The collapse of the scandal-plagued umbrella organization for the local Black Lives Matter organizations will harm black people along with donors, who largely were interested mainly in their self-righteousness, writes African-American writer Kira Davis in a column for DailyMail.com.
Spotlighting the $90 million raised by the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF) in 2020, she recounts what “may stand as one of the biggest charity scandals in recent memory.”
Co-founder Patrisse Cullors, who describes herself and co-fund Alicia Garza as trained Marxists, stepped down after it was revealed that show owned $3 million in personal real estate holdings. Two of the purchases came amid an explosion of donations that followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020.
“Now, there is also no word on who exactly is heading up BLMGNF right now or what exactly is happening to their bank account even as many BLM grassroots organizations are still waiting on their funding from the umbrella group,” Davis writes.
What is known is that BLMGNF transferred millions of dollars to a Canadian charitable foundation run by Cullors’ wife, Janaya Kahn, who in turn bought a Toronto mansion for over $6 million.
The mansion, Davis points out, also happens to have once belonged to the Communist Party of Canada.
Co-founder Garza has declared that her Black Lives Matter movement cannot succeed unless capitalism is “abolished.” Last July, BLM blamed the U.S. for Cuba’s economic woes and unrest while praising the communist régime for granting asylum to “black revolutionaries” such as convicted fugitive cop-killer Assata Shakur.
Davis writes that even California had such concern about Black Lives Matter it put a halt to organization’s ability to receive any more donations. Further, Washington state, citing a “lack of transparency,” told BLMGNF to “immediately cease” fundraising. And BLM’s charity registration, she said, is also out of compliance in Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia.
Indiana’s attorney general, called BLMGNF a “house of cards” and an “illegal enterprise.”
Davis says there is “no doubt that many powerful foundations and social justice worshippers have been complicit in the irresponsibility of Cullors and her cohorts.”
“They sought absolution over solutions,” she writes, which today is known as “virtue signaling.”
“It is born of narcissism, and the end result is that the people who really do need the help are left begging for scraps, like the BLM grassroots groups, who say they have seen no transparency, very few dollars and have no idea what has happened to the remaining $60 million still in the BLMGNF bank accounts,” says Davis.
She blames the “implicit trust” given to BLMGNF by “lazy philanthropists,” which gave “a wide latitude for corruption.”
“So while BLMGNF steals progress right out from under the communities they claim to support, donors get to bask in the glory of absolution. ‘I spent away my white guilt and all I got was this $100 t-shirt.'”
She says the NBA gave millions to BLM and donned their brand on the court not to combat racism, but to make their brand look good.
Davis recalls an encounter her husband, who also is black, had with a middle-aged white woman while shopping, illustrating “what happens when we seek absolution over reconciliation.”
The woman stared at him before he asked if he knew her from somewhere. She said, no she just wanted to say how sorry she was for her white privilege and that she hoped he would “feel comfortable in our community.”
Her husband, she writes, didn’t need a “white woman to make him feel comfortable, and the woman who tried only ended up making him feel more separated from his community, not more welcome.”
Likewise, says Davis, many BLM donors merely wanted the self-satisfaction of saying “I did something,” with little care about the aftermath.
“That woman used my husband as an emotional tissue and left lighthearted, while he had to figure out what to do with her trash,” Davis writes.
“Incurious BLM donors using the organization as an emotional tissue have aided in causing more pain to black communities, more disorganization and more bitterness.”
Rebutting the narrative
Black Lives Matter was launched in response to the jury acquittal of George Zimmerman in 2013 in the death of Trayvon Martin. BLM’s founders call Zimmerman and the officer involved in the death of Michael Brown in 2014, Darren Wilson, “murderers.” However, Zimmerman’s acquittal was confirmed by an investigation supported by open records that uncovered witness tampering and perjury. BLM took off when teen Michael Brown died in a struggle with a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. But three separate investigations, including by the Justice Department under Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, found the officer acted in self-defense when he was attacked by Brown. Obama’s DOJ found the iconic “hand’s up don’t shoot” likely didn’t happen.
Manhattan Institute scholar Heather Mac Donald has presented compelling empirical evidence rebutting the BLM “systemic police racism” narrative that has gripped the nation.
She contends the claim that “policing in the U.S. is lethally racist” is provably false, presenting three types of evidence: the raw numbers, individual cases such as George Floyd’s, and academic research.
“A police officer is up to 30 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer,” she said, citing analyses by mainstream researchers of available data.
In 2015, under President Obama and Attorney General Holder, a Justice Department analysis of the Philadelphia Police Department found white police officers were less likely than black or Hispanic officers to shoot unarmed black suspects. In 2016, the Washington Post reported a Washington State University study finding that police officers are three times less likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than unarmed white suspects.
Black leaders and scholars, such as Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams and Shelby Steele, who reject the claim that America is “systemically racist” point to the breakdown of families that has accompanied the rise in dependence on welfare since the 1960s. Boys are growing up fatherless, a major indicator of crime and poverty, with more than 70% of blacks now born out of wedlock.
Civil-rights era activist Bob Woodson offers a forum for voices such as Steele’s to counter the narrative of the New York Times “1619 Project” called the “1776 Unites Campaign.” And his Washington, D.C.-based Woodson Center helps support “more than 2,881 neighborhood leaders in 40 states who are tackling issues ranging from homelessness, addiction, to joblessness, youth violence and the need for education and training.”
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