Politics

Black Lives Matter Pushes For Boycott of “White Companies” During Holiday Season

Written by William Hekman

The national wing of the radical group Black Lives Matter is pushing for a boycott of “white companies” until New Year’s Day. They are attempting to “end white- supremacist-capitalism” by only visiting black owned businesses. 

In an Instagram post by the organization they said in the caption,       “White-supremacist-capitalism uses policing to protect profits and steal Black life, Skip the Black Friday sales and buy exclusively from Black-owned businesses.” The post also encouraged people to, “move your money out of white-corporate banks that finance our oppression and open accounts with Black-owned banks.” 

Black Lives Matter is pushing what they call BlackXmas, which was first introduced in 2014 after the police-involved shooting that killed John Crawford at a Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio. In a blog post on the Black Lives Matter website they say, “ #BlackXmas challenges us to shake off the chains of consumerism and step fully into our own collective power, to build new traditions, and run an offense as well as a defense” The post also said, “ Let’s harness our economic power to disrupt white-supremacist-capitalism and build Black community.” BLM has consistently pushed  that capitalism is racist and subjugates black people. Unless you are co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors who earlier this year bought four homes  in the United States totaling over $3 million, including a secluded home in Los Angeles that has gates and security fences all around it. Khan-Cullors was also reported to have been looking into property in the Bahamas that range in prices from $5 million to $20 million.

What Black Lives Matter fails to understand is that many white owned businesses employ African-Americans along with other minorities. The people who are hurt the most in boycotts such as these are the entry-level and mid-level employees, who will miss out on end of year bonuses and commissions made on sales because of the boycotts. 

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