A prominent BLM organiser has admitted to exploiting the toppling of Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol to steal donations, a court has heard.
Xahra Saleem, one of the key organisers of the infamous 2020 protest in England that followed racial unrest stoked by the death of George Floyd, has admitted taking cash from a fundraising page.
The page was set up shortly before the planned toppling of Colston’s statue, which was pushed into the river. Excess funds from the fundraiser were intended to be given to a youth charity – but Saleem decided to steal the cash for herself.
Saleem, 23, admitted one count of fraud at Bristol Crown Court on 19 September.
In January, Bristol Magistrates Court was told that the fundraising page had raised tens of thousands of pounds, but the charity never received a penny.
Saleem was also charged in connection with a second fundraising page following the protest to raise money for the legal costs of those facing charges.
Again, the cash was illegally kept by the BLM organiser.
At a further case management hearing, Saleem pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by abuse of position in relation to defrauding Changing Your Mindset.
She is due to be sentenced at the same court on 31 October.
The BLM movement has long been blighted by accusations of violence, racism (with some activists being caught promoting racist ‘anti-white’ ideologies), and fraud.
As tax documents show, the nonprofit ended last year in the red, while immorally handing out millions of dollars to BLM bigwigs and their associates.
Following the murder of George Floyd in 2020, supporters donated a staggering $90 million dollars to Black Lives Matter. The nonprofit ended the last fiscal year with a $9 million deficit.
The federal filings from 2020 to 2022 show just a third — $30 million of the $90 million — went to other charitable organizations, with $22 million going to expenses. This includes $1.6 million that went to the father of BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors for security services. Another $2.1 million went to BLM board member Shalomyah Bowers for consulting.