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Black Lives Matter has been in the headlines recently, and not for anything positive that they have been doing.
As protesters have become aggressive in several cities it was learned that one BLM leader, a self-proclaimed Marxist, has been purchasing expensive homes for herself in majority-white neighborhoods.
And now the group is facing more backlash as the mother of Breonna Taylor, who was killed in a police raid, said that the group has been useless to her and her family, The New York Post reported.
“’I have never personally dealt with BLM Louisville and personally have found them to be fraud, (state Rep.) Attica Scott another fraud,” her mother, Tamika Palmer, said on Facebook.
“I could walk in a room full of people who claim to be here for Breonna’s family who doesn’t even know who I am, I’ve watched y’all raise money on behalf of Breonna’s family who has never done a damn thing for us nor have we needed it or asked to talk about fraud,” she said.
“It’s amazing how many people have lost focus … I’m a say this before I go, I’m so sick of some of y’all and I was last anybody who needs it,” she said. “Enough is enough!!”
The post has been removed from Facebook with no explanation, but the point was made.
This comes after Black Lives Matter leader Patrisse Khan-Cullors was excoriated for purchasing an expensive home in a majority white neighborhood, though it appears no funds from the organization were used for the purchase, The New York Post reported.
Patrisse Khan-Cullors, the leader of Black Lives Matter and a self-described Marxist, recently purchased a $1.4 million home in an exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood where the vast majority of residents are white, according to reports.
The home, which features three bedrooms and three bathrooms, is nestled in Topanga Canyon and has a separate guesthouse on the property, according to a celebrity real estate blog that reported the transaction last week.
The property, which is about a 15-minute drive from Malibu beaches, features bamboo floors and vaulted ceilings, according to the listing.
Once a hippie enclave in the 1960s, Topanga Canyon is now home to sprawling homes where 88 percent of the residents are white. After the sale of the property was made public, critics took to social media to blast Khan-Cullors.
“I have never taken a salary from the Black Lives Matters Global Networks Foundation,” she said last week.
“That’s important,” she said when she appeared on “Black News Tonight” to host Marc Lamont Hill, “because what the right-wing media is trying to say is that the donations that people gave to Black Lives Matter went towards my spending.
“And that is categorically untrue and incredibly dangerous,” she said.
What she did not say is how much, if anything, she was paid by other for-profit groups that are similarly named.
She also made a post on Instagram defending herself and her purchases.
“There’s a false and defamatory article about me being amplified by media right now, and I want to make some things clear,” she said in the caption.
“I’VE WORKED MULTIPLE JOBS ACROSS MANY ORGANIZATIONS MY ENTIRE LIFE,” SHE EXPLAINED IN THE STATEMENT. “I’M ALSO A PUBLISHED AUTHOR, WRITER, PRODUCER, PROFESSOR, PUBLIC SPEAKER, AND PERFORMANCE ARTIST. I LOVE MY WORK IN ALL OF THESE AREAS AND I WORK HARD TO PROVIDE FOR MY FAMILY,” she said.
“I DO NOT RECEIVE A SALARY OR BENEFITS FROM BLACK LIVES MATTER GLOBAL NETWORK FOUNDATION. PERIOD,” she said in the post. “THIS EFFORT TO DISCREDIT AND HARASS ME AND MY FAMILY IS NOT NEW NOR IS IT ACCEPTABLE. IT HAS TAKEN AWAY FROM WHERE THE FOCUS SHOULD BE — ENDING WHITE SUPREMACY.”