Did you know your credit card could be helping to fund the Ku Klux Klan?
Major credit card companies like MasterCard, Visa, and American Express are processing funds for the KKK and over 100 other white supremacist groups, including the ones that radicalized domestic terrorists like Dylan Roof, Timothy McVeigh, and the neo-Nazis who attacked Charlottesville.1
But we have a huge chance right now to stop them. Recently, our allies at Color of Change launched a campaign to pressure these companies to stop processing donations to hate groups. Momentum is building–MasterCard, Visa, and American Express have already moved to block several violent groups, but there are still dozens more to go.
More pressure is needed to make sure all credit card companies follow suit and stop funding the spread of violence. That’s why UltraViolet is joining Color of Change. Will you add your name?
Tell Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and other financial service companies: “Stop supporting violent hate groups now. Cut off your services to sites that promote rape, white supremacy, and domestic terrorism.”
The racists who descended on Charlottesville build their followings, and funding, online. Right now, you can even purchase merchandise through the KKK website–all supported by major credit card companies.2
Plus, many of those white supremacists are the same people who call themselves “men’s rights activists”–these men promote rape and think women deserve to be abused by their partners. Some of the most visible neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, like Christopher Cantwell, got their start as “men’s rights activists.”3
The sides are clear, and no major company wants to be seen on the side of white supremacists and rapists. That’s why if UltraViolet members speak up right now, these companies will have to take action.
Can you add your name now to call on major credit card companies to cut off hate groups from their payment processing services?
Thanks for all you do,
–Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Emma, Pilar, Natalie, Melody, Pam, Lindsay, and Ryan, the UltraViolet team
1. Blood Money, Color of Change, accessed on August 29, 2017
2. KKK.com, accessed August 30, 2017
3. Men’s-Rights Activism Is the Gateway Drug for the Alt-Right, New York Magazine, August 17, 2017