One of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter appeared on Huffington Post Live to defend the organization’s work against recent comments made by Bill O’Reilly.
O’Reilly accused the group of being funded by George Soros and referred to it as being anarchist.
“I watched it and was mortified,” Patrisse Cullors said. “What’s unfortunate about Bill O’Reilly is that it’s pundits like him that fuel anti-black racism. It’s pundits like him that allow for folks like Dylann Roof to get more ammunition.”
“I think we need to hold him accountable,” she added, because “on the one hand we can laugh about it, but on the other hand folks are really watching that and taking that as real news.”
Cullors also disputed the fact that the group has received any funding from Soros.
“The network isn’t receiving any contributions from Soros,” she said. “Possibly the larger movement is — there’s lots of folks in #BlackLivesMatter! The problem is that everybody conflates the network with the movement.”
“There’s a broader movement and there’s a larger ecosystem, and then there’s the network,” she concluded. “We have not received money from Soros. We have received money from Jay-Z and Beyonce.”
Check out the full interview below.