Michael Brown Sr., the next of kin of Michael Brown Jr. who was shot and killed by police in 2014, has now joined up with BLM 10 Plus, a group advocating for more financial transparency from the Black Lives Matter global organization.
This comes on the heels of the resignation of BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors amid a lavish spending scandal after it became public knowledge that the self-identified "Marxist" just purchased a fifth property.
According to the Daily Wire, the group's main goal at this time is to try and obtain a thorough accounting of where the $90 million BLM took in went over the past approximately year and a half: "Black Lives Matter took in $90 million in 2020, and was left with a balance sheet of $60 million by January 2021. Around $8 million was spent on expenses, including staffing costs with the other $20 million donated to local chapters and non-profits."
The figures and news of the Cullors property portfolio has led to questions about how BLM is spending its money and complaints over lack of financial transparency from bereaved families supported by the group.
The BLM 10 Plus group itself said the following in a recent statement:
"The number of chapters that have aligned in support of our statement has nearly doubled. Some of these chapters have made their own statements echoing not only our call to accountability but also our experiences as we sought transparency, democracy, and internal transformation for years."
"The BLM 10 Plus continues the call for transparency and most importantly, for principled accountability in movement infrastructures. The issues we've highlighted within the Black Lives Matter movement are not unique to this group or to people of color," the statement continued.
"Grassroots movements have been co-opted across the globe and it is our intention to be a part of the collective creating processes based on integrity so that we, nor any other activist or advocate, encounters these avoidable issues in the future."