Mothers of the sons killed in police shootings are condemning Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, who has recently announced she was stepping down from her position.
Cullors, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation executive director, has announced her withdrawal after problems concerning the organization’s finances and her personal real estate purchases totaling $3.2 million.
“They are benefiting off the blood of our loved ones, and they won’t even talk to us,” the mother of a 12-year-old boy fatally shot by Cleveland police in 2014, Samaria Rice, told New York Post. “I don’t believe she is going anywhere.”
Rice called the announcement of resignation a “facade,” predicting that Cullors was “only saying that to get the heat off her right now.”
“They are benefiting off the blood of our loved ones, and they won’t even talk to us,” said Rice.
Cullors was also slammed by Lisa Simpson, a Los Angeles woman whose son, Richard Risher, was killed by cops in 2016.
“Now she doesn’t have to show her accountability,” Simpson, 52, told the Post. “She can just take the money and run.”
Rice joined with Simpson in March to slam BLM for “raising money in our dead sons’ names and giving us nothing in return.”
Simpson said that she has never received any of the $5,000 raised by the BLM’s Los Angeles chapter for her son’s funeral.
“We never hired them to be the representatives in the fight for justice for our dead loved ones murdered by the police,” said Rice and Simpson’s statement which was uploaded on Twitter on March 16 by activist @Free Mumia Abu-Jamal. “The ‘activists’ have events in our cities and have not given us anything substantial for using our loved ones’ images and names on their flyers. We don’t want or need y’all parading in the streets accumulating donations, platforms, movie deals, etc. off the death of our loved ones, while the families and communities are left clueless and broken.”
BLM Global Network Foundation revealed a few months later that it had garnered $90 million in donations, sparking even greater outrage.