Tim Cook disagrees with Trump on Charlottesville, says Apple donating to anti-hate groups

Saying “hate is a cancer,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees of the Silicon Valley tech giant that the company is making $1 million donations each to two anti-hate organizations in the wake of the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Wednesday, Cook wrote an email to employees that was obtained by BuzzFeed. In it, he addressed President Trump’s reaction to Charlottesville. Trump had blamed “many sides” for the violence that killed one woman and injured 19 others over the weekend.

“I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights,” Cook wrote. “Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans.”

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The Apple CEO said the company will also match employee donations “two-for-one” to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League, plus other human rights organizations. In addition, Cook said: “In the coming days, iTunes will offer users an easy way to join us in directly supporting the work of the SPLC.”

Apple has also pulled Apple Pay support from some websites that sell white supremacist and Nazi apparel, the company confirmed to SiliconBeat Thursday. That move comes as PayPal and crowdfunding sites have begun to turn off the online-funding spigot to hate groups.

Other tech companies have taken similar action: Facebook is taking down pages of white supremacists and hate groups. San Francisco-based CloudFlare, which provides internet security services for websites, stripped a neo-Nazi site of its services.  That site, the Daily Stormer, had published an article that slammed Heather Heyer, the woman who was killed Saturday by a car that drove into counter-protesters at the Charlottesville white supremacist rally. GoDaddy and Google kicked the site off their domain registries after that article. Also, the site’s Twitter account is suspended.

As more tech companies police content, they’re likely to get even more flak for their politics. For example, Google is still dealing with fallout from its firing of James Damore, the engineer who wrote a 10-page manifesto blasting the company’s diversity push and saying that it quashes conservative views.

In his email, Apple’s Cook seemed to tried to head off potential criticism.

“Regardless of your political views, we must all stand together on this one point — that we are all equal,” he wrote.

 

Photo: Apple CEO Tim Cook watches as members of the media check out the new MacBook Pro at a press event held at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino on Oct. 27, 2016. In the wake of the deadly violence at Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12, 2017, Cook says Apple is contributing $2 million and matching employee donations to anti-hate and other human rights groups. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)

 

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  • jedge44

    ANTIFA is a hate group and they were there to cause violence. Like it or not Trump suggesting there were multiple bad groups there is a true statement. Cook pretending they Trump was referencing the peaceful protestors is disgusting and false.

    • Moderate

      Sounds like you’re defending the Nazis? Antifa and all the normal people who were there counter-protesting are purely a reaction to racism and hate. The woman who died – you’re equating her with Nazi scum?

      • hoapres

        We wouldn’t have these problems if true conservative Americans were running the show.

        Really, you wouldn’t.

        • Moderate

          “True conservative Americans” like who, for example? Which “problems”?That’s a very vague statement.

          • hoapres

            Let’s see.

            Race problems got worse under Obama.

            Not to mention the slight detail that our liberal friends want to forget being that the Democratic party in the south was responsible for most (if not almost all) of the post Civil War racial problems in the south in the first place.

            So we (yes we had a right wing crackpot) go off the deep end and now the leftists want to take down all the statutes.

            Sorry, but for better or worse, the Confederacy is part of the American historical landscape.

            These people trying to remove the statutes don’t give a squat about race relations but just want to destroy the historical basis for this country.

          • Moderate

            You didn’t answer the question. This has nothing to do with political parties and who used to have which followers. This is about now. No-one’s trying to erase history – there are books, museums, web-sites, movies, etc. that will not change history just because these statues and schools glorifying these traitors are removed. Do you see any statues of King George? Have people forgotten our revolutionary history just because we tore down all the King George statues? No.

          • hoapres

            Sure it does.

            It really does.

            Taking down a statute not erasing history. ??

            Come on Now, Let’s get real.

            At some point, these jokers (OK that might be a little bit too extreme) will want to take down the Jefferson Memorial or even George Washington.

            It’s a cultural war out there folks and while I am not a great fan of Limbaugh, he got this one right.

          • sd

            Nonsense. Sure, the Confederacy is part of American history. That it existed — and was defeated — definitely should not be blotted out as a historical fact. Fighting a war against the Nazis is part of American history too. That it existed — and was defeated — definitely should not be blotted out as a historical fact.

            But we don’t need statues of Lee and Jackson or Confederate flags dotting the landscape any more than we need statues of Goebbels and Hilter or SS flags around the U.S. Want to preserve the history? That’s what museums are for. Those icons have no place being shown as “historical artifacts” in 21st Century America.

          • hoapres

            Tough Luck.

            Actually I am not so much against taking them down or keeping them up but rather the decision making process involved. (e.g. we had a riot and therefore …)

            Peddle the Nazi analogy somewhere else. The Confederacy wasn’t Nazi Germany. Not even close.

          • hoapres

            Tough Luck.

            Actually I am not so much against taking them down or keeping them up but rather the decision making process involved. (e.g. we had a fight and therefore …)

            Peddle the analogy to Hitler’s Germany somewhere else. Hitler’s Germany and the Confederacy was hardly the same thing.

          • sd

            What’s the difference, really? One group predisposed to believe they’re superior to other groups for no reason other than they think so. And willing to kill others to make their point. Quit listening to Rush and read a neutral source of history. Keeping people groups down is keeping people down.

            I also am concerned with the decision-making process. My comment was not at all directed at Cloudflare’s decision. As long as they remain a private company with competition, however, it currently is legal for them to do what they did. Even if “they” was just the CEO. Hell, Saint Donald does it all the time. But there should be a process and there should be recourse on behalf of those affected. Even if it’s scum like Neo-Nazis.

          • hoapres

            You need to read up on the Civil War.

            With that said, here is the problem.

            I see a statue taken down by a mob. I don’t see anyone in the mob getting arrested for vandalism.

            Rather the mob gets appeased by even more statues getting taken down to appease a mob.

          • sd

            How was the Civil War any different? Or are you one of the brainwashed like the bro I saw on the TV news yesterday who insisited the Civil War was all about “economic opportunity” and not about slavery and white supremacy?

            Sanitizing history is easy. Understanding the roles we ourselves play in it is hard. It requires asking ourselves hard questions and understanding motives rather than just whitewashing (“taking down statues”). You know as well as I do that if the skinheads in C’ville were black and brandishing guns and shields, the cops would have shot ’em before they got to seriously injuring counterprotesters. Context is important here. I’m not wasting my time arguing with people who don’t understand context.

          • hoapres

            The Civil War and WW II are two totally different events.

            BUT

            Since you did ask

            1. The Civil War at least initially wasn’t about slavery in the first place. Really, it wasn’t.

            2. Peddle the cops knocking blacks down to the ground somewhere else. The statistical data doesn’t back it up. Look, if the data really existed then I would say OK. Only a complete idiot would say the blacks haven’t gotten a raw deal in the PAST. Key operative word is PAST.

            3. Black lives matter should be called Black LIES matter. Sheriff Clark in Milwaukee got it right. Read his book and get an education

            4. The Confederacy had slaves. I get it. Everybody else gets it. Anyone with half a brain knows that things like the Confederate Flag, etc. are going to be a touchy topic. You want to take the statues down. Fine, then go out and get elected officials at the ballot box instead of using a mob.

          • Cheap & Nothing Wasted

            The Civil War was solely about slavery, as every single secession statement from the seceding states said that!

          • hoapres

            No it wasn’t.

            You are right about the secession statements most notably South Carolina with the rest of the states that followed the exit of the Union. But Just because it was said to be doesn’t necessarily make it so.

            With that said, the Civil War was basically 2 separate nations being the North and South battling it out.

            One of the great myths was that America was a unified country prior to the Civil War. It wasn’t. Most individuals had their loyalties to their individual states.

            The North didn’t go to war to free the slaves either. Sure Lincoln issued an Emancipation Proclimation which didn’t free a single slave.

          • hoapres

            No it wasn’t.

            You are right about the secession statements most notably South Carolina with the rest of the states that followed the exit of the Union. But Just because it was said to be doesn’t necessarily make it so.

            With that said, the Civil War was basically 2 separate nations being the North and South battling it out.

            One of the great myths was that America was a unified country prior to the Civil War. It wasn’t. Most individuals had their loyalties to their individual states.

            The North didn’t go to war to free the slaves either. Sure Lincoln issued an Emancipation Proclimation which didn’t free a single slave.

          • Cheap & Nothing Wasted

            You are insane & now blocked!

          • hoapres

            OK

            So I am insane.

            With that said, what I posted was accurate enough.

  • Captain America

    Trump supporters like Trump himself are completely tone deaf on this issue and are eroding support not only from independents but Republicans themselves. This morning Trump is tweeting attacks against Senate and House Republicans who took a stand contrary to him. Meanwhile, he has literally nothing on his schedule today except golf, lunch, and a meeting with a small business guy. Useless President.

    • hoapres

      Uh No.

      Got that one wrong.

  • hoapres

    Trump needs to get rid of h1b visas.

    Let’s see how Cook likes that.

  • hoapres

    This is what happens when you let liberals run amok in America.

  • normsrevenge

    Hate is another tool of the Left. The bias, the lies, the innuendos, classic Left,, Stalin and Marx would be proud.

  • DRJJ

    Those seeking to tear down Christianity and the 10 Commandment monuments are racist-our Christians freed the slaves! The intolerance and hate is a cancer.
    Hint: God’s laws are how we know what sin is. We’re turning lawless in a hurry (turn on the news)

  • charlie hustle

    I agree that hate is a cancer. I don’t believe Trump said anything about ‘moral equivalence”. Can someone provide the quote?

    • hoapres

      Blame it on Obama.

      He only made matters worse.

  • hoapres
  • hoapres

    Another Obama success story.

  • alrui

    Hey Tim, how bout you keep your political opinions to yourself instead of dragging down the company Steve & Woz built! Focus on your products not a bunch of crap!

  • omegatalon

    When UC Berkeley students assaulted people who wanted hear a right-wing speaker on campus and burn books; this is where Tim Cook and Apple’s money is going to because these anti-hate groups are just as bad as the White Supremacists because you either accept their left leaning ideas or they think of having the legal authority to kill.

    • hoapres

      I have been saying that for years.

      And if you aren’t politically correct then you tend to get BANNED.

      Heck, I have been banned at the SJMN main website and for the life of me can’t figure out why I am not banned here as well.

 
 
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