Apple Now Accepting Donations to Southern Poverty Law Center Following Charlottesville Protests

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    As planned, Apple is now accepting donations to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based non-profit organization, through iTunes. The donation prompt was spotted by Twitter user setteBIT.

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    iTunes users in the United States can donate $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200 with a credit card tied to their account. Apple will transfer 100 percent of the proceeds to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which says it is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, protecting civil rights, and seeking justice.

    Following a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists and supremacists clashed with counter-protestors over the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue, Apple said it will be making contributions of $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League.

    Apple said it will also match two-for-one its employees' donations to those and several other human rights groups, between now and September 30.

    Apple has also disabled Apple Pay support on websites selling white nationalist and hate group apparel and accessories. Apple's guidelines prevent Apple Pay from being used on sites promoting hate, intolerance, and violence based on race, age, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook's full letter to employees was obtained by MacRumors:
    Southern Poverty Law Center operates offices in four U.S. states, including Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

    Apple says iTunes Store credit cannot be used to make a donation. The fine print also says donations may not qualify for a tax deduction.

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    Article Link: Apple Now Accepting Donations to Southern Poverty Law Center Following Charlottesville Protests
     
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    Oh boy, here we go......(puts on Nomex suit).....
     
  3. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Grand. Standing. The SPLC has been taking donations for years. Anyone who wants to do so can go right to its site. Apple wants a piece of the "pat on the back" pie. When will Apple start taking donations for Tibet?
     
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    12 Ways The Southern Poverty Law Center Is A Scam To Profit From Hate-Mongering

    http://thefederalist.com/2017/05/17/12-ways-southern-poverty-law-center-scam-profit-hate-mongering/
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    The Insidious Influence of the SPLC
    Its branding of ‘hate groups’ and individuals is biased, sometimes false—and feeds polarization.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-insidious-influence-of-the-splc-1498085416


    How Did Maajid Nawaz End Up on a List of 'Anti-Muslim Extremists'?
    “They put a target on my head.”

    https://www.theatlantic.com/interna...ajid-nawaz-splc-anti-muslim-extremist/505685/
     
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    Perhaps when Tibet is in America? Apple has never tended to get involved in foreign political situations.
     
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    This should be moved to the political forum. SPLC is very controversial.
     
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    Very much so, moderators?
     
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    I wish Apple wasn’t doing this. Not because I don’t support donating. I totally do. I just think this group in particular is too biased to be fair. They label people as part of hate groups for having religous beliefs that don’t line up with their world view. It’s sad that they are being treated as such a great cause when they have actually slandered people who aren’t “hateful” at all. If anything I would classify them as a hate group for the way they treat anyone right of center politically.
     
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    I could be wrong but aren't they quite a hateful borderline racist group? Why would Apple support this?

    I wish Apple stayed out of politics.
     
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    When Apple chooses to become a Tibet-based corporation? In the meantime, as Apple is and has been a US company from its beginnings, with a huge number of US employees and customers, it makes sense that Apple's first priority is addressing donations to organizations that primarily speak to issues that are US-based, affecting its employees and customers.

    "The SPLC has been taking donations for years. Anyone who wants to do so can go right to its site."

    Of course. And?

    Apple has set up a system where its customers can easily contribute to an organization that many people are not familiar with. It's called raising awareness.

    Hat tip to Apple and Mr. Cook for setting this up, particularly the two-for-one employee matching contributions to the SPLC and ADL.
     
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    Very disappointing. Apple needs to steer clear of politics like this. Look at CNN, ESPN, etc. to see what happens when you shove political agendas down people’s throats.
     
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    You guys would think Toys'R'Us was a left wing terrorist organization if Fox News told you it.
     
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    Last I checked Apple was a multi-national company. It seems to want to be a SJW in America but kow-tow to oppressive governments where it needs to build marketshare. In my book that is called hypocrisy. You either hold a certain universal value or not. You don't pick and choose that value depending on where it can help and abandon where it will hurt.

    Certainly that was Gandhi and MLK's approach.
     
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    And you would believe Chick-Fil-A was a hate group if the SPLC said it.
     
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    When will Apple be taking donations to develop the next Mini? I'm all for good causes, but SLPC isn't exactly dirt poor.
     
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    Well Toys'R'Us hasn't caused people to attack others because it falsely labeled them as engaging in hate group activities....
     
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    Last you checked? That's such an adorable (and overused) trope.

    Apple chose to address an issue that is affecting the US. As a US-based company, there is nothing wrong with that.


    "It seems to want to be a SJW in America but kow-tow to oppressive governments where it needs to build marketshare."


    Don't like that or the positions Apple chooses to take? Please, standup up, be courageous, and vote with your wallet. There are loads of tech choices out there.
     
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    Just to add, if you don't like Apple becoming political, you're more than welcome to stop using their products. It would be best if you cease using Microsoft, Intel, Spotify, Google, IBM, et al. products, too.
     
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    See thats the thing, I love apple products. MUCH more so than the competition. I just wish apple wouldn't support groups who 1. do not need more money at all, and 2. mis label innocent people as participating in hate groups when they don't (which has happened too many times to be anything other than a liberal group trying to silence non liberal points of view).
     
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    Obviously hate, racism and bigotry is not what we should condone.

    I do however have a problem with people wanting to change history if it doesn't fit their views/agenda.

    Why overnight is it necessary to remove many statues which have been untouched for umpteen years?

    And, where does it stop? Already I have read that the carvings at Stone Mountain will not be erased.
    (Looking forward for some extremist bombing shot at the rocks)

    Not a proud part of the US history, but then the times were what they were then. Are people really that insecure that they can't get over things when bad stuff happened in history?

    Who is actually benefitting from the removal of a statue?

    Maybe an addition plaque on a monument as a disclaimer with some educational info would have sufficed?

    Maybe some nitwits reading the info even get it?
     
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    So now, the SPLC is going to profit millions of dollars from the death of a woman in Charlottesville, did they hire the driver of the car? Qui bono?
     

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