- #KNEEOFFMYNECK Coalition is founded by Respected Global Leader and Equality Advocate Greshun De Bouse in response to the 2020 George Floyd murder, and is not affiliated with BLM.
- "I never have stated, insinuated, or illuded to me being the founder or a founder of BLM, people assumed,"says Global Leader and Equality Advocate Greshun De Bouse.
- The photo that has resurfaced of me from the Dallas Observer holding a BLM flag was with fans of my equality advocacy work who wanted to be in a photo with me, says De Bouse.
- BLM recently has come under great scrutiny since May 27, 2021 after the movement's co-founder Patrisse Cullors seemingly abruptly announced she was 'stepping down' as BLM executive director.
- Mothers have accused Black Lives Matter of profiting from the deaths of their sons.
Well unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are familiar with BLM, the acronym for Black Lives Matter. The hashtag-initiated movement was founded by three women-Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi-in response to the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman who murdered then 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. According to Wikipedia, BLM is formally defined as “a decentralized political and social movement protesting against incidents of police brutality and all racially motivated violence against black people.”
From the 2012 death of aforementioned Trayvon Martin to the 2014 deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, to the 2020 death of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin, BLM has been at the helm of relative protests to evoke change and racial injustice against an American of Color.
Unfortunately, BLM recently has come under great scrutiny since May 27, 2021 after the movement’s co-founder Patrisse Cullors seemingly abruptly announced she was ‘stepping down’ as BLM executive director to focus on other projects.
However, according to the New York Post, “Grief-stricken mothers who have accused Black Lives Matter of profiting from the deaths of their sons condemned the group’s embattled co-founder Patrisse Cullors after she announced she was stepping down from the movement.”
In addition, other critics blasted BLM for stating “Ms Cullors was a volunteer executive director who, prior to 2019, had “received a total of $120,000 since the organisation’s inception in 2013, for duties such as serving as spokesperson and engaging in political education work”. That equates to only $20,000 annually. Therefore, BLM and Cullors critics logically question how Cullors has built up such an extensive $3.2 million real estate portfolio, and recently purchased an approximate $1.4 million home.
Many laypersons and leaders alike have taken issue with the allegations of propensity for fund misappropriation within BLM. One is respected Global Leader, Equality Advocate and #KNEEOFFMYNECK or KOMN Coalition Founder Greshun De Bouse who says she is “appalled to learn of suspected fund misappropriation within BLM.”
Respected Global Leader and Equality Advocate Greshun De Bouse founded #KNEEOFFMYKNECK or KOMN Coalition in response to the tragic 2020 murder of George Floyd, and has advocated for the equality of some of the most vulnerable and underserved populations including Americans of Color. So it is understandable that she would take issue with a movement such as BLM potentially misappropriating funds rather than distributing such funds to the appropriate areas.
Because she is public figure and leader in equality advocacy, Respected Global Leader and Equality Advocate Greshun De Bouse has been mistakenly presumed by the public as a co-founder or as having a similar affiliation with BLM. This comes after a photo recently resurfaced of De Bouse holding a huge BLM flag with two members of another charitable organization on either side of her during a DFW Pride for BLM rally in late June 2020.
When asked for comment on the mistaken BLM affiliation, Respected Global Leader and Equality Advocate Greshun De Bouse says this:
“Like always, I do advocate for equality for all. Because of my equality advocacy, I was asked to participate in the DFW Pride for BLM event in late June 2020. I was there representing the #KNEEOFFMYNECK movement I founded which also corresponds with the goal of equality for all and racial injustice eradication. In one of the news interviews of me with Kera Media during the event, I referenced #KNEEOFFMYNECK. There are photos of me with the #KNEEOFFMYNECK banner. I did not then, and I never have stated, insinuated, or illuded to me being the founder or a founder of BLM, people assumed.
The photo that has resurfaced of me from the Dallas Observer holding a BLM flag was with fans of my equality advocacy work who recognized me from the media and wanted to be in a photo with me. That is all. I am seen about a week prior in a photo at Ms. Opal’s Walk for Juneteenth with fans of my advocacy work who happen to be wearing BLM shirts, but that doesn’t make me the founder of BLM. I respect an organization or movement that seeks to eradicate racial disparities like #KNEEOFFMYKNECK, but I have never met any of the BLM founders. I want the public to be clear that I am not a BLM founder/co-founder, #KNEEOFFMYKNECK is not affiliated with BLM in any way. I advocate for equality for all. That’s what I do. When Thunder Bolts, I Serve™.”
Like always, Greshun De Bouse-powerful Global Leader and Equality Advocate brings clarity and wisdom in our minds and souls. It is right for her to set the record straight. From disabled vets to LGBTQ to bullied to Americans of Color or most any other underserved group, Respected Global Leader and Equality Advocate Greshun De Bouse stands for equality. Fans like to take photos, but a photo doesn’t equal affiliation.
Equality Advocate Greshun De Bouse says “I advocate for equality for all. That’s what I do. When Thunder Bolts, I Serve™.”