I posted an article yesterday regarding the discrepancy between Darren Wilson and Michael Brown’s crowdfunding page. In just four days Darren Wilson’s crowdfunding page had reached its goal and in five days it surpassed its goal. $235k was the amount Darren Wilson’s page reached before they opened another crowdfunding page to allow ‘tax deductible’ donations through a charitable organization known as Shield of Hope.
Michael Brown’s Memorial Fund, on the other hand, hadn’t reached its goal of $200k within nine days of its creation. I’m happy to say they have surpassed their goal today and the numbers continue rising.
But, the discrepancy isn’t the purpose of this article today: profiting from murder is. GoFundMe takes 5% of all proceeds for itself, which means they will rake in, just from Darren Wilson’s first crowdfunding page, about $12,000. Yes, they will also take 5% of the Michael Brown Memorial Fund as well, but this money is to be used for the memorial and financial support for the family of the recently slain Michael Brown.
So what about Darren Wilson? What exactly has happened to him that requires a quarter of a million dollars? He has been put on paid administrative leave, which means he will still be paid. He is also not responsible for his own legal counsel given that he killed Michael Brown while “performing his official duties” as an officer. The city will pay for his defense, so he doesn’t need money for that. So why has he been given so much money? Because people appreciate the fact that he killed a black savage. If you don’t believe me, take a look at these comments associated with donations:
“Waste of good ammo. It’s my privilege to buy you a replacement box.” — so here we have a person openly admitting to donating money for the purpose of Darren Wilson purchasing more ammo. Oddly enough, this is against GoFundMe’s terms of service.
You may not use the GoFundMe service for activities that: violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation [or] relate to sales of … h) ammunition, firearms, or certain firearm parts or accessories
Clearly, that donation is in violation of the GoFundMe’s ToS. Or what about this comment: “I thank all Police…protecting normal Americans from aggressive and entitled primitive savages.” — this is in direct violation of another ToS:
You may not use the GoFundMe service for activities that: violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation [or] relate to sales of … (c) items that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity, (d) items that promote hate, violence, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime
There is yet another clear violation. I’d like to add here that the entire crowdfunding page is in clear violation of these two rules. Giving anyone money for having committed a crime would be encouraging, promoting, and facilitating illegal activity. Officer Brown is the suspect in a homicide investigation, which means GoFundMe is financially exploiting a crime, in my humble opinion.
The message I take from all this is that our society is full of racist individuals that applaud the killing of young black men. Keep in mind that Michael Brown had a clear record prior to this incident, so it’s not like this officer ‘put down’ a scourge to society. In fact, Michael Brown was set to attend Vatterott College in August. Yet, our society views this man as a “savage” and a “thug.”
I do not see the point in using an online platform to raise money for Darren Wilson, especially when the page itself violates the most sensitive rules in their own ToS. Because of that, I sent a message to them:
This page is in direct violation of your terms of service. Given that Officer Darren Wilson is the suspect in a homicide investigation, every bit of the money sent to him, from your crowdfunding site, is essentially promoting murder all across the United States.
To use your own ToS to make my point:
(c) items that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity
(d)items that promote hate, violence, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime,
(h) ammunition, firearms, or certain firearm parts or accessories,
The page listed above is in direct violation of every single one of these. The money donated should be returned to the donors and the newly created page for Darren Wilson should be taken down and made an example of.
It is quite disgusting to witness the blatant racism associated with this crowdfunding page. Comments from donors such as:
“Waste of good ammo. It’s my privilege to buy you a replacement box.”
— this violates the (h) rule —
““I thank all Police…protecting normal Americans from aggressive and entitled primitive savages.”
— this violates the (c) and (d) rules —
These are only a few of the disgusting comments associated with this crowdfunding site.
I’d like to add that hiding these comments does not bring the page inline with your ToS because Darren Wilson is being investigated for a crime and these funds show everyone that it is okay to kill black men, because it will be the most lucrative thing they ever do.
I urge you to pull it down. Does Crowdfundme really wish to profit from the murderer of Michael Brown? I’d like to think not.
I would ask anyone that agrees with me to head over to their Contact page and tell them how you feel. Feel free to copy/paste my letter – you have my permission.