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Black Lives Matter Slogan Rejected by Wells Fargo

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Black Lives Matter Slogan Rejected by Wells Fargo

Apparently the Black Lives Matter movement doesn’t matter to Wells Fargo, or at least the slogan doesn’t!

A Baltimore city schoolteacher, Rachel Nash (a white woman), found this out when she tried to get a Black Power fist and the slogan on a customizable bankcard from Wells Fargo. “She chose this design because she has supported the movement since the death of Freddie Gray, [who is] also from Baltimore.”

Rachel Nash, not too long after submitting the request, received an email from the bank saying that, “Her design did not meet the company’s guidelines”. The customer representative told Nash that the problem was, of course, caused by the words “Black Lives Matter”. Nash, according to Essence, says the representative told her if Black Lives Matter were on her card, it might offend people. The supervisor called the slogan “offensive and antisocial”. Of course there are organizations and slogans more offensive and antisocial, but we’ll move past that for the sake of good journalism.

A spokeswoman for Wells Fargo went on to say that the image and slogan broke with a company policy that “prohibits political and trademarked or copyrighted images.” Nash then submitted a second design to Wells Fargo saying, “Black People Are Important” but apparently that was no better and that idea will also be rejected because of its “political nature”. Let’s do better in 2017 Wells Fargo.