Many people were outright furious to find out that many on the left were donating money in an effort to bail out so-called “protestors” who had been arrested during the riots that swept the nation recently. These weren’t people walking peacefully down the street with all applicable permits. These were people taking parts in riots.
But, hey, what can you do? These are the same people who think harsh words with a weapon in your possession in tantamount to violence, but throwing bricks and burning buildings is just free speech, after all.
However, a group that was bailing out many of the “protestors” is now facing tough questions about their own finances.
The Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF) faced a social media backlash after it revealed on Twitter that it has spent around $200,000 to bail out protesters—despite receiving millions in donations in recent weeks.
“Appreciate all those calling for transparency. We see y’all. Our values and mission have not changed since 2016. Be on the lookout for things coming on our end. Be well,” the nonprofit, which works to bail out those who couldn’t otherwise afford it, posted on Twitter.
“Without jeopardizing the safety of the folks we bailed out we paid well over $200k in the weeks since the uprising alone. We are working on doing more.”
The tweet sparked an outcry with critics calling out MFF for not using more of the funds to bail out protesters who were arrested during demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.
Many said that MFF had collected $35 million in donations in recent weeks and spent only a small fraction, prompting “35 MILLION” and “only 200k” to start trending on Twitter.
Now, in fairness, it’s possible that they only needed to spend $200,000 or so to bail everyone out that was arrested. It’s also possible that they just got bogged down and couldn’t keep up with everything coming up. After all, the Minnesota Freedom Fund was pretty small before all of this, paying out $1,000 a day, and now suddenly is being inundated with demand.
Of course, it’s also possible that they found an opportunity to scam people out of money they could use for other things.
At least some on the race-baiting side of the aisle seem to think so.
This white run organization allegedly collected $35 million, and only used $200k to actually bail out protesters.
Those of us in the real Black grassroots have been getting folks out of jail on our own.
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) June 16, 2020
Of course, Nasheed has never had a good thing to say about anything a white person has done, so take anything he says with a gallon of salt. Still, he has a large following and not everyone does it to point and laugh at the things he says.
All that really matters, though, is that all is not well in the pro-riot camp. In fact, this may make some less likely to donate money to bail out additional rioters should we see more of that kind of nonsense. While MFF has plenty of money for the time being for such things–in fact, it would likely help them moving forward–Minnesota isn’t the only place where riots may happen.