Due to the footage of police killings of black men, Ben & Jerry’s, the ice cream maker, is now publicly down with the Black Lives Matter movement.

On Thursday, the company released a statement declaring that black lives matter and that systemic racism is an issue, and requested that customers “join us in not being complicit.”

“It’s been hard to watch the list of unarmed Black Americans killed by law enforcement officers grow longer and longer,” the company wrote in the statement. “We understand that numerous Black Americans and white Americans have profoundly different experiences and outcomes with law enforcement and the criminal justice system. That’s why it’s become clear to use at Ben & Jerry’s that we have a moral obligation to take a stand now for justice and for Black lives.”

The company even provided a seven-point list on how systemic racism is real, from housing segregation and the racial wealth gap to the criminal justice system.

“There is good news: the first step in overcoming systemic racism and injustice is to simply understand and admit that there is a problem,” the company wrote. “It’s trying to understand the perspective of others whose experiences are different from our own. To not just listen, but to truly understand those whose struggle for justice is real, and not yet complete.”

The release goes on to explain that their declaration is not anti-police, saying, “We want to be clear: we believe that saying Black lives matter is not to say that the lives of those who serve in the law enforcement community don’t. We respect and value the commitment to our communities that those in law enforcement make, and we respect the value of every one of their lives.”

“But we do believe that — whether Black, brown, white, or blue — our nation and our very way of life is dependent on the principle of all people being served equal justice under the law. And it’s clear, the effects of the criminal justice system are not color blind.”

Despite the high frequency with which officer-involved killings take place, police are rarely indicted for killing civilians, even as more video evidence of those killings becomes available. And a week after Keith Lamont Scott was killed in Charlotte, a North Carolina law went into effect to block public access to body camera and dashboard recordings.

“All lives do matter,” Ben & Jerry’s wrote. “But all lives will not matter until Black lives matter.”

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10 thoughts on “Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Publicly Supports #BlackLivesMatter

  1. Thanks Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream for your support of the BLM movement. I think all Black people should boycott the entire state of North Carolina for the obviously racist and “police protective” law they enacted to prevent public access to body camera footage that will incriminate the dirty police officers involved in racist activity. If there is nothing to hide then why have the law? It is obvious that they know and condone the behavior of the biased, racist and criminally minded cops that are in their employee. While not all of the police are of this mind they must suffer with the others until they have the guts to turn in the cops they know are racist and display a criminal bias towards people of color whether they are Black or White. Get them off your force and out of the business. Until that happens then all people of color should Boycott and show your disapproval with your dollars. MLK did it with the buses so you can do it with everything else. Find Black stores and business and only use them. Hit the state of North Carolina where it hurts…in the pocket book.

    • And I’m sure they feel the same unfairness of having to suffer with the bad cops just as we have to suffer because of the complicity we show when we enact the “no snitch” rule while our neighborhoods are held hostage by gangbanging, thugging drug dealing murderers. Time and time again, we see police and investigators having doors slammed in their faces while trying to gather information about a killing that happened right out in the open. It’s just so strange that there is never a phone video when a kid is killed while sitting on the porch playing. But you get video with quality to rival a movie theater’s movie if the shooting involves a cop, along with a play-by-play interview. My point is, why do we get so incensed at all blacks being categorized as thugs, drug dealers and gangbangers, but feel we have the right to determine that all police are racist murderers because of the actions of a few? The pot calling the kettle black.

  2. Nice when corporations back these causes, even if it’s an opportunity for marketing but supporting is a start, Ice cresm not my yhing, ,but I may make a purchase in there support

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