Several companies have been bragging recently that they’re providing financial support to the official Black Lives Matter organization to burnish their PR image. No doubt they’re getting Woke points for doing so. But do the executives at those companies have any idea how radical this group is and what it’s trying to achieve?
The Daily Signal reported earlier this week that at least 18 corporations have pledged hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation.
The list includes: DoorDash, Deckers, Amazon, Gatorade, Microsoft, Glossier, 23andMe, AirBnB, Unilever, Bungie, Nabisco, Dropbox, Fitbit, Developer Digital, Skillshare, Square Enix, The Game Co., and Tinder.
The Daily Signal notes that other companies said they were giving to Black Lives Matter, but didn’t specifically say it was to the foundation.
Private companies are free to give their money to whomever they want. But you’d think that the executives at these corporations would have done the least bit of due diligence before forking over the funds.
So, here are some questions for these companies, and any others that are giving money or encouraging donations to the BLM foundation.
Do your shareholders and employees know that their company is supporting a group run by “trained Marxists”?
In 2015, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors gave an interview in which she said: “We actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia in particular, we’re trained organizers. We are trained Marxists. We are super versed on ideological theories.” The Alicia she’s referring to is BLM co-founder Alicia Garza.
That same year, another BLM co-founder, Opal Tometi, praised Venezuela’s Marxist dictator Nicholas Maduro, saying that “in these last 17 years, we have witnessed the Bolivarian Revolution champion participatory democracy and construct a fair, transparent election system recognized as among the best in the world.”
Does your company support BLM’s call to defund the police?
In a recent BLM video, the group says that “We call for a national defunding of police. We’ve tried police reform over many, many years and still it stays the same. Defunding the police is the only way to stop pouring resources into a system that does not make us safe.”
The money, BLM says, should instead be spent on “education, health care, housing and opportunity.”
If the companies donating to BLM don’t support defunding the police, and believe that doing so would put innocent Americans, particularly black Americans, in greater danger, why are they supporting BLM?
Do you approve of the BLM’s overtly socialist goal of “collective ownership”?
That is the official position of this organization, after all. In 2016, the group issued “A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom and Justice.” It calls for “a reconstruction of the economy to ensure our communities have collective ownership, not merely access.”
What does “collective ownership” have to do with improving race relations? Nothing. The BLM leaders are using race as a cover to push policies right out of the “Communist Manifesto.”
Do you believe that the nuclear family should be abolished in favor of some sort of collectivist child-rearing scheme?
Like good Marxists and socialists, the BLM also wants to destroy the family. It says on its website it intends to “disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear-family-structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another.”
This, too, has nothing to do with improving black lives. In fact, the disintegration of the “nuclear family structure” has already taken place in the black community, where 69% of children were born out of wedlock in 2016. The outcome of this disruption is clear. While only 5.4% of married-couple families are in poverty, more than 28% of single moms are, and 15% of single dads.
Do you believe in “retroactive decriminalization, (and) immediate release … of all drug-related offenses and prostitution,” and “reparations for the devastating impact of the ‘war on drugs’ and criminalization of prostitution”?
That’s another one of BLM’s top goals.
Brad Polumbo, writing for the Foundation for Economic Education, had it right when he said that the BLM foundation “is Marxist, is anti-American in its values, and its views are rightfully alarming to anyone who believes in the Constitution, capitalism, and civil society as we know it.”
None of this is hard to find, by the way. It’s all right there on BlackLivesMatter.com, or easily turned up with a little online searching.
There are plenty of organizations working to help blacks and other minorities succeed in this country but aren’t bent on turning the U.S. into a socialist hellhole. Corporate executives should take the time to learn about them.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board