Go Fund Racism
And, as with any crowd-sourcing corporation, GFM takes a healthy cut out of campaigns. As with Kickstarter, they take 5%.
Now, if you do a Google search for Go Fund Me, one of the first six hits you'll get is the first campaign for Officer Darren Wilson, the brave white cop who gunned down an unarmed African American teenager named Mike Brown on August 9th. I say "the first campaign" because, when the first one was so bloated with money from every racist in the country, someone then set up a second one. The first took in $234,910. The second one, at last count, raised over $50,000. Please note this is the money raised in less than a week. The first campaign lasted four days.
This is considered "reward money." Officer Darren Wilson is now officially a bounty hunter.
Now, you'd think a campaign motivated by racism would be frowned upon by a fine, upstanding corporation such as Go Fund Me. After all, they state in their FAQ in answer to the question, "Can (sic) I raise money for anything?":
As always, common sense goes a long way here. DO raise money for personal causes that are purposeful, exciting and inspiring to others. DON'T break any local laws, expect strangers to buy you stuff or promote inappropriate content. When in doubt, browse our categories of thousands of successful campaigns to see how others use GoFundMe.There you have it. If you gun down an unarmed black teen for no reason whatsoever, rewarding the killer falls under the heading of "personal causes that are purposeful, exciting and inspiring to others." Even if what's inspired is racism. This, despite their own TOS which prohibits, "(d) items that promote hate, violence, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime."
Now, you would've thought Go Fund Me would've realized they'd hit the tipping point when they were forced to delete the comments that accompanied the money that poured in as from a busted fire hydrant from Sarah Palin's "Real America". Now, lest you think all that moolie-killing moolah came from anonymous, individual racists, think again. A good chunk of that loot came from police departments such as these racists from Maryland who've already pronounced Darren Wilson a hero from afar before any real investigation's been carried out. Talk about being considered innocent until proven guilty (provided you're a white cop)!
And apparently, Go Fund me, which has raked in well over $20,000,000 in the four plus years they've been in business, suddenly doesn't have much of a problem with "promot(ing) hate, violence, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime" when there's corporate profit to be had despite much of that money coming in from some of the most racist dregs of American society.
To put this largesse into perspective, this means that, in less than a week, Darren Wilson's already hauled in about 8 times more money than I have since I set up my Paypal account nearly five and a half years ago. Or, to put this into more merciless relief, Wilson's already hauled in about 10 times his annual salary in less than a week while my Indiegogo campaign to finance the startup costs of my upcoming novel has not gotten a single penny.
Bottom line: In the United States of America, an unemployed guy trying to pull himself up by the bootstraps can't make a penny funding his book through a legitimate crowd sourcing campaign despite getting the word out to as many people as he can reach. But a cop who kills an unarmed black teenager, without asking for anything, gets enough money to set himself up for the next decade (George Zimmerman, don't forget, also cleared six figures after murdering Trayvon Martin.).
Now, by saying this, I'm not saying you should donate to my Indiegogo campaign as some financial/moral counterweight. My book has nothing to do with Michael Brown and note I'm not even providing the link to my campaign. I'm just using this as a way to delineate the truly fucked-up priorities of this nation. It's one in which a reckless, murderous thug like Darren Wilson can elicit so much sympathy and money from the most virulent racist element in this country (that's complaining about being taxed to death under Obama). Meanwhile a guy honestly trying to contribute something positive to the world and to stand up on his own two feet, someone who's never judged much less harmed anyone based on the color of their skin gets completely ignored. Creativity isn't sexy enough. Needless destruction is.
Go Fund Me, Go Fuck Yourself. You've sold out Mike Brown and his supporters and the entire African American population of this country by finally placing a dollar value on the shot-up head of an innocent black teenager and it's $14,245.50. Your pious, politically correct mealy-mouthing aside, when the bottom line has to be tallied, you, like any corporation, will always err on the side not of ethics or morality but money.
Therefore, in light of your official subsidization and support of racially-based violence and murder, permit me to suggest a slight alteration to your corporate logo, such as this, for instance: