Remember when Parkland shooting survivor and anti-NRA activist David Hogg took to Twitter to call for people to boycott investment management company BlackRock for its connection to gun manufacturers, only to be reminded by Kyle Kashuv that BlackRock owns a very sizable chunk of Twitter as well?
#NoRA, the anti-NRA initiative made up of celebrities like Alyssa Milano, Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Schumer, Alec Baldwin, Ashley Judd, Julianne Moore, Patton Oswalt, Debra Messing and more, released its official statement on BlackRock Wednesday night, noting that BlackRock holds a 17 percent stake in Sturm, Ruger, the nation’s largest gun manufacturer.
Here’s our statement: pic.twitter.com/cFK71LZcWk
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 24, 2018
Is this a boycott or what? And how is BlackRock racist? Well, because BlackRock, whose board consists of “exclusively white men,” invests in a gun manufacturer, and women of color, in particular, suffer most from gun violence:
Sturm, Ruger’s board includes Sandra Froman, a past president of the NRA and current NRA Board Member. Froman formerly worked to promote the views of William Shockley, a physicist who perpetuated theories that whites are genetically superior to other races.
BlackRock voted to confirm the entire board, made up of Froman, Killoy and seven other exclusively white men.
This blatant disregard for shareholder will and basic humanity is emblematic of the gun and financial industries’ combined efforts to value profit over lives.
Communities of color, especially women of color, suffer disproportionately from gun violence. The “leadership” of Sturm, Ruger and the NRA shows not only a disregard for this racist outcome, but in fact has actively promoted theories which perpetuate it.
So again, is this a boycott or not? It doesn’t look like it: #NoRA simply concludes that “the American financial industry is killing Americans. We demand better.”
Really, follow David Hogg’s lead and boycott Twitter too — please. It’s only right.
Looks like #NoRA is up to the task of writing strongly worded statements, but it doesn’t look like it’s doing much:
Gun control support fades three months after Florida massacre: Reuters/Ipsos poll https://t.co/5dP7rDQfhj
— Kerry Picket (@KerryPicket) May 24, 2018
Never been prouder to own 3 Ruger firearms. https://t.co/HxmOQeufjv
— Ben Crystal (@Bennettruth) May 23, 2018
Day trader ALERT: Buy Blackrock stock. It will shoot up tomorrow. https://t.co/rJho2ItVAw
— Victor #Spygate (@VictorConservat) May 23, 2018
Call it the “Alyssa Milano Effect.” It works with politicians too.
Don’t they also hold a large stake in Twitter, the platform you’re using for this drivel?
— Bob Hand (@8_Bit_Bobby) May 23, 2018
Only 27,150,348 shares.
— Orenthal ? (@NOrenthal) May 23, 2018
They also have a large chunk in Twitter, that site you are using right now ?
— Tommy (@CONWAYTW1TTER) May 24, 2018
OH MY GOD! Not 17%! That's such a High Number! We must threaten them on Social Media and continually Send them Letters of our Demands!
— Cory Violet (@304GFX) May 24, 2018
there is nothing wrong with this. Liberals are going over the edge
— Tiffany (@Tiffany5221982) May 24, 2018
Sounds like a company I would invest in! Thanks for the tip!
— Toby Kopta (@tkopta71) May 23, 2018
I will invest with them. Thanks
— Rob (@boiler452) May 23, 2018
Thanks for the the tip….I’m buying stock!!
— Mark (@Marrita57) May 23, 2018
Everybody don't forget to get your NRA memberships on June 1st.
— John Bartholomew (@sidthepoozer) May 24, 2018
GAME OVER! Alyssa Milano presents PROOF that Trump is basically Nixon (or something) [pic] https://t.co/Floo67Maet
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 23, 2018