Tuesday, almost 40 state lawmakers have come together to make a plea to Visa and MasterCard to stop contributing to hatred and racism. The politicians say the credit card companies are allowing hate groups to use their cards to sell their products online.
Led by Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, the lawmakers sent letters to the heads of both MasterCard and Visa. The letters noted how disturbing they found it that these companies are profiting from race-baiting products being sold on hate groups’ websites.
Hikind (Democrat) says this is a direct contribution to the widespread wave of unadulterated hatred, bigotry and racism currently plaguing the entire society.
“Regardless of whether or not they have done so unwittingly, now that we’ve brought their attention to the matter, we expect them to cease immediately.”
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The lawmakers cited the website Tightrope.cc, as an example of a hate-inspired site allowing users to buy goods with their Visa or Mastercard.
Among the products offered on the site are t-shirts, caps and posters with swastikas or Ku Klux Klan symbols.
“Our communities are outraged to see prominent corporations like Visa and MasterCard involved with something that goes so strongly against the principles of decency,” Hikind said.
Officials at the credit card companies did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The letter is similar to a demand Hikind made in 2013 for major credit card companies to stop Holocaust denial organizations from using their cards to make transactions.