Skip to comments.African-American activists call for boycott of Koch products in wake of Zimmerman verdict
Posted on 08/24/2013 1:19:57 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
A group of African-American activists, community leaders and college professors are calling for the boycott of Koch Industries as a way to honor slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin, pushing for continued dialogue on race relations nationwide.
While speaking at an event titled From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin: A Town Hall Meeting on Black Bodies and American Racism at Washington, D.C.s Woolly Mammoth Theater, a panel of prominent African-Americans gathered to examine ways to combat the racism that they say led to George Zimmermans acquittal last month. When asked about the failed boycotts of places like Disney World in Orlando, Fla., one panelist revealed her efforts to combat the proponents of Stand Your Ground laws.
Were asking people not to buy from that company that created those Stand Your Ground laws, said the Rev. Carolyn Boyd, an adjunct pastor at Plymouth Congregation United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C. Yall know that company with those people, the Kochs. Paper towels and all those products that we buy Walmart all the time, that make those people rich and make us poor.
The pastor directed the audience to stop purchasing things like Angel Soft toilet paper, Brawny paper towels and Vanity Fair napkins all subsidiaries of Koch Industries in an initiative called No-Buy Fridays.
We begin to elevate our power to say, No, Im not buying your products because youre harming the black community, Boyd said.
The town hall, sponsored by Rock the Vote, among other organizations, addressed concerns from members of the African-American community and featured a panel of six speakers: Boyd, Louisa Davis, Jessica Frances Dukes, Dr. Dennis Rogers, Dawn Ursula and Gabriel Rojo. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) was also in attendance for a brief period of time.
The group acted to facilitate a dialogue on the actions of Zimmerman the 29-year-old Hispanic man who shot and killed Martin, an African-American and called Martins death the catalyst for a renewed civil rights movement.
To me, its a continuation of a tough conversation that puts more to our argument that there can never be justice on stolen land, said Rogers, an assistant professor of political science at Bowie State University.
While many on the panel believed Zimmerman killed Martin because of his race, others saw it as a failure of the justice system, faulting the jurys inability to see past Martins black skin and Zimmermans white complexion. The six-person jury consisted of five white women and one Hispanic woman.
Emmett Till was a young prince who broke our hearts years ago, but now, I guess what I want to say is I dont want to blame George Zimmerman, said Davis, an adjunct professor at Montgomery College. I want us to look at the system that let him free and not make it personal Its the propagation of fear and we have to take our legal system back from fear.
Following Zimmermans acquittal, many African-Americans took to the streets of major metropolitical cities nationwide in protest. The Rev. Al Sharpton called on the Department of Justice to bring up civil rights charges against Zimmerman. And even President Obama spoke about his disappointment surrounding the not guilty verdict, saying Martin could have been him.
Still, many remain standing in solidarity with Martin. Earlier this month, Ebony magazine unveiled four tribute covers to the Florida teen, one featuring Martins family and three featuring well known African-American men and their sons and the words We Are Trayvon. Additionally, Oprah Winfrey spoke openly about the case with theGrios Chris Witherspoon, saying Martin paralleled Till.
Ok, I must have missed something. Exactly what does Koch Industries have to do with the Zimmerman / Martin shooting? I can see a call for or against Kel-Tec .... but Angle soft toilet paper???
I don’t get it. Would someone please explain this to me.
LOL, these people definitely have $#!+ for brains. Boycott the Koch products, and put more minorities on unemployment?? Yeaaah, that’s the ticket!
Yall know that company with those people, the Kochs. Paper towels and all those products that we buy Walmart all the time, that make those people rich and make us poor.
What a complete idiot. Socialism is the new god of the black community.
blah, blah blah...I have heard little ducks fart underwater before....
Opinions other than those held by the black, racist haters are not tolerated.
"And the truth of the matter is, Emmett Till became a symbol for those times, as Trayvon Martin has become a symbol for this time. I mean, there are multiple Trayvon Martins whose names never make the newspapers or the headlines. The circumstances surrounding that allowed it to be, but there were multiple Emmett Tills. There were multiple lynchings. There were multiple, you know, young black boys..." - Oprah Winfrey
" We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, thats a job for all of us. Thats the way to honor Trayvon Martin." - President of the United States Barack Hussein 0bama
The workings of the liberal, race-baiting mind cannot be explained.
Including the refreshing Kochy-Cola?
Trayvon Martin - darwin award.
who all knows what products are koch brothers related?
average trayvon is going to react with “I ain’t boycottin coke, that’s my soda!”
The difference between Till and Martin is that Till didn’t what he deserved. Martin did.
Would someone please explain this to me.
I can't. Don't know why I read the whole article. I now feel five IQ (EQ) points less in intelligence.
I have wasted two minutes of my life.
I too fail to see the connection.
The ghetto will be bereft without Coke products. Would that include Pepsi and Arizona Tea?
I wonder if the event's participants know just how tragic and revealing that title is. Don't guess they do.
I think of a good way of describing this "reverend" without insulting honest morons in the process.
the streets of major metropolitical cities nationwide in protest.
These communists suck.
——at an event titled From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin: A Town Hall Meeting on Black Bodies and American Racism -——
I wonder if they understand how unbelievably ironic that title is as a condemnation of black culture....
The article is poorly written. I think it probably has something to do with ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, to which the Koch brothers donate and which supposedly had something to do with the proliferation of stand-your-ground laws in the past decade or two.
Have I been drinking? Perhaps I’m stoned?? This makes about as much sense as a fish playing an accordion.
Ho Hum. If they aren’t on food stamps list, who cares?
Can someone explain the above to me? What's the remedy being proposed? Return the land to some American Indian tribe somewhere? Or steal the land from those who "stole" it?
Huh? What? Liberalism is a mental disorder. And it is getting worse.
BTW This will work about as well as the boycott of Rush. In other words not at all.
Yeah, me, too. :)
Yo, african people residing in America... I dont care anymore. I use to care a lot but you have turned me... I have no sympathies for the visible consequences of your self destructive culture and ways... Nobody to blame anymore but yourselves.
I use to pray for you... no more
From another website...
Koch Industry Gasoline:
Koch Industry/Georgia-Pacific Products:
Angel Soft toilet paper
Brawny paper towels
Dixie plates, bowls, napkins and cups
Mardi Gras napkins and towels
Quilted Northern toilet paper
Soft n Gentle toilet paper
Vanity fair napkins
Koch Industry/Invista Products:
SOMERELLE® bedding products
TACTESSE® carpet fiber
TERATHANE® polyether glycol
POLARGUARD® fiber and
Georgia Pacific Building products
Dense Armor Drywall and Decking
ToughArmor Gypsum board
Georgia pacific Plytanium Plywood
G/P Industrial plasters (some products used by a lot of crafters)-
Arts & Crafts Plaster
General Purpose Plaster
Glass-reinforced Gypsum (GRG)
Industrial Tooling Plaster
Investment Casting Plaster
Metal Casting Plaster
FibreStrong Rim board
G/P Lam board
Blue Ribbon OSB Rated Sheathing
Blue Ribbon Sub-floor
DryGuard Enhanced OSB
Nautilus Wall Sheathing
Thermostat OSB Radiant Barrier Sheathing
Broadspan Engineered Wood Products
XJ 85 I-Joists
FireDefender Banded Cores
FireDefender Mineral Core
Hardboard and Thin MDF including Auto Hardboard,
Perforated Hardboard and Thin MDF
Wood Fiberboard -
Commercial Roof Fiberboard
Hushboard Sound Deadening Board
Regular Fiberboard Sheathing
Structural Fiberboard Sheathing
I feel 25 IQ higher because of this... use it to our advantage..
Is that where we're headed? I've never seen America so divided along racial lines. I thought a half-black president was going to unite us...
This is literally insane: “Were asking people not to buy from that company that created those Stand Your Ground laws,”
Actually and truly literally completely disconnected from reality.
“...boycott any busineses with black employees.” Like the NBA or the NFL?
Koch Industries is a $15,000,000,000 company. Assuming 10,000 people, I’m trying to be optimistic, join the boycott and stop buying Angel Soft toilet paper.
Not a drop in the bucket. Mostly because not all of those 10,000 people were buying Angel Soft to start with.
Hey, I'll use this as a guide! I propose that there be a boycott of any product from Africa due to the murders of the White little girl, and the jogger, and the WWII veteran, and countless others, by AFRICAN------americans.
Makes a whole lot more sense... I doubt the Koch brothers were even in FL when Zimmerman defended his life.
I have no doubt this was be called "racist" by the "real RACISTS!"
There’s always Hockey and NASCAR... lol
The Racist Roots of Gun Control.
SYG, Castle Doctrine and other self defense laws have roots in the push back against Jim Crow laws. Yet today's black leaders line up to help the Progressives destroy all of the progress made to secure black families.
The Castle Doctrine & Stand Your Ground The Trial of Dr. Ossian Sweet TheConservativeTreeHouse
No Guns for Negroes Part One (video 10:00)
No Guns for Negroes Part Two (video 9:45)
Equal Gun Rights (video 0:52)
The Never Again Campaign (video 0:30)
I give up. Maybe this is satire?
Boy, I sure hope they don’t get confused and stop using toilet paper.
Again, what does Koch have to do with the Trayvon case?
Not to mention, Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges.
I can explain it to you, but to understand it, you'll need a lobotomy.
A very small percentage of 13% of the population.
Let 'em raise all the Hell they want.
At the very least, insist on hiring parity. One white basketball player for every black basketball player. Heya!
Sorry, but these individuals are just plain stupid.
> ...boycott any busineses with black employees. Like the NBA or the NFL?
Negro Football League, African American Football Leage, and the Negro Basketball Association...