BLM Business Donors Amazon and Microsoft Silence on Call to Boycott White Businesses This Christmas
Companies that have donated to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Global Network Foundation — including Amazon, Intel and Microsoft — have yet to heed the movement’s call to boycott white businesses this Christmas, despite the group benefiting from corporate donations.
The organization on Instagram urged his supporters to participate in ‘Black Xmas’ by buying ‘exclusively from Black-owned companies’ until January 1.
“Move your money out of banks owned by white companies that fund our oppression and open accounts at banks owned by blacks,” it read.
But the group itself has benefited from huge corporate donations.
In June 2020, Amazon said it was donating $10 million to social justice charities including the ACLU Foundation, BLM, Brennan Center for Justice, the Equal Justice Initiative and more.
Around the same time, Microsoft donated $250,000 to BLM as part of a $1.5 million effort to address racial inequality.
Also in the spring of 2020, then-Intel CEO Bob Swan said the company would pledge $1 million to tackle social justice and racism.
Black Lives on Matter calls on its followers to participate in ‘Black Xmas’ by shopping exclusively at black stores until January 1
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May 30, 2020: Glossier donates $500,000 to organizations fighting racial injustice, including BLM
May 31, 2020: Intel pledges $1M to tackle social injustice
June 1, 2020Home Depot to Contribute $1M to Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to Support Civil Rights and Equality of Justice
June 9, 2020: Amazon donates $10M to social justice charities, including Black Lives Matter
June 23, 2020: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Addresses Racial Injustice in Statement; the company donates $250,000 to BLM
June 5, 2020: Target contributes $10 million to partners like the National Urban League
The money was distributed among a number of nonprofits, and Swan encouraged employees to donate to the Black Lives Matter Foundation and others eligible under the company’s donation program.
Amazon and Microsoft did not respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment; Intel declined comment.
Other companies that have donated to racial equality efforts include Home Depot, Apple, Facebook, and more.
On November 24, BLM said on his website that shopping at white stores hurts black people and asked his followers to “use our economic power to disrupt white supremacist capitalism and build a black community.”
They made this year’s call as part of a tradition that began in 2014, despite benefiting massively from white businesses owned and operated.
The movement is asking its followers to participate in Black Xmas by donating to black-led charities, supporting black businesses during the New Year, and transferring savings to black-owned banks.
The online statement referred to the death of John Crawford, who was gunned down by police on August 5, 2014 at a Walmart store in Beavercreek, Ohio after a customer contacted police to report that he was driving an A5-15 to customers waved.
But footage of the 22-year-old showed him holding a shotgun he picked up in the store’s toy section.
Last year, a San Francisco Bay Area police officer was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of a black man at a Walmart store in San Francisco Bay Area.
Steven Taylor, 33, was fatally shot on April 18, 2020 by San Leandro Police Officer Jason Fletcher, 49, who was responding to a call about an alleged shoplifter at the store holding a baseball bat.
As BLMLA organizer Jan Williams reminds us, ‘Capitalism doesn’t like black people,’ BLM said on its website. In fact, white supremacist capitalism invented the police, initially as slavery-era paddy rollers, to protect its interests and put ends on the backs of black people.
“Under modern law enforcement, those targets have been put on the backs of black people like #JohnCrawford and #StevenTaylor, who were murdered by police in Walmart stores.”
Business leaders are not unsympathetic to the issue.
Black Lives Matters offers advice on how people can support the community during the holidays in a statement on its websites
Amazon’s website had added a ‘Black Lives Matter’ banner
BLM leads the way in the initiative despite receiving public support and corporate donations from Amazon, Intel, Microsoft and more
In June 2020, then-Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos publicly expressed his support for BLM as protests over George Floyd’s death continued across the country.
He shared an email from a customer and his response to Instagram, explaining why Amazon’s website had added a banner that read “Black Lives Matter.”
The irate customer wrote: ‘I’m all for everyone to have their say and stand up for what you believe in, but if your company puts this on your website, I find it very offensive… ALL LIFE MATTER!’
Bezos replied, “I don’t agree with you. ‘Black lives matter’ doesn’t mean other lives don’t matter.’
“Black lives matter speaks of racism and the disproportionate risk black people face in our law enforcement and justice system,” Bezos continued.
“I have a 20-year-old son and I’m just not worried that he might choke one day while he’s trapped. It’s not something I’m concerned about. Black parents can’t say that.’
The then-Intel leader sent a memo to employees in June 2020 pleading with them to fight racism.
‘Black Lives Matter. Period,” Swan wrote.
“While racism can look very different around the world, one thing that doesn’t look different is that racism of any kind is not tolerated here at Intel or in our communities.”
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has expressed support for Black Lives Matter as protests over George Floyd’s death continue across the country
Bezos shared an email from a customer (left) and his response (right) on Instagram on Friday