The term “mansion Marxist” is an oldie and a goodie. It’s right up there with “limousine leftist,” but richer (pun intended) because it denotes an especially outrageous kind of left-wing hypocrite: For instance, the Soviet party apparatchik basking in the warmth of his seaside dacha while the masses shiver in breadlines. Or the self-proclaimed fighter for the working man who yaps about income equality while filling his pockets with profits pilfered from party coffers. Gus Hall, the corrupt head of Communist Party USA from 1959 to 2000 was a master of the craft, dutifully stuffing his wallet with cash from the Kremlin before sparing a dime for his union brothers on the factory floor.
I wrote a long piece on this phenomenon for The American Spectator last fall. Titled “Marxist Greed,” it looked at cases from the Kims of North Korea to Xi Jinping to Nicolai Ceausescu, who had castles all over Romania. Fidel Castro, for instance, was worth a cool $900 million at the time of his death, while all Cuban workers subsisted off an annual salary of $120. You couldn’t own a home or boat in Cuba, but Fidel damn well owned the island. Raul Castro, too, is a multi-millionaire.
Marxism, you see, is for the ruled, not the rulers; it’s for the masses, not the masters.
When I Googled “mansion Marxist” yesterday, what popped up were three news articles about the founder of Black Lives Matter, Patrice Cullors, a homegrown American Marxist.
“We are trained Marxists,” said Patrisse of her and BLM co-founder Alicia Garza. “We are super-versed [in] ideological theories.” Particularly critical race theory.
Patrisse is also super-versed in buying properties. When Marx and Engels proclaimed that “the entire communist theory may be summed in a single sentence: abolition of private property,” Patrisse evidently wasn’t interested. Quite the contrary.
In “Marxist Greed,” I wrote about the purchase of several news homes and properties by Patrisse and her wife in just the last few years. The New York Post broke the story, reporting that “the group’s co-founder went on a real estate buying binge, snagging four high-end homes for $3.2 million in the US alone.” Among them was a $1.4 million spot in Topanga Canyon outside Los Angeles, and another a lovely “custom ranch” resting on 3.2 acres of rural woods in Georgia (see here for photos). Also on Cullors’ wish-list was an opulent celebrity beachfront at a resort in the Bahamas, where her neighbors would be not the Proletariat but Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods.
Well, now there’s more. The BLM comrades are literally moving into mansion Marxist territory.
“Black Lives Matter transferred millions to a Canadian charity run by the wife of its co-founder to purchase a sprawling mansion that had once served as the headquarters of the Communist Party, public records show,” reported the New York Post this past weekend.
Yes, the Communist Party.
The Post continued: “M4BJ, a Toronto-based non-profit set up by Janaya Khan and other Canadian activists, snagged the 10,000 square foot historic property for the equivalent of $6.3 million in cash in July 2021, according to Toronto property records viewed by The Post.”
Janaya Khan is Patrisse’s wife.
Patrisse was most recently the executive director of Black Lives Matter Global Foundation Network, until she resigned in disgrace under pressure from BLM staffers expressing outrage over her buying spree and ongoing questions about the organization’s finances and how much money she had personally pulled.
As the Post notes, “The purchase of the Toronto property, named the Wildseed Centre for Art and Activism, came to light amid mounting concerns over the US activist group’s lack of transparency in its finances.”
The key word there is “mounting.” This has been ongoing with BLM, especially as the organization (according to an exclusive investigation by the Associated Press) raised a staggering $90 million in donations in 2020 alone. The ugly summer of 2020, with protest upon protest, generated a financial windfall for BLM. Countless Americans wrote checks to the organization. BLM soon had more money than it knew what to do with, or that anyone could keep track of. Patrisse Cullors clearly knew what to do with hers. A poor girl raised in Van Nuys, California, she apparently became very wealthy and did not hold back in expressing it.
As for the latest reported property pickup, the Toronto mansion is a beauty, right down to its captivatingly Marxist-Leninist large red doors.
As for the capitalist reptiles who dared to report this at the New York Post, they no doubt will be declared racists, again. In fact, that was Cullors’ predictable defense last time. She blasted the allegations of her buying spree as the product of “right-wing media.” She protested, “The fact that the right-wing media is trying to create hysteria around my spending is, frankly, racist and sexist.”
Yes, racist and sexist.
But once again, those most offended by Patrisse and her spouse’s opulence happen to be her erstwhile allies—that is, fellow members of Black Lives Matter.
“If you go around calling yourself a socialist,” objects Hawk Newsome of BLM New York, “you have to ask how much of her own personal money is going to charitable causes.” He urged: “It’s really sad because it makes people doubt the validity of the movement and overlook the fact that it’s the people that carry this movement. We need black firms and black accountants to go in there and find out where the money is going.”
BLM itself is up in arms. The Post reports:
In Canada, the purchase was criticized by two senior members of the group [BLM] who resigned earlier this month over the building’s funding.
“For BLM Canada to take money from BLM Global Network for a building without consulting the community was unethical,” tweeted Sarah Jama earlier this month. “For BLM Canada to refuse to answer questions from young black organizers goes against the spirit of movement building.”
The questions were raised as BLMGNF is going through its own internal turmoil as two activists who were put in place to manage the organization after Khan-Cullors’ resignation, abruptly left in September, according to a report in the Washington Examiner.
Makani Themba and Monifa Bandele told the newspaper that they didn’t know who was managing the group’s more than $66 million windfall from Thousand Currents, a non-profit that managed its donations.
Once again, blowing the whistle aren’t stuffy white guys in fancy suits in Manhattan skyscrapers, or even the odious police — “we know police don’t keep us safe,” BLM insists — but fellow BLM members who continue to feel betrayed.
But that abuse of trust hasn’t deterred Cullors. She’s enjoying the ride.
To that end, if Cullors and her wife are looking to snatch a few more old Marxist haunts, I have a few suggestions:
First, they might check out where the American Communist Party started. I actually have the starting document with the address. I found it in the Soviet Comintern Archives on Communist Party USA. It hails from the party’s founding Chicago convention in September 1919. It was issued on the letterhead of the newly established Communist Party of America, at 1219 Blue Island Avenue, Chicago. It was signed by the party’s excited executive secretary, Charles Ruthenberg, who ultimately found eternal residence in Moscow. Old Chuck is buried in the wall of the Kremlin (yes, seriously).
Anyway, again, the address: 1219 Blue Island Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
I don’t know what sits there today. Perhaps a Starbucks.
That said, the address is near a black neighborhood in Chicago, which would likely rule it out for Patrisse. Her purchases have been in white neighborhoods, despite her longtime BLM campaign urging black Americans to “buy black.” That includes the recent BLM “Black Xmas” campaign, which denounces “white-supremacist-capitalism,” given that “capitalism doesn’t love Black people.”
Capitalism seems to love Patrisse, and she it.
If the Chicago environs are not suitable, there are other well-worn Marxist residences that I can suggest for Patrisse and her wife. In New York, CPUSA is located at 235 W. 23rd Street. But the comrades there are relegated to the seventh floor, given that their membership today is down to a paltry 5,000 or so. For better digs, Patrisse might go back to the old days when the party was ten times that size and had its headquarters on 35 East 12th Street. There, Patrisse could sit in the same room where party stalwarts like Earl Browder and William Z. Foster schemed their plans for a “Soviet America.”
I can be a helpful resource, can I not, dear comrades?
My bona fides as a longtime anti-communist researcher make me a unique asset. I have historic party locations at my fingertips. Many an old Marxist mansion no doubt stands ready for purchase. I can be like a real estate agent in this endeavor, Patrisse. And best of all for you, I’m not licensed and will not charge a commission.
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