The co-founder of Black Lives Matter announced on Thursday that she will resign as executive director of the sports foundation. She condemned the slander campaign by far-right groups, but said that neither the incident nor the recent criticisms of other black organizers had affected her departure.
Patrisse Cullors has been in charge of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation for nearly six years, and she said she will leave to focus on other projects, including the upcoming second book and a multi-year TV development agreement with Warner Bros. The last day of the foundation is Friday.
“I have created the infrastructure and support, as well as the necessary skeleton and foundation, so that I can leave,” Kulles told the Associated Press. “It feels like it’s time.”
Cullors’ resignation follows the surge in support and political influence for the BLM movement in the United States and around the world, which was founded nearly eight years ago to deal with the unfair treatment of black Americans. The resignation also occurred after a dispute about the foundation’s finances and Cullors’ personal wealth.
The 37-year-old activist said that her resignation has been brewing for more than a year and has nothing to do with the personal attacks she faces from extreme right groups or any disagreements within the movement.
“Those right-wing attacks are trying to denigrate my character, and I will not act according to the right-wing views of me,” Kulles said.
With her departure, the foundation will bring in two new temporary senior managers to help guide it in the near future: Monifa Bandele, a long-term BLM organizer and founder of the Malcolm X grassroots movement in New York City, And Makani Themba, an early supporter of the BLM movement and chief strategist of Higher Ground Change Strategies in Jackson, Mississippi.
“I think the two of them not only have a wealth of sports experience, but also a wealth of executive experience,” Kulles said.
The BLM Foundation revealed to the Associated Press in February that after the May 2020 murder, its revenue last year was only over US$90 million. George Floyd, A black man Last breath Inspired under the knees of a white Minneapolis police officer protest global wide. The foundation said that after spending nearly a quarter of its assets on operating expenses, grants and other charitable donations to black-led organizations, its balance at the end of 2020 will exceed $60 million.
Critics of the foundation believe that more money should go to the families of black victims of police brutality, who cannot obtain the resources needed to deal with trauma and losses.
“This is the most tragic aspect,” said T Sheri Dickerson, president of the Oklahoma City BLM Chapter and representative pastor of #BLM10. The organization is a national organization that has publicly criticized the foundation’s funding and transparency.
“I know some [the families] Feeling exploited, their pain exploited, this is not something I want to belong to,” Dixon said.
Cullors and the foundation stated that they do support the family, but will not publicly announce or disclose the amount.
In 2020, the BLM Foundation will split its branch network into a sister group called BLM Grassroots so that it can build its capacity as a charitable organization. Although many groups use “Black Lives Matter” or “BLM” in their names, fewer than a dozen are considered affiliates of the chapter network.
Last month, Cullors became the target of several conservative publications that falsely claimed that she took a large annual salary from the foundation to pay for the house she recently bought in Southern California.
In April of this year, the foundation stated that Cullors was a volunteer executive director. Before 2019, “since the organization was founded in 2013, he has received a total of $120,000 for serving as a spokesperson and engaging in political education. Responsibilities.”
“As a registered 501c3 non-profit organization, [the foundation] The foundation stated in a statement that it cannot and has not invested any organizational resources in purchasing personal property for any employee or volunteer. “Any suggestion or assertion to the contrary is absolutely wrong.”
In 2018, Cullors released “When They Call You A Terrorist: A Memoir of Black People’s Fate”, which became a best seller in the New York Times. She also advises on racial justice projects outside of BLM and provides compensation for this work in her personal capacity.
Since its birth as a social media label in 2013, she and the BLM movement have made great strides Release George Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch volunteer who killed 17-year-old Trevon Martin in Florida.
Cullors and BLM co-founders Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi pledged to build a decentralized movement managed by collective consensus. In 2015, the branch network was established, and donations and support sprung in. Garza and Tometi quickly separated from their daily participation in the network and focused on their own projects.
She said that Cullors is arguably the most publicly visible person among the co-founders, and last year became a full-time executive director of the foundation purely out of necessity.
“We need her,” said Melina Abdullah, head of BLM Grassroots, who co-founded BLM’s first official chapter in Los Angeles with Cullors.
“George Freud was killed and the whole world is up,” Abdullah told the Associated Press. “I hope she will always be there, but I also know that it is not feasible. The real test for any organization is whether it can survive the departure of the founder. I have no doubt that Black Lives Matter will continue to survive, grow and develop. , Even if our last co-founder officially leaves.”
On October 5th, St Martin’s Press will release Cullors’ latest book called “Abolitionists’ Handbook.” She said that this book is a guide for activists and how to end systematic races. While struggling with socialism, care about each other and resolve internal conflicts. Under a multi-year agreement with Warner Bros., Cullors is also developing and producing original cable and streaming TV content centered on black stories.
She said that her first TV project will premiere in July.
“I think I might not be that compelling because I won’t be in charge of one of the largest and most controversial organizations in the history of our sport now,” Kulles said.
“I know I am a leader, and I will not avoid this. But no movement is a leader.”