We recently talked about Twitter’s move to ban account sports journalist Jason Whitlock after criticizing BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors for having a $ 1.4 million home in a remote area of Los Angeles bought. A self-confessed Marxist, Cullors has reportedly bought four homes valued at more than $ 3 million and engaged in real estate investments in countries like the Bahamas. As with censoring a New York Post article about the Hunter Biden laptop story, Twitter was criticized for censoring the story and later said it was a mistake. Facebook reportedly blocked the New York Post’s underlying report on the controversy. Meanwhile, the BLM itself insists that the controversy is little more than the terrorism of the white supremacists.
Various conservative websites reported this week that Facebook users were unable to share a link to a story that shed light on Cullors’ multi-million dollar luxury in the homes. Fox News reported that “an error message appears when users try to share the article on their personal Facebook page or through the Messenger app.”
Cullors has not denied the purchase or real estate investment, including in their statement on the controversy below. The story got widespread because Cullors long insisted that she and her BLM co-founder “are trained Marxists. We are very familiar with ideological theories. “She denounced capitalism as worse than Covid-19.
Critics such as RedState’s Nick Arama pointed out: “[I]It’s interesting to note that the demographics of the area is only about 1.4% black. So not exactly living up to her credo. “
In addition, the head of New York’s Black Lives Matter chapter called for an independent investigation into the organization’s finances following the controversy.
The New York Post and other publications reported that Cullors is keeping an eye on expensive real estate in other locations, including the Bahamas. However, I previously noted that there is no evidence that this money came from BLM, which has reportedly raised nearly $ 100 million in donations from corporations and other sources. Indeed, Cullors appears to have ample sources of money. She published a bestselling memoir and then a follow-up book. She also signed a lucrative contract with Warner Bros for the development and production of original programming on all platforms including broadcast, cable and streaming. She has also been featured in various magazines such as her most recent collaboration with Jane Fonda.
Cullors responded to the controversy but did not deny the underlying facts:
“This movement began as, and will always be, a love letter to black people. Three words – Black Lives Matter – remind black people that we are human and deserve to live vibrant and fulfilling lives. I have worked several jobs in many organizations my entire life. I am also a published writer, writer, producer, professor, public speaker, and performance artist. “
She later denounced the coverage of her alleged hypocrisy in order to “take away from the point where the focus should be – end white supremacy ”.
The main problem for me is not the house or the alleged hypocrisy. It’s censorship from Twitter and now Facebook. Cullors is a public figure who is subject to public scrutiny and commentary. Twitter is replete with such criticism of the lifestyle choices made by characters on the right that ranges from Donald Trump Jr. to Rand Paul. This is an unfortunate aspect of being in a high visibility position. I would be equally concerned if criticism of Trump Jr.’s exploits in big game hunting or Giuliani’s lavish tastes were censored.
As noted in a recent testimonial outside the house, I am still a blatant “internet originalist” who prefers the free speech forum that once defined these big tech companies. Rising internet censorship continues to show bias and contractions as politicians push for a “robust modification” to silence conflicting views on everything from climate change to social justice. Twitter and Facebook are now actively determining what people should know and discuss about matters of public interest.
However, BLM denounces the reporting as raw racism. In a statement, it insisted that Cullors made only $ 120,000 from BLM. Again, I see no evidence that Cullor’s inappropriately withdrawn money from BLM. To that end, I can see why BLM would make a strong statement to put down any suggestions for fraud or how to deal with BLM funds. For such an organization, fraudulent proposals can have a serious impact on corporate and individual donations. As for Cullors herself, her own corporate deals would give her ample cash for those real estate investments, if the story is correct.
However, BLM added that the coverage of their real estate “continues a tradition of terrorism by white supremacists against black activists”. What is strange is that the head of NY BLM was the one calling for an investigation, and presumably it’s not part of that “tradition of white supremacist terror”.
Most of the coverage has been the irony that given her public role as a committed Marxist, Cullors invested millions in real estate. In fact, some leftists have denounced her as a hypocrite after disclosing her investments and homes. Cullors told his followers, “While COVID-19 disease is tragic, capitalism is more tragic.” Even so, BLM repeatedly referred to coverage of the Cullors investment as a familiar “tactic of terror, but our movement is not silenced”.
As mentioned earlier, the greatest irony may not be buying a home, but helping the business. As an avowed Marxist, Cullors was not only well paid by companies like Warner Brothers, but is actively protected by companies like Twitter and now Facebook to block the underlying story.