16 Jun 2020 Mastercard Unable to Defend Its Support for Marxist Group “Black Lives Matter”
“There Are Plenty of Positive Ways for Mastercard to Show Its Support for Minorities Without Embracing a Hate Group,” says Horace Cooper
Washington, D.C. – While bemoaning a narrative of “systematic racism” in the United States, Mastercard executives were unable to defend their support for the organization Black Lives Matter when questioned at today’s annual meeting of Mastercard shareholders.
“Americans from all backgrounds recoil at the brutal death of George Floyd. But that outrage doesn’t justify promoting radical groups like Black Lives Matter,” said Horace Cooper, co-chairman of the Project 21 black leadership network at the National Center for Public Policy Research, who questioned Mastercard executives at today’s meeting. “Black Lives Matter promotes racial division, violence against law enforcement and hatred against American exceptionalism. There are plenty of positive ways for Mastercard to show its support for minorities without embracing a hate group like Black Lives Matter.”
In his question, Cooper noted:
After days of riots, looting, arson, attempted and actual assassination of safety officers, and the desecration of houses of worship, Mastercard decided to express support for “Black Lives Matter.” All reasonable people condemn the killing of George Floyd, but that’s not what the Black Lives Matter group stands for. According to the Capital Research Center, Black Lives Matter is the “latest and most dangerous face of a web of well-funded socialist/communist organizations that have been agitating against America for decades.” As further explained in National Review, it “harbors, shelters, and empowers true radicals, people who not only have no problem seeing our cities burn, they’re also fanning the flames.” It is no coincidence that its actions often increase racial tensions and that Antifa anarchists are among the rioters marching along Black Lives Matter as our cities burn.
In addition to chanting vulgarities towards police such as “pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon,” Black Lives Matter is now calling for nationwide defunding of police forces. You need to separate the good work that Mastercard does from that of Black Lives Matter.
Cooper then asked:
Did anyone at Mastercard look into Black Lives Matter and its history prior to lending you support? And does Mastercard agree that police forces should be defunded?
Cooper’s entire annotated question, as prepared for delivery, is available here.
Despite numerous Mastercard executives available to answer questions, not a single one of them had the courage to defend the company’s position.
Mastercard’s actions come at a time when many American corporations are lending support to Black Lives Matter. Leaders of the National Center’s Free Enterprise Project (FEP) question whether corporate executives have actually done their homework on the group’s radical founding and extreme positions.
“Black Lives Matter is emphatically not a civil rights organization. And defunding police nationwide is not a rational platform,” said FEP Director Justin Danhof, Esq. “Black Lives Matter was founded by avowed socialists, and its radical actions cause greater societal division, not unity. If Mastercard is proud of its support for Black Lives Matter, surely its leaders would have taken the opportunity to say so today. Perhaps some staffer in the communications team just blindly lent encouragement. However, if Mastercard actually investigated the group’s origins and platform, and still proceeded to voice its support for Black Lives Matter, that would mean Mastercard now supports anarchy.”
While refusing to address Black Lives Matter and ignoring Cooper’s question, Mastercard CEO Ajay Singh Banga did reinforce the company’s long-standing partnership with Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.
On Fox News Channel’s “The Ingraham Angle” last week, Cooper called out Sharpton for exploiting events such as George Floyd’s killing to line his pockets.
Cooper also recently called Disney to task for pulling ads from the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” program because of comments criticizing Black Lives Matter.
And earlier this month, Danhof called out far-left Netflix CEO Reed Hastings for carrying water for Black Lives Matter. Just like Mastercard’s executives today, Hastings had no defense and refused to respond.
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