Not everyone is happy with Ben & Jerry’s latest attempt to mix ice cream with politics.
Blue Lives Matter, the pro-police group, is calling for a boycott of Ben & Jerry’s and its parent company Unilever after the crunchy ice cream chain decided to take an aggressive stance in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Not surprisingly, Black Lives Matter supporters fired back.
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how racist do you have to be to boycott ben & jerry’s for their support of black lives matter
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In the official statement, Blue Lives Matter accused Ben & Jerry’s of spreading misinformation in a way that attacked law enforcement officers around the country and puts their lives in danger.
“Ben & Jerry’s just recently announced their support for Black Lives Matter along with a misinformation campaign accusing law enforcement of widespread systemic and institutionalized racism,” they said. “Ben & Jerry’s went beyond making a statement in support of civil rights when they actively accused law enforcement of widespread racism. By spreading these false and misleading statements, Ben & Jerry’s lends an appearance of legitimacy to the baseless claims that police officers are killing men based on the color of their skin. This message has inspired the assassination and attempted assassination of police officers, and it costs officers their lives.”