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“Terror by White Supremacists”: BLM Denounces Coverage of Co-Founder’s R.E. Purchases while Facebook Censors Story

By Jonathan Turley | April 16, 2021

We recently discussed the move by Twitter to block the tweet of sports journalist Jason Whitlock criticizing the BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors for purchasing a $1.4 million home in a secluded area of Los Angeles. A self-professed Marxist, Cullors has reportedly purchased four homes worth more than $3 million and has looked at real estate investments in places like the Bahamas. As with the censoring of a New York Post article on the Hunter Biden laptop story, Twitter was criticized for the censoring of the story and later said it was a mistake. Now, Facebook has reportedly blocked the underlying New York Post report about the controversy. In the meantime, BLM itself insists that the controversy is little more than terrorism from white supremacists.

Various conservative sites reported this week that Facebook users could not share the link to a story that shed light on Cullors’ multi-million-dollar splurge on homes. Fox News reported that “an error message appears whenever users try sharing the article on their personal Facebook page or through the Messenger app.”

Cullors has not denied the purchase or the real estate investments, including in her statement below to the controversy. The story was widely circulated because Cullors has long insisted that she and her BLM co-founder “are trained Marxists. We are super versed on, sort of, ideological theories.” She has denounced capitalism as worse than Covid-19.

Critics like Nick Arama of RedState pointed out: “[I]t’s interesting to note that the demographics of the area are only about 1.4% black people there. So not exactly living up to her creed there.”

Moreover, the head of New York City’s Black Lives Matter chapter called for an independent investigation into the organization’s finances in the wake of the controversy.

The New York Post and other publications reported that Cullors is eyeing expensive properties in other locations, including the Bahamas. However, I noted earlier that there is no evidence that this money came from BLM, which has reportedly raised almost $100 million in donations from corporations and other sources. Indeed, Cullors seems to have ample sources of funds. She published a best selling memoir of her life and then a follow up book. She also signed a lucrative deal with Warner Bros to develop and produce original programming across all platforms, including broadcast, cable and streaming. She has also been featured in various magazines like her recent collaboration with Jane Fonda.

Cullors responded to the controversy but did not deny the underlying facts:

“This movement began as, and will always remain a love letter to Black people. Three words – Black Lives Matter – serve as a reminder to Black people that we are human and deserve to live a vibrant and full life. I worked multiple jobs across many organizations my entire life. I’m also a published author, writer, producer, professor, public speaker, and performance artist.”

She later denounced the coverage of her alleged hypocrisy as an effort to “take[] away from where the focus should be – ending white supremacy”.

The main issue for me is not the house or the claimed hypocrisy. It is the censorship of Twitter and now Facebook. Cullors is a public figure who is subject to public scrutiny and commentary. Twitter is rife with a such criticism over the lifestyle choices of figures on the right ranging from Donald Trump Jr. to Rand Paul. That is an unfortunate aspect of being in a high visibility position. I would be equally concerned if criticism of Trump Jr.’s big game hunting exploits or Giuliani’s lavish tastes were censored.

As stated recently in testimony before the House, I remain an unabashed “Internet Originalist,” favoring the free forum for speech that once defined these Big Tech companies. The expanding censorship of the Internet continues to show bias and contractions as politicians push for “robust modification” to silence opposing views of everything from climate change to social justice. Twitter and Facebook now actively determine what people should know and discuss on matters of public interest.

BLM however is denouncing the coverage as raw racism. In a statement, it insisted that Cullors has only made $120,000 from BLM. Once again, I see no evidence that Cullors has taken any money inappropriately from BLM. To that end, I can see why BLM would issue a strong statement to knock down any suggestions of fraud or self-dealing with BLM funds. For any such organization, suggestions of fraud can have a serious impact on corporate and individual donations. As for Cullors herself, her own corporate deals would give her ample money for these real estate investments if the story is accurate.

Yet, BLM added that the reporting about her properties “continues a tradition of terror by white supremacists against Black activists.” What is odd is that the head of NY BLM was that one of those calling for an investigation and presumably it is not part of that “tradition of terror by white supremacists.”

Most of the coverage concerned the irony of Cullors investing millions in real estate given her public persona as a dedicated Marxist. Indeed, some on the left have denounced her as a hypocrite after the disclosures of her investments and homes. Cullors has told followers that “While the COVID-19 illness is tragic, what’s more tragic is capitalism.” Nevertheless, BLM called the coverage of the Cullors investments as a familiar “tactic of terror time and again, but our movement will not be silenced.”

As noted earlier, the greatest irony may not be the home purchase but the corporate support. A professed Marxist, Cullors has not only been paid handsomely by corporations like Warner Brothers but is being actively protected by corporations like Twitter and now Facebook in blocking the underlying story.

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4 Comments »

  1. Noted. (Isn’t something screwed up with this paragraph — syntax or ? — ?):

    ‘Yet, BLM added that the reporting about her properties “continues a tradition of terror by white supremacists against Black activists.” What is odd is that the head of NY BLM was that one of those calling for an investigation and presumably it is not part of that “tradition of terror by white supremacists.”’

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    Comment by roberthstiver | April 19, 2021 | Reply

    • It’s more than just a typo. Turley has no editorial staff and proofreading frequently fails when the author is the one doing it. But if you stop and think it through it does make sense.

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      Comment by aletho | April 19, 2021 | Reply

  2. To paraphrase this idea of ascendancy in America, “From rags to riches, from riches to respected, from respected to philanthropy. From there… to politics or immortality,” to, “From riots to extortion, from extortion to riches, from riches to politics.”

    Politics? Maybe this Patrisse can come to be known as PKC and run for office? For surely, if she could win a district if she chose to run for office. Senator PKC.

    After that office? Why, President of the United States, of course. If her organization can intimidate businesses to “pay” extortion, surely they’d contribute to her campaign. And the electorate, they could be intimidated to chant, “Say her name! Say her name!”

    Let your mind go crazy with this, since it’s not so crazy as the people behind it, the Thousand Currents, the George Soros’ of this insanity, the BLM and Antifa are showing themselves to be.

    Think the following as Secretaries: Maxine Watters as Director of National Security; AOC as Secretary of State; Jonathan Pollard as Secretary of Defense; George Soros as Secretary of the Treasury… with currency faces changed to George Floyd, or Jeffrey Epstein, or Bernard Madofffff, or Jaimie Dimon, or Bibi Netanyahu.

    The mind goes. Not crazy or whatever. It just goes. Gone.

    Like the Republic.

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    Comment by michael | April 19, 2021 | Reply

    • I’m not sure I appreciate the direction in which you’re heading (I’m not very if at all sophisticated or discerning), but I do take your drift and way of putting it; thus I’m “Liking” you.

      The terrorist beast Satanic Zionism aside, my ever-empathetic (curse?) tells me that old white “pussy grabbers” — I’m one — have been elites(sic)-in-charge for far too long…time to let the ladies, the gravely immiserated, the greatly hounded, the “other” have their chance to eff up the planet and the universe. I have an idea that they may not, and that “kinder and gentler and more humble” would have a chance of becoming an operative word group. (My notional hero, JC, would be pleased: “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your souls.”–Matt 11:28-29)

      (I want to chuckle at your “Patrisse/PKC —-> PUS”; some fun punning could be made of that…in a kind and gentle manner, of course.)

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      Comment by roberthstiver | April 19, 2021 | Reply


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