Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter announced on Thursday that she is residing her position as executive director of the organization, according to The New York Post.
Cullors, 37, made the move after backlash over her lavish lifestyle made headlines across the nation. The activist has been leading the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation for more than five years.
“I’ve created the infrastructure and the support, and the necessary bones and foundation, so that I can leave,” Cullors said. “It feels like the time is right.”
Cullors said that she is leaving to focus on her book and television deals that are demanding her time into the near future. She did not, however, say she was resigning because of criticism over her multiple ritzy real estate purchase.
“Those were right-wing attacks that tried to discredit my character, and I don’t operate off of what the right thinks about me,” Cullors said of the headlines claiming she was a hypocrite.
Questions arose about her honesty when it was alleged that she bought four high-end homes for $3.2 million in the US earlier this year.
Her net worth increase could be partially due to the fact that the BLM foundation revealed that they brought in just over $90 million last year.
BLM’s boost in patronage is likely tried to unrest over the death of George Floyd while in police custody. However, it’s unclear why the group chose to end the year with a balance of more than $60 million, while so much claimed injustice still prevails.
Some of the organization’s critics believed that the donated money should go toward the families of homeless and otherwise needy