Chicago, IL – Black Lives Matter’s national organization made a $200,000 “cash grant” to a Chicago-based anti-police organization that has called for defunding law enforcement.
“We be providing the analysis for the analysis of the analysis. opposed to just saying what it is,” Richard Wallace, the founder and head of Equity and Transformation (EAT), tweeted in late 2020.
“They are hunting us and will use any excuse to up a pole and end our life,” Wallace continued. “That we is why we have to defund these bastards, And take control of our community cause the won’t save us.”
EAT, the group Wallace founded, has the mission of achieving “social and economic equity for black workers engaged in the informal economy,” according to its website.
Wallace’s anti-police rhetoric goes back at least as far as 2015 when he tweeted “F-k the police #justsayingthanks.”
During the George Floyd riots in June of 2020, Wallace shared an article to Facebook with a line of smiling emojis that said 54 percent of Americans thought it was justified to burn down a Minneapolis police precinct after Floyd died in police custody.
Newly-released Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF) tax forms showed it gave EAT a $200,000 “cash grant” during the 2021 fiscal year, FOX News reported.
The Manhattan Institute said in April that the black American community had suffered a serious blow from the defund the police movement, evidenced by a massive spike in murders, FOX News reported.
“Certainly, the protests and riots mid-2020 after the death of George Floyd followed a pattern of spiking violence that we’ve seen following past viral police incidents, such as the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray. This pattern has been termed the ‘Ferguson Effect’: police pull back while violent crime spikes precipitously,” Hannah Meyers, director of the policing and public safety initiative at the Manhattan Institute, said
Wallace and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors have both voiced support for the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), which has called on its supporters to honor the sacrifices of convicted cop killers and murderers.
“Assata Becomes First woman on FBI most wanted list and Malcolm Shabazz is found dead,” Wallace tweeted in 2013, according to the New York Post. “They want to silent [sic] our Heroes!”
Cullors proclaimed her love for the woman who murdered a New Jersey state trooper in a now-deleted 2016 Facebook post.
“Assata Shakur we love you,” the former executive director of Black Lives Matter wrote. “Fight for you and because of you. On this day and everyday.”
The new information about where BLMGNF donated some of the $90 million of what Cullors recently called “white guilt money” was released just days after tax filings showed she had several family members on the Black Lives Matter payroll, the New York Post reported.
BLMGNF’s new tax filings showed the organization paid the father of Cullor’s child, Damon Turner, $970,000 in consulting fees during that fiscal year, the Associated Press reported.
Cullors’ brother, Paul Cullors, was paid $840,000 to run physical security for the Campus in addition to handling security at his sister’s private homes.
The group’s internal records showed Cullors’ mother was approved for a cleaning job at “Campus,” New York Magazine reported.
Cullors’ sister also signed an employee nondisclosure agreement but it was unclear if she was paid to work there.
Multiple states have launched investigations into Black Lives Matter’s usage of donations to the group that were meant to support activism.
California and Washington called a halt to the group accepting donations earlier this year after it failed to file financial statements.
California told Black Lives Matter that it was in danger of losing its tax exempt status with the state also threatened to hold the group’s leadership financially liable.
Indiana filed a lawsuit against the group earlier this month.