By Chief Ali
On November 30, a major split in the Black Lives Matter movement was revealed publicly in an open letter. It details a lack of financial transparency, centralized decision making, and privately-controlled political vision within the Black Lives Matter Global Network.
Since the establishment of BLMGN, our chapters have consistently raised concerns about financial transparency, decision making, and accountability. Despite years of effort, no acceptable internal process of accountability has ever been produced by BLMGN. These recent events have undermined the efforts of chapters seeking to democratize its processes and resources.
Out of the 17 active BLM chapters, 10 signed the letter, demanding transparency:
- BLM Philly
- Indy10 (BLM Indianapolis)
- BLM D.C.
- BLM Chicago
- BLM OKC (Oklahoma City)
- BLM NJ
- BLM San Diego
- BLM Vancouver, Washington
- BLM 5280 (Denver)
- BLM Hudson Valley
“For years, there has been inquiry regarding the financial operations of BLMGN and no acceptable process of either public or internal transparency about the unknown millions of dollars donated to BLMGN, which has certainly increased during this time of pandemic and rebellion.”
While the masses of poor and working-class African and Colonized people are suffering, Black Lives Matter has just been collecting money rather than putting it to use for African communities.
While we at Black Hammer have been distributing over 120,000 pieces of masks and other personal protective equipment.
Where’s the money?
Recently, Patrisse Cullors, the founder of Black Lives Matter, was appointed Executive Director of the nonprofit, which means she stands to gain from all the donations. The Black Hammer Times did an exposé on Cullors this past summer outlining how colonizers trained her and how the BLM movement she founded is a reformist faux-revolutionary movement.
According to the letter, Cullors was appointed Executive Director with virtually no input from the actual BLM chapters on the ground. As Executive Director, Cullors is the one with access to the funds raised.
Although BLM tries to have the revolutionary aesthetic, and although Cullors claims she is a “Marxist”, she does not realize the only thing that will truly overturn racism, poverty, and police brutality is an anti-colonial revolutionary movement led by the poor and working-class colonized masses.
Black Hammer Organization is a grassroots mass organization who has not and will not take money to fold to corporate interests who just want to get colonized people to become neocolonial sellouts.
Endless chants of “Black Lives Matter” won’t bring back those killed by slavery, racism, colonialism, and endless disorganized protests will only give the colonizers more time to adapt. Black Lives Matter, which formed after the uprisings in Ferguson, has a noble goal of liberation; however, its leaders, like Cullors, are happy to sell out to white power by endorsing the colonial election on stolen land, and by begging for Biden to meet with them.
Liberal reforms won’t free Africans in the united snakkkes An organization like BLM, which is not connected to the masses of the people, and which is irresponsible with millions of dollars that were donated, is not fit to be the face of a revolutionary movement, and we will move past it.
Black Hammer is uniting poor and working-class colonized people worldwide under a revolutionary organization and by giving them the tools to liberate themselves. This is the only way to succeed!
So do more than just talk about change, be the change. Be the Revolutionary that our people need, join Black Hammer now, and meet the material needs in your communities today!