Patrice Colors is stepping down as executive director of the Black Lives Matter Foundation, six years after being a co-founder of the human rights movement, which shares the same name.
“I have built the infrastructure and support, and the necessary bones and foundations, so that I can leave. It seems the time is right,” he said The Associated Press, Noting that her decision was not due to allegations that she was benefiting from the Black Lives Matter Foundation. “They were right-wing attacks that tried to discredit my character, and I don’t work on who thinks right about me.”
In April, New york post Published property records show Cullars’ real estate holdings, including three homes in Southern California and a farm in Georgia. The findings spread like wildfire among conservative news outlets, with many saying Coolers was making profits from the organization, which raised $ 90 million last year.
According to the AP, Coolers was the target of an attack by right-wing publications that falsely reported that she was taking a large salary from the BLM Foundation and that she had bought a large house in California.
April 13 statement Official Twitter of Black Lives Matter The account read, “Patrice Colors is the executive director of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF). She serves in this role in a volunteer capacity and does not receive salary or benefits,” BLM via its official Twitter handle Said. “Patrice has received a total of $ 120,000 since the founding of the organization in 2013, for duties such as serving as spokesperson and engaging in political education work. Patrice did not receive any compensation after 2019.
The statement continued, “To be fairly clear as a registered 501 (c) (3), BLMGNF cannot and has not undertaken any organizational resources for the purchase of personal property by any employee or volunteer . Any objection or claim to the contrary is clearly erroneous. “
Coolers, 37, Also said That it does not receive salaries or benefits from the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, and that its revenue stems from teaching, speaking engagements, and artistic endeavors outside the BLM.
His departure comes at a time when the BLM movement has gained global support in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Brenna Taylor, Rashard Brooks and other blacks who died at the hands of police or due to vigilance. He co-founded the movement with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometti after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the murder of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
Cullers said interim senior officer Monifa Bandele, a BLM organizer and founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement in New York City and Makani Themba, a longtime supporter of the BLM movement and chief strategist of the Higher Ground Change Strategies in Jackson, Mississippi. .