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Members of Antifa and BLM in Seattle set their sights on Amazon and Starbucks over the weekend, breaking into the company's brick and mortar locations, looting, vandalizing, and setting fires.
This despite the fact that Amazon and Starbucks are among a number of companies that have elected to donate millions of dollars to combat racial justice and "systemic racism" since the BLM movement picked up momentum after George Floyd's death six weeks ago.
The lawless faction of rioters may be unaware that Amazon and Starbucks support their cause. The two corporate giants have donated millions of dollars to fighting racial injustice and "systemic racism," with Amazon writing on their blog that "Amazon employees from 33 countries donated $8.5 million through the company’s campaign to match donations and support organizations focused on combating systemic racism."
"With the company’s match, that means Amazon will donate an additional $17 million to the 12 organizations and their local affiliates, which the Black Employee Network (BEN) helped select. This is in addition to Amazon’s initial donation of $10M in early June. In all, these organizations have now received more than $27M from the Amazon community."
The twelve organizations Amazon is funding are: ACLU Foundation; Black Lives Matter; Brennan Center for Justice; Equal Justice Initiative; Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; NAACP; National Bar Association; National Museum of African American History and Culture; National Urban League; Thurgood Marshall College Fund; United Negro College Fund; and Year Up.
Starbucks pledged $1 million to "organizations that promote racial equity and social justice," according to CBS Chicago.
After an earlier pronouncement against employees wearing political statements at work, Starbucks designed BLM shirts for employees who wished to wear one.
Enterprises such as Amazon and Starbucks are not exempt from the destruction and mayhem that Antifa and BLM demonstrators leave behind—no matter how much money they give. Each has donated millions of dollars to help with social justice efforts.
Seattle was again under siege this weekend by large groups of rioters dressed in black bloc smashing the windows of an Amazon Go store and tagging the building with graffiti reading "raze Amazon."
"NOW: Antifa Militants and Black Lives Matter rioters are breaking into Amazon Go Downtown Seattle. This protest has turned into a riot," reads Katie Daviscourt's reporting on Twitter.
A Starbucks was completely destroyed after windows were smashed and a fire was set. A man tried to put out the fire, noting that the cafe is attached to an apartment building. "There are f**king people that live in there," he said.
"Some Seattle protestors tried to set fire to an apartment building. The Starbucks in the video is at 101 Broadway, part of an apartment complex in my neighborhood. The people who started the fire are not shown in the video," read a tweet from a Seattle local.