Multinational Companies May Be Rethinking BLM Support After Pro-Hamas Statements

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What a difference just three short years can make. In 2020, after the death of George Floyd, the nation seemed to catch fire as riots broke out in every major American city. Amid the post-Floyd turmoil, among major American companies, a contest erupted to see who could be the most woke. To have a chance of winning the Woke Olympics, most of those companies dished out large donations to Black Lives Matter (BLM). But now, it appears that many of those companies may be having second thoughts about their support of BLM in light of their perceived support of Hamas at the start of the Israel-Hamas conflict — and their silence is deafening.

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In the aftermath of the attack that killed roughly 1,200 Israelis, the worst attack on Jews since the Holocaust, two BLM-related groups, BLM Chicago and BLM Grassroots, expressed support for the terrorist group. BLM Chicago posted a now-deleted tweet depicting a parachuter flying a Palestinian flag that read, "I Stand With Palestine." The wording from the group said only, "That is all that is it!" BLM Grassroots also issued a tweet that read, in part:

“When a people has been subject to decades of apartheid and unimaginable violence, their resistance must not be condemned but understood as a desperate act of self-defense."

But now, in light of those statements, there has been no word on whether or not many of those same companies who tripped over each other to get to the BLM collection plate, still support BLM. Companies like DoorDash, Airbnb, and Dove have made no public statements regarding their ongoing association, if any, with BLM. Currently, DoorDash's website contains a vague statement about "silence and inaction" that states:

"We believe that DoorDash has a responsibility to take action toward creating what we want to see realized in the communities around us. Silence and inaction equal consent, so we commit to speaking up and taking action to fight injustice, inequality, and discrimination." 

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The cash haul by BLM was an impressive one, with DoorDash donating $500,000. Airbnb also donated $500,000 to BLM and the NAACP, and issued a statement on their website that reads:

"We also know meaningful change requires action. In the past year, Airbnb stood in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, civil rights organizations, and activists to support the movement for racial justice that George Floyd’s life inspired."

Not to be outdone, Dove took being woke to another level, donating roughly $1 million to BLM, the National Urban League, The Bail Project, and National Bail Fund Network. Their website contains a statement that reads:

“The fight against systemic racism requires us all to take action – and to continue to take action. We’re committed to creating a more inclusive, diverse and equitable world for everyone."

While BLM's website is currently squeaky clean regarding anything about the Israel-Hamas war, their hostility towards Israel is nothing new. In 2016, part of BLM's official platform referred to Israel as an "apartheid" state. And while they might be successfully masking any overt antisemitism by scrubbing a website, the self-described "trained Marxists" who founded BLM, are taking their cues from people like Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael, and Louis Farrakhan. 

Calculating that support for terrorist organizations might not be profitable, the Coca-Cola Company recently scrubbed its website of any reference to financial support of BLM. We will see if the others are a bit slower in coming to that conclusion.

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