Hucksters say one thing, yet do another when the cameras are off.
Over the weekend I came across a Tweet that led me to the below video. The snippet starts at 1:30 and lasts for just over a minute. It's about Patrisse Cullors buying several million-dollar homes in the Topanga Canyon just outside of Santa Monica and Los Angeles.
Ms. Cullors is obviously a Nomenklatura, or at least she thinks she is. And she is, in the Russian meaning of the word. She is in control of a part of the bureaucratic machine that runs things, but is always willing to "take a cut" of whatever is going on. This is why the Nomenklatura of the Soviet Union had a nice house where they did their job and a nice vacation home on the Black Sea. The Apparatchiks and Proles got a lot less.
I think she's a huckster. She's boastfully selling that she's a "trained Marxist," and I have to ask, is she living according to her own stated principles? Because The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels says it right there on page 24,
"In this sense, the theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property."
I mean, you can't get any clearer than that. It doesn't matter who owns those properties, Ms. Cullors herself, her spouse, her family, the BLM, the only fact that matters is it isn't owned by the State of California or the federal government. So her private actions are not consistent with her publicly stated beliefs and philosophies. Go ahead and square that circle, please.
And Booker T. Washington had it right when he said this:
There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well.
According to their own 2020 Impact Report, BLM received $90 Million in donations and grants, had expenses of about $8.4 Million and disbursed about $21.7 to subsidiary chapters. My calculator says there's about $59.9 Million left in the bank. I'll keep my wondering on this to myself and let you do your own wondering.
From my time in the healthcare field, I worked with a lot of community organizations. They paid themselves very modestly and the only reason why there was excess cash in their accounts was because they were saving up to purchase more property or whatever to support the expansion of their mission. None of them had the personal resources outside of their spouses income and assets to buy multiple million-dollar homes.