The co-founder of Black Lives Matter (BLM) slammed the U.S.’s “triggering” charity transparency laws after the organization’s purchase of a $6 million Los Angeles mansion was exposed.
Patrisse Cullors, a BLM founder, said she found it “triggering” — emotionally compromising — when she hears about financial documents being made public.
“It is such a trip now to hear the term ‘990,’” Cullors said at the Vashon Center for the Arts Friday. “I’m, like, ugh. It’s, like, triggering.”
“I actually did not know what 990s were before all of this happened,” Cullors continued.
Cullors claimed that activists’ lives are put at risk and that they endure trauma by having to disclose their charities’ finances, while also claiming the system “is being literally weaponized against us,” the Washington Examiner reported.
“This doesn’t seem safe for us, this 990 structure — this nonprofit system structure,” she said. “This is, like, deeply unsafe. This is being literally weaponized against us, against the people we work with.”
“People’s morale in an organization is so important. But if their organization and the people in it are being attacked and scrutinized at everything they do, that leads to deep burnout. That leads to deep, like, resistance and trauma,” Cullors added.
Cullors blasted the media scrutiny of BLM as an “experiment” that will be used as a means to bring down other activist groups similar to her organization.
Cullors left her leadership post with BLM in May 2021 amid scrutiny of multiple real estate purchases.
She also used the $6 million mansion purchased by the BLM Global Network Foundation as a “safe place” for at least four nights during an FBI investigation into a death threat made against her.
Cullors is facing renewed scrutiny over the multimillion-dollar mansion, with the BLM co-founder defending the purchase in a lengthy Twitter thread Monday.
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