by Frank Holmes, reporter
During a time when major corporations and celebrities literally bow the knee before Black Lives Matter, at least four institutions have stood their ground.
Not only have they refused to shell out seven-figure donations to BLM’s associates — run by ActBlue, a Democratic Party PAC — they have fought back and won.
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Their statements couldn’t be more different than the corporations—like Bank of America, Verizon, Goldman Sachs, Walmart, and Nike—that have pledged more than $1.6 billion to BLM’s allies to take “action on racial injustice” and create “systematic transformation.”
Still others—the Philadelphia Inquirer, Bon Apetit magazine, and Variety—have suspended or fired employees, not just for disagreeing with Black Lives Matter, but for writing statements that don’t grovel enough.
The four that have taken a stand are:
The national grocery chain responded to left-wing activists, who targeted its novelty-themed specialty products like “Trader Jose” salsa, “Trader Ming” Chinese food, “Trader Giotto” Italian, and “Trader Joe San” Japanese cuisine.
An online petition with thousands of signatures instructed that the company “remove racist packaging from your products.”
Instead of backing down, the company said it won’t be changing its products to please the left-wing mob.
“We want to be clear: we disagree that any of these labels are racist. We do not make decisions based on petitions,” the company said in a statement posted on its website.
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The company hinted that it knows most of the people signing these petitions also sign every other BLM shakedown petition, even though they may never have set foot inside a Trader Joe’s store.
“We make decisions based on what customers purchase, as well as the feedback we receive from our customers and Crew Members,” it continued.
“We have heard from many customers reaffirming that these name variations are largely viewed in exactly the way they were intended—as an attempt to have fun,” the company said.
That’s a 180-degree difference from businesses like Aunt Jemima’s syrup, Uncle Ben’s rice, and Land O’Lakes butter that completely changed their branding after being told that their mascots were now “offensive.”
When the protesters came for Red Bull, the company was ready.
Not only did it not change anything, it fired the people guilty of stirring up trouble!
Some of the company’s top brass wrote a letter, and gained as many signatures as possible, saying that Red Bull needed to do more for Black Lives Matter.
The letter implied the company hadn’t done enough and maybe—just maybe—was secretly racist.
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When the company didn’t follow their demands, they leaked it to the press.
Once Red Bull had egg on its face, the heads started to roll.
The company canned Red Bull North America CEO Stefam Kozak and division president Amy Taylor, who were the most vocal about the letter’s contents.
It also shut down its “cultural teams,” which had been a constant source of strife and division inside the corporation.
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Wall Street Journal
The New York Times leaned on op-ed page editor, James Bennet, to resign after he published an article by Sen. Tom Cotton that his underlings disagreed with. Bennet’s decision to let a Republican have a voice in the left-wing paper “puts black staff in danger,” they wrote. His departure caused the Times editor Bari Weiss to post a resignation letter saying that employees had called the liberal Jewish reporter “a Nazi.”
Since it worked so well there, left-wingers tried it at the Wall Street Journal—and ran into a brick wall of their own.
When 280 of staffers signed a letter about its conservative-leaning opinion page, the Journal told them to pipe down.
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“We won’t respond in kind to the letter signers,” the editors wrote. “Their anxieties aren’t our responsibility in any case.”
“As long as our proprietors allow us the privilege to do so, the opinion pages will continue to publish contributors who speak their minds” and “promote the principles of free people and free markets, which are more important than ever in what is a culture of growing progressive conformity and intolerance.”
“We are not the New York Times,” they said.
In the world of academia, where Ivory Tower liberals try to outdo each other to see who can lean furthest left, Hilldale College is an exception.
The conservative university—founded by Free-Will Baptists—teaches a traditional, pro-American curriculum and refuses to take a dime in government money.
After some of its alumni wrote that the college needed to issue new statements to respond to Black Lives Matter’s demands, Hillsdale politely—but firmly—turned them down.
“The College is told that it garners no honor now for its abolitionist past,” the college replied.
“The College founding is a statement…The curriculum is a statement…Teaching is a statement…Dispensing unparalleled financial help to students who cannot afford even a moderate tuition, is a statement.”
Administrators shot down allegations that it’s “silence is deafening.”
“There may be something deafening in the culture—certainly there are those who cannot hear — but it is not from the silence of the College,” they said.
Instead of signaling “virtue that is cheap,” Hillsdale promised to do the real work of justice: by teaching the same timeless principles of the Declaration of Independence, Abraham Lincoln, and the Bible.
In the middle of a culture that can’t wait to see who can beg and appease the most, these four examples show us who is the true “Resistance.”
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”