These “Fortune 500” companies donated to the Marxist and anti-capitalist Black Lives Matter foundation
At least seven Fortune 500 companies have donated funds to the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation despite its Marxist roots and anti-capitalist views.
According to Axes, “America’s 100 largest companies have so far committed $ 1.63 billion to organizations fighting racism and inequality.” Analysis of social media posts, blogs and public statements collected, however, shows that Decker’s Uggs, Amazon, Pepsi’s Gatorade, Microsoft, Warner Records, Intel, Bungie from Xbox and Microsoft Games, and Nabisco from Mondelez International have all specifically pledged money to the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation following the death of George Floyd.
According to Black Lives Matter website, their objective is to promote “freedom, liberation and justice” and “to eradicate white supremacy and to strengthen local power to intervene in the violence inflicted on black communities by the state and the vigilantes”. The ideological roots of the movement, however, go deeper than delivering justice to victims of police brutality.
One of BLM’s co-founders, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, explained the founding of the movement, inspired by her and co-founders Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, in an interview in 2015.
“We actually have an ideological framework,” she said. The real news. “Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers. We are Marxists by training.
A click in the “What we believe”From BLM’s website reveals a much broader agenda for the organization. The stated objectives include “disrupting the nuclear family structure prescribed by the West”. Another mission statement refers to its members as “comrades,” a common nickname used by communists.
In addition, the latest Black Lives Matter campaign, # WhatMatters2020, focuses on highlighting certain political issues such as “racial injustice, police brutality, criminal justice reform, black immigration, economic injustice, LGBTQIA + and human rights , environmental injustice, access to health care, access to quality education and voting rights and suppression ”as well as“ government corruption ”and“ the gun laws of common sense ”to highlight and advance the 2020 elections. Using Target Goals, the organization hopes to increase the black vote demographics, educate and amplify the previously mentioned political goals, and increase voter registration for younger generations , the black population and the “allies”.
Using ActBlue, a platform dedicated to the creation of fundraising for “Democratic candidates and committees, progressive organizations and nonprofits who share our values,” Black Lives Matter solicits donations to achieve their goals.
Although The Federalist contacted each of the “Fortune 500” companies for comment, asking whether Black Lives Matter’s financial support matched their capitalist firm’s values, economic practices, and political views, we did not. received no response.
- Ugg, a sub-company of Deckers, promised $ 500,000 to BLM and other organizations.
- Amazon promised $ 10 million to BLM and other organizations.
- Gatorade, a sub-company of Pepsi Co. of Fortune 100, has pledged $ 500,000 to BLM and other organizations.
- Microsoft promised $ 250,000 to BLM and other organizations.
- Warner Records has pledged an unspecified donation amount to BLM.
– Warner Records (@warnerrecords) May 30, 2020
- Intelligence promised $ 1 million to BLM and other organizations.
- Bungie, a sub-company of Xbox and Microsoft Game Studios, has pledged an unspecified donation to BLM.
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– Bungie (@Bungie) June 1, 2020
- Mondelez International’s sub-companies Nabisco Ritz, Oreo, Trident and Chips Ahoy !, have pledged $ 500,000 to BLM and other organizations.
– RITZ Crackers (@Ritz Crackers) June 5, 2020
Here are over two dozen other companies who have donated to Black Lives Matter:
- Square Enix matched employee donations to BLM.
– Square Enix (@SquareEnix) June 2, 2020
- Ubisoft has pledged $ 100,000 to BLM and NAACP.
We stand in solidarity with the members of the black team, the players and the black community. We are making a $ 100,000 contribution to the NAACP and Black Lives Matter and encourage those who can to donate. #Black lives matter pic.twitter.com/KpHZCF6VWx
– Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) June 2, 2020
- Toms has pledged $ 100,000 to BLM and other organizations.
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(1/2) #GeorgeFloyd, #BreonnaTaylor, #AhmaudArbery, #TonyMcDade and countless others. We will not forget them and we know we have to be part of the change. Over the next three months, we will be donating $ 100,000 to organizations that fight racial injustice, starting with a donation to Black Lives Matter (@blklivesmatter). We will also continue to listen, learn and act. Join us.
- Spanx has pledged $ 100,000 to BLM and other organizations.
- Lululemon redirected its original donation funds to BLM.
- Anastasia Beverly Hills has pledged $ 1 million to BLM and other organizations.
- Glossier pledged $ 500,000 to BLM and other organizations
- 23 and Me pledged an unspecified donation amount to BLM.
- AirBnB has pledged $ 500,000 to BLM and other organizations.
We are with #Black lives matter. We are donating a total of $ 500,000 to the @NAACP and the @Blklivesmatter Foundation to support their fight for equality and justice, and we will double employee donations to both groups. Because a world we all belong to takes us all. pic.twitter.com/lIfsLgvq2H
– Airbnb (@Airbnb) June 1, 2020
- Unilever’s Axis pledged $ 250,000 to BLM while Unilever’s Degree pledged $ 100,000 to BLM.
Black rights are human rights. We stand in solidarity with those who fight for justice.
We recognize our responsibility and must do better. Today, AX will donate $ 250,000 to @Blklivesmatter movement.
– AX (@AXE) June 2, 2020
We will not remain silent on the issue of systemic racism. We stand in solidarity with the black community and recognize the importance of taking action to foster change. As a first step, Degree promises $ 100,000 to @Blklivesmatter #Black lives matter pic.twitter.com/YHP5nfzJTK
– Degree (@ Degree) June 1, 2020
- Dropbox has pledged $ 500,000 to BLM.
Systemic racism and police brutality in this country must end. I personally donate $ 500,000 to @Blklivesmatter to fight racial injustice. I will also match each @Dropbox employee donation in addition to the company’s counterpart. pic.twitter.com/9pTSu7Q0Ej
– Drew Houston (@drewouston) June 3, 2020
- Fitbit has pledged an unspecified donation amount to BLM.
To all who fight for justice, to all who suffer, to our employees and in particular to the black community: We are by your side.
– fitbit (@fitbit) June 3, 2020
- Devolver Digital has pledged $ 65,000 to BLM.
Individual Devolver Digital employees and the company itself have donated $ 65,000 to support the Black Lives Matter movement via the link below.
We urge peers and industry partners to donate as much as they can.#Black lives matterhttps://t.co/6mbe9Z1xrv
– Devolver Digital (@devolverdigital) June 2, 2020
- Biossance has pledged $ 100,000 to BLM and other organizations.
- Billie pledged $ 100,000 to BLM and other organizations.
- For Love and Lemons has promised weekend sales to BLM and other organizations.
- Deciem has pledged $ 100,000 to BLM and other organizations.
- Hourglass Cosmetics has pledged $ 100,000 to BLM and other organizations.
- Ilia Beauty has pledged $ 50,000 to BLM and other organizations.
- Kosas has pledged $ 20,000 to BLM and other organizations.
Jordan Davidson is a writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minor in journalism.