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The Black Lives Matter movement appears to be coming apart at the seams as more and more exasperated mothers of deceased black suspects take up verbal arms against it.

While the beginning of the end for the extremist movement started a while ago, its gradual collapse hit a significant inflection point last month when co-founder Patrisse Cullors was found to have purchased a lavish $1.4 million mansion in a secluded, predominantly white Los Angeles neighborhood far away from her people.

Soon after, word emerged that she’d also been funneling some of BLM’s contributions to an art firm owned by the father of her only child.

Combined, the findings provoked enough backlash that Cullors formally stepped down this past week as the executive director of BLM’s official corporate entity, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation.

Speaking with the Associated Press this Thursday, she tried to play her exit off as her just focusing on other projects and endeavors, but BLM’s critics, many of them the mothers of black suspects who were fatally shot by the police, didn’t buy it.

Among BLM’s critics is Samaria Rice, the mother of deceased 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

“I don’t believe she is going anywhere. It’s all a facade. She’s only saying that to get the heat off her right now,” Rice said to the New York Post following Cullors’ resignation.

To hear her tell it, BLM never did a damn thing for her, despite all the money the group has raised. All Cullors ever did, she told the Post, was exchange a few emails with her. That’s it. She didn’t even meet her in person.

“They are benefiting off the blood of our loved ones, and they won’t even talk to us,” Rice said to the Post.

Lisa Simpson, the mother of deceased 18-year-old Richard Che Risher, believes exactly the same thing.

“Now she doesn’t have to show her accountability. She can just take the money and run,” she said regarding Cullors’ resignation.

She told the Post that her local BLM chapter raised $5,000 for her son’s funeral, but she never received a dime of the money.

Back in March, both she and Rice issued a joint written statement slamming Cullors and a slew of other prominent BLM figures — Tamika Mallory, Shaun King, Benjamin Crump, etc. — for “monopolizing and capitalizing our fight for justice and human rights.”

“We never hired them to be the representatives in the fight for justice for our dead loved ones murdered by the police. 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,” they wrote.

“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,” they added.

They also reportedly demanded that the previously named figures “step down from the spotlight,” pay Simpson the $5,000 allegedly owed, provide financial assistance to the Tamir Rice Foundation and provide “housing funds” for Simpson.

According to the Post, their grief and anger are also shared by Tamika Palmer, the mother of Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot during a police raid at her home last year.

In a since-deleted Facebook post published last month, she reportedly accused her local BLM chapter of being a “fraud.”

“I’ve watched ya’ll 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,” she wrote.

Below is a screenshot of the post:

All this comes as BLM’s favorability rating among the wider public has dropped. A Morning Consult poll published this week found that support for the group now rests around 48 percent, down from a high of 61 percent last summer.

Vivek Saxena


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