Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple and one of the country’s most influential business leaders, is taking a stance against Trump [reported by The Hill] by speaking the only language Trump really understands: money. Cook announced this week that Apple is donating $2 million to the city of Charlottesville, and that’s because Apple does not tolerate or support hate.
Unlike a certain president we all have.
Cook wrote a letter to all Apple employees that makes his feelings—and the company’s policy—quite clear. “Hate is a cancer, and left unchecked it destroys everything in its path,” the letter says.
Apple is donating $1 million each to the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Until September 30, Apple will match employee donations to these two organizations and similar outfits.
“I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights,” Cook said in the letter.
“Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans.”
His is not a political statement, Cook says in the letter. His words are about “human decency and morality.”
It’s not a letter about right or left. It’s a letter, and an issue, that is about right and wrong.
This is something that the president of the United States does not understand. Blind hate in an all its forms is wrong, and racism is the ugliest form that hatred can take.
Trump stunned the country when he condemned violence on “both sides” following the tragic events in Charlottesville, in which clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters led to the death of three human beings.
One, a woman who was 32 years old, was mowed down by a car—allegedly driven by a man with white supremacist ties—when it rammed into a crowd of pedestrians.
Donald Trump further horrified the nation when he stated that there were “good people” on both sides of this conflict. Patently, Donald Trump is wrong.
Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and members of the KKK are not good people. They are horribly misguided and they are morally wrong.
Their hatred is a poison, and Donald Trump is clearly a carrier of their disease. He helped it spread from the campaign trail, from the White House and from Twitter.
Not only do we Americans have to tolerate his words—we have the misfortune to be led by him. His voice is heard all around the world.
Generations ago, a man who wanted to feel powerful used his voice to spread his own brand of hate. He created a group of hatemongers known as Nazis.
And his voice continues to resonate with those who want to hate, decades later. His followers still call themselves Nazis, and some of them showed up right here in America last weekend.
They were in Charlottesville, Virginia, a pretty southern town that is home to the University of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and almost 50,000 human souls.
Here, for a moment, the Nazis found power again. The Nazis gained the attention of the world again, and spread their vile hatred around our country again.
Our president didn’t slap them down, call them out or tell them off. Our president said there are “good people” among them.
It makes you wonder just who will be listening to our president generations from now—and what kind of horrible hatred he will inspire in the youth of tomorrow’s tomorrow.
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