Apple Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With Homepage Tribute

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    Apple today has commemorated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a full homepage tribute on the company's website. The image on the site is accompanied by a famous quote from the African-American civil rights leader, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

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    Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly expressed his admiration for Martin Luther King, Jr. in the past, telling journalist Charlie Rose that he keeps photos of Dr. King and politician Robert F. Kennedy in his office at Apple.
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Dr. King, and many employees in the country are given the day off. Last year, in lieu of a paid day off, Apple pledged to donate an additional $50 for each voluntary hour worked by employees on MLK Day.
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    I don't see how this would be controversial - good for Apple.
     
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    Hats off to Apple.
    At the very least both men certainly have their inspirational traits and some equally inspirational quotes
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    See Danny's post above.
    Sad that racism ( among other things is still a thing but yea... )

     
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    Yes, nothing like a front page thread to bring out the racists on macRumors.
     
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    Good question Apple. Here I'll answer for you.

    Running tax avoidance havens out of Ireland while hiring the cheapest labor I can source from China while selling products at the highest possible point in the U.S. Oh wait, you meant to ask what we're doing for other people that aren't shareholders?
     
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    Yes, I can't believe in 2016 this is still an issue which requires MR to "protect" us.

    FREE speech at it's finest!
     
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    Ye Apple! Inpirational quote of the day! "What are you doing for others?" - well you are avoiding tax in Ireland to the tune of like 8 BILLION and you sell overpriced products with minimal change year on year to maximise the profit of the richest company ever created! Well done guys, Apple is the modern day mother Theresa!!! Oh.... wait....
     
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    Please add all the other companies which do the same, so it's a little bit more fair.
    I'll give you Pfizer to start.

    AND, while we are at it, please post the laws Apple is breaking by doing what they do.

    Then add the politicians and countries who pass the tax codes, labor laws etc. and we have a start.

    Please educate yourself instead of spewing non facts. They are being investigated. That's all for now.
    Of course only AFTER many many years of doing the same as other companies.
     
  12. stewy macrumors regular

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    Hah, yes I remember the fiasco last year...
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    Other companies aren't trying to align themselves with great people by putting up tribute pages. When you do that you open yourself up to a special type of criticism.
     
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    So far no racists.... (Knocks on wood)
     
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    The regular posters must not be awake yet. I was sure the first few comments would include, "Maybe if Apple focused on quality control, services, Apple Music, etc. instead of this, they wouldn't be doomed."
     
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    Now maybe if they made their executive board a bit more diverse they could help continue what MLK started.
     
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    Excuse me but Pfizer doesn't put up ads on their front page of Martin Luther King Jr. with quotes about being generous to others. If Apple is going to put an ad like that on their front page, they should back it up with some information on philanthropy that they do.

    Putting an ad up like that to challenge people to do good is a little hypocritical from a company like Apple is all i'm saying.
     
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    They are very diverse, look it up.
     
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    Just love seeing people drop in on every thread anymore to drop the "Tax Turd" and move on. This, perhaps, is the result of poor education or sheltered world view. Either way, it's getting old.

    Every public, for-profit corporation has the responsibility to its shareholders/stakeholders to use every legal means possible to protect it's profits while reinvesting in itself and providing a return on investment. Apple goes far beyond that by voluntarily donating significantly to charities and organizations that make a real difference in the world.

    Voluntarily donating extra money to the US federal government, or other governments, by paying taxes they are not legally required to is not a donation I'd personally like to see companies like Apple make.

    And if you can't see the reason a gay man from Alabama has a picture of MLK on his desk, you need to go back and study the civil rights movement.
     
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    Are you a journalist twisting things to make somebody look bad?

    How about this journalistic marvel:

    Why does Apple glorify a womanizer who plagiarized a lot of his doctoral dissertation and was under FBI surveillance (I'll leave it a that)

    Apple is not aligning themselves.
    They are simply honoring MLK on his day and using a very powerful quote!

    That is at least the way I look at it.
     
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    They already are diverse, and they sure as hell don't need some PC-loving shareholder to tell them to favor women and minorities for their board if they have other candidates that would fit the role better.
     
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    Both MLK day and Columbus Day shouldn't be holidays. That's my opinion.
     
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    So you mean as long as Apple does not align itself with good people, it is OK for them to be like Pfizer, Amazon, Google and pay as little tax as possible?

    And the best philanthropy is done by doing it quietly, in my opinion.
     
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    The first two I might give you, but hard to dis someone for being surveiled by Hoover.
     
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    Philanthropy is philanthropy regardless.
     

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