In a true twist of irony, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation has encouraged people to boycott white businesses during the Christmas season.
The group said “white-supremacist-capitalism” is telling people to spend money on things they do not need in order to reap profits for corporations.
Jan Williams, a BLMLA organizer, said “capitalism doesn’t love black people.” The statement released by the group said white-supremacist-capitalism “invented policing, initially as chattel-slavery-era ‘paddy rollers,’ in order to protect its interests and put targets on the backs of black people.”
Beginning in 2014, Black Lives Matter has been challenging people to “dream of a #BlackXmas” and to intentionally use their economic resources to “disrupt” white-supremacist-capitalism.
From the statement:
- #BuildBlack: Invest in Black-led, Black-serving organizations by making donations in the names of your loved ones as holiday gifts.
- #BuyBlack: When buying items, spend exclusively with Black-owned businesses from Black Friday through New Year.
- #BankBlack: Move your money from white corporate banks (that finance gentrification, prisons, and environmental degradation) to Black-owned ones.
Wondering where to start? Resources are available at blackxmas.org.
“Divest from white corporations. Invest in black communities. If you must buy, buy black.”
Not much feedback from all the major corporations who have donated significantly to the BLM movement.