Black Lives Matter co-founder’s claim to buy real estate lacks context

Claim: Purchasing luxury homes related to the role of organization co-founder Black Lives Matter

The property purchased by the co-founder of Black Lives Matter was purchased this month. The New York Post reported on what it called “buying” Patrisse Khan-Cullors started in 2016.

Social media users have seized this report as an indication that Khan Colors was enriched by the Black Lives Matter movement.

“I can’t believe it. (Derek) A big payday will come right after the Chauvin trial,” he said. Facebook post from April 11th..

The text was accompanied by a photo of Khan Colors holding his right fist and the text “Black Lives Matter co-founder Khan Colors bought four luxury homes.” It was. This post has generated hundreds of shares and comments, including comments from users suggesting that Khan-Cullors is benefiting from donations to Black Lives Matter.

The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation received about $ 90 million in 2020, when racial anxiety exploded nationwide after the police killings of George Floyd and Breona Taylor. According to the Associated Press.

However, there is no evidence to support the idea that Khan Colors used the donations poured in a national protest in 2020 to fund the purchase of four homes.

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The account that shared the Facebook post did not respond to the comment request.

Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, will take a photo at Summit LA18 in Los Angeles in 2018.

Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, will take a photo at Summit LA18 in Los Angeles in 2018.

Purchased real estate

The New York Post reported that Khan-Cullors bought four properties in recent years, but two came before 2020, drawing attention and donations to Black Lives Matter. According to the post, three of these properties were in the Los Angeles area and one was in the suburbs of Atlanta.

When Khan-Cullors purchased in 2016, one of the real estate properties in Los Angeles was $ 510,000. The second home in Los Angeles ran $ 590,000 in 2018, Post reported. Real estate on the outskirts of Atlanta was purchased in 2020 for $ 415,000.

A search of public records by USA TODAY found that Khan-Cullors linked to all three of these properties.

The New York Post article links to the real estate blog Dirt for information on buying a fourth property. The blog reported that Khan Colors bought a home in Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles for $ 1.4 million on March 30 through a limited liability company.

USA TODAY could not confirm the real estate purchase in Topanga Canyon.

Black Lives Matter demonstrator waving a flag at Edmund Pettus Bridge on Sunday, March 3, 2019, during the Bloody Sunday Memorial in Selma, Alabama.

Black Lives Matter demonstrator waving a flag at Edmund Pettus Bridge on Sunday, March 3, 2019, during the Bloody Sunday Memorial in Selma, Alabama.

Was the purchase related to BLM?

The central question here is, as the post suggests, whether the purchase of Khan Colors is related to her role in BLM.

The burden of proof for this claim, like any other fact check, lies with the speaker. The post did not provide evidence of such a relationship, the author did not respond to provide anything, and although nothing was found in our research, the nature of the organization and Khan Colors Documents are limited due to employment history.

The New York Post’s report, citing the real estate blog Dirt, touched on a cascade of criticisms about buying real estate, Includes from the conservative, non-profit National Legal and Policy Center.

“Contributors to nonprofits need to know how organizations spend their money,” said Peter Flaherty, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, in a prepared statement submitted to USA TODAY. He noted that the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation has not submitted a public disclosure of the IRS. ..

The Foundation was officially designated as a non-profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service in December. According to the Associated Press, And will need to submit public tax documents in the future. No public financial declaration has been filed yet.

Khan-Cullors said there was no link between buying a home and her role in BLM.

“For full clarity, as a registered 501c3, BLMGNF was unable and did not commit organizational resources towards the purchase of my personal assets,” Khan-Cullors prepared. Said in a statement made. “The opposite hints and claims are categorically wrong.”

In a cease and desist letter in response to a press release from the Policy Center, the BLM Foundation removed a “suggestion” to the National Legal Policy Center that “Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation funds were used.” Requested to do. , Directly or indirectly, buy real estate. “

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Khan-Cullors has been paid a total of $ 120,000 by the organization since 2013 for acting as a spokesperson and “political education activity” in a prepared statement, but will be paid after 2019. He said he didn’t.

Khan Colors Countless jobs she did.. She has two books, including the author of the New York Times best-selling memoirs. The Los Angeles Times reported last year that Khan Colors had signed a production contract. “Developing screenplays, comedies, documentaries and animated shows for children, young adults and families” with Warner Bros. Pictures.

Khan-Cullors also said she is an orator, owns a gallery, deals with YouTube, and teaches at a private liberal arts college in Arizona.

Our rating: No context

The claim that Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors bought four luxury homes is MISSING CONTEXT because it can be misleading without additional information. Some social media users have suggested that the purchase is evidence that Khan Colors has been enriched by the movement, but in our research, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation funded the purchase of real estate. No evidence was found that it was used in. In addition to working as the organization’s Volunteer Executive Director, Khan-Cullors has done several other tasks, including creating memoirs and developing Warner Bros. content.

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This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Fact Check: BLM Co-Founder’s Misleading Claims on Real Estate