Guess Who Funds BLM? Guess Who Came to Dinner? By Chris Knight

     If you think that BLM is just a grass roots funded organisation, think again, for it is clearly a corporate construction:

“As the Washington Times noted in 2016, Black Lives Matter (BLM) presents itself as a plucky street-level movement with shoestring resources, but in truth it receives millions of dollars from corporate and political sponsors. The movement’s funding gives a hint of how far its political agenda stretches beyond criticizing the excessive use of force by police officers. Fortune also looked at BLM funding in 2016 and noticed its agenda and funding streams could “help dispel the myth that the movement itself is set on violence,” but could also “confirm the worst fears” of skeptics who saw BLM becoming another part of the vast and protean left-wing money machine. The machinery of BLM funding has only grown more complex since 2016, exacerbating a problem skeptics have warned about from the start: it is very difficult to know what each dollar donated to the movement will actually be used for. BLM’s major financial supporters include:

•    Airbnb – $500,000 to BLM and the NAACP
•    Anastasia Beverly Hills fashions – $1 million pledged, $100,000 donated so far to groups including BLM
•    Bad Robot Productions – film studio involved in Star Trek, Star Wars, and Mission Impossible, $10 million pledged to “anti-racist” groups. BLM among the first recipients
•    BTS, a Korean pop group – $1 million, matching donations from fans
•    Cisco, electronics giant – $5 million to groups including BLM and its own Fighting Racism and Discrimination fund
•    DECIEM cosmetics – $100,000 to NAACP and BLM  
•    Democracy Alliance – another Soros-linked group, added BLM to its annual $500 million donor list
•    Door Dash – food delivery company, $500,000
•    Ford Foundation and Borealis Philanthropy – Left-wing groups that established a $100 million donor fund
•    George Soros’ Open Society Foundation – $33 million
•    Glossier cosmetics – $500,000
•    Pokemon Company – owners of the popular card game and its characters, $100,000
•    Scopely – mobile phone game developer, $1 million to BLM, NAACP, and Equal Justice Initiative
•    Spanx – undergarment manufacturer, $100,000 to groups including BLM
•    Square Enix computer games – $250,000 to BLM, also matching employee donations
•    Ubisoft computer games – $100,000 to NAACP and BLM
•    The Weeknd – Canadian R&B singer, $250,000

Sources include the above-mentioned Washington Times and Fortune pieces, Politico, Rolling Stone, Forbes, NBC News, The Wrap, and Elle, which has a long list of fashion and cosmetics firms making donations to BLM. ArtNet on Monday published a list of artists and galleries holding charity sales to support BLM. The L.A. Times on Tuesday reported numerous companies are implementing donor-match programs that will match individual employee donations to Black Lives Matter with corporate funds. As several of the above sources pointed out, it’s not always easy to tell when donations are going to BLM itself or its partners. The Financial Times reported that a flood of cash is pouring into civil rights groups, many of them allied with BLM or supportive of its projects. NBC News’ article about “corporate donations for BLM” only mentioned a few direct donations to the Black Lives Matter organization; the rest went to groups like the NAACP, ACLU, and Southern Poverty Law Center. Groups like the Ford Foundation, Borealis Philanthropy, and Democracy Alliance tend to establish large funds that are disbursed to many smaller organizations, chapters, and individual activists. Not everyone who claims to be with “Black Lives Matter” is a certified member of the group founded by Garza, Cullors, and Tometi. New York Magazine published an approving article on June 4 telling readers how to donate money to the Black Lives Matter movement. The article listed one hundred and fifteen “funds, organizations, and individual activists” linked to BLM, and those were just the financial intakes New York felt it had adequately “vetted” to ensure they weren’t outright scams. The article subdivided these 115 recommended donation recipients based on how they pledge to use the money they are given, “whether that’s to post bail/bonds for demonstrators arrested at protests, to purchase protective equipment to protesters on the front lines, to invest in rebuilding black communities where protests have occurred, or to invest in community enrichment programs for black and brown youth.”

In the course of a very approving June 6 piece about the growth of bail funds, The Atlantic let slip a little hint about the difficulty of tracing these tens of millions of dollars in donations: “Whether celebrities – or anyone, for that matter – who donate to a bail fund believe that the system needs a total overhaul is almost irrelevant. Their money equips activists and organizers to do work that tangibly improves the lives of people whom the police often target.” In other words, money is fluid and fungible, and donors often end up financing agendas they might not fully agree with when they give money to a slogan. The value of nearly-ubiquitous corporate promotion of the Black Lives Matter name over the past week is incalculable – there is nothing that kind of full-spectrum, all but inescapable advertising across television, print media, and the Internet could be compared to.”

“Corporations are opening up their treasuries to give money to social justice causes, including Black Lives Matter, in the wake of nationwide protests and riots over the death of George Floyd. Many of the big companies are pushing their employees to do the same. Some businesses are donating to controversial bail funds like the Minnesota Freedom Fund that seek to bail out protesters and rioters. Here is a list thus far.
Sony Music—a fund “to support social justice and anti-racist initiatives around the world”—$100 million
Walmart—a new racial equity center—$100 million
Warner Music—campaigns against violence and racism and social justice causes related to music industry—$100 million.
Nike—“Organizations that put social justice, education and addressing racial inequality in America at the center of their work”—$40 million
Alphabet/Google—various organizations, starting with $1 million each to Center for Policing Equity and Equal Justice Initiative—$12 million
Amazon—American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation, Brennan Center for Justice, Equal Justice Initiative, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), National Bar Association, National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Urban League, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Year Up—$10 million
Facebook—“groups working on racial justice”—$10 million
Target—long-standing partners such as the National Urban League and the African American Leadership Forum in addition to adding new partners in Minneapolis-St. Paul and across the country—$10 million
Verizon—National Urban League, NAACP, National Action Network, Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights, Rainbow Push Coalition, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund—$10 million
United Health—YMCA Equity Innovation Center of Excellence and Minneapolis-St Paul businesses—$10 million
Goldman Sachs—donor-advised fund to support “leading organizations addressing racial injustice, structural inequity and economic disparity”—$10 million
Spotify—matching employee donations—$10 million
Disney—organizations that advance social justice—$5 million
Procter & Gamble—NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, YWCA Stand Against Racism, and UNCF; also smaller organizations that mobilize and advocate, such as Courageous Conversation—$5 million
Cisco—Equal Justice Initiative, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Color of Change, Black Lives Matter, and a Cisco fund for fighting racism and discrimination—$5 million
Lego—organizations supporting black children and educating all children about racial equality—$4 million
Microsoft—Black Lives Matter, Equal Justice Initiative, Innocence Project, Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, Minnesota Freedom Fund, and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund—$1.25 million
Starbucks—“Organizations promoting racial equity and more inclusive and just communities” nominated by employees—$1.25 million
Intel—support of efforts to address social injustice and anti-racism across various nonprofits and community organizations, and encouraging employees to consider donating to organizations focused on equity and social justice, including the Black Lives Matter Foundation, the Center for Policing Equity, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, all of which are eligible for Intel’s Donation Matching Program—$1 million
McDonald’s—unspecified—$1 million
Uber—Equal Justice Initiative and Center for Policing Equity—$1 million
Duke Energy—nonprofit organizations committed to social justice and racial equity–$1 million
The Travelers Companies—organizations such as the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Urban League, YWCA Minneapolis, and the We Love Midway fund established by the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the City of St. Paul–$1 million.
Warby Parker—organizations “combating systemic racism”–$1 million
PwC Charitable Foundation—NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Dream Corps, ACLU, and the Center for Policing Equity—$1 million
Glosser—$500,000 to various organization that are focused on combating racial injustice, including Black Lives Matter, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and We The Protesters; also an additional $500,000 in grants to black-owned beauty businesses—$1 million.
Etsy—$500,000 to the Equal Justice Initiative, $500,000 to Borealis Philanthropy’s Black-Led Movement Fund, and match any employee donations—$1 million.
Yelp Foundation—Equal Justice Initiative and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund—$500,000
H&M—NAACP, ACLU, and Color of Change—$500,000
Levi’s—$100,000 to the ACLU and $100,000 in grants to Live Free USA—$200,000
Lululemon—the Minnesota Freedom Fund—$100,000.”

     The average of the guilt money seems to be about $ 10 + million. Hell, don’t burn the nation down, just buy it! Smaller contributions from celebrities though who tend to talk more, as talk is cheaper:

“A throng of white Hollywood celebrities, including actors Aaron Paul, Bryce Dallas Howard, Debra Messing, Kristen Bell, Julianne Moore, Justin Theroux, and Stanley Tucci, star in the “I Take Responsibility” PSA, in which the artists, famous for the work on stage and on screen, apologize for their own racism, “every unchecked moment,” and “Every not so funny joke.” Here’s a transcript that the celebrities, looking into the camera, recite in the two-minute PSA: I take responsibility. I take responsibility. I take responsibility. I take responsibility for every unchecked moment, for every time it was easier to ignore than to call it out for what it was. Every not so funny joke. Every unfair stereotype. Every blatant injustice, no matter how big or small. Every time I remained silent. Every time I explained away police brutality or turned a blind eye. I take responsibility. Black people are being slaughtered in the streets, killed in their own homes. These are our brothers and sisters our, friends, our family. We are done watching them die. We are no longer bystanders. We will not be idle. Enough is enough. I will no longer allow an unchecked moment. I will no longer allow racist, hurtful, words, jokes, stereotypes, no matter how big or small to be uttered in my presence. I will not turn a blind eye. Going for a job should not be a death sentence. Sleeping in your own home should not be a death sentence. Playing video games with your nephew should not be a death sentence. Shopping in a store should not be a death sentence. Business as usual should not be life threatening. I stand against hate. I stand against hate. I stand against hate. I stand against hate. I will stand against hate in love. I will make my presence known. Killer cops must be prosecuted. They are murderers. We can turn the tide. It is time to take responsibility. Call out hate. Step up and take action.”

     Well after all of this, I feel that maybe letting the whole place burn down cannot be all bad. Unfortunately, a lot of innocent people get crisped  in the process, one which we ultimately are duty bound to resist.



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