National Black Lives Matter organization threatens legal action against one of its own activists after calling for an independent investigation into how finances are spent, following revelations about co-founder Patrisse’s real estate spending spree Khan-Cullors and other money-mopping activities. .
As we pointed out yesterday, Hawk Newsome, who runs a Black Lives Matter group in Greater New York City, called for an investigation, telling the New York Post, “If you call yourself a socialist you have to ask how much of his personal money goes to charitable causes.
Newsome said “black firms and black accountants” should audit the BLM Global Network Foundation to “find out where the money is going.”
“It’s really sad because it makes people doubt the validity of the movement and overlook the fact that it is the people who are carrying this movement,” Newsome added.
After calling the developments a “false and dangerous story” pushed by “right-wing forces” and “white supremacists,” it has now emerged that the BLM is trying to silence other black activists who are speaking out.
The Daily Caller sought comments from BLM, and the group claimed that Newsome “is not and has never been part of the official Black Lives Matter organization, but continues to use the BLM name even after it.” have sent several letters of cessation and abstention. Therefore, any mention of him as a leader is not factual.
BLM’s Communications Division further noted that “only BLM Chapters that adhere to BLM’s Principles and Code of Ethics are permitted to use the BLM name.”
Responding to the comments, Newsome said, “So the problem became my affiliation and not the use of funds. Interesting.”
The Daily Caller report also notes that BLM does not hold any rights to the name “ Black Lives Matter ”, that the United States Patent and Trademark Office routinely rejects trademark applications for the name, and that Newsome has registered its own organization. , Black Lives Matter Greater New York, as a business entity in December 2016.
“This movement belongs to the people,” Newsome commented, adding, “It is for the people and by the people. These are the people who take to the streets and march in the name of BLM. No one owns it. It’s the equivalent of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. claiming ownership of the civil rights movement.
“There may be individuals who include the words ‘Black Lives Matter’ in their organization names, but they are not affiliated with BLMGNF. Does that make sense? ”Added the spokesperson.
The case continues to evolve, but it is clear that grassroots activists are now questioning the validity of those at the top of the BLM pyramid.
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