In a facebook post, Breonna Taylor’s mother criticized Black Lives Matter in Louisville and called the organization a “fraud” saying “they’ve never done a damn thing for us.”
During a “no-knock” warrant raid by Kentucky Police in March of 2020, Breonna Taylor (26 years old) was fatally shot 8 times in her Louisville Apartment. After the shooting, BLM and many Black advocacy groups tried to provide support to the family. Tamika Palmer, mother of late Breonna Taylor, recently criticized BLM and State Representative Attica Scott over Facebook. Palmer stated on a recently removed Facebook post “I have never personally dealt with BLM Louisville and personally have found them to be fraud, Attica Scott another fraud.” The posting was removed or deleted on Saturday but the reason and by whom is currently unknown.
This position has taken the BLM community as somewhat of a shock. Many news outlet adherents tend not to stay up to date on developing situations. But since the incident occurred BLM has failed to offer support with the Palmer family. However, Breonna’s family has received the sum of $12 million from a wrongful death suit placed against the City of Louisville. Critics of the Black Lives Matter Organization have taken Tamika’s comments as a means of support to fight against the organization and its claimed causes and efforts. In another comment, Tamika said “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 so Talk about fraud.” This raises doubts as to whether the massive donations and income received by BLM goes to benefit families, victims, and communities who have experienced numerous cases of racism, abuse, and harm.
Earlier this week it was revealed Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors had bought a $1.4 million home in the largely white district of Los Angeles. Cullors also bought three other homes since 2016 at a total cost of around $3 million. On Tuesday the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation said it had not paid toward her homes and she had not been paid by BLM since 2019. Cullors has been in the spotlight as critics claimed that donations are being used illegally for the purchase of her many homes. In response Patrisse stated “I have never taken a salary from the Black Lives Matters Global Networks Foundation.” BLM continues to defend their public mission statement and objective amid these comments.
ARTICLE: JACOB KOVACS
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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