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Jul

The problem with pieces like this is that while they can adequately pinpoint the problems, their solutions fall short because they focus on black representation rather than black ownership… black employees rather than seeking black partners. We already have million and billion dollar slaves.

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The problem with pieces like this is that while they can adequately pinpoint the problems, their solutions fall short because they focus on black representation rather than black ownership... black employees rather than seeking black partners. We already have million and billion dollar slaves.

Why words aren’t enough from companies claiming to support Black Lives Matter - The Boston Globe

The bar for public reckoning has been set low in the United States. But real change is possible if companies examine their own past failures.
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Jul

Disney’s follow up to the “Black Panther” golden goose. Nike profited over a billion dollars exploiting Kaep’s image. The black grassroots whose response/energy Kaep used as a stepping stone got nothing. And we’re still getting murdered. All this love and outcry for black people from celeb actorvists and corporate activism but none of that love translates into money, tangibles or resources that trickle down to the black community. Instead the money is simply funneled back to elites and nonprofits. <br><br>Another contradiction… They talk redistribution of wealth but don’t even practice it in this movement.

  • By Hands Up Dont Shoot
Disney's follow up to the "Black Panther" golden goose. Nike profited over a billion dollars exploiting Kaep's image. The black grassroots whose response/energy Kaep used as a stepping stone got nothing. And we're still getting murdered. All this love and outcry for black people from celeb actorvists and corporate activism but none of that love translates into money, tangibles or resources that trickle down to the black community. Instead the money is simply funneled back to elites and nonprofits.

Another contradiction... They talk redistribution of wealth but don't even practice it in this movement.

Kaepernick’s Deal With Disney Includes a Jemele Hill Project at ESPN

A first-look deal between Colin Kaepernick and Disney includes a documentary series at ESPN that will be produced by Jemele Hill, who left the network two years ago.
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Jul

“Today, it is extremely easy for activists and organizers to set up shop under the auspices of the American 501-(c) nonprofit structure. This creates a certain set of opportunities but also hindrances. The nonprofit industrial complex is a minefield of deceptive and enticing grants and foundation sponsorships that inject funding into the coffers of these newly-constituted organizations but with significant limitations on speech and policy advocacy. Unless they have a dues-paying membership system, this financial design can create a top-down power structure lacking any conduit for democratic redress of grievances and accountability. <br><br>This vacuum catalyzed a landscape wherein the leadership of the #BlackLivesMatter organization and independent political actors with dubious motives sought from the outset of their efforts to engage with the Democratic Party and its various auxiliaries in the nonprofit industrial complex. #BlackLivesMatter quickly found sponsorship from the Ford Foundation and Google [5]. DeRay McKesson, a proponent of school privatization and the union-busting Teach for America, utilized these developments to further his career and profile within the halls of neoliberal power brokers [6]. Visa launched a debit card with Black-owned One United Bank so to develop a new customer base by reviving what Dr. Jared Ball of Morgan State University calls The Myth and Propaganda of Black Buying Power [8]. As Black radical journalist Jon Jeter wrote two years ago for Mint Press News, “Almost since its inception…the BLM leadership has come under fire for its lack of a class analysis. This lack…[is] inconsistent with a radical black polity that has been integral, historically, to the maturation of the modern state, from public education to the New Deal to open admissions at the City University of New York.”<br><br>In other words, without a viable infrastructure that is able to maintain sustained antagonism to the Democratic Party, protest movements are easily absorbed and neutralized by capital” #FollowTheMoney

  • By Hands Up Dont Shoot
"Today, it is extremely easy for activists and organizers to set up shop under the auspices of the American 501-(c) nonprofit structure. This creates a certain set of opportunities but also hindrances. The nonprofit industrial complex is a minefield of deceptive and enticing grants and foundation sponsorships that inject funding into the coffers of these newly-constituted organizations but with significant limitations on speech and policy advocacy. Unless they have a dues-paying membership system, this financial design can create a top-down power structure lacking any conduit for democratic redress of grievances and accountability.

This vacuum catalyzed a landscape wherein the leadership of the #BlackLivesMatter organization and independent political actors with dubious motives sought from the outset of their efforts to engage with the Democratic Party and its various auxiliaries in the nonprofit industrial complex. #BlackLivesMatter quickly found sponsorship from the Ford Foundation and Google [5]. DeRay McKesson, a proponent of school privatization and the union-busting Teach for America, utilized these developments to further his career and profile within the halls of neoliberal power brokers [6]. Visa launched a debit card with Black-owned One United Bank so to develop a new customer base by reviving what Dr. Jared Ball of Morgan State University calls The Myth and Propaganda of Black Buying Power [8]. As Black radical journalist Jon Jeter wrote two years ago for Mint Press News, “Almost since its inception…the BLM leadership has come under fire for its lack of a class analysis. This lack…[is] inconsistent with a radical black polity that has been integral, historically, to the maturation of the modern state, from public education to the New Deal to open admissions at the City University of New York.”

In other words, without a viable infrastructure that is able to maintain sustained antagonism to the Democratic Party, protest movements are easily absorbed and neutralized by capital" #FollowTheMoney

Can We Compare the George Floyd Protests to the Vietnam War Protests? Maybe, But the Analogy is Imperfect - CounterPunch.org

At the outset, I would argue it is paramount to emphasize the centrality of radical BIPOC organizers in this discussion. There undeniably are BIPOC-led local formations and organizations that have been fighting for racial justice for decades active in many cities, ones that cannot be given anything....