art by Favianna Rodriguez
“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator
Tell CBS: Stop profiting from violence, hate, and white supremacy
“Go Donald! Keep getting out there!”
“Bring it on, Donald, go ahead, keep going.”
— Les Moonves, Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation
This isn’t the cheerleading of a Donald Trump campaign operative. These are the words of one of the highest paid CEOs in the world, Les Moonves of the CBS Corporation. It’s no secret that big media corporations have been making big money off the spectacle of this presidential election, but Les Moonves has gone far beyond that.
In comments at a Morgan Stanley conference Les Moonves acknowledged that his cheerleading for Trump’s campaign “may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS.” Moonves, who is one of the highest paid CEOs in the world, didn’t even say this with any sense of remorse, at one point saying , “the money’s rolling in, this is fun.”
Les Moonves wouldn’t have used the word “fun” to describe Trump’s campaign if he more deeply felt the violence being done to our communities by Trump's words and actions. Recently, a Black protestor, Rakeem Jones, was sucker punched in the face as he was peaceably leaving a Trump rally. The Trump supporter who punched Jones later said in an interview, "next time we might have to kill him," and there have been more than 30 separate documented incidents of Trump supporters attacking our communities. Unless enough of us stand up and do something about it, these violent incidents will continue.
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