Unilever, Whose Workers Raped and Killed, Calls for Police Defunding
"The murder of #DaunteWright is rooted in white supremacy and results from the intentional criminalization of Black and Brown communities. This system can’t be reformed. It must be dismantled and a real system of public safety rebuilt from the ground up. #DefundThePolice," Ben and Jerry's tweeted.
This was the corporate Twitter account of Ben & Jerry's, rather than the personal account of its leftist founders, which is controlled by its parent company, Unilever.
Unilever, a British-Dutch multinational, has been on an obnoxious orgy of virtue signaling, interfering in our election by pressuring Facebook to censor conservatives.
If you have Dove soap or Axe deodorant in your bathroom, Lipton tea or Breyers in your kitchen, you're buying Unilever products. The huge British-Dutch multinational made $60 billion last year and is known for its leftist politics. But Unilever may have gone beyond virtue signaling to election interference.
“All the international brands trust us and buy our tomato purée: Heinz, Kraft, Unilever, Nestlé," Cofco Tunhe Vice-President Yu Tianchi had once boasted.
Unilever, the British-Dutch conglomerate whose brands include Dove and Breyers, has been a loud voice in the social justice movement, and has joined the boycott to force Facebook to censor conservatives.
“We have a responsibility for racial justice,” Unilever declared.
But does that racial justice include the slaves of China’s Communist regime?
In the 2021 Project, I noted just how many woke corporations were complicit in slavery.
Apple and Amazon were caught using slave labor, and Nestle, Pepsi, Unilever, and even the Girl Scouts were discovered to be using palm oil harvested by children as young as 10 years old in Indonesia.
This is what justice looks like for Unilever.
Global consumer companies, including Unilever, Nestle, Kellogg and Procter & Gamble, have sourced palm oil from Indonesian plantations where labor abuses were uncovered, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.
Children as young as eight worked in “hazardous” conditions at palm plantations run by Singapore-based Wilmar International and its suppliers on the Indonesian islands of Kalimantan and Sumatra, Amnesty said in a report.
While Unilever's marketers tell Americans that they need to reimagine public safety, let's look at Unilever's idea of policing.
"Private securities calling themselves "S.W.A.T.", who were hired by the company two weeks before the strike, invaded the picketing area last Monday and summarily unleashed a torrent of rubber bullets on innocent workers while they were demonstrating peacefully.
"When female members questioned why they were shooting at them, the security guards continued blasting them with pepper spray.
Meanwhile, here's life for Unilever employees once public safety has been reimagined.
At least four men armed with machetes and clubs broke into Anne Johnson’s home. They forced her husband and 11-year-old son into the bedroom and kept Anne and her teenage daughters in a separate room. To this day, she doesn’t know for certain if the men who raped her, her husband, and her daughters were her coworkers. “They spoke the local language,” Anne testified, but “they blindfolded us so we could not see who they were.”
By 2007, when the attack took place, Anne and her husband, Makori (their names are pseudonyms to protect the family from retaliation), had lived and worked for more than a decade on a Kenyan tea plantation owned by Unilever, the London-based household-goods giant known for such brands as Lipton Tea, Dove, Axe, Knorr, and Magnum ice cream. In December of that year, hundreds of men from the neighboring town of Kericho would beat, maim, rape, and butcher the plantation’s residents during a week of terror.
The attackers killed at least 11 plantation residents, including Makori, whom they raped and fatally wounded in front of his son, and one of the Johnsons’ daughters. They looted and burned thousands of homes and injured and sexually assaulted an unknown number of people, who were targeted because of their ethnic identity and presumed political affiliation.
Unilever said the attacks on its plantation were unexpected and therefore that it should not be held liable. But witnesses and former Unilever managers say the company’s own staff incited and participated in the attacks.
One of the survivors, a man who says a Unilever coworker and five other men attacked him with machetes, clubs, and swords, leaving him permanently disabled, and whose wife was raped by others, wrote in his statement that the supervisors “did not want us to go home because most of us were registered to vote locally."
Mary testified that she called her manager and pleaded for security but was told that she and her coworkers needed to “protect themselves” instead.
Multiple victims said they recognized their attackers as Unilever colleagues and identified them by name in their witness statements.
The next morning, she was attacked by five of her colleagues, whom she knew by name. The men “started beating me with a metal rod on my back and on my legs and were going to rape me,” she stated in witness testimony,
Anne said that the only communication she received from Unilever since the attacks was an invitation to return to work months later and a letter offering her about $110 in compensation.
This is Unilever's world of public safety reimagined. Do you want to live in it?
Maybe instead of defunding the police, we ought to defund Unilever. Instead of making do without public safety, we should make do without Dove and Ben and Jerry's, without Axe and Lipton, Breyers, and the other garbage brands that Unilever shoves into every supermarket.
If you don't buy it, Unilever will go away. If you do buy it, Unilever's politics will kill you.