These ‘Fortune 500’ Companies Donated To The Marxist, Anti-Capitalism Black Lives Matter Foundation

These ‘Fortune 500’ Companies Donated To The Marxist, Anti-Capitalism Black Lives Matter Foundation

Uggs, Amazon, Gatorade, Microsoft, Warner Records, Intel, Bungie of Xbox and Microsoft Games, and Nabisco all specifically pledged money to the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation.
Jordan Davidson
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At least seven “Fortune 500” companies donated funds to the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation despite its Marxist roots and anti-capitalistic views. 

According to Axios, “the 100 largest U.S. 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 of Xbox and Microsoft Games, and Mondelez International’s Nabisco all specifically pledged money to the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation following the death of George Floyd.

According to the Black Lives Matter website, their goal is to promote “Freedom, Liberation and Justice” and “to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.” The movement’s ideological roots however, run deeper than bringing justice to victims of police brutality. 

One of the BLM co-founders, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, explained the foundation of the movement, inspired by her and co-founders Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, in an interview in 2015.

“We actually do have an ideological frame,” she told The Real News. “Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists.”

One click into the “What We Believe” portion of the BLM website reveals a far broader agenda for the organization. Stated goals include “disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure.”  Another mission statement refers to its members as “comrades” a common moniker used by communists.

In addition, the newest 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 healthcare, access to quality education, and voting rights and suppression” as well as “government corruption” and “commonsense gun laws” to emphasize and push in the 2020 election. Using target goals, the organization hopes to increase the black voting demographic, educate and amplify on the previously mentioned political goals, and increase voter registration for younger generations, the black demographic, and “allies.”

Using ActBlue, a platform dedicated to creating fundraising for “Democratic candidates and committees, progressive organizations, and nonprofits that share our values,” Black Lives Matter solicits donations to further their goals. 

Although The Federalist reached out to each of the “Fortune 500” companies for comment, asking whether or not financially supporting Black Lives Matter squared away with their capitalistic company values, economic practices, and political views, we received no response. 

  • Ugg, a sub company of Deckers, pledged $500,000 to BLM and other organizations. 
  • Amazon pledged $10 million to BLM and other organizations. 
  • Gatorade, a sub company of Fortune 100’s Pepsi Co. pledged $500,000 to BLM and other organizations. 
  • Microsoft pledged $250,000 to BLM and other organizations.
  • Warner Records pledged an unspecified donation amount to BLM.

  • Intel pledged $1 million to BLM and other organizations.
  • Bungie, a sub company of Xbox and Microsoft Game Studios pledged an unspecified donation amount to BLM.

  • Nabisco companies Ritz, Oreo, Trident, and Chips Ahoy!, sub companies of Mondelez International, pledged $500,000 to BLM and other organizations.

 

Here Are Over Two Dozen Other Companies That Donated to Black Lives Matter:

  • Square Enix matched employee donations to BLM.

  • Ubisoft pledged $100,000 to BLM and NAACP.

  • Toms pledged $100,000 to BLM and other organizations.

  • Spanx pledged $100,000 to BLM and other organizations.

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"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” – Desmond Tutu​ At Spanx, we always aim to be a source of bright light and positivity in this world. Today, we cannot ignore the injustices and darkness of our outside world. We are overwhelmed with sadness, frustration, heartbreak and anger over recent events. We want you to know that though you see us as a brand, we are made up of real people who care deeply about the justice and equality of everyone. We share your outrage and sorrow over the injustices that led to the tragic loss of the life of George Floyd, along with Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and so many more. It’s time to not only stand up for what's right and speak out against racism, but to take action. We know that it’s in all of our hands to create a better world. Today, we’re using our social platforms to reiterate that we are committed to being a better ally to fight systemic racism. We will actively practice anti-racism through awareness and education, self-introspection and action. We are calling leaders, we are signing petitions, we are spreading ways to take action – but there is so much more that can still be done. We are donating $100,000 across national organizations focused on combating racial injustice: Black Lives Matter, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and The Minnesota Freedom Fund. In addition, we are committed to donating an additional $100,000 to organizations in our own home of Atlanta. To be an ally is to speak out against injustice and to be ears to listen to the POC experience. To be an ally to us means having a heart for empathy for the oppressed and a hand to make change. The time for silence is over. It’s time to learn, to grow, to change.​ #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd #AntiRacism Art/Image Credit: @quotesbychristie

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  • Lululemon redirected their original donation funds to BLM.

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We haven’t always got it right. Over the years it made us question if we had a right to speak up. And we are privileged to have a voice and a platform. So… Know we are not indifferent. Far from it. We are passionate about every single human being valued. For this to happen we need to take action. We are making a $100,000 donation to the Minnesota Freedom Fund. And we know that to be a stand against inequity and injustice of any kind, we all need to do so much more. You have our commitment we will. Update: Due to an overwhelming outpour of financial support for the Minnesota Freedom Fund, we have been asked to channel our resources into other foundations standing for change. We contributed a total of $250K to local Minneapolis organizations Rebuild Lake Street and Friends of Hennepin County Library (East Lake Library), as well as national organizations NAACP, Black Lives Matter and Reclaim the Block.

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  • Anastasia Beverly Hills pledged $1 million to BLM and other organizations.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills stands in solidarity with the Black community. We are pledging 1 million dollars towards the fight against systematic racism, oppression, and injustice. This weekend, we began with a donation of $100,000 across the following organizations: Black Lives Matter, The Innocence Project, The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Black Visions Collective, and The Marshall Project. We are taking the time internally to discuss new initiatives that will financially support Black owned businesses and artists in the beauty industry. When the details have been finalized, we will announce the process for submission or nomination, and we will update you monthly on recipients. We vow to remain constant and vocal supporters of equality. We vow to use our platform and our privilege to amplify the voices of marginalized groups that deserve to be heard. Thank you to our community for being a continued source of inspiration and accountability. #BlackLivesMatter

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  • Glossier pledged $500,000 to BLM and other organizations

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  • 23 and Me pledged an unspecified donation amount to BLM.
  • AirBnB pledged $500,000 to BLM and other organizations.

  • Unilever’s Axe pledged $250,000 to BLM while Unilever’s Degree pledged $100,000 to BLM. 

  • Dropbox pledged $500,000 to BLM.

  • Fitbit pledged an unspecified donation amount  to BLM.

  • Devolver Digital pledged $65,000 to BLM.

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#BlackLivesMatter #NAACP

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  • Biossance pledged $100,000 to BLM and other organizations.

  • Billie pledged $100,000 to BLM and other organizations.
  • For Love and Lemons pledged one weekend’s sales to BLM and other organizations.

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#blacklivesmatter period. We will be donating all web sales made this past weekend and today to the following organizations: @blklivesmatter, @bailproject, @aclu_nationwide and @naacp Legal Defense Fund. We are currently at $67,000. Help us raise more today for these incredible organizations. Swipe for just a few ways to take action. We have been trying to wrap our heads around how to best respond, as we wanted it to be meaningful. We acknowledge the privilege and power we have with the platform of this brand and know that it is only right that we use it to bring awareness and share educational information and resources in ways that help people take action. It is our human duty to stand for what is right. It is our human duty to speak out against injustices, to have compassion, to listen and learn, to raise our voices, to support the Black community, and to do better George Floyd didn't have to lose his life. Ahmaud Arbery didn't have to lose his life. Breonna Taylor didn't have to lose her life. What has been done to these humans, and the countless others throughout history is senseless and wrong Enough is enough. And it's time for actual change, we must do better so we can teach our future generations to be better. We as a company must own up to our responsibilities to make a change, to stand for what is right. We are committed to do so, to do more, to be better.

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  • Deciem pledged $100,000 to BLM and other organizations. 
  • Hourglass Cosmetics pledged $100,000 to BLM and other organizations.

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WE STAND AGAINST RACISM, INJUSTICE AND VIOLENCE. As a first step, Hourglass is donating $100,000 across these organizations: NAACP, Black Lives Matter, Marsha P. Johnson Institute, Loveland Foundation and Thurgood Marshall College Fund. See below to learn more about how each one is combating racial injustice. We are committed to listening, learning and working towards systemic change. @naacp – Fights for equality for the Black community and people of color. @blklivesmatter – Builds power to bring justice, healing and freedom to Black communities across the globe. @thelovelandfoundation – Provides therapy and healing resources to Black women and girls. @mpjinstitute – Defends and protects the human rights of black transgender and gender non-conforming communities. @tmcf_hbcu – Champions opportunities for Black students in their journey to college and beyond. Link in bio to learn more. #blackouttuesday

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  • Ilia Beauty pledged $50,000 to BLM and other organizations. 
  • Kosas pledged $20k to BLM and other organizations.

Jordan Davidson is an intern for The Federalist and a recent graduate of Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.

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