It was unfathomable to me that these global businesses, Amazon, Paypal, and Spotify, would be inadvertently funding white supremacists in 2015. The more I looked into current news around neo-Nazis the more I saw a string of articles that shows a rise in influence. The Southern Poverty Law Center, based in Alabama, which has been fighting hate-based crime since the 1970s, states that since 2000, the number of hate crimes in the U.S. has increased by 30 percent. In 2012, there were more hate groups (1,136) recorded than ever. These hate groups include neo-Nazis, Klansmen, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, and others. There has also been a huge increase of anti-Muslim as well as anti-LGBT crimes committed by these groups.
It may be difficult to stop our militaries from training neo-Nazis, but when it comes to business we the public have the power to influence by choosing what we support. If we decide to boycott Amazon, Paypal, and Spotify for supporting hate groups, they will lose more money than they are gaining from their neo-Nazi customers and be forced to cut them loose.
(You can email Niki at nikising [at] gmail.com.)
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