A Black Lives Matter co-founder is defending herself after catching backlash for reportedly buying four houses worth a total of $3.2 million with all the cash she’s made by screaming “racism” for the past several years.
Patrisse Khan-Cullors made the news – and a bunch of people mad – after reports surfaced this past week revealing that she’d recently purchased a $1.4 home in a predominantly white Beverly Hills neighborhood. That news was followed up by reports that she’d also purchased three more pricey homes, and had even looked at real estate in the Bahamas.
But in an interview with Marc Lamont-Hill Thursday, the self-proclaimed Marxist BLM co-founder said it’s OK that she’s spent millions on pricey houses in expensive communities while decrying the oppression of black people – because she’s taking care of her extended family.
“The way that I live my life is a direct support to black people, including my black family members, first and foremost. … I see my money as not my own. I see it as my family’s money, as well.”
Of course, that doesn’t mean her family is actually living in any of her luxury digs – but let’s say, just for the sake of argument, that they are. Now, perhaps it’s because none of my family members live in multi-million-dollar homes in Hollywood, but that argument might fly if Khan-Cullors had been scooping up modest four-bedrooms for $200k for her aunts and cousins. It doesn’t explain why she’s spending upwards of $1 mil apiece for houses just to help out her relatives.
But don’t criticize her or ask any questions – because, of course, that’s “racist and sexist.”
“Organizers should get paid for the work that they do. They should get paid a living wage. And the fact that the right-wing media is trying to create hysteria around my spending is, frankly, racist and sexist," Khan-Cullors ranted, while telling people that Black Lives Matter activists still "need resources" to keep pushing back against alleged racism.
Unfortunately for Khan-Cullors and the narrative she's trying to paint and hide behind, it's not just the "right-wing media" who're casting a skeptical eye at her checkbook and the "living wage" she's making off hating white people. Other Black Lives Matter activists, including New York City BLM chapter head Hawk Newsome, have demanded an investigation into how the BLM Global Network Foundation spends its money after learning of Khan-Cullors' house-buying binge.
But Khan-Cullors added that she’d “never taken a salary from the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation,” and that the money she’d used to fund her new real estate empire came from other work as a college professor, TV producer, author, and a YouTuber.
All of which, of course, still centers on her work as a primary voice for the supposedly voiceless, and a town crier for the poor and marginalized.
That town notably not being Beverly Hills.