As of Monday afternoon, more than $388,000 has been raised in support of Officer Darren Wilson, who was identified (belatedly) as the cop involved in the shooting death of the unarmed black teenager that sparked protests, looting and riots in suburban St. Louis this month. GoFundMe, which gets a cut of the donations raised on its site, came under fire last week from critics who accused it of collecting “reward money for a lynching.” Using hashtags like #GoFundHate and #BoycottGoFundMe, social media users called attention to numerous racially charged comments on the campaign page (many posted by anonymous trolls who then boasted on 4chan about the mayhem they had caused).
GoFundMe quickly deleted the inflammatory comments, but many on Twitter say they won’t be satisfied until the campaign is shut down completely. “That’s a response to a PR problem,” one person tweeted. “You’ve got more than that on your hands. Half measures won’t do.”
Hey, @gofundme. Proud of yourselves? #Ferguson #JusticeForMikeBrown #ArrestDarrenWilson pic.twitter.com/LAUIKfnX2x
— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) August 22, 2014
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