2 million buying luxury real estate.

A New York activist, Hawk Newsome, had said, apropos Cullors:

“If you go around calling yourself a socialist, you have to ask how much of her own personal money is going to charitable causes.”

Of course, the unimaginable opulence enjoyed by the Castro gang in Cuba, the ANC elite in South Africa, the Kims of Pyongyang – and indeed on a lesser scale by “revolutionary socialists” still engaged in “struggle” closer to home – ought to tell Newsome and others all they need to know about grifting on behalf of the toiling masses.

Black Lives Matter have raked in millions of dollars in donations on the back of disputed killings. 2020 was their best year ever, with an estimated take of €90 million much of it from Woke tech corporations. During that time while BLM was claiming that Cullors-Khan was a volunteer who had received just €120,000 in compensation since 2013, financial records revealed that in 2019 she had been paid €191,000 by a related charity, Reform LA Jails. She was also being paid at one time a month salary of €20,000 by the Black Lives Matter Political Action Committee. A PAC’s purpose is almost always to raise money for election campaigns, for Democratic Party candidates in the case of Black Lives Matter.

Tracing where all the money went and through which channels and to whose benefit has been made difficult by the proliferation of seemingly separate charitable entities and the fact that BLM was granted tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service in 2020. BLM received a transfer of €66.5 million from another charity Thousand Currents in October 2020 and reported a balance of €60 million at the end of 2020. That appears to be the last time it filed proper accounts.

In the meanwhile, it has been described by Charity Watch as akin to a “ghost ship full of treasure drifting in the night with no captain, no discernible crew, and no clear direction.”

All media inquiries and questions raised by other activists – including the families of people shot dead in disputed circumstances who claim that Black Lives Matter used images of the dead person to raise funds – have been dismissed as right wing politically inspired attacks. NY Mag reporter Seán Campbell refers to his questioning of Reform LA Jails being dismissed as racist and sexist, despite the fact that he is “a Black man, raised by a single Black woman.”

The Black Lives Matter site is still there, and still focused on soliciting donations and selling merchandise, which it flogs by appealing to people to assist by “wearing our dope.” What political content there is mostly consists of its current support for extreme abortion legislation against the challenges to Roe v Wade, which it describes as “the floor” rather than “the ceiling” on “abortion rights.”

It is surely a very curious left wing black movement that appears to have absolutely no sense or reference to actual black American history and whose politics fit seamlessly into the left of the Democratic Party, who – whomever the financial beneficiaries turn out to have been – were certainly the main ones to profit from the BLM/Antifa “uprisings” designed to destabilise the Trump administration.

I am not sure whether soccer teams and others still persist with the BLM kneel, but they surely must feel a bit stupid if that is the case. Genuine black community activists in places like south Chicago and Baltimore meanwhile continue to attempt to cope in meaningful ways with historically high levels of crime, and other ongoing consequences of generations of Democratic Party corruption and maladministration of the inner cities.

They do so as they have done as always without any help from either the self-appointed black revolutionary grifters, or of the white bourgeois left; both of whom have never had anything other than contempt for the traditional community structures of black Americans which they have done more to undermine than any imaginary white supremacist.

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