A trio of grieving mothers, tired of Black Lives Matter using their sons and daughter, has been speaking out against BLM and its co-founder, Patrisse Cullors.
Lisa Simpson is the mother of Richard Risher, who was shot and killed by police in 2016 in Los Angeles after he fired his weapon at officers.
Samaria Rice is the mother of Tamir Rice, who was killed in Cleveland by police in 2014 while holding a gun that was reportedly “indistinguishable from a regular pistol.”
Both mothers have publicly criticized Black Lives Matter for “monopolizing” their losses without recompense.
They just got exposed.https://t.co/TC7BChlTRW
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) May 29, 2021
They issued an official joint statement in March of 2021, which declared that the Black Lives Matter Global Network and several activists, including Patrice Cullors:
“need to step down, stand back, and stop monopolizing and capitalizing our fight for justice and human rights.”
“We never hired them to be the representatives in the fight for justice for our dead loved ones murdered by the police.
“The ‘activists’ have events in our cities and have not given us anything substantial for using our loved ones’ images and names on their flyers….
“We don’t want or need y’all parading in the streets accumulating donations, platforms, movie deals, etc. off the death of our loved ones, while the families and communities are left clueless and broken.
“Don’t say our loved ones’ names, period!”
OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM SAMARIA RICE, MOTHER OF TAMIR RICE AND LISA SIMPSON, MOTHER OF RICHARD RISHER.
Myself, @DaShaunLH, and @likefannielou had a conference call with Samaria and Lisa, and below is their full statement regarding Tamika Mallory, Shaun King, Benjamin Crump etc: pic.twitter.com/GC49bD1LL6
— Free Mumia Abu-Jamal (@_Rawilcox) March 17, 2021
Samaria Rice had particular reason to feel used by Cullors and BLM, as she had reached out to Cullors for help regarding opening a federal investigation into her son’s death.
According to the New York Post, she and Cullors had exchanged emails, but Rice was never able to meet Cullors in person.
Rice told the Post:
“They are benefiting off the blood of our loved ones, and they won’t even talk to us.”
Simpson, too, received a cold shoulder from BLM when it came to accessing funds raised for her in memory of her son. The Los Angeles chapter reportedly raised $5,000 toward her son’s funeral, but Simpson never saw a dime of that money.
That financial piece appears especially egregious in light of BLM’s intake of over $90 million last year. According to the Associated Press, the organization showed a balance of over $60 million at the end of 2020.
This move has led Rice and Simpson to speak out once again.
Rice told the New York Post:
“I don’t believe she is going anywhere.”
“It’s all a facade.
“She’s only saying that [she is stepping down] to get the heat off her right now.”
— New York Post (@nypost) May 29, 2021
Simpson offered similar criticism, telling the Post:
“Now she doesn’t have to show her accountability.”
“She can just take the money and run.”
Tamika Palmer, mother of Breonna Taylor, who was shot in a police raid in Louisville, KY, has also been outspoken about her disdain for BLM.
She stated in an April 14 Facebook post, which has since been removed:
“I have never personally dealt with BLM Louisville and personally have found them to be fraud.”
“I could walk in a room full of people who claim to be here for Breonna’s family who don’t even know who I am.
“I’ve watched y’all raise money on behalf of Breonna’s family who has never done a damn thing for us nor have we needed it or asked so Talk about fraud.”
Co-founder of BLM announced that she’s resigning as executive director amid criticism over her lavish lifestyle.
She got paid and she goes, who’s next becomes rich?
And remember the news of Breonna Taylor’s mom? https://t.co/yN6CTcx7M5 pic.twitter.com/C6W3mY6w06
— Nikki😷 (@nikki_miumiu) May 28, 2021
Criticism for Cullors and the Black Lives Matter Global Network has also come from local BLM chapters.
Late last year, 10 local BLM groups penned an open letter criticizing Cullors’ BLM Global Network for its lack of accountability and transparency.
In part, the chapters complained:
“Patrisse Cullors, as the sole board member of BLMGN, became Executive Director against the will of most chapters and without their knowledge.”
They also stated:
“In our experience, chapter organizers have been consistently prevented from establishing financial transparency, collective decision making, or collaboration on political analysis and vision within BLMGN.”
This shouldn't be a surprise. It was a political power and money grab wrapped in a veil of tragedy.https://t.co/RMBFqidDfe
— Don't Eat What They Feed You (@AngryIrishman37) May 30, 2021
“To the best of our knowledge, most chapters have received little to no financial support from BLMGN since the launch in 2013.
“It was only in the last few months that selected chapters appear to have been invited to apply for a $500,000 grant created with resources generated because of the organizing labor of chapters.
“This is not the equity and financial accountability we deserve.”
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BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors resigns from organization, says she’s focused on book and television deals now
May 29, 2021
Following several critical reports in recent months, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors announced on May 27th that she is formally stepping down from the Black Lives Matter organization.
While the timing happens to coincide with a litany of negative media reports, Cullors proclaims that her decision to step down was not at all influenced by what she called “right-wing attacks.”
— New York Post (@nypost) May 27, 2021
According to reports, the 37-year-old co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation has opted to resign from her role as the organization’s executive director. Cullors made the announcement on May 27th, and her final day with the organization is reportedly on the 28th.
She claims that she’s leaving the BLM Global Network Foundation to focus on both a book and television deal, noting that she believes that the organization can move forward without her:
“I’ve created the infrastructure and the support, and the necessary bones and foundation, so that I can leave. It feels like the time is right.”
However, Cullors’ resignation happens to come after a series of reports shed a negative light on both her and the organization’s finances in recent months.
One report in particular noted that Cullors had been on a multi-million dollar real estate spending spree, which spawned heavy criticism from the likes of BLM supporters.
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) May 27, 2021
When news of the millions of dollars spent on various homes by Cullors went public, Hawk Newsome, who is in charge of Black Lives Matter Greater New York City, called for an investigation into how BLM Global Network Foundation spends the money donated to the organization.
Newsome also was critical of how Cullors is a self-proclaimed “socialist” while also buying multiple homes for herself:
“If you go around calling yourself a socialist, you have to ask how much of her own personal money is going to charitable causes. It’s really sad because it makes people doubt the validity of the movement and overlook the fact that it’s the people that carry this movement.”
— New York Post (@nypost) February 24, 2021
Reverend T. Sheri Dickerson, who serves as the president of an Oklahoma City BLM chapter, is among those that doesn’t want to be associated with the BLM Global Network Foundation due to many of the families of those who inspired protests didn’t seem to reap any benefit from donations to the Global Network Foundation:
“That is the most tragic aspect… I know some of (the families) are feeling exploited, their pain exploited, and that’s not something that I ever want to be affiliated with.”
Despite her resignation coming after negative press, Cullors proclaims that her decision to step down was not at all influenced over these reports:
“Those were right-wing attacks that tried to discredit my character, and I don’t operate off of what the right thinks about me.”
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