- Many companies have publicly endorsed Black Lives Matter after George Floyd’s death.
- Not all of these firms have helped the cause.
- Some have made it worse, including these seven companies.
Organizations are making a lot of noise in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. It suddenly seems as though every major firm in America has their fist in the air for George Floyd.
But in many cases, it’s not a fist at all. It’s an open palm, waiting for us to drop cash into their suddenly ‘woke’ brand.
7 Companies Who Have Worked Against Black Lives Matter
African-Americans have been oppressed for over 400 years, primarily for economic reasons. America has profited from their enslavement, their oppression, and their prison sentences.
Why not, then, turn the tables and stop supporting the businesses that have contributed to their oppression?
Here are seven such companies that you should think twice about supporting if you believe that black lives truly matter.
To understand Wal-Mart’s role in systemic oppression, you need to know about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
ALEC is a business that creates conservative bills and hands them over to legislatures to enact. Many of their laws line their partners’ pockets and oppress people of color.
Some bills they have enacted are:
- The “Stand-Your-Ground” law. This law allowed George Zimmerman to murder Trayvon Martin in 2014 without punishment.
- The “Three Strike & You’re Out” law. This law was designed to keep more people in prison longer, primarily people of color. Privatized prisons surged in profit after this law was enacted.
- The “Truth in Sentencing” law. This law required prisoners to serve a minimum of 85% of their sentence. This law has kept prisons overcrowded and taxpayer money rolling in.
ALEC is advised and funded by corporations like Koch Industries and, formerly, Wal-Mart.