Companies that have heavily backed BLM keep quiet amid spike in black killings


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Corporate voices exploded across the country in support of Black Lives Matter and various social justice initiatives following the death of George Floyd in 2020. Nearly two years later, what remained in the aftermath of 2020 was a drastic spike in killings blacks with experts blaming BLM and defunding police movements.

Summer 2020 has been marked by protests and riots coast to coast in support of the BLM and defunding police movements following the death of George Floyd. Companies ranging from e-commerce and tech giant Amazon to beauty giant Ulta have issued messages reiterating “Black lives matter,” and businesses across the country have pledged millions of dollars to various social justice organizations that have pushed to reinvent the police and reallocate police department funds.

FILE – A protester carries an upside-down American flag, a sign of distress, next to a burning building, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Minneapolis during protests over the death of George Floyd. Speaking at the Republican National Convention, President Donald Trump said: “The Republican Party condemns the rioting, looting, arson and violence that we have seen in every Democratic-run city, like Kenosha, Minneapolis, Portland, Chicago and New York, and many more.” (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
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FBI data reported by Fox News Digital last week shows murders rose disproportionately among black Americans in 2020 by 32% over the previous year. Murders at all levels rose nearly 30% that year, marking the largest increase in the number of murders in a single year since the agency began tracking crimes.

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A woman is holding a "BLM" sign in the rain as tens of thousands take part in a silent protest march organized by Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County as people protest racial inequality following the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd in Seattle, Washington, U.S. June 12, 2020. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

A woman holds a ‘BLM’ sign in the rain as tens of thousands take part in a silent protest march organized by Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County as people protest racial inequality in the wake of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd in Seattle, Washington, U.S., June 12, 2020. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
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At least 7,484 black Americans were murdered in 2019, according to FBI data reported by Fox News Digital last week. This number jumped to at least 9,941 murders in 2020, meaning there was an increase of 2,457 murdered black Americans from the previous year.

For white Americans, FBI data shows there were 7,043 white people murdered in 2020, which means 2,898 more black people were killed than white people.

On average, 6,927 black Americans were murdered each year between 2010 and 2019, meaning black murders increased 43% in 2020 from the previous 10-year average.

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For experts such as Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute, BLM and the fundraising moves that have swept the nation directly contributed to the spike. The spike “started months after the shutdowns didn’t start until after the riots,” Mac Donald told Fox News Digital, noting that “the spike wasn’t COVID-related at all.”

Fox News Digital has reached out to a handful of companies and businesses that have pledged support for Black Lives Matter and various organizations supporting the principles of the fundraising movement, such as the Equal Justice Initiative and the National Urban League in the days and months following. followed Floyd’s death. .

The Equal Justice Initiative advocates the redirection of “funds from traditional policing to services that promote public safety.“While the National Urban League states on its website that it has”21 pillarson “comprehensive and realistic reform and accountability,” including “working with communities to rethink public safety” and “changing divisive policing policies.”

Representatives for Nike, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Ben & Jerry’s, Nordstrom, Target and Ulta did not respond to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment.

The menu hangs on the wall of a Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Shop on September 23, 2021 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The menu hangs on the wall of a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Shop on September 23, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Companies like Nordstrom, Ben & Jerry’s and Amazon have openly aligned themselves with Black Lives Matter.

Nordstrom said in January 2021 that it “supports the important work of nonprofits,” including the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. Amazon announced in 2020 that it was donating $10 million “to organizations working to bring social justice and improve the lives of Black and African Americans,” including BLM.

While Ben & Jerry’s noted in 2020 that it supported the BLM movement years before Floyd’s death and said, “Today we want to be even clearer about the urgent need for concrete action to dismantle the white supremacy in all its forms.”

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Nike – along with Converse, Jordan Brand and Michael Jordan – announced in 2020 that it would donate a combined $140 over 10 years to organizations such as the National Urban League and Equal Justice Initiative. Apple launched a $100 million program called Racial Equity and Justice Initiative in June 2020, who is committed to supporting various groups, including working with EJI. Facebook promised to support groups fighting racial inequality just days after Floyd’s death, including EJI, just like Ulta Beauty. In 2020, Target announced a $10 million commitment to “advance social justice“, including donations to the National Urban League.

The Equal Justice Initiative and the National Urban League did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment when confronted with FBI data on black murders and experts saying the fundraising movement had contributed to the peak.

The Black Lives Matter press team did not respond to repeated requests for comment on the data and arguments from experts. The national organization, which was co-founded by a self-proclaimed “trained Marxist”, has come under intense scrutiny in recent months as questions have been raised about the leaders’ financial dealings. Amazon announced in February this year that it had suspended the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation from its charity platform for failing to disclose where tens of millions of dollars had been allocated.

FILE PHOTO: Amazon and Amazon Prime logos are pictured on vehicles outside Amazon's fulfillment center in Altrincham, near Manchester, Britain November 26, 2021. REUTERS/Carl Recine/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Amazon and Amazon Prime logos are pictured on vehicles outside Amazon’s fulfillment center in Altrincham, near Manchester, Britain November 26, 2021. REUTERS/Carl Recine/File Photo
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Just last week, former diversity leader under the Donald Trump administration, Bruce LeVell, wrote an op-ed criticizing the companies for their “huge miscalculation” in supporting the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation.

Demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Thursday, June 4, 2020, near the White House in Washington.  Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Thursday, June 4, 2020, near the White House in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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“Unfortunately, BLMGNF bullied the executives of some of America’s largest corporations into paying loyalty to its harmful and misleading narrative,” LeVell wrote in the Tennessee Star Thursday. “Rather than defy the Marxist provocateurs of BLMGNF, corporate leaders bowed down and even donated shareholder resources to a cause that is inherently opposed to free markets, individual liberties, law and order. and everything that allows American businesses to thrive.”




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