A group founded by former Obama aide Van Jones and former MoveOn.org activist James Rucker is calling on the Internet fundraising platform GoFundMe.com to take down its “Support Officer Darren Wilson” page, accusing the company of “profiting from racially motivated donors.”
The Color of Change, founded by Jones and Rucker in 2005 to “strengthen the political voice of Black America,” says on its website that donors to Officer Wilson are “celebrating Michael Brown’s death” and that GoFundMe should take down the police officer’s fundraising page and return any profits it has generated.
The fundraising campaign for Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson has exploded over the past nine days, raising more than $234,000 in the original GoFundMe page, as first reported Aug. 19 by WND.
Now Wilson’s supporters have started a second page raising more than $176,000 in six days from nearly 4,000 donors, with the goal of reaching $250,000.
“Every donation, kind word and prayer are deeply appreciated,” the supporters write on the GoFundMe page. “This page will replace the previous ‘Support Officer Wilson’ page, so that donations will be tax deductible through ‘Shield of Hope,’ a certified charity, and the official non-profit organization accepting donations for Officer Wilson at this time.”
Wilson is accused by left-leaning activist groups such as the Color of Change of gunning down without cause an unarmed 18-year-old, Michael Brown, on Aug. 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Most of that narrative is based on one eyewitness, Dorian Johnson, who was with Brown at the time. Johnson, 22, was arrested in 2011 on theft charges and allegedly lied to police, giving them a false name and not showing up for court.
Wilson’s supporters, who started the first GoFundMe page, told WND they did not wish to be contacted by the media out of fear of reprisal.
Obama’s Justice Department has launched a federal civil rights investigation at the same time a local grand jury is deliberating on whether or not to charge Wilson with a crime.
“This officer’s life is threatened and his career is probably over,” Dan Bongino, a former police officer and Secret Service agent, told WND.
Wilson also has unknown medical expenses from the fractured eye socket he suffered in the confrontation with Brown, who was 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds.
The Color of Change cites several comments on the GoFundMe Officer Darren Wilson page as evidence that GoFundMe is profiting from white racists.
“The online fundraising platform GoFundMe is profiting off racially-motivated donors, some of whom are celebrating the police killing of Michael Brown,” a message on the site said Wednesday. “Join our campaign demanding that GoFundMe return these profits and take down Darren Wilson fundraising pages.”
Several comments are then listed that paint blacks or Brown in a negative light.
A form letter is then presented that the Color of Change says will be sent to GoFundMe executives.
Dear GoFundMe co-founders Brad Damphousse and Andy Ballester, and Kelsea of GoFundMe Customer Happiness,
I write demanding that you return any profits from donations for Darren Wilson on your platform. Further, please take down any related fundraising pages.
Your own terms of service prohibit “items that promote hate, violence, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime.” If Darren Wilson is charged, then it would stand to reason that these fundraisers are in violation of your terms, specifically “financial exploitation of a crime.”
GoFundMe should return any money it has made from Darren Wilson fundraising pages, and take them down immediately. Profiting off the killing of Michael Brown is not okay. Profiting off of racially-motivated donors is not okay.
These types of disturbing fundraising efforts have no place on the world’s #1 personal fundraising site.