If you want to know what a good ally looks like, look no further than Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. The founders have spoken out publicly in support of #BlackLiveMatter and encouraged franchises to sell Hands Up United T-shirts:
“Some people might say, ‘Oh, we can’t do that,’” Cohen said to franchise owners. “‘We can’t sell those T-shirts in our shops; it’s controversial.’ But isn’t that exactly the point? If it weren’t controversial, we wouldn’t need to do it. At some point we have to ask ourselves: ‘What do we stand for? Whose side are you on?’” To his immense credit, Cohen didn’t equivocate or hide behind politically correct “All Lives Matter” rhetoric, though the corporation would do just that several days later when it distanced itself from the co-founder’s call to action. … “You know, I think there will always be injustice, and we are outraged and saddened by it. But it’s in the act of working to end injustice that we find our hearts, our souls and our joy.”
Maybe the NYPD could benefit to learn from their business practices.
Team Blackness discussed another milestone in Obamacare, Huckabee’s further inability to understand women, and Comcast’s impressively horrific customer service.