For Some, Racial Activism Turns a Profit
Supporters of Black Lives Matter are generally portrayed as poor, disadvantaged people on the wrong side of the wealth gap. Most of them are completely unaware the people organizing the protests they so religiously attend use them to get rich.
“It’s a story that has played out over the generations and around the world. A few people decrying the unfairness of capitalism and the gap between the rich and the poor turns out to be a racket making those same leaders filthy rich while abandoning the true believers on the side of the road, destroying lives and nations,” writes Tammy Bruce, a contributor for the Washington Times.
“It’s more than sad. It’s the deliberate destruction of communities in the name of money and power. Marxist ‘movements’ have done this to every nation they’ve parasitically invaded. Ask the people of the former Soviet Union, Cuba, and Venezuela to name a few perfect examples of the impact of leftist grifters using a nation and its people to line their pockets at the expense of everyone else.”
Another perfect example is Patrisse Khan-Cullors, a Black Lives Matter founder with properties worth more than $3 million.
Khan-Cullors went on a home-buying spree while her organization was protesting capitalism and income inequality. She viewed luxury estates in the Bahamas while her followers risked their lives protesting crimes she is guilty of herself.
“If you go around calling yourself a socialist, you have to ask how much of her own personal money is going to charitable causes,” argues Hawk Newsome, a BLM leader in New York City. “It’s really sad because it makes people doubt the validity of the movement and overlook the fact that it’s the people that carry this movement.”
Khan-Cullors’s upscale lifestyle raises serious questions about her dedication to the causes she allegedly supports. But you won’t hear anything about it on social media.
Sports columnist Jason Whitlock found himself banned from Twitter after speaking out against Khan-Cullors’s hypocrisy. “I’ve been harping on the fraudulence and the financial grift of BLM for years,” said Whitlock, describing the movement as “one of Big Tech’s sacred cows.”
Twitter’s attack on Whitlock is an example of “virtue signaling.”
That is when a person or corporation does something to create the false perception that they are supporting a cause.
Virtue signaling can be as insignificant as T-shirt proclaiming support for a charity. It can be as massive as a $10 million donation to Black Lives Matter from Amazon. Or it can be as underhanded as a diversity initiative at Pinterest that is just for show (despite the company’s claims, nearly 50% of its staff are white males).
Virtue signaling is the reason Black Lives Matter raked in more than $90 million in donations in 2020.
Another participant in the anti-racist grift is Howard Ross. He is a so-called “diversity consultant” who has billed federal agencies more than $5 million for bogus workshops. NASA paid him $500,000 for “power and privilege sexual-orientation workshops.”
During his workshops, Ross (a white male) explains to white participants that people of color are not “obligated to like you, thank you, feel sorry for you, or forgive you.” If conflict arises, whites “don’t get to decide when someone is being too emotional, too rash, [or] too mean.”
White participants are told that “virtually all white people contribute to racism” and should be forced to “sit in the discomfort” of their own internalized racism and white supremacy. They are not allowed to protest if a person of color “responds to their oppression in a way [they] don’t like.”
Author’s Note: There’s no telling when (or if) the diversity grift will end. But I can promise you the Biden Administration will never investigate allegations against people like Khan-Cullors and Ross.
Editor’s Note: This harkens back to the Jesse Jackson days, where he would get a meeting with a corporation and basically tell them that if they did not donate, they were racist and he would let it be known. If the company did donate, they could never be accused of being racist.