BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors recently told a Washington Black Lives Matter crowd that she was triggered by 990 tax forms and that they are being used as weapons against the organization.
The Washington Examiner reports that the IRS990 tax form is for charities to file yearly to provide to the public their financial activities.
“It is such a trip now to hear the term ‘990,’” she told the crowd on Friday at the Vashon Center for the Arts. “I’m, like, ugh. It’s, like, triggering.”
“I actually did not know what 990s were before all of this happened,” she said, perhaps covering for her organization’s awful track record of handling finances, which has resulted in multiple states’ demanding that the charity cease funding until it is revealed where a missing $90 million was spent in 2020.
“This doesn’t seem safe for us, this 990 structure — this nonprofit system structure,” Cullors continued. “This is, like, deeply unsafe. This is being literally weaponized against us, against the people we work with.”
“People’s morale in an organization is so important. But if their organization and the people in it are being attacked and scrutinized at everything they do, that leads to deep burnout. that leads to deep, like, resistance and trauma,” Cullors went on.
She said that the media’s criticism of the charity is an experiment, and will be used as a catalyst to take down other black charities.
“They know what they’re doing: how to create the infighting, how to create the distrust,” she said. “We have to stop it before they do it. We have to shut it down. We have to be showing up against it.”
Black Lives Matter, the movement which took the world by storm in 2020 following the death of George Floyd, has been more controversial as of late due to the purchasing of a $6 million home with funds, which has been dubbed by the group as the “Creator’s House.”