Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors is leaving the movement she helped launch after the group questioned Cullors about her finances.
Cullors told the Associated Press she left the position to “focus on other projects.”
“I’ve created the infrastructure and the support, and the necessary bones and foundation, so that I can leave,” Cullors told The AP. “It feels like the time is right.”
Controversial arose in April following a New York Post report that Cullors had bought four high-end homes for $3.2 million.
The Post report also said, “also eyed property in the Bahamas at an ultra-exclusive resort where Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods both have homes, The Post has learned. Luxury apartments and townhouses at the beachfront Albany resort outside Nassau are priced between $5 million and $20 million, according to a local agent.”
The Black Lives Matter organization noted they were not involved in the purchases. The BLM Foundation paid only the executive director’s salary.
As a self-proclaimed Marxist socialist, many have questioned how Cullors reconciles her views with her luxury home purchases. Cullors noted in a Fox News report her income “came from other sources, such as proceeds from book sales and a YouTube deal.”
Cullors’ exit will lead the BLM movement into a new chapter without one of its founders. The uneasy parting also highlights concerns within the organization regarding the lifestyle of one of its founding leaders.