Black Lives Matter has become more powerful and more divided
Younger activists who criticized him several years ago for not being popular enough have recently turned to him for advice as they grapple with the kind of scrutiny he has faced, he said. -he declares.
“I think the tension is going to allow us all to settle down and find more possible ways to work together,” he said. “I think sometimes it’s uncomfortable, but it’ll take us to a better place, I hope.”
For years, national leaders have warned that the Black Lives Matter movement could fracture if internal concerns were expressed publicly, said YahNé Ndgo, who recently stepped back as the main organizer with one of the separate chapters. , Black Lives Matter Philly. This prevented many chapters from speaking out, she said.
But when national leaders created a new organization, BLM Grassroots, last year to serve as an umbrella for all sections, concerned people had to speak out, Ms. Ndgo said. It sounded like another attempt by the national organization to evade responsibility, she said.
“If a group is not acting in the service of the movement,” she said, “then it must be dealt with.”
Amid questions from critics, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, which received tax-exempt status as a nonprofit last year, in February released its most comprehensive accounts of its six years of history approximately. He said he received $ 90 million in donations last year, the most he has ever raised in a year. The majority of funds were saved, according to the report, with $ 8.4 million spent on operational expenses and $ 21.7 million distributed to local aid organizations and chapters.
The report caught the attention of Mr Brown, who at times saw the foundation he created after his son was murdered struggling for resources, he said. In a video posted to social media, he stood alongside a local activist, who demanded that Black Lives Matter contribute $ 20 million to local organizers.