During Black History Month, Amazon suspends Black Lives Matter from its charity platform

The suspension, which was first reported by the Washington Examiner, deprives the BLM of revenue from the organization, which has provided $306 million to U.S. charities. 

Earlier this month, California and Washington issued legal threats to the group for its failure to report what it did with the millions received in donations in 2020. 

According to documents filed with the California Attorney General, the group took in more than $65 million in donations from the charity, Thousand Currents, but has failed to disclosed what happened to the money.   

BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors, who resigned in May, said last week that the unaccounted millions her group received in 2020 came from ‘white corporation guilt.’

They have yet to file a 2020 return, a Form 990, as required – which could see BLM fined by the IRS.    

The California Department of Justice warned the group’s leaders earlier this month that they would be ‘personally liable’ for any delinquency fees and fines.   

‘Charitable organizations must meet the requirements outlined in our participation agreement to be eligible for AmazonSmile,’ an Amazon representative told the Washington Examiner. Amazon refused to say whether it had made any attempt to verify if BLM used the money it donated for charitable causes at any point during its listing of the organization as part of its program and if so, give specifics about why it changed its mind to list it.

This is seemingly a financial issue seen with big cash deposits that have not been entered into a ledger. Oversight and transparency is mandatory practice for any non profit group. It happened to the Red Cross after they sent funds to aide Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. The non profit at the time was accused of embezzelment. Interesting enough these headlines relate to funds that support, aide, and uplift African-American social issues. February is Black History Month in the United States, go figure.

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