Aunt Jemima Backlash; Call for Facebook Ad Freeze: Protest Wrap
(Bloomberg) - As Black Lives Matter protesters attempt to remove statues associated with slavery, the former confederation, and racial inequality, a renewed focus has emerged on brands, logos, and mascots with questionable race histories.
The American breakfast brand Aunt Jemima, which belongs to the PepsiCo subsidiary Quaker Oats Co., faces further setbacks. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian tweeted: "How is Aunt Jemima not canceled?" Link to a video by singer Kirby on TikTok that criticizes the character of Aunt Jemima's brand. The viral video entitled "How to Prepare a Non-Racist Breakfast" has 2 million views on Twitter alone and shows the singer the origins of the brand, which was the number 10 spot on Twitter in the United States. Quaker Oats and PepsiCo did not immediately respond to requests for comments made after hours.
A black reporter sued the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and said the newspaper wrongly prevented her from reporting protests. Morgan Stanley said it would contest a complaint by his former head of diversity, who claimed that she had witnessed and witnessed "systemic racial discrimination" against African Americans in the bank. Christie Smith, head of diversity and integration at Apple Inc., is leaving the iPhone company.
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Several prominent conservatives said they would order Dominos Pizza Inc. food after the company on Twitter struck back an anti-Trump political strategist who criticized the company for tweeting about pizza to a young Kayleigh McEnany in 2012. She is now President Donald Trump's press officer. The Domino's clapback tweet received almost 30,000 retweets and more than 100,000 likes and was widely distributed by conservative media.
US civil rights groups, including the Anti-Defamation League and NAACP, are campaigning for advertisers to withdraw spending from Facebook Inc. in July, Dow Jones said.
"Today we urge all businesses to show solidarity with our deepest American values of freedom, equality and justice and not to advertise on Facebook in July," said a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday. Other campaign members include Sleeping Giants, the Color of Change civil rights group, Free Press and Common Sense Media, which offers parent-friendly reviews of films and advocates of online privacy.
Facebook said it would remove more hate speech and use its platform to mobilize Americans to vote, Dow Jones said.
Best Buy said it would make Juneteenth a corporate holiday starting next year and join Target Corp., Nike Inc., U.S. Bancorp and a growing list of companies that mark compliance. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam moved to Juneteenth, the day some slaves learned of the end of slavery in the United States, for an official holiday in the state where the Confederation capital once lived.
Trump signed an executive regulation on Tuesday to promote better police behavior training. The president said Chokeholds would be banned nationwide under a new law enforcement process unless an official's life is at risk. Ivanka Trump assured the black pastors in Pittsburgh that her father would deal with police brutality and US racial divisions.
The Atlanta police officer who killed Rayshard Brooks had several complaints against him and, according to Dow Jones, had been reprimanded for using violence. In Atlanta, an autopsy showed that 27-year-old Brooks was shot twice in the back by a white officer who was released last week. The Atlanta police chief resigned and the mayor ordered changes to law enforcement policies.
State and local officials in Georgia, Illinois and other parts of the United States have also attempted to increase police accountability and reduce violence in nationwide protests against George Floyd's death. Chicago is reviewing its police department's violence logs, while the NYPD is disbanding its civilian anti-crime team, whose tactics have led to complaints about inciting minority distrust. In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the NYPD must now release body camera recordings within 30 days of a weapon discharge or violent incident, and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill requiring the state police to wear body cameras.
Every black man in America is worried about stopping by the police, says Graham Say's Virginia governor, pushing to make June 19 a public holiday, Trump's Tulsa rally defies public health concerns and protests Racial talks, faced with dismal legacy
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