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Wed Mar 31, 2021, 11:27 AM

'There is no middle ground' -- Black CEOs urge companies to oppose restrictive voting laws

Source: CNBC


PUBLISHED WED, MAR 31 202110:36 AM EDT UPDATED WED, MAR 31 202110:44 AM EDT

Kevin Stankiewicz
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Merck CEO Ken Frazier is helping lead an effort among Black business executives to push corporate America to be more vocal in favor of voting rights.

“Corporations have to stand up. There is no middle ground,” ex-American Express CEO Ken Chenault, another organizer, told CNBC on Wednesday.

The effort comes following a new law in George that critics say will disproportionately hurt voters of color.


A group of Black business executives are imploring corporate leaders in the U.S. to take forceful stands against efforts to restrict voting access, following a new law in Georgia that critics say will disproportionally hurt voters of color.

Two of the organizers — Merck CEO Ken Frazier and Ken Chenault, former American Express CEO — appeared Wednesday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” describing the effort as a moral obligation in the face of longstanding injustices faced by Black voters.

“Corporations have to stand up. There is no middle ground,” said Chenault, who was one of the first Black chief executives at a Fortune 500 company. “This is about all Americans having the right to vote, but we need to recognize the special history of the denial of the right to vote for Black Americans, and we will not be silent,” he added.

Republicans lawmakers in Georgia supported the state’s recent legislation, and Democrats opposed it. Former President Donald Trump, who lost to Biden, and other Republicans have falsely claimed that Georgia’s election last year was rife with voter fraud. President Joe Biden in November became the first Democrat to win Georgia since 1992, and two Democrats — Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff — also defeated their GOP opponents in runoff elections.



Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/31/ken-frazier-black-ceos-urge-firms-to-oppose-restrictive-voting-laws.html

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Mar 31, 2021, 11:43 AM

1. Suppress voters is what you do when your ideas are bankrupt

Biden told them last week, the GOP should sell voters on their policies instead. It's what you do when you have the "best ideas" was the phrase he used. I'm hoping history has turned in Democrats' favor.

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Wed Mar 31, 2021, 11:46 AM

2. Carve it in stone: "There is NO middle ground."

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