This Indiegogo Campaign Wants To Rent A Billboard … That Calls Out Indiegogo For Supporting Racist Cops
In the days since video emerged of South Carolina police offer Michael Slager shooting an unarmed black man, Walter Scott, eight times in the back, racial tensions have been yet again sparked. Despite Slager being quickly charged with murder, an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign has popped up to raise funds for Slager’s defense — but one blog, Death and Taxes, is cleverly using Indiegogo to rail against them for allowing the Slager campaign to exist.
While a crowdfunding campaign for Slager should come as no surprise, GoFundMe — another crowd funding site — rejected the original Slager campaign that was registered on their site, stating that it violated their terms and services. Though GoFundMe would not elaborate on why, it’s likely due to the fact that Slager’s indefensible crime has already received a murder charge, thanks to the video a bystander had taken of the entire incident. Indiegogo, meanwhile, has not pulled the Slager fundraiser launched on their site after GoFundMe rejected it.
In retaliation, popular blog Death and Taxes has started their own Indiegogo campaign: to raise $18,500 to erect a billboard directly across from Indiegogo’s San Francisco offices stating that the company supports racist cops. The costs cover the printing of the billboard and rental space in San Francisco’s pricey-SOMA district, and the Death and Taxes organizers have stated that if Indiegogo cancels the Slager campaigns, any money they raised will be donated to the family of Walter Scott (or returned to the donor, if the donor prefers). At time of publication, the campaign has raised $41 in a little under a day.
In the last few years, it’s never been easier for bigots to put their money where their mouth is, thanks to the many crowd funding sites on the internet. Trayvon Martin’s murder George Zimmerman raised over $200,000 on Kickstarter, Michael Brown’s killer Darren Wilson took in well over $125,000 on GoFundMe, and most recently an Indiana pizzeria owning couple that refused to cater gay weddings raised almost $850,000 on GoFundMe after getting press attention for their bigoted ways.
Disclosure: The Frisky and Death and Taxes are both owned by Spin Media. However, we would have written this article even if we weren’t sister sites, because fuck racist cops.