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Activists rip companies that support Black history while donating to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

by The Grio

Political activists in Florida are calling out large corporations that claim to support Black history but also have used their resources to donate to the state’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, who backs limits on race and racism teachings.

According to The Guardian, companies including Amazon, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Comcast, General Motors, DoorDash and Walmart are among those that openly state their support of anti-racist ideals, particularly in the wake of the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd in 2020.

However, analysis from the Center for Political Accountability, a nonprofit group that examines corporate political expenditures, reveals that these companies gave directly and indirectly to DeSantis’ reelection campaign in 2022.

“These corporations can say that they stand with the Black community but then also fund the governor and his work around dismantling Black history,” said Jasmine Burney-Clark, founder of Florida-based progressive group Equal Ground, The Guardian reported. “It’s a huge level of hypocrisy.”

Disney, for example, posted to its website that it will celebrate Black stories and highlight memorable moments at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort during Black History Month. The company, nevertheless, made a $50,000 contribution to DeSantis’ reelection campaign — and gave $125,000 to the Florida Republican Party, which supported his campaign and inauguration — early in the election cycle before its relationship with him collapsed.

Despite frequently commemorating Black History Month on its corporate website, the telecommunications firm Charter Communications gave $200,000 to the Friends of Ron DeSantis political action committee. The company also donated $205,000 to the Republican Governors Association and $125,000 to the Republican Party of Florida, both significant donors to DeSantis.

“While #BlackHistoryMonth is a time to celebrate…

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