World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 20 Mar, 2021 08:15 am

Black Lives Matter activists denounced by mothers of victims for exploiting deaths of Tamir Rice and others killed by police

Black Lives Matter activists denounced by mothers of victims for exploiting deaths of Tamir Rice and others killed by police
Samaria Rice and Lisa Simpson said activists associated with the Black Lives Matter movement were “capitalizing” from police killings for their own benefit.

Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice, and Lisa Simpson, the mother of Richard Rishner, released a joint statement Tuesday accusing activists associated with the Black Lives Matter movement of profiting from the police killings of their children.Mallory, Shaun King, Benjamin Crump, Lee Merritt, Patrisse Cullors, Melina Abdullah and the Black Lives Matter Global Network need to step down, stand back, and stop monopolizing and capitalizing off our fight for justice and human rights,” the statement said.On March 7, Rice criticized the Black Lives Matter Global Network for raising $90 million in 2020 but not “doing right” by families affected by police violence.Corporations have pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundations and other organizations like it.

Most recently, an Ohio man was accused of defrauding donors of $450,000 using the Black Lives Matter name.Attorney’s Office, Tyree Conyers-Page is accused of creating a non-profit Facebook page titled “Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta” to solicit donations he spent on himself.

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