Lesbian Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors is resigning from her position as executive director of Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation after nearly six years at the helm, following a scandal involving the revelation her immense personal wealth and extravagant tastes in real estate.
The news was first reported by the Associated Press, who spoke to Cullors, 37, about the reasons for her departure from the racial agitation foundation. “I’ve created the infrastructure and the support, and the necessary bones and foundation, so that I can leave,” Cullors said. “It feels like the time is right.”
Cullors added, “I think I will probably be less visible, because I won’t be at the helm of one of the largest, most controversial organizations right now in the history of our movement.” Though Cullors has denied that the reason for her departure is not any way related to her mansion-buying scandal, several experts believe it was a major factor.
The only defense Cullors has mounted for her mansion collection is that her luxury homes are “in direct support of black people,” without elaborating further:
Black Lives Matter co-founder, lesbian, and self-described “trained Marxist” Patrisse Cullors defended her $3.2 million mansion-buying spree that was exposed by the New York Post last week, claiming “The way I live my life is in direct support of black people and that includes my black family members.”
The New York Post first reported on Cullor’s extravagant tastes in real estate on April 10, noting her spending spree which consisted of four high-end properties costing a combined $3.2 million.
“So a critique from the left that would say, if you are a trained Marxist, if we’re talking about a certain kind of radical politick, that extravagant homes of any sort, or multiple properties of any sort is itself contradictory to the ideology you hold, and so it’s not about having money per se… but that it’s about there being a potential contradiction between your expressed politics and your lived practice,” Cullors was told during a recent interview.
“Sure, and I think that is a critique that is, um, wanting,” Cullors responded. “And I say that because, um, the, the [sic] way that I live my life is in direct support to black people, including my black family members, uh, first and foremost.”