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Ever since the Black Lives Matter riots of 2020, Amazon has, much like most major corporations, eagerly bent the knee to the radical movement. But not anymore.
On Tuesday the multibillion-dollar corporate behemoth booted BLM from its charity platform, AmazonSmile, according to the Washington Examiner, which was the first outlet to report the bombshell news.
“The move deprives BLM of a major revenue source that has provided $306 million to U.S. charities and comes less than two years after Amazon itself donated $10 million to BLM and 11 other social justice groups amid the nationwide unrest spurred by George Floyd’s killing,” the Examiner reported Tuesday afternoon.
The move comes amid an outcry over the group’s sketchy finances. BLM reportedly shut down its online fundraising earlier this month after California and Washington, two far-left states, threatened legal actions over its finances. Meanwhile, Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, a Republican, is reportedly launching an investigation to “find out where” all the money the group received “went and how it was spent.”
When you have California & Indiana in agreement regarding financial impropriety within the Black Lives Matter organization, you know their malfeasance will be a bigger story.
— Congressman Byron Donalds (@RepDonaldsPress) February 8, 2022
In a statement to the Examiner, Amazon appeared to cite these actions as justification for why it’s suspended BLM from its charity platform.
“Charitable organizations must meet the requirements outlined in our participation agreement to be eligible for AmazonSmile. Among other eligibility requirements, organizations are required to be in good standing in their state of incorporation and in the states and territories where they are authorized to do business,” an Amazon rep said.
“Organizations that don’t meet the requirements listed in the agreement may have its eligibility suspended or revoked. Charities can request to be reinstated once they are back in good standing.”
Fox Business Network received a similar statement: “States have rules for nonprofits, and organizations participating in AmazonSmile need to meet those rules. Unfortunately this organization fell out of compliance with the rules in several states, so we’ve had to temporarily suspend them from the program until they come into compliance.”
At issue are concerns over where exactly the billions that the group collected amid and after the 2020 riots went.
During luxury homes spree, BLM co-founder told college students that capitalism is ‘more tragic’ than COVID-19 https://t.co/5O7PeV20KK
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) April 15, 2021
Speaking on Fox News “The Ingraham Angle” earlier this month, Indiana AG Rokita suggested that the group may be a scam and promised that he’s going to find out one way or another.
“Seeing that this house of cards is coming down, we want to know if Black Lives Matter has solicited funds in Indiana, from Indiana residents, if they have any real property here,” he said.
“Because that all would invoke our ability under our non-profit laws to see if they’re being wasteful, to see what their expense ratios are, to see if they’re a scam. Not unlike the one we unraveled last week, where we found someone selling overly valued silver coins to the elderly. What’s the difference here? A scam’s a scam.”
Even some BLM members themselves — low-level ones, mind you — have called for investigations, namely into the dealings of the group’s co-founders.
After co-founder Patrisse Cullors purchased a lavish mansion in California last year, the head of BLM’s New York City chapter, Hawk Newsome, cried foul.
“If you go around calling yourself a socialist, you have to ask how much of her own personal money is going to charitable causes. It’s really sad because it makes people doubt the validity of the movement and overlook the fact that it’s the people that carry this movement,” he told the Associated Press at the time.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 10, 2021
More recently, members of a Black Lives Matter chapter in Canada complained publicly after their branch, which just happened to be started by Cullors’ spouse, took money from the group’s main operation out of the U.S. and used it to purchase an $8.1 mansion that once served as the headquarters of the Communist Party of Canada.
The dissenting BLM members also accused the Canadian branch of trying to force them to sign “exploitative nondisclosure agreements.”
BLM funds purchase of $8.1M Canadian mansion that once served as Communist Party headquarters https://t.co/oMdS4jyK4l
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) January 30, 2022
Ever since the 2020 riots, BLM has enjoyed near-universal praise from all major institutions and large chunks of the U.S. population.
In recent months, however, support for the group has dropped precipitously as the public has finally become more aware of its true nature.
A true nature that, much to their credit, the right has been warning about for years:
Elderly man assaulted just outside the White House. He stoically makes his way through the crowd and is attacked, knocked to the ground and knocked out right after passing the massive BLM words plastered to the street. This is the true nature of BLM right now. pic.twitter.com/F89kw0K8sz
— Justin Hart (@justin_hart) August 28, 2020
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