American multinational corporations have been called out to declare where they stand against the fascist tendencies of the US president Donald Trump or face stern protest action that will include consumer boycotts of their products and services across the globe.
This is after Trump caused an international political storm with his shithole comment. Trump is said to have characterised Haiti and African countries as shitholes whose immigrants must not be welcomed into America.
ProBonoMatters, a South African based social media network focused on helping poor people access the justice system, has launched an online petition calling out American multinational corporations to state where they stand on the matter.
The petition points out that “We approach you with an understanding that Donald Trump is not a lone wolf. He is the CEO of an $18 trillion economy that is significantly propped up by yourself, American corporations, with earnings that are partly generated from our lands which your President calls shitholes. We find this unacceptable.”
It adds that “The shithole saga is further confirmation that your President is a dangerous fascist of Adolf Hitler’s ilk. He must be stopped now before it’s too late.”
Like Hitler did in the 1930s, says the petition, your President, Donald Trump, has been pushing the boundaries of the world’s tolerance of his fascism. “He’s already claimed too much ground. If he’s allowed to be, he will explode into destruction. We hereby take a stand to stop him.
“We hereby demand that you declare whether you stand with or against your fascist president, Donald Trump on the matter of shitholes.
“You will not be allowed to operate on our shores as if its business as usual when your CEO is branding our lands, from which you are raking untold profits, as shitholes. Those of you who don’t come out clearly against your president’s bigotry will be deemed as enthusiastic backers of his racism and targeted by this ensuing campaign.”
“We’ve had enough of Trump’s fascist tendencies,” says ProBonoMatters founder Sibonelo Radebe. He’s gone too far and must be stopped before unleashing another historical horror.
We believe that we have the means to stop him given the dynamics of globalisation. If we can’t stop him we must not be complicit to our own dehumanisation and potential destruction.
American corporations have the power to discipline Trump. If they won’t we will have to discipline them, says Radebe.
Top American corporations are named as targets amongst other multinationals. The list includes names like: Walmart, Apple, General Motors, Google, Facebook, Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Ford, Amazon, General Electric, Citigroup, Visa, Mastercard, IBM, Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble, Westinghouse, Chrysler, Caterpillar, Boeing, Goodyear Tier & Rubber, General Foods, Bank of America, Johnson & Johnson, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Gap, Levi Strauss & Co, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, KFC, Exxon Mobil, AT&T, JP Morgan, Uber, Forever 21 and ADT.
The petition concludes by stating that “We demand that all American corporations with presence on our lands must issue public notices declaring their position on the shithole matter. Let us know where you stand so that we can decide whether you deserve our hospitality and our monies or not.”
People can sign the petition by simply following a link pushed to them and typing their name, surname and email address: https://probonomatters.co.za/2018/01/sign-petition-to-american-corporations-our-lands-are-not-shitholes/