Its own grassroots activists accused the leftist organization Black Lives Matter (BLM) of hiding millions of dollars in donations.
In a statement released Monday, 10 local BLM chapters denounced the national organization for embezzling funds donated by individuals on the assumption that the money would help advance racial equality.
The chapters demanded greater transparency and fairness from the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGN).
BLM chapters in Chicago, Denver, Hudson Valley in New York, Indianapolis, New Jersey, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, San Diego, Vancouver in Washington state, and Washington D.C. all signed the statement.
“Since the establishment of BLMGN, our chapters have consistently raised concerns about financial transparency, decision-making, and accountability,” the statement said.
“Despite years of effort, no acceptable internal process of accountability has ever been produced by BLMGN, and these recent events have undermined the efforts of chapters seeking to democratize its processes and resources,” the statement added, addressed to Executive Director Patrisse Khan-Cullors.
The signatories list a series of accusations against the national organization and state that—the self-described “trained Marxist“—Khan-Cullors was placed as the executive director of the national organization “against the will of most chapters and without their knowledge.”
Among other allegations, the headquarters point out that BLM Grassroots’s creation was done without input from the local sections, and they were not even notified.
“The formation of BLM Grassroots effectively separated the majority of chapters from BLMGN without their consent and interrupted the active process of accountability that was being established by those chapters,” the statement said.
Within that framework, local chapters noted that the BLMGN has refused to be transparent about its donations and has mostly refused to share that money with the chapters.
“For years, there has been inquiry regarding the financial operations of BLMGN and no acceptable process of either public or internal transparency about the unknown millions of dollars donated to BLMGN, which has certainly increased during this time of pandemic and rebellion,” the statement said.
“To the best of our knowledge, most chapters have received little to no financial support from BLMGN since the launch in 2013,” it continued.
The signatories also indicated that only in the past few months have some local chapters been invited to apply for a $500,000 grant.
“This is not the equity and financial accountability we deserve,” they concluded.
Among other social demands that have generated controversy, BLM insists on defunding U.S. police forces after the death of African American George Floyd in May of this year.
Many of the protests that followed Floyd’s death ended in severe episodes of violence condemned by the White House and Americans in general.
One of the most affected cities was Seattle, which on Nov. 30 was again exposed to violence and destruction after the BLM rioted because the city did not impose a 50% reduction in the planned police budget for 2021. The group is demanding a significant reduction of 50 percent of the funds destined for the police force.
Police arrested four people after they were caught damaging an ATM and causing damage to a local cafeteria.